CM Advisory Committee
Campus Ministry at the St. Thomas More is blessed to have a dedicated group of parents, alumni, faculty, and community members serving our community. These individuals volunteer their time and resources to advancing the mission of and building a solid foundation for Campus Ministry. We are grateful for their support!
Toby & Tracy Boschert
Toby and Tracy are the parents of two Newman Center student graduates, Christian and Kelsey. Both are graduates from the University of Missouri; Toby graduated from the School of Business and Tracy from the School of Journalism. While both are from the St. Louis area, Toby and Tracy have lived in Leawood, Kansas since 1985. They are business partners in Boschert & Partners Marketing, a full service advertising agency specializing in broadcast media buying and sponsorship management. When asked why they are involved with Newman, Toby shared: “My wife Tracy and I are involved with the Newman Center because of their mission of helping college students grow in their Catholic faith. The young adults that our kids have met and become friends with through the Newman Center are the inspiration and reason that we want to help St. Thomas More grow!” To contact the Boscherts, email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Dave & Lori Carlson
Dave and Lori are lifelong residents of the Chicago area, living in Minooka, Illinois. Lori is a Dental Hygienist and together they are owners of Berryman Transfer, a distribution-logistics provider located in Joliet, Illinois. Dave is involved with the local Knights of Columbus Council and Lori volunteers at the St. Vincent DePaul Society. They have two children, Andrea a 2014 graduate of the University of Notre Dame and Nick who is in the accountancy program at Mizzou. Lori shared: “Campus Ministry at the Newman Center has been one of the greatest blessings for our family. We are so grateful that Nick and so many other students have found a home at the Newman Center where the soul is nourished, genuine friendships are made and students find the path that God has paved for them. We are honored to support the programs and activities of this wonderful ministry.” To contact the Carlsons, email email@example.com.
Kate is an alum of the University of Missouri, a parent of four adult children who hold six MU degrees, and the wife of a MU alumnus. She has been a member of the Newman Center parish for nearly 50 years and was employed by the Newman Center at three different times over the years working in Development and Communications. Kate currently serves as the Athletic Director for the local parochial elementary school, works part-time in a law office, and is an active community volunteer. Kate shares: “The Newman Center was important to me as a student and I continued my involvement as a resident parishioner because of the vibrant liturgies, the social justice ministries, and the value of supporting Catholic college students. As campus ministry has grown over the past decades, I have come to appreciate even more the influence that the Newman Center has in the development of Catholic young adults, the future of our Church.”
Jim & Betsy Klarsch
Jim and Betsy Klarsch are the parents of two Newman Center Students, Mary and Austin. Mary is currently in the physical therapy program at Mizzou and Austin is a sophomore at Mizzou studying biology. Their younger brother, Daniel, is a freshman at St. Louis University High School. The Klarsch family lives in St. Louis. Jim is an orthodontist with a full-time orthodontic practice in Town and Country, Missouri. He is a clinical professor of orthodontics at Saint Louis University Center for Advanced Dental Education. He is past Grand Knight of the St. Clement’s Knights of Columbus and an active leader with the St. Clement Cub Scout Pack and Boy Scout Troop. Betsy is a dental hygienist practicing part-time with multiple dental offices in the St. Louis area. She is the past Director of St. Clement’s ACTS retreats and the St. Clement 8th grade coordinator. She is very active with the St. Louis University High School Mother’s Club and is the SLUH-tique fundraiser chairperson. Jim and Betsy truly appreciate the wonderful programs and ministries that Newman has offered for their children. The retreats, leadership opportunities, bible studies, Greek ministry, and service projects and mission trips have been outstanding opportunities to foster Mary and Austin’s faith while at Mizzou. To contact the Klarsch’s, email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
James R. Koller, PhD
Jim is a retired University of Missouri Professor Emeritus in Psychology, specializing in Mental Health. He is a long-time member and supporter of the Newman Center. Jim previously served as a member of the Parish Council and as the University Faculty Liaison for the Catholic Student Association. He continues to actively participate in a variety of capacities including Mass Lector, Communion Minister, RCIA Team, and student mentor. Of special interest is his involvement in the exemplary adult education seminars conducted by the Dominicans on staff. Jim says: “We all assume one goal of education is to secure a viable college degree which culminates in gainful employment. While this goal is important, a corollary goal is as important, if not more so: spiritual growth in our faith and understanding of our Triune God through study, discussion, and prayer. We are truly blessed here at Newman to have first line access to the Newman ministerial staff – not just for adult community members but our entire student population. I strongly support the efforts of Campus Ministry and the Newman staff as we collaborate our community efforts for the spiritual and personal growth of our students.”
Patrick is a 2006 graduate from Mizzou and is a senior auditor for the state auditor’s office in Jefferson City. Living in Columbia, Patrick is now a resident community member at Newman and volunteers his time with the Knights of Columbus and several liturgical and music ministries, among other volunteer opportunities.