MOREnet Council Member Bios

Dr. Gary Allen

Dr. Gary Allen oversees the information technology infrastructure for the University of Missouri System offices, the four campuses, UM Health System and statewide extension programs, as well as a student enrollment of more than 71,000. He also has overall responsibility for the statewide Missouri Research and Education Network (MOREnet). Additionally, he serves as chief information officer for the MU campus, where he oversees campus-wide computing and telecommunication operations. Beginning in 2010, he assumed the role of coordination of shared services initiatives across UM.

Allen is an associate professor of veterinary pathobiology at the MU College of Veterinary Medicine. He is a Diplomate (specialty of virology) of the American College of Veterinary Microbiologists (ACVM) and has served as a member of the ACVM Board of Governors. He holds an adjunct faculty appointment in the Department of Health Management and Informatics in MU’s School of Medicine and serves on the steering committee for the MU Informatics Institute. Since 2001, he has served as executive director of the University of Missouri Bioinformatics Consortium, a high-performance networking and computational infrastructure for bioinformatics research and collaboration across and beyond the four campuses of the university.

Allen received his B.S. in agriculture (biochemistry emphasis) and a D.V.M. degree from Mississippi State University and a Ph.D. in microbiology from MU. He completed postdoctoral training at Texas A&M University in immunology and biochemistry and at the MU School of Medicine in medical informatics.

Jim Brown

Jim Brown has been involved in library services for over 37 years. He began his career working in academic libraries, first at the University of Missouri-Columbia then for Olin Library at Washington University in St. Louis. Jim joined the St. Charles City-County Library District in 1984 as Branch Manager of the Kathryn Linnemann Library. He also served as the Branch Manager at the Spencer Road Library until he assumed the position of Director in 2011.

Jim works with numerous non-profit organizations in the St. Charles and St. Louis metropolitan area, including the United Way of St. Louis Health Services Allocations Panel, United Services for Children, and the St. Charles Community Council. In addition, he is actively engaged in the library community, including the Missouri Library Association’s Legislative Committee.

Jim received his Masters in Library Science from the University of Missouri and his Masters in Public Administration from Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville. Prior to working in libraries, Jim worked in the banking industry. He has worked with MOREnet on various REAL projects and was involved in one of the Community Information Networks supported by MOREnet. Jim has served on the MOREnet council since 2013.

Jacque Allen Cowherd, Ed.D.

Jacque Cowherd, since 2009, has served as Superintendent of the Fulton 58 School District. Two years prior he served as General Manager of FairCom Corporation, an international database software company headquartered in Columbia, Mo. Six years prior to joining FairCom he served as Deputy Superintendent for Administration for the Columbia Public Schools with specific areas of responsibility for business operations and budget, building services, nutrition services, safety/security, technology, human resources and transportation. Seventeen years prior to joining the Columbia Public Schools he was Deputy Executive Director and Chief Operating Officer of the Missouri School Boards’ Association. He has also been a college administrator and secondary school teacher.

His doctorial dissertation, "Perceptions of School Board Effectiveness," called for "[s]tatewide organizations such as the Missouri School Boards Association to provide in-service education for boards of education in the area of student achievement and how school boards can affect student achievement." That research recommendation evolved into the Certified Board Member Program and legislation requiring specific board of education training.

Cowherd participates in a variety of community and professional activities including the Fulton Rotary Club (president elect), a committee member of Rotary District 6080 RYLA (Rotary Youth Leadership Awards) and BSA Great Rivers Council Commissioner serving 33 Northeast Missouri Counties and continues to participate in local scout troops as a Merit Badge and Eagle Scout Advisor. He also participates in professional organizations, including the Missouri Association of School Administrators, the Missouri Association of School Business Officials and Phi Delta Kappa.

The Missouri State Teachers Association and the Columbia Community Teachers Association recognized Cowherd as an Administrator of the Year in 2004.

Cowherd is a native of Sedalia, Mo., and grew up with extended family in the Sedalia, Warrensburg and Laurie, Mo., areas. He received his Doctorate in School Administration from the University of Missouri - Columbia and undergraduate and graduate degrees from Central Missouri State University (now known as the University of Central Missouri).

Eva Dunn

Eva Dunn, Director of the Bollinger County Library for the last 17 years, has brought the Library from being a great place to check out a book to being a lifelong learning and information center with state of the art technology for Bollinger County Citizens to use. She also championed expanded services by partnering with Zalma and Meadow Heights High Schools to offer Library services at their locations for the public. Eva works with the community through the Bollinger County Museum and Chamber. Eva earned a Bachelor of Arts from Southeast Missouri State University.

John Heard

John Heard, Ph.D., was appointed as the Vice President for Research, Grants, and Information Systems at the A.T. Still University of Health Sciences (ATSU) in Kirksville, Missouri, in 1998. He has been employed by ATSU since 1978 when he started a post-doctoral position within the department of Microbiology and Immunology of the Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine, a school within ATSU. As the Vice President he is responsible for the two campuses of ATSU, one in Kirksville, Missouri, and the second in Mesa, Arizona. He has been associated with the technology infrastructure at the university since its inception in 1985. Prior to that time he taught and did research within the Microbiology department.

John received his Ph.D. from the University of Texas Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences in Houston, Texas, specializing in molecular genetics. He also received an M. S. degree in biochemistry from Sam Houston State University in Huntsville and a B.S. in chemistry from Lamar University in Beaumont, both in Texas.

