Faculty and Staff Directory


00297 BextenMs. Kristen Bexten

Miss Kristen Bexten teaches junior and senior Theology classes and serves as the Faculty & Staff Faith Formation Coordinator. She received her MA from Franciscan University in 1998, her BA from Benedictine College in 1993 and is currently pursuing her Masters in Educational Leadership from Columbia College.   She taught at Aquinas High School in LaCrosse, WI for three years and St. James Academy in Lenexa, KS for three years prior to joining the Tolton Catholic staff. In her free time, she enjoys cycling, crossfit, kayaking, tennis and playing guitar. Favorite Scripture Verse: Luke 15:31

Fr. Mike Coleman

 Mike Coleman is our high school chaplain. He also serves as an Associate Pastor at Our Lady of Lourdes parish here in Columbia. Previously, he was pastor of St. Pius X parish in Moberly. He frequently relies on his own Catholic high school education and tells everyone that he has spent his life waiting for the chance to get back into a Catholic high school. Tolton Catholic is blessed to have him. Fr. Mike has a wonderful rapport with our students and families, attends nearly every Tolton Catholic sporting event, and LOVES Cardinal baseball.

Mr. Ron Co00298 Comleymley
Ron Comley serves as the Tolton Catholic Facilities Manager and has been an integral part of the Tolton team since the doors opened in 2011. Having initially worked for the school on a contract basis, Ron became a full time member of the school staff in the summer of 2015.

00299 ConsiglioMrs. Charissa Consiglio
Charissa Consiglio teaches Spanish 1 and 2. She received her BA in Spanish from MU and is currently pursuing her Masters through UCM. She has 15 years of teaching experience, spending time in the classroom at MU, Lange Middle School, Jamestown, and Prairie Home. She is a woman of many talents and hobbies including horseback riding, gardening, raising goats, archery, trap shooting, remodeling, and camping. She “loves being able to share the solution to all problems – Jesus”. Favorite Scripture Verse: John 14:27

00300 CreachMs. Mary Creach

Mary Creach runs the Tolton Catholic front office. She received her BS in Education from Missouri State University and spent 32 years in the classroom as a high school English teacher. She also worked for 3 years as the medical education coordinator for Cox Health systems in Springfield, MO before joining the inaugural Tolton Catholic team. She enjoys playing golf, reading, and playing guitar and spends as much time as possible attending her granddaughter’s soccer and basketball games. Favorite Scripture Verse: Psalms 40: 2-3

Ms. Laura Cooper


Laura Cooper is the instructor for English III  and A.P Language   She received her B.S.Ed from the University of Missouri in Columbia in Secondary English Education with a minor in Speech and Theater. Laura is entering her twenty-eighth year of teaching high school, and her background includes teaching Honors classes and coaching Speech and Debate. Laura enjoys reading, gardening, and walking with her rescue dog, Bodie. She and her husband, Chris, reside in Jefferson City where he teaches A.P. Psychology at Helias High School. They have one son, Cole, who is a Northwestern Engineering graduate, and he lives in Chicago.  Favorite scripture verse – Romans 8:28

Mrs. Brittany Copeland

Brittany Copeland was happy to begin her teaching career here at Tolton after receiving her BS in Secondary Biology Education from Mizzou. She teaches Anatomy & Physiology and college-prep track Biology. She loves that she can talk about science and faith at Tolton with no conflict. In her spare time, Brittany enjoys learning – particularly foreign languages, theology, and more about science. Favorite Scripture Verse: 2 Corinthians 12:9

Mrs. Mikelle Cortez


Mrs. Mikelle Cortez is the Freshmen English teacher and oversees the Drama Club .  Mrs. Cortez attended Southern Utah University in Cedar City, Utah where she earned her Bachelors in Theatre Arts and English.  In 2000, she earned her MAEd in Educational Administration and Supervision, and in 2010, she attended William Woods University where she earned her Specialist in Educational Administration. Mrs. Cortez is married to Robert Cortez who is the band director at Mexico High School.  They have three boys: Alexander (23), Ryan (19), and Nicholas (16).  She was born and raised in Las Vegas, Nevada and is the youngest of four.  Her first love is writing and she is excited to have the time and energy to return to that passion.  She is also an avid scrapbooker with over 52 scrapbooks.Favorite Scripture Verse: Psalms 62:7

Mr. Lee Franklin


Lee Franklin joined the Tolton Catholic faculty in 2016. He received his BA in History & Political Science from Culver-Stockton College and his Master’s in Education from the University of Missouri St. Louis. He teaches social studies at Tolton Catholic and serves as an assistant coach on the football team. He taught for Columbia Public Schools and also at Shenyang Normal University in China prior to joining the Tolton Catholic team. Franklin enjoys spending time with his wife Melanie, reading, writing, and following his favorite sports teams: the Indianapolis Colts, the Indiana Pacers, and the Notre Dame Fighting Irish.

