Osher Advisory Council
Jack Wax, Advisory Council Chair & Outreach Committee Chair
I am originally from suburban St. Louis (University City) and migrated to Columbia after spending my undergraduate years here. We raised our kids here and have lived in the area for the last 40 or so years.
I have worked in three different fields, but the majority of my working years were spent at The Missouri Bar, where I was the organization's media relations director. Before that, I had been an outside salesperson for several companies. I also enjoyed working as a child development specialist at Mid-Mo Mental Health Center. I've done a variety of freelance writing over the years and still have a few publications for which I write.
I took my first Osher class about seven years ago but became hooked on Osher after taking Kit and Cathy Salter's class on Missouri wines. I realize I've probably learned more at Osher than I did during my undergrad years at MU. I have a bachelor's in English education, a master's in child development from the HES department and a master's in journalism – all from MU.
I enjoy reading fiction, mostly, with some science. My other pastimes include gardening, bike riding, and, of course, Osher.
Gloria Crull, Advisory Council Vice Chair & Development Committee Co-chair
I have lived my life in Missouri, having been born and raised in Independence. I moved to Columbia in 1965 with my former husband to attend MU. I have loved living in this vibrant, progressive small city for the last 56 years. My family includes two married children, seven adult grandchildren and five great grandchildren.
I returned to school as an adult to complete my education in Health Science (1985), Public Administration (1989) and Health Administration (1992). I retired from employment as the CEO of Family Health Center, a federally qualified health center, with medical, dental and mental health service sites located in central and north central Missouri.
My introduction to Osher came through a former neighbor and friend, and I attended my first class in the Fall of 2017, upon retirement from employment. I currently serve as co-chair of the Development Committee and vice chair of the Advisory Council of Osher. I look forward to the new program offerings each semester and frequently encourage friends and associates to give Osher a try.
In addition to Osher, I serve on the advisory councils of the Health Management and Informatics Program at MU and the Missouri Foundation for Health. I am an active member of the Community of Christ church, belong to a local book club, play Mah Jongg, love both domestic and international travel, MU Tigers football and basketball, nature, music and the arts.
Helen Washburn, Advisory Council Past Chair
Osher has been a favorite activity since my husband and I retired to Columbia in 2004 from Nevada, Mo., where I had served as president of Cottey College for 18 years. Osher gave me an opportunity to study topics and subjects that I had not been able to include in previous academic work and to meet interesting Columbia people as we settled into our new community. Idaho is my original home, where my first career was as a teacher and then a school counselor in the Boise Idaho Schools before completing my Ph.D. and taking a position as an administrator at the College of Idaho.
I was asked to join the [email protected] Advisory Council in 2013 and became chair in 2015. This was a time when [email protected] moved from a primarily staff-directed organization to one with active volunteers leading committees to accomplish more of the work of the program. It has been rewarding to participate in the leadership and been a joy to see [email protected] grow and thrive.
Kathy Green, Advisory Council Secretary
My husband Frank and I moved to Columbia from Pennsylvania in September 2015. Our daughter had attended Mizzou and, as the story happens so often, she had met her husband here and he worked for Extension. As a matter of fact, my son-in-law is the one who told us about Osher. We moved here two weeks before our first grandchild was born. The third grandchild was just born on April first of 2021.
I had two careers before my retirement. I majored in Secondary Education Social Studies at West Chester University. When I graduated in 1973, the only people who were hired were men who could coach a sport. I began a career in retail sales management, working for Sears for 14 years. I then moved to a men's store chain called Today's Man – similar to Men's Warehouse.
In 1997, I had my mid-life crisis and started over by finally getting a teaching position. In addition, I had to go back to school for my master's plus credits for permanent certification. I was always the oldest person in my classes with recent graduates. I taught in an Alternative Education School. My students had fallen far behind in credits or had been incarcerated or were girls who had babies and had missed a lot of school. To say that I enjoy a challenge is an understatement.
Members at large
Tom Bender, Social Club Coordinator & Development Committee Co-chair
I was born, raised and schooled in Nebraska at a time when the Tigers and the Huskers regularly had some great gridiron, Big 8 battles. Never during that time did I believe that my golden years would be spent in Columbia attending Osher classes. Sometimes life just gives you an unexpected and very welcome surprise.
My other bit of good fortune relates to my family. Barbara and I have two great sons, a wonderful daughter-in-law and two of the finest grandchildren one could hope to find. My final bit of fortune relates to the fact that I had an interesting and challenging career as a labor attorney and then general counsel of a Wisconsin company. I won't say every day was a joy, cause...well it wasn't but I can't imagine having done or enjoyed any career more!
Upon moving to Columbia, an old friend told me to immediately get involved with Osher. I did and have been privileged to work within the organization on the Outreach committee, social events and the Advisory Council. I know this comment will date this writing, but I can't wait to get back to face-to-face classes and meetings. I really miss the interaction with all Osher students.
