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CPSF announces new board members and emeritus members

The Columbia Public Schools Foundation (CPSF) is thrilled to announce the addition of two new board members and two members appointed with emeritus status.

Sarah Maguffee was appointed to the Board of Directors for a three-year term. Maguffee is an attorney and parent of two sons who attend Columbia Public Schools. She is a law clerk for Judge Karen King Mitchell, Missouri Court of Appeals, Western District. As the former PTA president of Fairview Elementary, Sarah brings the perspective of a long-time PTA volunteer and parent to the Foundation board. She currently volunteers with the Hickman PTSA and the Smithton Booster Club. Sarah holds a bachelor’s degree from Bates College in Lewiston, Maine, and a juris doctor degree from the University of Michigan.

Zach Silvers was also appointed to the Board of Directors for a three-year term. Silvers is a Columbia Public Schools graduate, having attended Grant Elementary, West Junior High School and Hickman High School. He now brings the perspective of a CPS parent to the board, with his own children attending CPS. With a background working in higher education for 20 years, Zach has a wealth of experience and understanding about public education. He has served as an admissions officer and development director at Washington University in St. Louis and has led the advancement office at University of Missouri Health Care. He currently serves as the senior executive director of development at the City of Hope, a National Cancer Institute (NCI)-designated comprehensive cancer center. Zach has a bachelor’s degree in political science from Washington University in St. Louis.

David Townsend will serve as president of the board for 2024. Other officers include: Lynn Barnett, vice president; Gale “Hap” Hairston, treasurer; and Sally Silvers, secretary. A complete listing of the board of directors can be found online at:

The Board of Directors also approved emeritus status for two board members in recognition of their service to the Foundation. Cindy Mustard was granted emeritus status. Mustard first joined the Foundation’s board in 2012 and served as its president. Lynn McIntosh also was granted emeritus status. McIntosh served on the board from 2007-2016 and rejoined the board in 2018.

“This is the first time the Foundation has recognized members with emeritus status,” said Katie Harris, CPSF executive director. “We are honored to grant this designation to Cindy and Lynn in appreciation of their longstanding history and service to the students and teachers in our district. We also look forward to having Zach and Sarah join our board to continue our mission of putting students first.”

The Columbia Public Schools Foundation is a private foundation established by community volunteers dedicated to the enrichment of public education through community giving. The Foundation has funded projects in every school, allocating more than $1.6 million to enhance education in the Columbia Public Schools. CPSF was founded in 1996 and has supported teachers and students for 28 years.

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