Leadership Bios

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Natasha Angell

Natasha Angell

Executive Director

Natasha assumed the position of Executive Director on Jan. 1, 2018, succeeding John Gillispie and William A. Mitchell to become the organization's third director.

Natasha has undertaken a number of roles in her time at MOREnet. Before being selected as its newest Executive Director, she served as the Director of Member Services, which comprised the organization's service delivery and support functions including Member Relations, Marketing, Conferences, Network Consulting, Network Security, Technical Support, Technical Training and Video services. Prior to serving as the Director of Member Services, Natasha was Manager of Technical Support Services for MOREnet, with overall responsibility for Technical Support and Training services.

Before joining MOREnet in 2002, Natasha was Vice President of Education for OMD Corporation, a global provider of integrated management information system software for the office equipment industry, where her responsibilities included oversight for software system implementations, application training and user support services.

Natasha is a native of Columbia where she currently resides with her husband and daughter. She holds a Bachelor of Science in computer information systems.


Chip Byers

Chip Byers

Director of New Initiatives

Chip Byers provides long-range vision and strategy for MOREnet. As the Director of Strategic Initiatives, he managed the planning and implementation of Missouri's first fiber-optic research and education network — MOREnet's Next Generation Network (NGN).

Since 1995, Byers has provided leadership and vision for MOREnet as the longest-serving member of the senior management team. Byers served nine years as Director of Operations with responsibility for all MOREnet's technical operations and three-quarters of MOREnet's staff. Byers has been an active, contributing member of the StateNets and QUILT communities, two national organizations that represent the depth and breadth of research and education networks and regional optical networks.

Byers has a rich history of public and private IT positions with such organizations as Datastorm Technologies, University of Missouri - Columbia, USDA's National Center for Animal Health Information Systems (NCAHIS), ANR Freight Systems, CitiCorp/Diners Club International and Playboy International Corporate Data Systems.

Byers received a B.S. in Business Administration with concentrations in Computer Information Systems and Accounting from Colorado State University.


Lynn Burgan


Lynn leads the MOREnet finance and accounting department and is part of the executive team that develops the organization’s long-term strategies and goals. The MOREnet finance and accounting department is comprised of staff members whose duties include E-rate, purchasing, payroll, accounts payable, accounts receivable, preparation of financial reporting, budgeting, inventory, asset management and building coordinator. She is also responsible some human resources duties. 

Before joining MOREnet in 2006, she did finance and accounting work in Columbia for a public accounting firm and Stephens College. Lynn has taught accounting at Columbia College and continues to teach at Central Methodist University online. Lynn grew up in Palm Harbor, Fla., and earned her bachelor's in finance from the University of Central Florida in Orlando. She has also received an MBA from the Middlebury Institute of International Studies in Monterey, Calif., and an accounting degree from Columbia College in Mo. 


Hank Niederhelm

Hank Niederhelm

Director of Infrastructure

Hank Niederhelm is the Director of Infrastructure for MOREnet. Prior to his current position, he held the positions of User Services Manager, Network Services Manager and Associate Director of Operations with MOREnet. Hank is responsible for all network operations, server administration, application development and desktop support for MOREnet.

Infrastructure includes the Network Services and Application and Systems Administration groups. Network Services manages 3,500 miles of fiber and 700-plus member circuits with an aggregate capacity of over 71 Gbps and provides network operations for the MOREnet network, the University of Missouri's intercampus network and the Great Plains Network. The Application and Systems Administration group develops MOREnet's business applications and operates more than 250 UNIX- and Windows-based servers in virtual and non-virtual environments.

Prior to working for MOREnet, Hank held various management positions during his 13 years of employment with the Systems Division of MBS Textbook Exchange.

Hank lives in Columbia, Mo., with his wife, daughter and son. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from Columbia College.