Samantha Baratta teaches Chemistry, AP Chemistry, and AP Physics. She received her Bachelor’s Degree in Ceramic Engineering from Missouri S&T and is grateful for the opportunity to teach some of her favorite subjects in a Catholic school. She also helps out with Tolton’s theatre program, the St. Genesius Players. In her free time, Samantha enjoys trying new strategy games with friends and family. Favorite Scripture Verse: Luke 11:9-10
Joe Bradley serves as the Director of Strategic Communications as well as the head coach for the boys and girls golf teams. He received his Bachelor of Journalism and a Masters in Public Affairs (Nonprofit Management) from the University of Missouri. Prior to joining the Tolton Catholic staff in 2017, he served as the Communications Coordinator at the St. Thomas More Newman Center. He and his wife Ellen welcomed the birth of the first child, Cora, in 2020. They enjoy attending music festivals and Mizzou football games. He also enjoys playing golf, bowling, and cheering on the Cubs and Creighton Bluejays. In his free time, he also runs the Day Dreams Foundation, a local nonprofit that he founded to award scholarships to children from low-income households to participate in extracurricular activities, and is actively involved in the Boonslick Kiwanis Club. Favorite Scripture Verse: Mark 10:45
Dr. Lynette Caro
Fr. Mike Coleman
Mike Coleman is our high school chaplain. He also serves as Pastor at Holy Spirit Catholic Church in Centralia. Previously, he was pastor of St. Pius X parish in Moberly and an associate pastor at Our Lady of Lourdes. He frequently relies on his own Catholic high school education and tells everyone that he has spent his life waiting for the chance to get back into a Catholic high school. Tolton Catholic is blessed to have him. Fr. Mike has a wonderful rapport with our students and families, attends nearly every Tolton Catholic sporting event, and LOVES Cardinal baseball.
Mrs. Brittany Copeland
Brittany Copeland was happy to begin her teaching career here at Tolton after receiving her BS in Secondary Biology Education from Mizzou in 2014. She is working toward a Master’s in Educational Leadership. She teaches Anatomy & Physiology, college-prep track Biology, Earth Science and Environmental Science, and loves that she can talk about science and faith at Tolton with no conflict. She also co-directs Tolton’s theatre program, the St. Genesius Players. In her spare time, Brittany enjoys learning, volunteering, and spending time with her husband, son, and 3 pets. Favorite Scripture Verse: 2 Corinthians 12:9-10
Mrs. Bethany Dhingra
Dr. Daniel Everett
Dr. Everett serves as the school’s President and Principal. He holds a doctorate in organizational leadership from Pepperdine University and a master’s degree in philosophy from Loyola Marymount University. Dr. Everett has served in a wide variety of roles in Catholic schools, including serving as a teacher for ten years, the Vice Principal of Curriculum and Innovation of a high school, and the Head of School for a PK-8 school. As a teacher, Dr. Everett taught English, math, philosophy and theology in Catholic schools, and he is very excited to be a part of the Tolton community.
Mr. Mark Hausam
Mark Hausam teaches Sophomore Theology as well as Theology electives. He has a BA in Theology from Wheaton College (Wheaton, IL) and a PhD in Theology from the University of Wales, Lampeter, as well as 12 years of experience teaching college Philosophy and Religion courses. He is also active in his local parish as an RCIA team member and a cantor and choir member. Mark and his wife Desiree have been married for 22 years and have nine children. Mark enjoys reading, writing, thinking about and discussing topics in philosophy, theology, and apologetics, engaging in conversations with people of different views, hiking and walking, listening to music, watching Star Trek, reading fantasy, historical fiction and science fiction novels, and spending time with his family, among other things. Mark is an INTP, which explains a lot about him. Mark is a native of Missouri, although he lived for many years in Utah. Favorite Scripture Verse: Ephesians 2:8-10
Mr. Scott Henderson
Scott Henderson received both his BA and MA degrees from the University of Missouri-Columbia. He has logged 15 years of experience in the classroom and currently teaches AP European History and Latin here at Tolton Catholic. He loves working with Tolton’s “energetic, motivated, and well-rounded students” and the school’s balanced focus on Spirit, Heart, Mind, and Body. When not at school, he enjoys spending time with family and friends. Favorite Scripture Verse: Acts 5:38-39
Ms. Emily Horn
Emily Horn is the instructor for Spanish 2, 3, and 4. She received her B.A. in Spanish with a minor in Linguistics from Truman State University. She also received her M.A. in Spanish from Saint Louis University and completed all her coursework toward the Ph.D. in Spanish Literature from the University of Missouri-Columbia. Emily has taught Spanish at the undergraduate level for ten years, 5 years each at Saint Louis University and the University of Missouri-Columbia. She attended Catholic primary and secondary schools and loves being back in a faith-based environment. She loves cats, doing crafts, and spending time with her 3-year-old niece. Favorite Scripture Verse: 1 Pedro 5:7
Mr. Pat Kelly