Favorite scripture verse: John 15:15


Mrs. Hayley Gerling

Hayley Gerling teaches Geometry, College Algebra, and Calculus for the Life Sciences, in addition to sponsoring the math team, Constitution Project, and pep club. She received her BS in Math Education from Lincoln University and her MS in Educational Technology from the University of Central Missouri. She loves spending time with friends and family and renovating her new home. Haley likes to live by a quote her grandfather always said – “if you love what you do, you’ll never work a day in your life”. Teaching allows this to be true for her. Favorite Scripture Verse: Ecclesiastes 3:22 Class website: hhoth.toltoncatholic.org

Ms. Sara Grimes


Sara Grimes joined the faculty in 2016 and teaches Algebra 1 & 2. She earned her B.S. from Missouri State University in Mathematics & Computer Science. She is studying toward a MAEd in Educational Curriculum and Instruction at University of Missouri. She has spent the past fourteen years teaching math at Christian Fellowship School (Columbia, MO) and Southern Boone County High School (Ashland, MO). She enjoys spending time with her husband, Greg, and two sons, Drake (20) and Deacon (14) and also music, cooking, sewing & quilting, reading and traveling. Favorite scripture verse: “Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I shall dwell in the house of the Lord for ever.” Psalm 23:6.

Class website: sgrimes.toltoncatholic.org

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00305 Henderson

Mr. Scott Henderson

Scott Henderson received both his BA and MA degrees from the University of Missouri-Columbia. He has logged 15 years of experience in the classroom and currently teaches AP European History, World History, and Latin here at Tolton Catholic. He loves working with Tolton’s “energetic, motivated, and well-rounded students” and the school’s balanced focus on Spirit, Heart, Mind, and Body. When not at school, he enjoys spending time with family and friends. Favorite Scripture Verse: Acts 5:38-39

Mr. Dustijn Hollon


Mr. Dustijn Hollon serves at the Director of Bands and Choirs and is the Coordinator of Music Activities at Tolton Catholic.  Mr. Hollon received his BA in Music from Truman State University and his Masters in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Missouri – Columbia.  Mr. Hollon has eleven years experience in education and before joining the Tolton Catholic staff in 2016, he taught in the Moniteau County R-I, Linn County R-IV and Adair County R-I School Districts.  He is a season ticket holder to Mizzou Football and the Broadway Series at the Fabulous Fox Theatre in St. Louis.  Mr. Hollon also enjoys following St. Louis Cardinals baseball, traveling around the country with his family and visiting amusement parks (especially Silver Dollar City). Favorite Scripture Verse: Phillipians 4:13


00307 JohnsonMr. Mike Johnson

Mike Johnson is Tolton’s Director of Admissions. He also teaches US History and Personal Finance and serves as the Head Baseball Coach and Assistant Head Football Coach. He received his BA in Parks, Recreation and Tourism from MU and his Teaching Certificate in Social Studies from Columbia College.   He worked for the city of Aurora, Colorado, for 5 years prior to joining the Tolton Catholic team and has been coaching for 13 years. He’s an avid Cardinals fan and he and his wife Stephanie have two children, Olivia (3) and Isaac (1). He loves seeing our students develop as individuals from freshman year to graduation. Favorite Scripture Verse: Hebrews 11:1


Mr. Ananta Khanal


Ananta Khanal teaches Physics, AP Physics, Pre-Calculus, and Honors Algebra.  Ananta received a M.Sc. from Tribhuvan Univeristy, a MSIS from Hawaii Pacific University, a M. ED. from the University of Missouri Columbia, and has a teaching certificate in Physics.  Ananta taught physics and math in Nepal, worked at Microsoft as a software testing engineer, and for the last 15 years he taught AP physics, math and computer programing courses at Missouri Military Academy before joining the faculty at Tolton Catholic.   He loves reading, traveling and volunteering in the community.  Ananta is originally from Kathmandu, Nepal, but has lived in Mid-Missouri for 15 years.  He and his wife Indira have two sons, Nischal and Nishan.  Both are in college and planning to attend medical school.  Favorite Scripture Verse: Philippians 4:1