Sarah Bowman, City of Columbia
Bio and photo to come!
Bob Churchill grew up in Rockford, Ill. He graduated from Boylan Central Catholic High School and Loras College. After graduating from Loyola University Stritch School of Medicine, he completed a residency in diagnostic radiology and a fellowship in ultrasound and body computed tomography at Loyola. Bob was on the faculty of Loyola from 1977 to 1987. He rose to the rank of associate professor with tenure and was vice chair of the department of radiology. He was also director of the divisions of body computed tomography and magnetic resonance imaging.
Bob was recruited to the University of Missouri School of Medicine as professor and chair of the Department of Radiology in 1987. He was a faculty member at MU for 25 years, serving as a department chair for 19 years and dean of the School of Medicine for six years before retiring in 2012.
Since retiring, Bob has served on five local boards and has been president of two. He currently serves on two boards and chairs two committees. He is also very active in Rotary and is a past club president. Bob has been attending [email protected] classes since 2013. He is currently an Advisory Council member and has served as vice chair. Bob is married to Barbara and they have four adult children. He enjoys music, reading and going for daily five- to six-mile walks.
I grew up in Cincinnati and lived primarily in California and Kansas most of my adult, married life, where my wife, Sue, and I raised our son. I'm retired from the U.S. Air Force. Much of my career was spent flying around the world as a navigator in a KC-135. My second career involved technical writing and engineering support with Boeing in Wichita, Kansas.
In 2016, Sue and I selected Columbia as a good place to retire, and it wasn't long after that we started participating in Osher. We've found the wide variety of classes stimulating and enjoyed the friendship of other members.
My interests include reading (science, history, philosophy, fiction...everything!), biking (love the trails here), working outside, art, and, of course, friends.
Carolyn Dye, Program Committee Chair
Born in Kansas City, my parents and I moved to Fulton, Mo., just in time for Churchill's visit. I am blessed to have two daughters, a son and a grandson who live near me in Columbia.
My B.S. in Elementary Education and M.ED. in Elementary Curriculum and Instruction are from the University of Missouri, Columbia. I taught first grade at Lee Elementary in Columbia for 32 ½ years. For four years following that, I supervised MU Early Childhood students in their literacy block.
During my teaching career I was very involved in leadership roles:
- Helped create and implement the Expressive Arts Program at Lee, the use of literature study/discussion groups in early elementary classrooms, conflict resolution with primary age students, the first elementary curriculum for the planetarium when it opened, the first Emergency Response Team for the district and served on the district and building team and a 'Jazz in the Elementary Schools' curriculum.
- Served on the district's Professional Development Committee Executive Board from its inception until I retired (served as secretary and then as chairman), on the district salary and career ladder committees.
- Served as rep from Lee for CTA/ MSTA, district language arts committee and Partner in Education Committee
- Hosted education students from MU, Stephens and Central Methodist as aides and observers in my classroom.
- Hosted staff from the New York Scholastic office who had been pen pals with my students for a year and collaborated on a book of terms that English Language Learners needed to know to function in the classroom.
I also collaborated with professors in the colleges of education from MU, Stephens and Central Methodist:
- Pen pal project between reading and language arts classes and my class to help the education students understand the literacy development of young children and to provide my students real life reasons to read and write for an audience.
- Hosted visiting professors from across the U.S. to observe the use of literature study/discussion groups with primary students and to learn about the use of conflict resolution in primary classrooms.
- Hosted two doctoral students for their research and served as a lay person on the doctoral committee of a student whose research was on reading strategies of first graders.
- Tapes were made of the workings of my classroom and used on a National Teleconference and in MU classes.
- Collaborated with MU professors on articles for Language Arts.
- Participated in a group at MU that reviewed new children's books.
When I retired, I wanted to have a focus for what I would become involved in. My priority was to support my grandson in his educational and personal endeavors and spend as much time as I could with him and my grown children. I decided my retirement motto would be "do some good each day, learn something new and have a little fun." These three things have guided my choice of volunteer service activities.
I am a member of the General Federation of Women's Club International (GFWC), Mississippi Valley, Mo., District 4, and the Tuesday Club of Columbia. It is an international women's organization dedicated to community improvement by enhancing the lives of others through volunteer service.
Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at the University of Missouri ([email protected]) is a program of MU Extension and the Bernard Osher Foundation to provide lifelong learning for mid Missouri residents 50 and over. Currently I serve as a member of the advisory council, chair of the program committee and member of the outreach committee.
I volunteer usher for the Missouri Symphony Society at the Hot Summer Nights concerts and for the University Concert Series, September through May.
In my spare time I like to read and belong to a reading sorority through GFWC and a book club with women I taught with. Historical fiction is one of my favorite genres.
