Hall of Leaders - Alumni

Margaret “Peggy” Lemone

Mark Zwonitzer

Mark is an accomplished and prolific writer, director and producer of PBS programming…illustrating what he learned here.

He says “what I absorbed and managed to retain owes to the quality of teachers I had in Columbia. The best teachers shared much more than mere information. They transmitted their own personal passion for their subjects, and they modeled constancy. They showed up to teach every day. From those educators I learned the one big lesson that has guided my own life and career: there is flat-out joy in learning. And that is a gift that abides. Today, when our family dinner-table conversations commence, my son and daughter are not the only ones who have to share. I have to tell them what was the most interesting thing I’d learned that day too. If I come up empty, I know, I haven’t properly honored the legacy of the Columbia Public Schools.”

David R. Wheeler

David said that Columbia’s Public Schools prepared him well for Princeton and that they also taught him to honor fundamental American values: cooperation, tolerance and respect for diversity. He has seen many fine school systems during the past 45 years, but none finer than Columbia’s.

It’s also been said of David that “his work has had immeasurable impact on the health and well being of millions of persons worldwide”.

Cary Reed Weatherby

Cary says of all thirteen members of her family…“through all of our chosen professions, we realize the value of public school education and have been avid supporters of and volunteers in our local schools. The Reed family appreciates the quality education we have all received in the Columbia Public Schools.”

She now spends much of her time running her non-profit free-store stocked with surplus business products for teachers across her district. Advertised as “A simple concept – offering professional results”.

Charles Allen

Charles continues to promote both education and this community in his efforts during retirement.

He says that he had excellent teachers, coaches and mentors at both schools; his early academic experiences with his teachers at Douglass instilled in him the motivation to excel and to achieve and provided him with a great foundation for a good sense of self and the need to always give back to the community. His two children received excellent educations from the Columbia Public School System, and he looks forward to their granddaughter having the same academic opportunities.

Dr. Robert Shamberger

Currently Chief of Surgery, Department of Surgery, Children’s Hospital Boston (the primary pediatric teaching affiliate of Harvard Medical School) and the Robert E. Gross Professor of Surgery at Harvard Medical School.

Specialties include inflammatory bowel disease, pediatric general surgery, surgical critical care, surgical oncology and thoracic surgery.

Active in the design and analysis of multi-institutional protocols of neuroblastoma, Wilms tumor and chest wall sarcomas.

Principal investigator – study of the quality of life outcomes of children and adolescents with inflammatory bowel disease including outcomes of various surgical therapies.

Has published over 150 scientific articles and book chapters and is sought as a lecturer.

Graduate of University of Missouri and Harvard Medical School.

Joe Mosely

Currently Vice President, Public Affairs, Shelter Insurance Companies.

Serves as a member of the boards of directors of The Intersection, Columbia Independent School, the Property and Casualty Guaranty Fund and the Missouri Insurance Education Foundation.

Served on numerous boards of directors including Columbia Chamber of Commerce, Advent Enterprises, Rainbow House, Missouri Chapter of the National Committee for the Prevention of Child Abuse, Woodhaven Learning Center, University Hospital Center, and United Way.

Past President of the MU National Alumni Association, Tiger Quarterback Club, Columbia Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors, and Columbia Rotary Club.

Chaired the boards of REDI and the Mid-Missouri Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society as well as the Central Missouri Food Bank Capital Campaign, Children’s Miracle Network Telethon, Woodhaven Capital Campaign, Stephens College Capital Campaign, and Multiple Sclerosis Dinner of Champions.

Paul W. Ladenson

Currently Professor of Medicine, Pathology and Oncology at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine; John Eager Howard Professor of Endocrinology and Metabolism; Director – Division of Endocrinology and Metabolism; Professor, Department of Medicine – Endocrinology, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.

Recognized as one of a handful of worldwide experts in endocrinology and metabolism and is sought after for consultation by practitioners and experts worldwide.

Continues clinical patient treatment on a daily basis serving the very top leaders in our country as well as the very poorest and sickest.

Lectures frequently on the most current and complicated aspects of the thyroid – his major area of expertise.

Authored or co-authored many books and articles, some of which are the standards of medical schools and practitioners.

Graduate of Oxford University and Harvard Medical School.

Roger Gafke

Currently serves as Director of Program Development for the Donald W. Reynolds Journalism Institute and is Professor Emeritus at the MU School of Journalism.

Expanded the international programs and relationships for the School of Journalism: Provided training programs in Doha, Qatar; faculty advisor for the International School of Media and Entertainment Studies in Delhi, India; coordinator for international journalists in a fellowship program at MU.

Served as MU Vice Chancellor for Development, University, and Alumni Relations and Executive Director of the Accrediting Council on Education in Journalism and Mass Communication.

Created videos and web-based training programs, a commercial web site, and an award-winning web and e-mail solicitation project.

Wrote a history of the CPS District, published by the district in 1978.

Founding board member of Columbia Public Schools Foundation.

Karen Wingert

Currently Clinical Associate Professor in Physical Therapy at MU, a therapist at the Women’s Health Clinic at Ellis Fischel Cancer Center, a member of the Applied Cancer Research Faculty; has served as an Executive Board Member of the Missouri Red Cross.

Nationally known for her expertise in women’s health including oncology and lymphedema management.

Received several outstanding professional, faculty, teaching and advising awards.

Has a lengthy list of research publications and has made scholarly presentations around the country.

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