00308 KellyMr. Pat Kelly

Patrick Kelly teaches freshmen Government and Geography and Junior AP US History. He received a BS in Secondary Education with an Emphasis in Social Studies and completed his student teaching at Centralia High School before joining the inaugural Tolton Catholic team in 2011.   He also serves as the Head Track Coach, Assistant Coach for Cross Country and sponsors Key Club, Aquarium Club, and the Blazer Athletics Running and Fitness club. He is currently pursuing his Masters in Administration at Columbia College and enjoys running and sailing. Favorite Scripture Verse: Mark 2:27

00309 LloydMs. Rose Lloyd

Rose Lloyd serves as the Tolton Catholic Finance Director. She joined the Tolton staff in the spring of 2013. A CPA, Rose earned her BSBA in Accounting from Rockhurst University in Kansas City, MO. Immediately after college, she joined the Missouri State Auditor’s office as a staff auditor.  After three years of traveling across the state, she accepted a position for Legend Automotive Group in Columbia, MO and worked there for seventeen years, resigning as the CFO, to accept an auditing/tax position at Gerding, Korte & Chitwood, CPA’s.  While working at GKC, she served on the Advisory Board for Tolton Catholic.  Originally from Boonville, MO, she graduated from SS Peter & Paul grade school.  Her two daughters, Elizabeth and Emily are sophomores here at Tolton Catholic and Rose “enjoys every moment of being part of the Tolton family”.   Favorite Scripture verses: Proverbs 22:6 and 1 Corinthians 12:4

Mr. Chad Masters00310 Masters

Chad Masters serves as Tolton’s Dean of Students, Director of Athletics, and Head Football Coach. He’s been coaching for 17 years, having spent time on staff at Centralia High School, Jefferson City High School, and Hickman High School before joining Tolton Catholic. He received his BS in Secondary Education and his Masters in Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis from MU. He and his wife Joan have two sons, Jack (10) and Nate (4). In addition to athletic hobbies, Chad enjoys the outdoors, reading, history, and gardening. What he loves best about Tolton Catholic is the fact that it represents the manifestation of the dreams of a community, and to serve here is to answer a calling from God.  Favorite Scripture Verse: Matthew 19:26

00311 McIntoshMs. Jill McIntosh

Jill McIntosh serves as the Director of Advancement for Tolton Catholic. She received BSBA degrees in Marketing and Management from MU.   She began her career in Operations Management for Sprint, then returned to Missouri to run a family insurance business for a number of years before venturing into the development field. She served in major gift officer, relations manager, and director of annual giving roles for the University of Missouri’s advancement division prior to her tenure with Tolton Catholic. She has two children, Garrett (9) and Grace (7), both students at Our Lady of Lourdes Interparish School.   Cooking, fishing, gardening and planning get-together’s for family and friends are her favorite hobbies. Favorite Scripture Verse: Galatians 6:9


00313 MorrisMr. Vince Morris

Vince Morris teaches Physical Education and coaches the defensive line for football and the throwers on the track team.   He received his BS in Parks, Recreation, and Tourism from MU with a sports management emphasis. When he’s not coaching, Vince enjoys spending time with family, reading and watching sports.   Favorite Scripture Verse: John 15:13



Mr. Bernie Naumann

Bernie Naumann serves as the President/Principal for Tolton Catholic.  He received a Bachelors Degree in Political Science and Business from St. Louis University, a Masters Degree in Curriculum and Instruction from UMKC, and a Masters in Secondary School Administration from Missouri Baptist.  He has been in business administration for 20 years.  Before joining the Tolton team in 2016, he served the Archdiocese of St. Louis – first as a teacher, coach and administrator at St. Dominic, later as President of Duchesne High School.  He has been gifted by God with three great children and a beautiful wife, Joan.  He’s a sports fan and loves watching movies and spending time with his family, especially at their Lake home on Table Rock.  Favorite Scripture Verse: 1 Corinthians 13:47


