Board of Directors

The MUSIC Board of Directors consists of nine members* elected by the general membership for three overlapping terms. Board members are geographically distributed across the state and are representative of small, medium, and large school districts, with one community college representative.

Current Board Members

Dr. Bernard DuBray, Chairman

Fort Zumwalt R-II
110 Virgil St
O’Fallon, MO 63366
(636) 240-2072

Dr. DuBray has been Superintendent of the Fort Zumwalt School District for the last 32 years. He has been in education as a teacher, principal, Assistant Superintendent and Superintendent for a total of 48 years. Fort Zumwalt is the largest school district in St. Charles County with 18,500 students.


Dr. Phillip Cook, Vice-Chairman

Carl Junction R-I
206 S. Roney
Carl Junction, MO 64834
(417) 649-7026

Dr. Cook has been Superintendent of Schools for Carl Junction School District since 2004. Dr. Cook spent 3 years as Assistant Superintendent with this being his 20th year with Carl Junction School District and 25 years in education. Dr. Cook serves on many boards, such as Missouri Special Olympics, Joplin Basketball Officials Association and is the Treasurer of the Board of Southwest Center for Educational Excellence.


Dr. Gabe Edgar, Secretary

Marceline R-V
400 E. Santa Fe
Marceline, MO 64658
(660) 376-3371

Dr. Edgar is currently serving in his 11th year as the Marceline R-V School District Superintendent.  Prior to serving as Superintendent, he held the secondary principal position for 4 years.  He began his career in Marceline as a Business Teacher and Coach.  He has served the Marceline School District for 20 years.


Ron Orr, Treasurer

Pattonville R-III
11097 St. Charles Rock Rd.
St. Ann, MO 63074
(314) 213-8005

Mr. Orr has been Chief Financial Officer of Pattonville School District since 2002. Mr. Orr spent 4 years as an Accounting Manager with Washington University in St. Louis, and five years in private industry prior to joining Pattonville.  He is a Certified Public Accountant and is a Certified Administrator of School Finance and Operations through the International Association of School Business Officials.  Mr. Orr is the past President of MoASBO and has been the chair of the MoASBO Legislative committee since 2006. In addition, he has recorded the Pinnacle Award of Achievement for the International Association of School Business Officials.


Dr. Bill Nicely, Director

Kearney R-I
1002 S. Jefferson
Kearney, MO 64060
(816) 628-4116

Dr. Nicely is currently in his 9th year as Superintendent of the Kearney School District. Prior to Kearney, he was Superintendent for five years in the Leeton R-X School District. Dr. Nicely also serves on the boards of the Kansas City STEM Alliance, as President of the Cooperating School Districts of Greater Kansas City (CSDGKC) and Vice President of Northland Center for Advanced Professional Studies (NCAPS). He is a steering committee member for Kansas City Area Educational Research Consortium (KC-AERC) and the Commissioner’s Advisory Council.


Dr. Tim Mattson, Director

Savannah R-III 
408 West Market Street
Savannah, MO 64485
(816) 324-3144

Dr. Mattson serves as the Assistant Superintendent of the Savannah R-III School District. He has served in that capacity for the past 7 years and prior to that served the district as Director of Curriculum and Assessment. Dr. Mattson has served 27 years in Missouri public education as a teacher, middle school principal, and high school principal. He currently serves on the Heartland Foundation E2 Advisory Board and has served as a board member with United Way of Nodaway County.


Patricia Thompson, Director

Crawford County R-I
1444 Old Highway 66
Bourbon, MO 65441

Patricia Thompson is currently in her 7th year as Superintendent of the Crawford County R-I School District. Prior to serving as Superintendent, Patricia served as the district’s elementary school principal for 12 years. Mrs. Thompson served as a Title I paraprofessional and teacher for a total of eight years before making the transition to administration.


Todd Galbierz, Director

St. Charles Community College
4601 Mid Rivers Mall Dr.
Cottleville, MO 63376
(636) 922-8359

Mr. Galbierz has been Vice President for Administrative Services at St. Charles Community College (SCC) since 2008. He serves the college as the Chief Financial Officer and is also responsible for facilities, construction, public safety, information technology, food service, and bookstore. Mr. Galbierz also teaches accounting as an adjunct instructor at SCC. Prior to joining the college, he served in leadership roles in municipal government and private industry. Mr. Galbierz is very active with community college professional organizations, especially the Missouri Community College Association.


Dr. Kyle Dare, Director

Puxico R-VIII
481 N. Bedford St.
Puxico, MO 63960
(573) 222-3762

Dr. Dare has been the Superintendent of Schools for the Puxico R-VIII School District since 2008. Dr. Dare previously served the district as a teacher and high school principal. In total, he has served the Puxico School District for 20 years.