As health educator for the City of Columbia and creator of SheRunsColumbia (SRC), Barnes gets to express her passions for fitness, health and nutrition through various programs to grow and serve as a source of healthy lifestyle information.
Gartner is currently the Director of Columbia’s Downtown Community Improvement District, an economic development organization dedicated to promoting and beautifying a 50-square block area known as The District. Her work has been awarded the Downtown Planning Strategy of the Year and she was named Missouri’s Downtown Director of the Year.
As a consulting professional engineer, O’Connor specializes in water and energy systems and issues, and he volunteers on the City’s Water and Light Advisory Board. Tom and his wife, Columbia Art League Director Diana Moxon, are known in the Columbia Daily Tribune as the Power Couple, contributing regular columns and energizing their home with solar panels.
Orloff’s work as an artist in Found Object Assemblage has been a process of re-innovation upon objects that have become obsolete or dis-functional. Utilizing old typewriters, defunct industrial equipment, and or kitchen appliances as a raw source of material, Orloff constructs sculptures that reflect a science fiction narrative or fantasy. It is his goal to promote aspects of wonderment and awe from sculptures, which infer a likeness to a ray gun or jet pack, but simultaneously re-engaging society with these objects that were obsolete, discarded and forgotten.
Datema is a bike geek and changer of things. When he sees something that isn’t working right or could be improved, he can’t stop thinking about it until he takes action to make it better. Datema works in the Environmental Leadership Office in the MU Department of Student Life, where he helps students to take meaningful action to address environmental issues on campus and beyond. During his time at Mizzou, he has won multiple awards for service and leadership to change the campus for the better.
In his role as Assistant Superintendent for Elementary Education for the Columbia Public Schools System, Peter is a champion for preparing children to be global citizens in a digital age. He is endlessly interested in second language acquisition and will talk about it at great lengths, if given the chance. His talk promises to boldly go where no Assistant Supervisor has gone before.
Five times elected as mayor of Columbia, Darwin Hindman is an advocate of building a pedestrian-based transportation system in Columbia. During his service as mayor, Columbia and three other cities received 25 million dollars in federal funding to run a pilot project to promote bicycling and walking as an alternative to driving. In 2009 he received the Leadership for Healthy Communities Award along with mayor Michael Bloomberg of New York City and mayor Gavin Newsom of San Francisco.
As lead developer for DocumentCloud at Investigative Reporters and Editors (IRE), Ted develops software to further the cause of journalism, journalists, and reporters. Lucky for us, he uses his super powers for good, focusing on application architecture, multi-language multi-paradigm programming, automated data processing and automated data analysis.
As Director of Alternative Education for Columbia Public Schools, Neville works to close the gaps between students. She believes that the first step to changing the education system in Columbia is to know who it serves and what is going on in the students lives.