I'm officially Olivia Jeanne Dzurick, but Jeanne seems to be the name that everyone prefers. I have spent almost all my life in Missouri, having been born in Sedalia, spending my early years at Lake of the Ozarks, and my teens in KC and central Missouri. It's pretty amazing, having attended three different high schools and having several different careers that I still persist in enduring our Missouri climate! I graduated from the University of Missouri—Columbia with a B.S. in education with graduate work in counseling and psychology. I also attended the University of Missouri—KC for additional business and education graduate work and the Longview Community College just because I got really interested in technology and they have a great program there.
In Kansas City I worked at and eventually retired from BMA, a midsized annuity, life and insurance company as vice president of product development and technical services and moved with my husband on acreage outside the Ashland area. I became a Series 6, 63, 65 and 7 Financial Advisor working with Waddell and Reed. Due to consistent referrals from local divorce attorneys, I eventually started my own business, Divorce Consultants, being certified as a divorce financial analyst and trained as a mediator at SLU.
I have been a volunteer in several different organizations, holding almost every office. I am still a member of the Greater Kansas City Altrusa Club. As president of the Columbia Women's Club, Lucille Salerno attended one of our meetings and talked about Osher. I thought at the time, "I'm going to do that when I finally actually retire." When my husband passed away in 2013, I moved to Columbia and one of the first things I did was join Osher, but I hadn't yet retired! I haven't looked back, attending classes and being part of the Osher experience helps satisfy my lifelong learning "yearning."
I am deeply indebted to John Parker. I was the secretary at the University Extension Office in Fulton, Mo., and John was our education specialist. On one of his visits, he told me that I should go to college and explained I could take the CLEP test and perhaps test out of freshman classes. I took him up on that, gained 21 hours of credit, quit that job and went to school, graduating as a Magna cum Laude in two and a half years. He (and education) changed my life.
Frank Green, Volunteer Committee Co-chair
Bio and photo to come!
Nancy Griggs heard of Osher Lifelong Learning from a friend who thought Osher was for MU retirees only! Nancy was pleased to discover that was not the case and has been enjoying a multitude of Osher classes since 2012, saving a great deal of money by being a Premium member!
Nancy is a Mizzou Tiger. Due to persuasive, outstanding MU faculty, she selected econ/statistics for her undergrad and social work as her master's degree. Working neither as an economist nor social worker, Nancy's career was in the Missouri Courts System, starting with the Circuit Court in Boone (Columbia) and Callaway (Fulton) Counties and spending her last 17 years in the Office of State Courts Administrator. She enjoyed working with the judges and court clerks throughout the state, particularly on implementation of the Statewide Court Automation project.
Dave and Nancy, who celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary during the Covid shutdown, love to entertain at their lake property, travel the world, be active in the Columbia and University communities and relax in their Lenoir Woods "little house."
Bio and photo to come!
Jason is the senior partner in LionsGate Advisors' financial services offices in Columbia & Chesterfield, Missouri. Jason holds a Series 65 Uniform Investment Advisor license. He is a member of the National Ethics Association, serves on the Advisory Board for the Better Business Bureau, and works to support numerous philanthropic organizations
Jason has the steadfast, unbending belief that one person can make a difference in the world. An educator at heart, Jason serves on the Advisory Council and is a volunteer instructor for [email protected] He also is an instructor at St. Charles Community College and St. Louis Community College for adult learners. His mantra is "high education and low tension."
Jason and his wife, Kimetha, a family medicine physician, live in Columbia on a beautiful ten-acre ranch with their horses, mule and dog Romeo, the company Chief Dog Officer (CDO). They greatly enjoy sailing and have a 48-foot cutter-rigged slop in Sicily, which they will sail across the pond (Atlantic Ocean) in November 2022. Their passion is international travel and visits to a new country every year (they have been to 83 so far.) Antarctica, Mongolia and Borneo are on their bucket list. Carpe Diem!
I was born in Guatemala City, Guatemala, the middle of five children. My family moved to the States during WWII, and on to Lafayette, where my dad taught Civil Engineering at Purdue University. That's where I got a degree in microbiology and chemistry and met my husband, Larry, who was working on his Ph.D. After short stints in Washington, D.C., and Ames, Iowa, we moved to Columbia when he took the job of chair of the Veterinary Pathology Department in 1963, and I've held down the same corner since then. Larry died in 2011. I have a son who is a school chaplain in Honolulu and a daughter who is a teacher in Minnesota.
Through the years, I have volunteered and been on several boards, as varied as the Wardrobe and the Missouri Symphony. I started attending lifelong learning classes when they started here in about 2001 and find the classes mentally stimulating.
