2017 Hall of Leaders
Pictured left to right: Bob Robuck (central Bank), Dennis Lock, Cotton Walker, Dan Renfrow, Dave Minton (Central Bank), Debbie Nolke, and Linda & Don Eisinger
Outstanding Retired Educator
Mr. Dennis Lock
Dennis lock is a native of Washington, Missouri and a 1964 graduate of St. Francis Borgia High School. He continued his education at the University of Missouri, receiving a Bachelor of Science in Education in 1969 before earning a Master's in Education-Curriculum and Instruction in 1979.
In 1969, Dennis entered the United States Army, serving in the field of Military Intelligence in both Vietnam and West Germany.
After an honorable discharge in 1972, Dennis was excited to be offered a teaching position with the Jefferson City Public Schools, initially as a 7th-grade Social Studies teacher as Simonsen Junior High. Year 2 and the rest of his career found him on the 3rd floor (Martha's Domain) of Jefferson City High School (JCHS) teaching Social Studies. Dennis even designed and developed a course, Legislative Seminar, which he taught for years, reflective of our high school's unique setting in the state capital. Dennis retired from JCHS in 2001, reportedly still bleeding red and black.
Continuing his teaching career in Las Vegas, Nevada, Dennis taught and served as department chair at Silverado High School and Foothill High School from 2001-2011.
Dennis spent many years as Student Council co=-sponsor, continuing a tradition of JCHS involvement in state and national student council organizations. Dennis was selected as Executive Director of the Missouri Association of Student Councils in 1984 and served until 2001. He has also served as President and member of the Board of Directors for nation student council associations.
Among the many honors Dennis has received are the 1991 JCHS Marcullus dedication, the 1997 Missouri Association of Secondary School Principals Service to Secondary Education Award, and the 2001 National Association of Student Councils Distinguished Service Award as well as the 1997 Missouri Association of Student Councils Circle of Excellence Award.
Dennis is enjoying retirement from his lengthy and distinguished career by traveling, watching Mizzou sports and leading a life of leisure.
Outstanding Retired Educator
Mr. Rod Nolke (Posthumously)
A Native of Roanoke, Missouri, Rod Nolke graduated from Salisbury High School in 1979 before receiving a Bachelor of Science in Education at Central Methodist College. Rod continued his education at the University of Missouri, earning a Masters of Education in Educational Administration in 1996.
Rod's teaching career spanned 33 years, beginning at his alma mater in Salisbury, Missouri, as an assistant football coach for the 1982-1983 school year. He then taught physical education, health and reading at St. Joseph Cathedral School for kindergarten through eighth-grade classes for 3 years before completing his career at West Elementary in Jefferson City Public School District. Rod spent 28 years at West School as a beloved physical education teacher and the Director of Recreational Activities.
Rod was active in his community, serving as a member of the Board of Directors for the Columbia Youth Basketball Association. He also coached a wide variety of organized sports for the Columbia Soccer Club, the Columbia Diamon Council and at Columbia Catholic School.
Rod enjoyed all this athletic, whether it was exercising at the gym, biking, playing softball and basketball, coaching youth sports or attending sporting events. Most of all, he cherished his family, including his wife Debbie and daughters Lauren Nolke and Korrin Nolke Wesley.
Mr. Dan Renfrow
A native of Jefferson City, Missouri, after graduating from Jefferson City High School (JCHS) in 1984, Dan Renfrow, continued his education at Westminster College where he received a liberal arts degree in the dual majors of business administration and computer science.
Since that time, Dan has become both a Certified Financial Planner and a Certified Trust and Financial Advisor and completed continuing his education courses at Cannon Trust School. For more than 15 years, Dan has been employed at Hawthorn Bank in Jefferson City, serving as the Senior Trust Officer and portfolio manager for the past 12 years.
Dan is an active community volunteer. He is a past president of both the Jefferson City Public Schools Foundation Board of Directors and the Rape and Abuse Crisis Services Board of Directors. Dan is currently serving as a Board Member for the Cole County Residential Services and Central Connections and is a member of the Jefferson City Chamber of Commerce and the Jefferson City Host Lion's Club.
Dan and his wife, Carrie, have two sons, Max and Mitch, both of whom are students in the Jefferson City Public Schools.
Judge Cotton Walker
A native of Jefferson City and a 1984 graduate of Jefferson City High School (JCHS), Cotton Walker, received a Bachelor of Arts degree with a double major in political science and history from Indiana University. He continued his education at the University of Missouri in 1991.
Cotton has been engaged in the private practice of law for 26 years, chiefly in his own Jefferson City law firm. He has served as a municipal judge for the City of Jefferson since the election in 2011 and has also served as a prosecutor for Jefferson City, as well as a municipal judge in several other mid-Missouri towns. Cotton was elected president of the Missouri Municipal and Associate Circuit Judge Association and has served as a truancy court judge for the 19th judicial circuit, working closely with both the local Juvenile Office and school personnel.
Among Cotton's extensive community involvement is his work as a board member and president of the Prenger Center Advisory Board for the Cole County Juvenile Office, as an active volunteer at First United Methodist Church in the areas of youth leadership and the finance committee, and serving as a youth basketball coach for the past 20 years. Cotton is currently serving as a board member for the Jefferson City Public Schools Foundation.
Cotton and his wife, fellow JCHS graduate, Debra Massengale Walker, have been married for 23 years. They have two children, Jacquelyn and Quinn, the former a 2017 graduation of JCHS and the latter a freshman at Simonsen.
Don & Linda Eisinger
Don and Linda Eisinger met in college at Central Missouri State University, quickly discovering that they shared the common dreams and aspirations for higher education and a better life. Their shared values culminated in the strong desire to make a difference in the lives of others.
Don is a veteran and retired after a 36-year career with Missouri's Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE). Don's DESE career focused on programs for adult employment and training, adult basic education and literacy, and at-risk youth. His focus was always on the student during his lengthy career.
During her 37-year teaching career, Linda taught for 34 of those years in the Jefferson City Public Schools (JCPS) at both North Elementary and West Elementary. Linda was honored in 2004 by being named Missouri State Teacher of the Year. Although one of the highlights of this award was meeting President and Mrs. Bush in the Oval Office, to Linda the most important people remained the students in her West Elementary third-grade classroom.
Both Linda and Don harbor a strong desire to recognize and reward teachers. Linda's meaningful experiences with the JCPS Teacher of the Year and the State Teacher of the Years programs and the effect teachers had on each of their own lives culminated in a partnership with JCPS Foundation to support the District's Teacher of the Year program.
Now married 44 years, Don and Linda enjoy talking to each other, usually discussing education and politics and the books they're reading. The keep busy seeing friends and former coworkers, along with their book clubs and family trips. Don and Linda particularly enjoy time spent with their Daughter; Dr. Laura Naught, son-in-law, Bill Naught, and grandson, Anderson.
Central Bank is a primary sponsor of almost every public service organization in this community and has been so for more than 100 years. Their motto: Strong Roots, Endless Possibilities. Through their support of the Jefferson City Public School (JCPS) Foundation, Central Bank helps provide endless possibilities to our young people. Central provides funds to the Foundation through their sponsorship of the annual Gala, the Southwest Early Childhood Center and the Teacher of the Year program. The bank also serves as one of the JCPS district's Partners in Education. In addition, at least on Central Bank employee has served on the JCPS Foundation Board at any given time for most of the Foundation's existence.
Central Bank helps make Jefferson City a better place to live, grow and learn by their generous contributions to the organizations with supporting our citizens in so many ways. Their support of the Foundation and education in general helps make better employees and better citizens for our community.