Ms. Elizabeth Best received her BS in Education with an emphasis in Secondary Education in Social Studies from the University of Missouri-Columbia. Elizabeth just recently joined the Tolton team this past December. Elizabeth will be teaching AP U.S. History, World History, and British Literature. Elizabeth is looking forward to working with academically motivated students here at Tolton. Elizabeth enjoys learning, traveling, and spending time with family/friends. Favorite Scripture Verse: Matthew 6:34
Miss Kristen Bexten teaches junior and senior Theology classes and serves as the Music Ministry Coordinator. She received an MA in Theology and Catechetics from Franciscan University, an M Ed from Columbia College in Educational Leadership, and a BA from Benedictine College. She has been dedicated to serving in Catholic Education for over 15 years. In her free time, she enjoys cycling, kayaking, tennis, gardening and playing guitar. Favorite Scripture Verse: Luke 15:31
Joe Bradley serves as the Coordinator of Strategic Communications, yearbook teacher, as well as the head coach for the boys and girls golf teams. He received his Bachelor of Journalism and a Masters in Public Affairs (Nonprofit Management) from the University of Missouri. Prior to joining the Tolton Catholic staff in 2017, he served as the Communications Coordinator at the St. Thomas More Newman Center. He and his wife Ellen enjoy attending music festivals and Mizzou football games. He also enjoys playing golf, bowling, ping pong, mentoring kids and cheering on the Cubs and Creighton Bluejays. In his free time, he also runs the Day Dreams Foundation, a local nonprofit that he founded to award scholarships to children from low-income households to participate in extracurricular activities, and serves as President of the Boonslick Kiwanis Club.
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.
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.
Ms. Laura Cooper
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 in 2014. She teaches Anatomy & Physiology, college-prep track Biology, Earth Science and Environmental Science, and loves that she can talk about science and faith at Tolton with no conflict. She also co-directs Tolton’s theatre program, the St. Genesius Players. In her spare time, Brittany enjoys learning, volunteering, and spending time with her husband and 3 pets. Favorite Scripture Verse: 2 Corinthians 12:9-10
Ms. 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
Mr. Josh Giliberto
Josh Giliberto is our Honors Algebra 2, Honors Precalculus, Calc for Life Sciences, and AP Calculus teacher. He served six years in the United States Air Force and earned both his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from Columbia College. On top of teaching, Josh helps coach both the Boys and Girls Soccer teams. Outside of school, Josh spends most of his free time with his son Owen. He also serves on the Day Dreams Foundation Board of Directors, allowing him to give back to the local community. Favorite Scripture Verse: Isaiah 41:10
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
Ms. Emily Horn
Emily Horn is the instructor for Spanish 2, 3, and 4. She received her B.A. in Spanish with a minor in Linguistics from Truman State University. She also received her M.A. in Spanish from Saint Louis University and completed all her coursework toward the Ph.D. in Spanish Literature from the University of Missouri-Columbia. Emily has taught Spanish at the undergraduate level for ten years, 5 years each at Saint Louis University and the University of Missouri-Columbia. She attended Catholic primary and secondary schools and loves being back in a faith-based environment. She loves cats, doing crafts, and spending time with her 3-year-old niece. Favorite Scripture Verse: 1 Pedro 5:7
Deacon Dan Joyce
Deacon Joyce serves as the Interim President at Tolton Catholic. A product of both Catholic elementary and high school in St. Louis, Deacon Joyce received his BA in Journalism from Marquette, and then his Juris Doctor degree from St. Louis University School of Law. He moved to Jefferson City in 1979 and worked for 32 years in various government policy and management positions as an attorney and administrator, with stints at the Missouri Office of Administration, the Missouri Supreme Court, the Missouri Department of Social Services, and the Missouri Public Service Commission. Most recently he served as the director of communications for the Diocese of Jefferson City. Deacon Joyce has been married for 39 years to the Hon. Patricia Joyce, who presently serves as a circuit judge in Cole County. They have five adult children and two grandchildren. He was ordained a deacon by the Most Rev. John R. Gaydos in 1999 and is currently assigned to the Cathedral of St. Joseph in Jefferson City. He is 4th Degree Member of Knights of Columbus in Jefferson City as well as a board member of El Puente Hispanic Ministry in Jefferson City. Deacon Joyce is also a lifelong Cardinals fan. Favorite Scripture Verse: Matthew 9:37-38
Mr. Pat Kelly
Patrick Kelly is our Freshmen Government/Geography teacher and Junior US History teacher but in his time at Tolton has also taught World History, Health, P.E. and AP US History. In addition to running the House Program at Tolton, Pat Serves as the Head Track and Field Coach, the Assistant Cross Country Coach and sponsors the Key Club, Aquarium Club, and Blazer Athletics Running and Fitness (B.A.R.F.) club. Pat is a member of the inaugural faculty in 2011, coming to Tolton after earning his BS in Secondary Education and obtaining his certification in Secondary and Middle School Social Studies from the University of Missouri. He is currently pursuing his Master’s in Educational Leadership from Columbia College and will be getting married this New Year’s Eve. Favorite Scripture verse: Proverbs 27:23-24
email@example.comGary Link teaches both Intro to Business and Personal Finance, and serves as an assistant on the Boys Basketball team. He earned a Bachelors Degree in Business in 1974 from the University of Missouri, where he played basketball for the Tigers. Gary helped run a family business for 26 years, and also worked with Mizzou Athletics for 17 years. He has two children, Michael and Lindsay. Favorite Scripture verse: Psalm 23: 4-6
Ms. 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 seniors 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
Mrs. Amanda Lutz
Amanda Lutz is our College Algebra, Algebra II, and Honors Geometry teacher. She earned her Bachelor’s in Mathematics from Columbia College. She loves math so much that she sponsors the Mathletes. Amanda and her husband, Barry are the proud parents of Laurel (20), Benjamin (12), Bridgette (12), and Landon (10). Outside of school she loves to go visit her grandchildren, Saphira and Rylan, spend time with family, and read. Favorite Scripture Verse: Proverbs 3:5-6.
