Angie Reed (Board President)
Angie Reed served as an educator for 28 years, including several years as an 8th grade Special Education teacher at LPS before retiring in May 2013. A resident of Liberty for 20 years, Angie is an active member of St. James Catholic Church, where she has taught 5th grade religious education for the past 18 years, along with working with confirmation candidates. Angie considers herself passionate about all aspects of education, especially professional development, curriculum, and preparation of students for life after graduation. She served a total of four years on the LPS committee, Team Liberty, while a teacher in the district. She has also been a member of the district committee, Vision 20/20, for the past two years. Angie received her Bachelor of Education in Elementary Education and Special Education (K-12) from Eastern Kentucky University and her Master’s Degree in Secondary School Administration from the University of Central Missouri. Her reason for serving on the Board includes her background in the classroom that provides her with a unique perspective that will be helpful as the Board continues to move forward with the multiple initiatives that are currently underway at LPS. Angie is married to husband, Randy, and has two daughters, Danielle and Kelley, both LPS graduates.
Karen Rogers (Board Vice-President)
Karen Rogers is an education law attorney, parent, and community volunteer who believes public schools are the heart of healthy and vibrant communities. She began her service on the Liberty Public Schools Board of Education in April 2022 and has lived in the district since 2012. She is a proud graduate of public schools, earning her law degree from the University of Virginia and bachelor's degree from the University of Missouri. Karen's professional legal experience includes representing public school districts in private practice, as in-house legal counsel and also as an attorney with the Texas Association of School Boards. She also spent seven years as an investigative attorney with the U. S. Department of Education. She is an active member of the United Methodist Church of the Resurrection and volunteers with Moms Demand Action, a nonpartisan gun violence prevention organization. She is an alumna of the Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce Centurions Leadership Program. She received the 2022 Centurions Bernard Powell Award, given to an alumnus who demonstrates extraordinary leadership and positive community impact, in recognition of her commitment to children's education, civil rights, and safety. She and her husband Doug are parents to two current LPS students.
Nick Bartlow (Board member)
Nick Bartlow was elected to the Board in April of 2018. He earned a degree in Business Administration from William Jewell College in 2000 and an MBA in Strategy and Marketing from Vanderbilt University in 2006. Nick has spent much of his professional career in strategy, marketing and finance roles with companies both large and small, and has helped them evolve their business models and prepare for future growth. He is currently Director of Business Strategy at Barkley, an independent creative and innovation company, where he works across diverse industries to solve business problems with creativity, innovation and established business principles. Nick’s education and work history has provided a unique perspective of situational opportunities and challenges that our students will face. He has served in various capacities with the Epilepsy Foundation of Missouri/Kansas, LPS Vision 20/20 Committee, as a coach with Liberty Parks & Rec and as an active member of Second Baptist Church in Liberty. Nick and his wife Carrie have 3 young children attending Liberty Public Schools; Wake, Ramsey and Deacon.
Jenn Bauer (Board Member)
Jenn Bauer earned her bachelor’s degree in psychology, and a paralegal certificate from Rockhurst University. Upon graduation, she worked at Husch Blackwell for 10 years, managing corporate, real estate, and banking cases for three firm partners. In 2011, Jenn became a small business owner, opening two Sarpino’s Pizzeria restaurants. In 2020, Jenn answered the call for substitute teachers by obtaining her Substitute Teacher certification and serving Liberty Public Schools in this capacity until she was elected to serve on the LPS Board of Education in April 2023. Jenn spent the last 10 years volunteering her time to LPS in various capacities. She served on the Heritage Middle School PTSA for six years, and was President for four of those years. In 2021, Jenn was honored with the Missouri PTSA Distinguished Service Award. Jenn is a member of the Liberty Alliance for Youth, a Liberty Education Foundation supporter, and a LPS Youth Mentor. Jenn and her family are active members of St. James Catholic Church in Liberty. Jenn ran for School Board with a vision to cultivate trust and build bridges between district leaders, faculty/administrators, and parents.
AJ Byrd (Board Member)
AJ Byrd completed his BA Degree at William Jewell College and in 1986 completed a Master’s Degree at the UMKC Bloch School of Business. After completing studies at William Jewell, he served in the US Peace Corps as a teacher in Kenya, Africa. His professional experience includes more than 25 years with Jackson County, paralleled with 15 of those years as a scout and agent for the Denver Broncos. Since 2006, AJ has served as the MoDOT Community Liaison Officer for the KC District. His efforts included consensus building with key stakeholders, unions, pre-apprentice trainers, contractors, and community leaders that resulted in Kansas City Area contractors and Community Leaders making a commitment that a percentage (%) of Federal Highway funds allocated locally be spent on training of minorities and females for highway construction. He has served on the Liberty Housing Authority Board and the Street Improvement Committee. He is also a member of the Kansas City NAACP Chapter; he completed two (2) terms as President of the KC Chapter of the Conference of Minority Transportation Officials (COMTO) and currently serves as President of the Clay County African American Legacy (CCAAL).
Daniel Currence (Board Member)
Dan Currence earned his Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Missouri-Columbia. After receiving his Bachelor’s degree, Dan served 4 years in the US Navy as an officer in the Navy Civil Engineer Corps, stationed in Charleston, SC. Afterward, Dan worked for Parsons Corporation in St. Louis, MO, providing environmental engineering consulting services. He and his family relocated to the Liberty area in 1998 when he began working as a field engineer for Advanced Drainage Systems, Inc. After 15 years with ADS, Dan became Director of Engineering for the Plastics Pipe Institute, a trade association of plastic pipe manufacturers, where he is currently employed. Dan and his wife, Sherry, have three sons, who all graduated from LHS. Their daughter, Lily, attends LNHS. While living in central Missouri to care for his aging parents, Dan served on the Eldon R1 School Board, concluding his term as Board President. Dan began serving on the LPS Board of Education in April 2022. Dan and Sherry are active members of Pleasant Valley Baptist Church.
Drew Marriott (Board Member)
Drew Marriott was sworn in to the Liberty Public Schools Board of Education to serve a three year term on Tuesday, April 20, 2021.Mr. Marriott grew up, and married into, a family of public educators and truly values the impact that public education has on our students and community. He grew up in the Northland area, and has lived in Liberty since 2010. Mr. Marriott received his Bachelor's degree in History from the University of Chicago in 2007 and his J.D. from St. Louis University in 2010.Mr. Marriot's legal practice is dedicated to representing public school districts across the state of Missouri. Through that work he has supported and represented educators, administrators, and school boards in addressing legal issues that arise and litigation.Since 2017, he has volunteered and served as a board member for the Brown v. Board Foundation, Inc., a non-profit with the mission to raise money to provide grants for students to take field trips to the Brown v. Board of Education National Historic Site in Topeka, Kansas.Mr. Marriott's reason for serving on the Board is to help serve the LPS community - to give back to the community, and support our students, staff, and parents. He and his wife, Kirstin, have two daughters that attend Liberty Public Schools.