00315 OsborneMr. Jeremy Osborne

Mr. Jeremy Osborne received his BS in Sports Management from Culver-Stockton College and teaches Business, Economics, Health, Psychology, and Strength and Conditioning. He also serves as the head basketball coach and an assistant football coach. Jeremy and his wife Brittany have two daughters, Leighton (6) and Landri (1). Jeremy is a big Shark Tank fan and enjoys studying history. He loves Tolton’s family-like atmosphere and faith-based environment. Favorite Scripture Verse: Joshua 1:9

00317 PinedoMs. Celina Pinedo

Miss Celina Pinedo teaches Theology here at Tolton Catholic and serves as the Liturgical Coordinator and Student Service Coordinator for the school. She received her BA degrees in Theology and Evangelization & Catechesis from Benedictine College and joined the Tolton Catholic staff in 2014. She is the youngest of three children and grew up in Colorado. Outside of school, she enjoys cooking, sewing & quilting, reading and traveling.   Favorite Scripture Verse: Matthew 28:19-20
Twitter: @MVPinedo
Service website: https://sites.google.com/a/toltoncatholic.org/blazers-serving-christ/

00318 PlankSr. Matt Plank

Matthew Plank teaches Spanish 1, 3, and 4 and AP Spanish here at Tolton Catholic.   He received his BA in Political Science and Masters in Spanish and taught at Mizzou, Vienna High School and Helias High School before joining the Tolton Catholic faculty in 2014. Outside of school, he enjoys music, playing guitar and reading. Favorite Scripture Verse: Ecclesiastes 12:1

00319 PowersMrs. Marigrace Powers

Marigrace Powers serves as the Tolton Catholic Media Specialist & Librarian, in addition to teaching British Literature and Creative Writing. She has also taught Public Speaking and English at the college level since 1992. She received her BA from the University of Iowa, her MA from the University of Nebraska at Omaha and her Master of Theological Studies from Ave Maria University. She and her husband Tim have three children – Anna (a third year med student at KU), Abbie (who currently attends MU) and Joe (who currently attends Ave Maria University). She loves to spend her free time listening to music and gardening. Favorite Scripture Verse: Romans 8: 38-39

00320 RegisterMr. Chuck Register

Chuck Register joined the Tolton Catholic faculty in 2015 and teaches Biology, AP Biology and Physical Science. He received his Bachelors degree in Education from Central Missouri State University and his Masters from Lincoln University. Chuck has taught at each of the diocesan high schools, having started his career at Sacred Heart High School in Sedalia, then teaching for 20 years at Helias before joining the Tolton Catholic team. Outside of work, he enjoys hunting and fishing. He and his wife Susie have been married for 28 years and have two children, Alex and Lauren. Favorite Scripture Verse: Romans 12:12

M00321 Rileyr. Curt Riley

Curt Riley serves as Tolton Catholic’s Assistant Athletic Director and Head Girls Basketball Coach. Curt received his BA from Tarkio College and spent 29 years teaching and coaching in the public school system and 8 years with Columbia College before joining the Tolton Catholic team in 2014. Curt was a member of the 2014 Missouri Basketball Coaches Association Hall of Fame class. H e and wife Sheryl have been married for 25 years and have a son, Cory, who plays baseball at Columbia College. Favorite Scripture Verse: Matthew 19:26

00322 RoarkMr. Bryce Roark

Bryce Roark is the Tolton Catholic Athletic Trainer. Bryce is employed with Peak Sport & Spine, but has serviced the Tolton Catholic family since the school’s opening in 2011.


Mr. Zach Rockers


Zach Rockers teaches Freshman and Senior Theology Classes.  Zach has Business Administration and Secondary Education undergraduate degrees and a Masters of Arts in teaching degree all from Columbia College.  He is the girls golf coach and an assistant boys basketball coach.  He played basketball at Columbia College for 4 years.  In his spare time, he enjoys playing sports, spending time with family and friends, traveling, playing piano, and enjoying the little things in life that God blesses me with!  Favorite Scripture Verse: John 10:10 – “The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that you may have life, and have it abundantly.”


