People

Jo Fey, Dean of Workforce Development and Technical Education, Moberly Area Community College

What’s your background? I grew up in Manhattan, Kansas, graduated from Baker University, and taught…

Strong Woman: Mary Jane Oliver

Mother of five draws strength from the children she lives and works with. Tell me…

CYSK: James and Michele Batye

Michele and James Batye work together to nurture their high-functioning blended family. She’s the president…

Transformations: From Carboholic to Ketogenic

Audrey McFadden leaves sugar behind and beats her diabetes diagnosis. When Audrey McFadden turns her…

Mac Lemone, Operations Manager, Little Dixie Construction

What’s your professional background? After graduating from MU with a dual major in finance and…

Elizabeth Leiva, Firefighter, Columbia Fire Department

What’s your background? I started in the fire service doing wildland firefighting in the summer…

Strong Woman: Rebecca Walden

Following her family’s battles with cancer, Rebecca Walden draws strength from God and others. Age:…

Transformations: From Depression to Hope

Rachel Olson awakens from her emotional coma and learns to love herself. In the fall…

CYSK: John Gilbreth & Amanda Rainey

Pizza Tree owners John Gilbreth and Amanda Rainey grow their family and business. How did…

Jason Gruender, Owner, Liberty Insurance Solutions

1. What’s your background? Born and raised in Columbia, I graduated from Hickman High School…

Michelle Baumstark, Community Relations Director, Columbia Public Schools

1. What’s your background? I’ve been the director of community relations for Columbia Public Schools…

Dr. Sara L. Cochran, Entrepreneurial Programs Manager & Interim Director of the Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation, UM System

1. What’s your background? I hold a PhD in higher education with research focused on…