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Jefferson City School District Announces New Foundation Executive Director


A. Varner

The Jefferson City School District today announced that Ashley Varner has been chosen as the new
Executive Director for the JC Schools Foundation, and will begin her new role in early 2020. She will succeed Karen
Enloe, who has served as the Executive Director since 2007 and is retiring at the end of 2019.
“The theme for the Foundation’s annual gala this year was ‘Embarking on a New Era,’ as we are in the midst of a number
of important changes throughout the district” said Jefferson City School District Superintendent Dr. Larry Linthacum.
“In a sense, the Foundation is beginning a new era as well. We are incredibly thankful for Karen Enloe’s many years of
service to the district and we are excited to welcome Ashley to our team.”

Over the past 10 years, Ashley has served in a variety of roles advocating for at-risk youth and low-income families. She
currently manages the “Healthy Schools, Healthy Communities” grant initiative on behalf of the Missouri Foundation for
Health as the Healthy Communities Coordinator for Capital Region Medical Center. Her time partnering with community
stakeholders to develop action plans has resulted in environmental and policy changes such as the Fresh Fruit 4 Kids
program, the Jefferson City Bike Share, the placement of water bottle refilling stations in local parks, and offering
Healthy Concessions at local schools. Ashley and her husband Josh have called Holts Summit home since 2009, and they
have three children in the Jefferson City School District. She enjoys serving both Jefferson City and Holts Summit through
her volunteerism on many local boards.

“Throughout my career, I have focused my efforts on building coalition and uniting individuals around causes that will
enhance our community,” Ashley Varner said. “I can think of no better place to continue this work than at the JC Schools
Foundation, on behalf of our district’s teachers and students.”
“The Foundation Board of Directors extends our sincere gratitude to Karen Enloe for the legacy she has built during her
time as Executive Director,” said Foundation Board President Erika Leonard. “There is no doubt Ashley will bring a keen
determination to make an impact in our district and our community, and we are very much looking forward to having
her join the Foundation.”

The JC Schools Foundation is a non-profit 501(c)3 organization dedicated to raising funds to support teachers and
students of the Jefferson City School District. The foundation raises money and awareness by providing exceptional
educational opportunities. Dollars given to the foundation are often to support grants for innovative teaching ideas and
literacy materials.