Jefferson City Public Schools

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Steve Bruce, President

Steve Bruce

Steve Bruce was re-elected to a 2nd term on the Board of Education in April 2017. Mr. Bruce graduated from Jefferson City High School in 1994, and in 2012 earned a Master of Public Administration degree from the University of Missouri’s Harry S. Truman School of Public Affairs, graduating with distinction and an emphasis in organizational leadership. He is a past recipient of the prestigious Truman Fellowship, a scholarship awarded to public service professionals who have demonstrated excellence in their profession and dedication to creating public value for citizens. He is also a 2014 graduate of the JCPS Vanguard Program. 

Mr. Bruce possesses over 17 years of experience in leadership, strategic planning and project management in public service, including serving as a former Cole County juvenile officer at the Prenger Family Center and a federal grants manager within the Missouri Department of Public Safety’s Office of the Director. Mr. Bruce works within Missouri’s Division of Developmental Disabilities in fiscal management and administrative services as part of a small team of senior managers and analysts responsible for managing an annual operating budget of over $900 million, and supporting the operations of over 3,000 staff serving 33,000 Missourians with developmental disabilities. 

He and his wife Kim, a JCPS teacher and 18-year veteran of public education have two children who attend Jefferson City Public Schools. His oldest daughter will be part of the last class that attends Simonsen 9th Grade Center prior to the new high school opening. 

Mr. Bruce’s term ends in April 2020. To contact him directly, email him atgetbruceonboard@gmail.com.  You can follow him via FB at:https://www.facebook.com/getBruceonBoard/ ; Twitter: @Bruceonboard

Rich AuBuchon, Vice President

Rich AuBuchon is the owner of the AuBuchon Law Firm, LLC in Jefferson City. Rich specializes in business advocacy within all forums of Missouri state government. He represents numerous clients in court, before the Missouri legislature and within state and local administrative agencies.

Rich has a strong pro-business background, having served as the General Counsel for the Missouri Chamber of Commerce & Industry, Inc. His political experience was earned while working on the senior staff for Governor Matt Blunt and as Chief of Staff & General Counsel for Lt. Governor Peter D. Kinder. His management and government experience was honed while running the Office of Administration, which is the business arm of Missouri government. This lobbying, political and management background is all based on strong litigation skills learned while litigating in complex cases throughout Missouri and the western United States.

Rich AuBuchon's current term on the Board ends in 2019.

Lorelei Schwartz, Treasurer

Schwartz Lorelei Riley Schwartz is a certified public accountant with Schwartz & LeCure, LLC, focusing on small businesses and individual tax and accounting needs. She is a proud 1986 graduate of Jefferson City High School and a 1990 graduate of Austin College in Sherman, TX.

Lorelei has served JCPS in many capacities over the last 15 years. She served on every PTA and PTO for each of the schools her children attended. She served on the full-day kindergarten committee and co-chaired the long range facilities planning committee. She served on the Jefferson City Public Schools Foundation Board for six years, then the Jefferson City Public Schools Alumni Association. Currently, she also serves on the Capital Region Medical Center Board of Directors.

Lorelei and her husband, Jason, have a junior and a freshman attending Jefferson City Public Schools. Lorelei’s current term on the Board ends in 2019. She can be reached at lschwartz@schwartzlecure.com.

Pam Murray, Member

Pam Murray Pam Murray was elected to the Board in April 2015. She is a retired healthcare worker who currently also serves on the Board of Directors for the Community Health Center of Central Missouri (CHCCMO) and as Chair of the Callaway Advisory Board to the CHCCMO.

Ms. Murray’s previous service includes: JCPS’ Long Range Facility Planning Committee (September 2013-November 2014), formulating a 20-year plan for educational facilities; Holts Summit Board of Aldermen (June 2005-April 2012); Holts Summit Community Betterment Association (HSCBA) Board of Directors (2005 – 2012), President (June 2010-May 2012), Newsletter Editor (2005 – 2012); Mid-Missouri Regional Planning Commission Board of Directors (April 2008-2012), Economic Development Advisory Committee (July 2010-2012), Transportation Advisory Committee (2006-2012); Capital Area Metropolitan Planning Organization (CAMPO) Board of Directors (2007-2013); Callaway County Election Judge (November 2004-2010).

Prior to her retirement, Ms. Murray worked in both the public and private aspects of healthcare, starting with neighborhood clinic patient care and progressing to epidemiology at County and State levels in New York. In the private sector, she worked in quality assurance/utilization review in hospital settings (including the old Memorial Community Hospital) and as a project manager. She also worked in regulatory compliance for pharmaceutical research studies in the U. S. and Canada.

Ms. Murray moved to the Jefferson City area in 1982. Following her husband’s transfers, they also made their home in Tennessee, Illinois, Kentucky, Georgia and Florida. Following his retirement, they returned to Missouri in 2004 and reside in Holts Summit. The Jefferson City area is home to three of his four children and four of six grandchildren. Two grandchildren attend JCPS, while one attends Calvary Lutheran High School and another attends the University of Missouri following graduation from Helias Catholic High School.
 
Her school board term ends April 2018. She can be reached directly at either pammurray@centurylink.net or 573.230.9691.