Patrick Kelly is our Freshmen Government/Geography teacher and Junior US History teacher but in his time at Tolton has also taught World History, Health, P.E., Intro to Law, Current Events, and AP US History. In addition to running the House Program at Tolton, Pat Serves as the Head Track and Field Coach, the Assistant Cross Country Coach and sponsors the Key Club, Aquarium Club, and Blazer Athletics Running and Fitness (B.A.R.F.) club. Pat is a member of the inaugural faculty in 2011, coming to Tolton after earning his BS in Secondary Education and obtaining his certification in Secondary and Middle School Social Studies from the University of Missouri. He also has a Master’s in Educational Leadership from Columbia College. He enjoys spending time with his wife Lani and their son Jude. Favorite Scripture verse: Proverbs 27:23-24
Mr. Kevin Kiley
Kevin Kiley teaches Sociology, Psychology, Physical Education, and Senior Theology. Kevin also serves as the Head Coach for Girls Tennis. He earned his Bachelors, Masters, and Educational Specialist Degrees from the University of Missouri. He previously worked as a school administrator for Columbia Public Schools, Jefferson City Schools, and the Southern Boone County School District, and he arrived at Father Tolton with 25 years of experience in education. He and his wife Jill, who is the Media Specialist at Jefferson Middle School in Columbia, have two sons. Favorite Scripture Verse: Matthew 7:7
Mrs. Allison Kemble
Allison Kemble is the counselor at Tolton. She spends time working with students who may be experiencing a crisis (or just needing some mental health support), as well as those students who have learning plans in place. Her door is always open to any student who needs a safe place to relax, regroup, or refocus. Allison studied clinical social work at the University of Missouri, earning her BSW in 2010 and her MSW in 2012. Allison also holds an active license as a clinical social worker to provide therapy in the state of Missouri. Prior to joining the Tolton team, Allison was the supervisor of the social work and case management department at the Women’s and Children’s Hospital. Her passion was working with teens with both acute and chronic illnesses, and she is excited for the opportunity to work with adolescents again. Allison lives in Centralia, MO with her husband, Colin, two daughters (Evelyn – 4 and Vivian – 2), and beloved black lab, Rex. Favorite scripture verse: 1 Peter 5:7
Mrs. Mariquit “Marie” Klein
Marie Klein has three degrees from Truman State University: a BA in Communications Journalism, a BS in Psychology, and a Master of Arts in Education. She also completed her post-baccalaureate certification to teach secondary math education and is state certified in both Secondary Mathematics and in Special Education. She finished an additional 75 plus graduate-level credits with 46 hours of doctoral-level special education classes from Mizzou on the study and analysis of behavioral disorders among adolescents. She has taught self-contained math classes and cotaught regular ed Geometry, Integrated Math 2, Integrated Math 3, Algebra Functions and Data Analysis, and Algebra 2. She provided support for students with Asperger’s enrolled in honors Algebra 2, honors Pre-calculus, and College Algebra. She retired from Columbia Public Schools in June 2021 but decided to return to teaching. She also was a nun for over 10 years in the Philippines where she was born and raised. She teaches Algebra 2, Honors Algebra 2, Honors Pre-calculus, and co-teaches AP Calculus at Tolton. Favorite Scripture Verse: Isaiah 41:10
Gary Link is the school’s Athletic and Activities Director and serves as an assistant on the Boys Basketball team. He earned a Bachelors Degree in Business in 1974 from the University of Missouri, where he played basketball for the Tigers. Gary helped run a family business for 26 years, and also worked with Mizzou Athletics for 17 years. He has two children, Michael and Lindsay. Favorite Scripture verse: Psalm 23: 4-6
Ms. Rose Lloyd
Rose Lloyd serves as the Tolton Catholic Finance Director. She joined the Tolton staff in the spring of 2013. A CPA, Rose earned her BSBA in Accounting from Rockhurst University in Kansas City, MO. Immediately after college, she joined the Missouri State Auditor’s office as a staff auditor. After three years of traveling across the state, she accepted a position for Legend Automotive Group in Columbia, MO and worked there for seventeen years, resigning as the CFO, to accept an auditing/tax position at Gerding, Korte & Chitwood, CPA’s. While working at GKC, she served on the Advisory Board for Tolton Catholic. Originally from Boonville, MO, she graduated from SS Peter & Paul grade school. Her two daughters, Elizabeth and Emily are graduates of Tolton Catholic and Rose “enjoys every moment of being part of the Tolton family.” Favorite Scripture verses: Proverbs 22:6 and 1 Corinthians 12:4
Mrs. Amanda Lutz
Amanda Lutz is our College Algebra, Algebra II, and Honors Geometry teacher. She earned her Bachelor’s in Mathematics from Columbia College. She loves math so much that she sponsors the Mathletes. Amanda and her husband, Barry are the proud parents of Laurel, Benjamin, Bridgette, and Landon. Outside of school she loves to go visit her grandchildren, Saphira and Rylan, spend time with family, and read. Favorite Scripture Verse: Proverbs 3:5-6.
