Member Bios

John Bax

John Bax is currently Chief Information Officer for Lincoln University (LU). He is a senior IT executive leader who believes in time-proven values, professional relationships, being respectful and striving to ensure the right things are done for the right reasons, at the right time and in the right way.

John has been with LU for three years. He has a Master of Science in Information Technology Management and a Bachelor of Science in Power Technology with over 25 years of experience with government, education, health, business and technology planning and management.

He has been recognized by the International Information Systems Security Certification Consortium (ISC2) as a Certified Information System Security Professional (CISSP), by the Disaster Recovery Institute International (DRII) as a Certified Business Continuity Professional (CBCP), by Boston University as being certified in Project Management and by the state of Missouri as a certified Missouri Project Manager (MPM). He is often requested to present at IT, security, DR/BC and project management venues.

Mr. Bax has served as a past Interim CIO for Missouri S&T, Vice President of Financial Affairs for the local Project Management Institute chapter and secretary for the local InfraGard chapter, also serving as an ex-officio member of the board of directors. John has served as a member of the Governor's Homeland Security Council's (HSC) business continuity task force and assisted the cybersecurity task force. He has also served his local community as a city alderman and planning and zoning commissioner and continues to remain involved with various local groups.

John is a decorated retiree of the Missouri National Guard, having served 23 years. His last assignment was to the Missouri National Guard Directorate of Information Management; he held a Top Secret SCI security clearance. In the Guard, he was trained and served as an IT consultant, Helicopter Crew Chief, Flight Medic, Field Medic and Medical Laboratory Technician.

Michelle Brenner

Dr. Michelle Brenner spent the first 10 years of her career in the classroom and coaching. She taught middle school science and PE and coached volleyball for the Springfield School District for two years before moving to Nixa High School to teach PE and serve as the Head Volleyball Coach for eight years. She became an Assistant Principal at Branson High School in her 11th year in education and worked for eight years in that role before moving into a central office role. The Director of Digital Learning position she held for three and a half years allowed her to focus more on technology and its impact on the classroom for both students and teachers. Currently, Dr. Brenner is serving as the Director of Technology and Digital Learning for Branson, a role she began in January 2020. In addition to her duties with the Branson School District, Dr. Brenner has served as the Coordinator of the GOSCD Innovation Summit, been a member of LAUNCH Advisory Committee, been the coordinator of the Tri-Lakes Summit and taught courses for Lindenwood and Evangel Universities.

Michelle is married to David Brenner, teacher and coach at BHS, and they have two children Alex (18) and Kayla (16).

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.

Michael Davis

Mr. Davis is the Director of the Camden County Library District serving 44,000 patrons with six locations in Camden County. He received his Bachelor of Music degree from Missouri State University in 1991 and his Masters in Library and Information Science from University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign in 1994. With over 25 years’ experience in public libraries, he has previously worked as a Reference Librarian, Reference Technology Librarian, Head of IT and Director. In addition to serving on the MOREnet Council, Mr. Davis is currently the Chair of the MPLD/MLA Public Library Standards Committee which is rewriting the standards for Missouri public libraries. Mr. Davis relocated to central Missouri in 2013 after working in libraries in the Chicago area. He currently lives in Camdenton with his wife, also a librarian, and two beautiful daughters. His hobbies include reading, travel, music and riding or repairing motorcycles. His attempts to read the entire Internet are unlikely to succeed in his lifetime.

Sue Lightfoot

Sue Lightfoot began her position as Director of the Carrollton Public Library, a small rural library located in north central Missouri, in 2008. As a recent graduate of Baker University with Masters in Business Administration-Management, she is currently the President of the Grand River Library Consortium, a member of the MOREnet Council, Treasurer of the Missouri Evergreen Consortium, Secretary to the Hudson Bridges Foundation and Vice Chair of University of Missouri Extension-Carroll County Council. Past positions include MPLD President, Marketing Chair for Missouri Evergreen, numerous local and county positions as commitment to community involvement is a top priority. She strives to involve all patrons and generations to understand the library's services and programming. Sue has introduced more outreach programs, bookmobiles, interlibrary loan services and community collaborations during her tenure. By generally thinking outside the box, the statistics have shown growth along with the awareness of the value of public libraries and the Carrollton Public Library has been awarded as a Star Library by Library Journal for three years.

Sue has 12 years of experience in the marketing/promotion/advertising field with a locally owned company that has made its mark in the media realm. With former owners of WHB Radio, she gained much experience to maintain professional relationships with marketing professionals across the state of Missouri to reach extensive sales goals. Previously, she measured, reviewed and calculated tax values on personal, residential, commercial and new construction properties for tax assessments as Chief Appraiser for Carroll County, Missouri Assessor Office for eight years.

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.

Gary Stanowski

Gary Stanowski is the Chief Information Officer for Columbia College. Before being appointed CIO, Gary served eight years as Deputy CIO for the college. Besides MOREnet, Gary serves as a committee member for Midwestern Higher Education Compact and on the Higher Education Advisory Board for Hyland Software.

Gary holds an Associate’s Degree in Micro Computer Repair, Bachelors in Information Technology and a Master's in Business Administration.

Robin Westphal

Robin started in her position as State Librarian in April of 2018. She has 12 years of experience as a public library director in Missouri, having worked at the Livingston County Library in Chillicothe before taking a position in Johnson City, Tenn., before coming back to Missouri. A native of Kansas, Robin has a bachelor's degree in political science/public administration from Kansas State University and a master's degree in library science from Emporia State University. She has worked in public libraries, school libraries and did a stint at a law library in Johnson County Kansas.

Mara Woody

Dr. Mara Woody is the Assistant Commissioner for Postsecondary Policy with the Missouri Department of Higher Education and Workforce Development. She’s served in this position since July 2019 and oversees Apprenticeship Missouri, Innovation and Performance, Academic Affairs, Proprietary School Certification and Strategic Initiatives.

Previous to this, Mara served as the Judicial Education Manager for the Missouri Office of State Courts Administrator, where she led judicial education efforts for court staff. Before coming to the State Courts, she served in higher education for over a decade in several capacities: international credentialing, Academic Affairs, LEAN process improvement and updating technology in her division so processes became fully digital.

Dr. Woody has an Ed.D. in Educational Leadership and Policy from Vanderbilt University, a Master of Science in Criminal Justice from Columbia College and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Criminal Justice. During the summer of 2012, she was a fellow in the Peabody College Institute of Higher Education Management at Vanderbilt University.