A native of the St. Louis suburbs, I attended K-12 and college all within just three miles of my childhood home. Expanding my horizons, I resided in New Mexico and Texas for 20 years. My husband and I were fortunate enough to move back to Missouri 15 years ago, making Columbia our home.
My education at the University of Missouri, St. Louis, and Barnes Hospital School of Nursing prepared me for a career in nursing practice with an emphasis on hospital safety and quality of care. In Columbia I worked for Mid-Missouri Mental Health Center and Primaris prior to retiring in 2016.
Recognizing that my husband would continue to work for several years after my retirement, I began searching for activities that would keep my mind stimulated. An Osher course catalogue in a physician's waiting room caught my eye and I realized the classes could be the answer to my quest. With my very first class, Memoir Writing, I was hooked. I estimate that over the past five years I have taken 50 classes - just don't ask me to name them all!
My hobbies include cycling, gardening, traveling and of course memoir writing. I am thankful for the opportunity to meet other people with the desire to continue learning, and strongly encourage my fellow Osherites to become more involved by serving on a committee.
Barbara Schneider, Liaison for MU Retirees Association
I retired in 2016 after 20 years working in admissions and student services for graduate MBA students in the MU College of Business. I loved the students and met many international students whom I promised to visit when I retired. So far, I have visited one in Amsterdam, but my trips to visit several more in Vietnam, Canada and Japan were "postponed" due to Covid.
On my last Friday of work Osher had a special ragtime music program so I took time in the middle of the day to attend. The next Monday I started the Osher Summer Session and also joined Silver Sneakers at the ARC to be sure to start my retirement right. I have continued both for almost five years, along with the MU Retirees Association, and they have all kept me healthy and happy during this past year of the pandemic.
I love Columbia, a wonderful college town full of interesting people and a wide variety of cultural and educational activities. I've lived here 35 years and raised two boys here, but I grew up in northern Virginia and lived in Ohio, Pennsylvania, Indiana and West Virginia during the first half of my adult life.
I love to meet new people, learn about the world and explore new places. I've taken three long cruises – two across the Atlantic Ocean and one up the western coast of South America and through the Panama Canal, where I lived the first two years of my life. In my early life, I was a social worker (Psychology degree at U of Dayton) and a lawyer (Indiana University), but I eventually landed as an administrator in higher education, which blended many of my talents, skills and interests. Now I am grateful for the opportunity and the freedom to design days to my own liking.
Llona Weiss, Volunteer Committee Co-chair
Bio and photo to come!
Nan Wolf, Development Committee Co-chair
I've lived practically my entire life in Missouri – but have always been struck by how different people seem to be in various parts of this state. I grew up in St. Louis (graduating from Webster Groves High School (for all you ex-St. Louisans). After attending a large suburban high school, I headed south to attend Drury College (now Drury University) in Springfield, a very different environment. After graduation, like so many young people in those days, a friend and I decided we would work for a year, save our money and take advantage of the special airline youth fares. We waved goodbye to our parents, boarded a TWA flight and left for Europe. We enjoyed our freedom for three wonderful months – no cell phones, no credit cards and only infrequent letters from home that we picked up at American Express offices.
After returning, I found a summer job with a small company (I was the only employee at that time) that operated coach tours to Europe and Scandinavia, intending to begin teaching high school French in the fall. The company president, who also owned hotels in London, Paris and Rome, suggested that, instead of the teaching job, he would like for me to stay with the company -- and had actually planned to send me on a familiarization tour of some of his European hotel properties. Well . . . I never taught school but spent the next 11 years in the travel industry.
In 1985, I moved with my husband to Kansas City. Feeling at loose ends, I found a part time job with the American Red Cross. The "part time" lasted about six weeks. I loved working for a mission-based organization and made that my career for the next 27 years, serving as a fund raiser working with individuals making planned gifts. During that time, I earned my M.A. at KU and held a CFP license for 20 years.
After my husband's death in 2011, I worked another year before retiring. Having only my stepson near where I lived in Overland Park, and realizing that, as time went on, I would likely need more family support, I relocated to Columbia in 2015 to be close to my two brothers and their families. Just a few weeks after my move, I saw an ad for Osher classes in the Tribune and registered for Tony Alioto's class on the New Testament. I couldn't believe my luck. This was exactly the sort of activity I was looking for in my retirement. Since then, Osher has been an important part of my life – and I'm still taking Tony's classes.
Clarence Wolfshohl taught in Idaho, New Mexico, West Virginia and Texas before moving to Missouri, where he taught for the last 25 years of his career at William Woods University. He is professor emeritus in English at William Woods. During that time, he founded and operated a small private press, publishing over 100 handcrafted books. He wrote and published poetry and nonfiction, both creative and scholarly. He continues to write and to print at his home in rural Callaway County, where he has lived since 1981. And he continues to teach and take classes at Osher, which he has done since 2012.