Coalition Board Members
Keith HermanLicensed Psychologist, Co-director of the Missouri Prevention Center, and Professor in MU ESCP
Darin FordSuperintendent of Centralia R-VI School District
Christopher FelmleeSuperintendent of Southern Boone County School District
Peter StieplemanSuperintendent of Columbia Public Schools
John DownsSuperintendent of Hallsville R-IV School District
Steve CombsSuperintendent of Harrisburg R-VIII School District
Shawn SchultzSuperintendent of Sturgeon R-V School District
Elaine HassemerPrincipal of Our Lady of Lourdes Interparrish School
Lou Ann Tanner-Jones, Ph.D., NCSP
My family and extended family were farmers, businessmen and educators in the Centralia area so I grew up very connected to small town and rural life. I moved to Columbia in the 70’s to attend college and earned my degrees from MU. I married an alternative farmer 32 years ago and we live just south of Columbia. We have owned and operated a farm and wholesale greenhouse operation west of Ashland for over 28 years.
I’ve worked in mental health since 1980. I began my career in a private school and have worked in a residential facility, a hospital, a private clinic, in nearly all Columbia public schools, and have taught at the university level. I’ve worked with infants to elders, and with individuals with the most profound disabilities to those who are highly gifted. I’ve been a direct care worker, a behavior specialist, a psychological examiner, a school psychologist, and have held several administrative positions in different organizations. I have a Ph.D. in School Psychology and am a Nationally Certified School Psychologist. With 35 years of work behind me, I recently retired from the Columbia MO Public Schools where I was the Director of Special Services and Section 504 Coordinator.
My husband, Terry, aka “Farmer Jones”, is a Vietnam veteran who enjoys plant production and traveling with our son, Walker, in southeast Asia. I like to read, attend farmer’s markets and I am a fan of progressive bluegrass, 60’s Celtic groups, handmade pottery and unique plants. A greenhouse friend once told me that I have a “begonia problem” and I have to admit, he’s right. Even though I have no artistic talent whatsoever, I’ve managed to raise an artist in my daughter, Rachel.
The work of the Boone County Schools Mental Health Coalition is the culmination of my career. I care very deeply about the supports and resources we will bring to teachers, students and families in our schools. Boone County has been home to generations of my family and I am privileged to have the opportunity to give back to the community that has given so much to me.
Sarah Owens, Ph.D., NCSP
After completing my masters I find myself back in Missouri, completing my doctorate in School Psychology at the University of Missouri. Throughout my career I have worked as a Behavioral Health Specialist in East St. Louis Head Start Centers, provided individualized ABA therapy to children with autism in the home, worked in residential treatment facilities and provided cognitive behavioral therapy to children and families across settings. My career trajectory has been driven by my passion for working with school systems to prevent the development of severe behavior disorders in children.
Outside of my work I enjoy visiting my friends and family across Missouri and Kansas, spending time with my husband, reading and trying to CrossFit. I was raised to root for my favorite sports teams, the Missouri Tigers and the St. Louis Cardinals.