Michael Couty, Member

Michael Couty Michael Couty was elected to the Board in April 2015. Mr. Couty has been involved in the Jefferson City community for 37 years working in a number of administrative roles. Currently, he serves as Juvenile Court Administrator for the 19th Judicial Circuit Court. Prior to this position, he was employed with the Missouri Department of Mental Health for 28 years. He retired as Director of Alcohol and Drug Abuse. He has worked for the State of Missouri for a total of 33 years.

Mr. Couty holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Criminal Justice from Sioux Falls University in Sioux Falls, SD, and a Master of Science Degree in Criminal Justice Administration from The University of Central Missouri in Warrensburg, MO.

He was elected to the School Board in April 2015. His community involvement includes: Parks and Recreation Commission Member, JCPS Long Range Facility Planning Committee, Rotary Club Jefferson City West, Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Past President of The Heart of MO Girl Scout Council, Past Member of Boys and Girls Club, Past President of The National Association of State Alcohol and Drug Abuse Directors and Past President of The Board of Regents for St. Mary’s Hospital.

Mr. Couty and his wife Belinda, a retired elementary teacher and principal for the Jefferson City Public Schools, have two sons, Mickey and Kevin. Both are graduates of Jefferson City High School.

Mr. Couty’s school board term expires April 2018. He can be reached directly at either mdcouty@gmail.com or 573.659.0432. 

Lori Massman, Member

Massman Lori Massman was born and raised in Jefferson City and is a proud 1982 JCHS graduate. She is a longtime employee of Scholastic, Inc. and currently serves as Community Development Manager. She attends First Baptist Church in Jefferson City. Lori loves giving back to our community and is very involved in a number of location organizations and charities, including: United Way of Central Missouri (Board of Directors, Executive Board Vice-Chair), Jay Pride Alive Alumni Board, and the Jefferson City Area Chamber of Commerce (Partners in Education Committee Co-Chair, Leadership Jefferson City Steering Committee).

As a 2012 graduate of the JCPS Vanguard program, a member of the JCPS Foundation Board of Directors from 2015-2017, and a longtime PTO member, Lori has been involved in our district for many years. She is also a 2006 graduate of Leadership Jefferson City, a 2010 graduate of the Missouri Chamber of Commerce’s Leadership Class, a 2007 Zonta Women of Achievement Nominee, the 2011 recipient of the United Way’s Live United award, the 2015 recipient of the United Way’s Outstanding Campaign Coordinator award, a former Co-Chair for the United Way of Central Missouri’s Community Campaign (2012-2013), a former member of the Jefferson City Area Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors (2012-2014), and a 2014 recipient of the American Heart Association’s Lifestyle Change Award.

Lori is married to Leroy Massman and has four children: Drew, a 1998 Jay grad (wife, Jennifer); Ashley, a 2001 Jay grad (husband, Shawn); Kaleb, a 2007 Jay grad (wife, Kayla); and Christian, who is currently a freshman at Simonsen Ninth Grade Center. Lori has a grandson Cooper, and a granddaughter due in the fall. Lori’s parents, Jim and Helen, are also JCHS graduates.

Lori is passionate about making a difference and specifically serving students in the Jefferson City community. Her school board term ends April 2020. To contact Lori directly, email her at lorimassforjcpsschoolboard@gmail.com or call 573-680-1855.

Scott Hovis, Member

Hovis Scott W. Hovis is the Executive Director of the Missouri Golf Association (MGA). Holding the position since 2005, his primary responsibilities have included planning and running approximately 30 amateur golf events across the state of Missouri each year. These amateur events, which are for juniors, seniors and adults, have seen an increase in player participation by 40 percent since Hovis took over.

As part of his professional duties, Hovis sits on two United States Golf Association (USGA) committees: Regional Associations Committee and Regional Affairs Committee. In 2009, Missouri Governor Jay Nixon appointed Hovis to the Missouri Tourism Commission, and in 2012 he was elected Chair of the Commission.

In 2013, Hovis began serving on the Jefferson City Public Schools Foundation Board. The board, which works with local businesses and individuals, holds events to support families and educates the community regarding the work of the district. In 2016, under the auspices of the Junior Golf Foundation, Hovis successfully opened the first-ever fully handicap accessible golf course in Jefferson City, MO. The Ken Lanning Golf Center, located at Turkey Creek Golf Center, was recently named the 3rd best adaptive sports facility in America by the Sports Planning Guide.

A 1992 graduate of Jefferson City High School, Hovis attended Jefferson City Public Schools his entire childhood, and his parents were also teachers in the district for a combined 56 years! Upon graduating, he attended Kansas State University on a golf scholarship before playing professional golf for several years. He graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from William Woods University in 2001.

Today, Scott continues to reside in Jefferson City with his wife, Mindy, their daughter, Taylor, (13) who is in 7th grade at Thomas Jefferson Middle School, and their son, Hunter, (6) who is in 1st grade at West Elementary. When not on a golf course for business, Scott can be found on a golf course for pleasure, attending Mizzou sporting events, or spending time with his family.
 
Scott's school board term ends April 2020. He can be contacted at shovis@mogolf.org. 
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