Mrs. Laura Sasser00323 Sasser

Laura Sasser serves as the school’s Head Cheer and Dance Coach and works as a coordinator in the school’s Advancement Office. Laura received her bachelor’s degree in exercise physiology from Illinois State University. Prior to her tenure with Tolton Catholic, she served as a Head Cheer Instructor for the National Cheerleaders Association, a Senior Account Executive for the Dallas Business Journal and an Office Manager for Mizzou Sports Properties. She and her husband Jeff have two daughters – Caroline, a Junior at Tolton, and Kate, an 8th grader at Our Lady of Lourdes Interparish School.   In her free time, she enjoys cooking, family dinners, reading, shopping, watching her girls participate in their chosen activities, and going to the beach. Favorite Scripture Verse: Philippians 3:14.

00324 ScherrerMr. Tim Scherrer

Tim Scherrer serves as the Tolton Catholic Dean of Academics. He received his BA and MA degrees in History from Truman State University.   Prior to joining the Tolton Catholic team, he spent 12 years as an administrator at Truman State, 8 years as an assistant professor of Military Science and History at Mizzou, and 6 years as the Director of College Placement and Counseling at Missouri Military Academy. Outside of work time, he enjoys writing, reading, running and restoring WWII Military vehicles. Favorite Scripture Verse: Ephesians 6:10-18


00325 StratmanMr. Wes Stratman

Wes Stratman joined the Tolton Catholic team in the summer of 2012. He teaches Math and serves as the House System Coordinator. He received his BS in Mathematics and Statistics from MU and is currently pursuing a Graduate Certificate in Catholic School Leadership through Creighton University. Wes and his wife Elizabeth have two daughters, Gabrielle and Grace. He enjoys going to the park with his family and actively follows the St. Louis Cardinals, the Mizzou tigers, and Manchester United Football. Favorite Scripture Verse: 2 Corinthians 3: 2-3

Class website: wstratman.toltoncatholic.org

00326 TapiaMr. Lonnie Tapia

Lonnie Tapia joined the Tolton Catholic faculty in 2013 and teaches art, photography, and design.  He also serves as Head Soccer Coach and Assistant Baseball Coach. Lonnie earned his BFA from Columbia College, with an emphasis in Graphic Design.  He has an extensive background in marketing and merchandising, having served in professional roles across the US with Venture Stores, The Limited, Lane Bryant, Georgetown Leather Design, and Canadians Fur Trappers Company Fashion Group, just to name a few. He continues run his own creative agency, Tapia Concepts, as well. Lonnie and his high school sweetheart Susan Maledy have been married for 40 years. They have two sons -Jesse (26)  and Niko (23). Teach us, Lord, To serve You as You deserve, to give and not to count the cost, to fight and not to heed the wounds, to toil and not to seek for rest, to labor and not to ask for any reward save that of knowing that we do Your will. ~Ignatius of Loyola

00327 TesoroMrs. Katie Tesoro

Katie Tesoro joined the Tolton Catholic faculty in 2014. She received her B.A. in Education and French from Saint Louis University, her MSc in International Public Policy from University College London, and her MSc in Educational Research Methodology from Oxford University. She is currently working on her EdD in Interdisciplinary Leadership from Creighton University. Katie teaches French (levels 1-4), as well as World History. In her free time, she is usually working on doctorate work, but also likes to cook, go to concerts and films, read, and travel. She and her husband Jake married in June 2015 and have a daughter, Charlotte (6 weeks). Favorite Scripture Verse: 1 Corinthians 13: 1 – 13

00328 ThornhillMrs. Ericca Thornhill

Ericca Thornhill joined the Tolton Catholic faculty in the summer of 2012.   Ericca earned both her BS and MS degrees in Education from the University of Missouri.   She teaches Science here at Tolton Catholic and serves as the Scholar Bowl team sponsor.   She and her husband Travis love to “explore the world” and learn new things in their spare time. Favorite Scripture Verse: John Chapter 6

00329 TramelMrs. Paulina Tramel

Paulina Tramel teaches World Literature and AP Literature and Composition. She also oversees the Yearbook staff and serves as the Pro-Life Club sponsor. Paulina received her AA in Medical Transcription, her BA in English and her MAE all from Truman State University. Early in her career, she served as an Admissions Officer for Truman State and, prior to her tenure at Tolton Catholic, taught at MACC, Quincy Notre Dame High School, and Canton R-V High School. She and her husband David have two sons, Nathan and Garrett.   One of nine children, she enjoys reading, biking, board games, and jigsaw puzzles.   She loves the sense of community shared here between the faculty, staff, and students and states that “our school is a family– we watch out for, care for, serve, and pray for each other every day!” Favorite Scripture Verse: Jeremiah 29:11