MOREnet Council Member Bios

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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.

Carrie Cline

Carrie Cline has been a librarian for over 25 years, starting out her career as a K-12 school librarian. She was named as the new Library Director of the Wright County Library 20 years ago, then director of the McDonald County Library in 2001. Both of these systems are small and rural, and Carrie has long been an outspoken advocate for rural libraries and their many needs.

Carrie has been the MLA Secretary, helped form the Youth Services Community of Interest of MLA and has served on the Building Block Picture Book Award committee, the Mark Twain Award committee and Summer Reading Program committees. For several years, she traveled the state, presenting summer reading program workshops on behalf of the Missouri State Library, and she served as president of the Missouri Public Library Directors (MPLD). She is also very community minded, and served on the McDonald County Chamber Board of Directors.

This past November, Carrie was named the new Library Director for the Neosho Newton County Library and is looking forward to the challenges of managing a larger system.

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).

Curt Fuchs

Curt Fuchs has been involved with technology, school libraries and curriculum for over 40 years. For the past nine years, he has been with the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, assigned to oversee the state virtual education program (MoVIP) as well as directing the charter school office at the Department. During his 33 years in K-12 education, Curt served in numerous capacities in the Chillicothe School District and the Columbia Public School District. Curt was a member of the founding MOREnet Council.

Curt received a B.S. in secondary education, an M.S. in library information science and a Ph.D. in curriculum and instruction, all from the University of Missouri--Columbia. He is currently serving as an alternative delegate to the MOREnet Council for the Department.

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.

Rich Kliethermes

Rich Kliethermes has worked for the State of Missouri since 1998 in various information technology positions. Rich started his career supporting DSS and later as a part of ITSD-DSS in the roles of application developer and team lead from 1998 to 2012. Since that time, he has held the role of Client Services Manager (CSM) for ITSD supporting the Department of Economic Development from 2012 to 2013, the Department of Natural Resources from 2013 to 2015 and, most recently, the Department of Mental Health. Rich is a graduate of Missouri State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Marketing Research as well as a graduate of Lincoln University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Information Systems. Rich lives in Westphalia with his wife Dawn and two daughters, Reagen and Mia. Rich is actively involved in coaching various athletic teams his daughters participate on. Rich Kliethermes has worked for the State of Missouri since 1998 in various information technology positions. Rich started his career supporting DSS and later as a part of ITSD-DSS in the roles of application developer and team lead from 1998 to 2012. Since that time, he has held the role of Client Services Manager (CSM) for ITSD supporting the Department of Economic Development from 2012 to 2013, the Department of Natural Resources from 2013 to 2015 and, most recently, the Department of Mental Health. Rich is a graduate of Missouri State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Marketing Research as well as a graduate of Lincoln University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Information Systems.

Rich lives in Westphalia with his wife Dawn and two daughters, Reagen and Mia. Rich is actively involved in coaching various athletic teams his daughters participate on.

Steve Klotz

I am currently serving in my seventh year as assistant superintendent in the Maryville R-II school district. Prior this position, I was the elementary principal at Eugene Field Elementary for six years in the Maryville district and the assistant principal for three years in the same building. I started my career teaching fourth grade and coaching high school football and basketball at North Andrew School District. My wife, Kimberly, teaches fifth grade in the Maryville school district, and we have two children, Vanessa, 15, and Lucas, 12.

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.

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.