Trey Katzer

Trey Katzer is the technology director for Liberty Public Schools. Trey is from southeast Kansas and attended Pittsburg State University. He has been with Liberty Schools since 1996 and started as a middle-level industrial technology teacher before eventually transitioning into the technology department and his current position.

Joel Lareau

Joel was appointed Vice President, Information Technology in July 2000 and Vice Chancellor, Information Technology July 2011 at Ozarks Technical Community College. He oversees the Information Technology and Telecommunication infrastructure for Ozarks Technical Community College system, including two campuses and three remote sites. Prior to assuming leadership duties in information technology, he worked as an Assistant Dean and faculty member, teaching computer and network technologies. He is retired from military service where he worked in the intelligence community and military aviation.

Joel received a Bachelor in Professional Aeronautics from Embry Riddle Aeronautical University and an MPA from University of Missouri -Kansas City.

Paul Mensching

Paul Mensching is currently serving in his fourth year as the superintendent of schools for the East Buchanan C-1 school district in Gower, Mo. His eighteenth year in public education includes service as a teacher, high school principal and superintendent. Paul began teaching at Mexico High School in 1994 where he also served on the inaugural technology committee for the Mexico school district. Mr. Mensching served as teacher and athletic director for Monroe City High School before becoming junior high, and later, high school principal for the Ralls County R-II School district. Paul received a bachelor’s degree from Westminster College in 1994 and a Master’s degree in Educational Administration, along with his Specialist degree in Education from William Woods University. He has been married to his wife Rachel for 15 years and they have four children; Abby, Bryce, Kyle and Jaxon.

Rusty Monhollon, Ph.D.

Rusty Monhollon is Assistant Commissioner for Academic Affairs at the Missouri Department of Higher Education. Before joining the MDHE, Monhollon was Associate Professor of History and Director for the Masters of Arts in Humanities program at Hood College in Frederick, Md. He also has held teaching appointments at Washburn University, Rockhurst University, the University of Kansas and the University of Missouri - Columbia. His book “This is America?”: The Sixties in Lawrence, Kansas (Palgrave, 2002), received the Edward H. Tihen Publication Award from the Kansas State Historical Association in 2003. He also the editor of Baby Boom: People and Perspectives, published by ABC-Clio in 2010.

A native Kansan, Monhollon received his baccalaureate degree at Washburn and master’s and doctoral degrees at the University of Kansas. He and his wife Sonja Erickson have four children (two still at home) and three grandchildren.

Debbie Musselman

Debbie Musselman is the current Library Development Director for the Missouri State Library. She has a bachelor’s degree in English and a master’s degree in library science from the University of Minnesota. She has a wide variety of library experience having worked in school, public, medical and multi-type library systems. At the Missouri State Library she has served as the Administrative Program Coordinator for Wolfner Talking Book and Braille Library, and Technology Consultant and LSTA Grants Officer for Library Development.

Barbara Reading

Barbara Reading received a bachelor’s degree from the University of Missouri – Columbia and a master’s degree in library science from the University of Wisconsin – Madison. Barbara has had 18 years of experience in public library service. She has also served as the youth services consultant for the Missouri State Library from 1993 to 1996 and as the Director of Library Development from 1996 to June 2013 and assumed the role of State Librarian in July 2013. She has worked with the State Library’s partnership with MOREnet for the REAL Program since 1996. The Library Development division manages more than $10 million in program and grant appropriations for library services, including the funding for the REAL Program.

Tim Robyn

Tim Robyn is currently Deputy Chief Information Officer for Web Presence, State of Missouri. He is a California native with a bachelor’s degree in economics and a masters degree in engineering from Stanford University. While attending Stanford, Tim achieved the All American status in Golf.

After graduation from Stanford, Tim went on to play professional golf.

For the last five years, Tim has served as a web developer for the State of Missouri. Tim served on teams for the Office of the Secretary of State and Office of the Attorney General. In Tim’s current role as Deputy Chief Information Officer, he is leading the state of Missouri’s web team in a mission to develop a more citizen-centric web presence.

Tim currently resides in Jefferson City, Mo., with his wife Angie, daughters Kayla (16), Emily (8) and Riley (4) and son, Davis (14).

In his spare time, Tim enjoys outdoor activities with his family.

Archie Sprengel

As Assistant Vice President for Information Technology since August 2008, Archie Sprengel is responsible for the administration and management of IT services at Southeast Missouri State University and three of its regional campuses. He began his career at Southeast in 1979, holding four other positions before being named AVP. Sprengel served as Southeast’s institutional representative when the university joined MOREnet as a charter member in 1991.

Sprengel graduated from Southeast Missouri State University with a B.S. in Computer Science and Mathematics and holds an M.S. in Computer Science from Purdue University.

Albert Stadler

Albert Stadler is the chief information officer at Missouri Southern State University in Joplin.

A graduate of Missouri Southern with a degree in CIS – Information Systems and a minor in General Business, he began working in the university’s IT department as a PC and network support technician in 1998. He was promoted to network administrator in 1999 and to director of infrastructure and security in 2006.

In 2008, he became director of information technology, and was named chief information officer in 2012. As CIO, he oversees seven areas – administrative computing, user services, information security, network services – telecom operations, IT procurement and campus policy.

Stadler has been honored by the Joplin Regional Business Journal as one of its “40 Under 40” recipients and in 2012 received Missouri Southern’s Superior Service Award based on nomination by members of his staff. Since April 2011, he has served as a member of the SANS-EDU advisory board.