Mr. Brandon Martin
Mr. Martin teaches duel-credit College Composition I and II, dual-credit fiction writing, and poetry writing. Additionally, Mr. Martin directs the journalism club which publishes the school’s student newspaper. Over the last 15 years, Mr. Martin has devoted his life to teaching English and writing courses to high schoolers, with ten of those years being at Helias Catholic. Prior to teaching, he earned a Master of Arts in Professional Writing from the University of Southern California, and a Bachelor of Arts in English with an emphasis in Creative Writing from Lincoln University in Jefferson City, Missouri. When he is not teaching, he enjoys playing with his children, going on dates with his wife, playing golf, hunting, and working on his family’s farm. On Sunday mornings, he can be found praising the Lord at the Newman Center. Favorite scripture verse: Joshua 1:9.
Ms. Jill McIntosh
Jill McIntosh, Vice President, Advancement, received BSBA degrees in Marketing and Management from the University of Missouri’s Trulaske College of Business. She began her career in Operations Management for Sprint, then returned to Missouri to work in her family’s insurance business, where she specialized in collateral protection for banks and financial institutions. She began her advancement career with her alma mater, MU. Within their advancement division, she served as a major gift fundraiser for the Business School, a relations manager for the College of Engineering, and most recently as Director of Annual Giving & Membership for the Mizzou Alumni Association. Upon the completion of the Chancery’s original capital campaign to build Tolton Catholic, McIntosh was hired to establish the school’s Columbia-based advancement office in early 2012. She continues to oversee fundraising, corporate relations, events, alumni programs, marketing and admissions for the high school. She is an active member of Sacred Heart Parish. She has two children, Garrett and Grace, both students at Our Lady of Lourdes Interparish School. Favorite Scripture Verse: Galatians 6:9. Favorite Scripture Verse: Galatians 6:9
Brenda Neuhaus is the Administrative Assistant for Athletics and Activities. After completing a Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education at Southwest Baptist University, she worked in the insurance industry for over 10 years. After several fulfilling years as a stay-at-home mom, she was a substitute teacher in both Kansas and Missouri. In her spare time, she enjoys binge-watching movies and television series, reading, and, most importantly, attending her sons’ athletic events. Her life verse is Ephesians 2:10.
Mr. Jeremy Osborne
Mr. Jeremy Osborne received his BS in Sports Management from Culver-Stockton College and is the P.E. and Strength and Conditioning instructor. Jeremy joined the Tolton Catholic staff in 2012. He serves as the head basketball coach. Jeremy and his wife Brittany have two daughters, Leighton and Landri, and a son, Langston. Jeremy is a big Shark Tank fan and in his free time enjoys spending time with his family and friends, reading, traveling, and watching/playing sports. Favorite Scripture Verse: Joshua 1:9
Mr. Brian Parks
Brian Parks is excited to be returning to the Trailblazer family as the director of music activities this fall. This is his eleventh year in education, having previously taught at Tolton Catholic, Immaculate Conception in Jefferson City, and Macon County R-I. He holds degrees from Missouri Baptist University (Bachelor of Music Education, 2010; Educational Specialist, 2018) and the University of Missouri-Columbia (Master of Education, 2013). Outside of school, Brian is an accompanist for the Columbia Youth Chorale, enjoys church activities, traveling, photography, and cheering on the St. Louis Cardinals and Mizzou Tigers. Favorite Scripture Verse: Jeremiah 29:11-13
Mrs. Sheryl Partise
Sheryl will serve as Executive Assistant to the President/Principal. Sheryl received her BFA with an emphasis in Graphic Design from Northwest Missouri State University in Maryville, MO. Her experience includes graphic design, print and promotion production, website design and most recently Production Manager for a local printing company. In addition, she enjoys service to her community in a variety of roles including being an active leader in the Girl Scouts. Her two daughters, Corryn and Aleah are both students at Our Lady of Lourdes Interparish School.