Mr. Chad Masters
Chad Masters serves as Tolton’s Director of Athletics and Activities, and Head Football Coach. He’s been coaching for 18 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 (12) and Nate (6). 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
Ms. 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 (11) and Grace (9), 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
Mr. Vince Morris
Vince Morris teaches Physical Education, is the defensive coordinator for the football team, and coaches the throwers on the track team. He received his BS in Parks, Recreation, and Tourism from MU with a sports management emphasis, as well as a M.Ed in Coaching, Education and Athlete Development from Xavier University. When he’s not coaching, Vince enjoys spending time with family, reading and watching sports. Favorite Scripture Verse: John 15:13
Mr. Allen Moss
Allen Moss joined the Tolton Catholic faculty in the summer of 2018. Allen earned his degree in Music Education from Southeast Missouri State University. Here at Tolton he teaches band, choir and guitar. Outside of school he enjoys spending time with his wife, playing music and reading. Favorite Scripture Verse: Genesis 3:15
Brenda Neuhaus is the Administrative Assistant for Athletics and Activities. After completing a Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education at Southwest Baptist University, she worked in the insurance industry for over 10 years. After several fulfilling years as a stay-at-home mom, she was a substitute teacher in both Kansas and Missouri. In her spare time, she enjoys binge-watching movies and television series, reading, and, most importantly, attending her sons’ athletic events. Her life verse is Ephesians 2:10.
Mr. Jeremy Osborne
Mr. Jeremy Osborne received his BS in Sports Management from Culver-Stockton College and teaches Current Events, Economics, Health, Psychology. Jeremy joined the Tolton Catholic staff in 2012. He serves as the head basketball coach, and assistant football coach. Jeremy and his wife Brittany have two daughters, Leighton (8) and Landri (3), and a son, Langston (1).Jeremy is a big Shark Tank fan and in his free time enjoys spending time with his family and friends, traveling, and watching/playing sports. Favorite Scripture Verse: Joshua 1:9
Mr. Chuck Register
Chuck Register joined the Tolton Catholic faculty in 2015 and teaches Honors Biology, AP Biology and Physical Science. He also serves as the head coach for the boys and girls soccer teams. 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 his family and being at their cabin at the Lake of the Ozarks. He and his wife Susie have been married for 31 years and have two children, Alex and Lauren. Favorite Scripture Verse: Romans 12:12
Mr. 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. He and wife Sheryl have been married for 28 years and have a son, Cory, who will graduate in December with his Bachelors Degree in General Studies with an Emphasis in Education from Columbia College. Favorite Scripture Verse: Matthew 19:26
Mrs. Roche has been involved in Catholic education for over 20 years, as a teacher or administrator in Missouri and Illinois. She received a BA in Business Communications and Elementary Education Certification from Avila University. She earned an MA in Education Leadership from the University of Missouri-Kansas City. Mrs. Roche enjoys spending time with her family in Kansas City, and is excited to join the Tolton Catholic community.
Mrs. Laura Sasser
Laura Sasser serves as the school’s Admissions Director and Head Cheer Coach. 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 2018 graduate of Tolton, and Kate, a sophomore at Tolton. 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.
Mr. 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
Ms. Chelsea Schuster
Chelsea Schuster is blessed to serve as the Campus Minister and Freshman Theology Teacher for Tolton Catholic. She earned Bachelors degrees in Theology and Youth Ministry from Benedictine College in Atchison, Kansas. Before Joining the Tolton family in 2017, she served in parish youth ministry programs all across the country. When not at school, Chelsea enjoys adventures with family and friends, biking, bonfires, and baking. Favorite Scripture Verse: Romans 12:12
Mr. Dan Shimkus
Mr. Lonnie Tapia
Lonnie Tapia joined the Tolton Catholic faculty in 2013 and teaches art, photography, and design. 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 to 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
Mrs. Ericca Thornhill
Ericca Thornhill joined Tolton in 2012. She earned both her BS and MS degrees in Education from Mizzou. She encourages young learners to use data to back up their facts, to love math, and to be good stewards of God’s natural world as they prepare for college Chemistry and Physics. She enjoys learning so much that she sponsors the Scholar Bowl team and plays trivia whenever she can. She and her husband love to explore the world. Favorite Scripture Verse: John Chapter 6
Mrs. Paulina Tramel
Paulina Tramel teaches English II, AP Literature and Composition and American Literature. She also serves as the Pro-Life Club sponsor. She has been teaching at Tolton Catholic since the school opened. 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, jigsaw puzzles, and spending time with her 3-year-old granddaughter, Abigail. Favorite Scripture Verse: Jeremiah 29:11
Mrs. Kristie Wilson
Kristie Wilson is completing the school year in Sophomore Theology! She received her B.S.Ed from Central Methodist University in Middle School Education and her Master’s of Education in K-12 Counseling from Stephens College. She is also currently working on a Master’s Degree in School Administration (she really loves school!) Kristie is in her 19th year of teaching, with the last ten as the Director of PRIDE Academy, Hallsville Public School’s alternative high school program. Her first teaching job was at St. Mary’s in Glasgow and she is thrilled to be returning to Catholic Education. She enjoys reading, laughing, hanging out with her nieces and nephews, and watching her children play sports. She, her husband, Steve, and their children, Paul and Ruthie, live in Hallsville. Their eldest child, Stephen graduated in 2018 from TCHS and now attends Westminster College in Fulton. Favorite scripture verse – Isaiah 43:18-19