Mr. Chuck Register
Chuck Register joined the Tolton Catholic faculty in 2015 and teaches AP Biology, Honors Biology, Physical Science, and Health. He also serves as the head coach for the girls soccer team. He received his Bachelors degree in Education from Central Missouri State University and his Masters from Lincoln University. Chuck has taught at each of the diocesan high schools, having started his career at Sacred Heart High School in Sedalia, then teaching for 20 years at Helias before joining the Tolton Catholic team. Outside of work he enjoys his family and being at their cabin at the Lake of the Ozarks. He and his wife Susie have been married for 33 years and have two children, Alex and Lauren. Favorite Scripture Verse: Romans 12:12
Mrs. Esther Robinson
Mr. Matt Rose
Matt Rose is our Sophomore World History Teacher and AP World and AP US History teacher. This is his 19th year in education and has taught AP/Dual Credit for 15 years. Matt has a History degree from Missouri S and T, a Masters in Education Administration from William Woods and a Masters in History from Missouri State. He loves spending time with his family (his wife, three sons, and a daughter). In addition to his family, he enjoys Cardinal baseball, traveling, reading history, Star Wars/Marvel and watching really cheesy movies! He is super excited to join the Tolton family!!! Favorite Scripture verse: Matthew 5:14-16.
Mrs. Laura Sasser
Laura Sasser serves as the school’s Admissions Director and Head Cheer Coach. Laura received her bachelor’s degree in exercise physiology from Illinois State University. Prior to her tenure with Tolton Catholic, she served as a Head Cheer Instructor for the National Cheerleaders Association, a Senior Account Executive for the Dallas Business Journal and an Office Manager for Mizzou Sports Properties. She and her husband Jeff have two daughters – Caroline, a 2018 graduate of Tolton, and Kate, a senior at Tolton. In her free time, she enjoys cooking, family dinners, reading, shopping, watching her girls participate in their chosen activities, and going to the beach. Favorite Scripture Verse: Philippians 3:14.
Mr. Tim Scherrer
Tim Scherrer serves as the Tolton Catholic Dean of Academics. He received his BA and MA degrees in History from Truman State University. Prior to joining the Tolton Catholic team, he spent 12 years as an administrator at Truman State, 8 years as an assistant professor of Military Science and History at Mizzou, and 6 years as the Director of College Placement and Counseling at Missouri Military Academy. Outside of work time, he enjoys writing, reading, running and restoring WWII Military vehicles. Favorite Scripture Verse: Ephesians 6:10-18
Mr. Dan Shimkus
Dan Shimkus is the school’s facilities director.
Mr. Lonnie Tapia
Lonnie Tapia joined the Tolton Catholic faculty in 2013 and teaches art, photography, and design. Lonnie earned his BFA from Columbia College, with an emphasis in Graphic Design. He has an extensive background in marketing and merchandising, having served in professional roles across the US with Venture Stores, The Limited, Lane Bryant, Georgetown Leather Design, and Canadians Fur Trappers Company Fashion Group, just to name a few. He continues to run his own creative agency, Tapia Concepts, as well. Lonnie and his high school sweetheart Susan Maledy have been married for 40 years. They have two sons — Jesse and Niko. “Teach us, Lord, To serve You as You deserve, to give and not to count the cost, to fight and not to heed the wounds, to toil and not to seek for rest, to labor and not to ask for any reward save that of knowing that we do Your will.” ~Ignatius of Loyola
Mrs. Paulina Tramel
Paulina Tramel teaches English II, AP Literature and Composition and American Literature. She has been teaching at Tolton Catholic since the school opened. Paulina received her AA in Medical Transcription, her BA in English and her Master’s in Education all from Truman State University. Early in her career, she served as an Admissions Officer for Truman State and, prior to her tenure at Tolton Catholic, taught at MACC, Quincy Notre Dame High School, and Canton R-V High School. She and her husband David have two sons, Nathan and Garrett. One of nine children, she enjoys reading, biking, board games, jigsaw puzzles, and spending time with her granddaughters. Favorite Scripture Verse: Jeremiah 29:11