Meet the BCRSD Team
The District is staffed by a group of highly trained, highly qualified individuals dedicated to meeting the clean water needs in Boone County.
As General Manager, Tom’s day to day focus is being available to staff, working on long-range planning and keeping up with changes in the wastewater industry both in regard to regulations and technology. Tom is the one to contact if you are interested in developing in Boone County and have questions about how to meet the sanitary sewer needs of your property.
Although Tom has been working on District projects and functioning as a member of the staff since December of 1993, he became an official employee of the District in April of 2004. Tom was hired by Boone County Public Works in 1993 to oversee sewer and road NIDS, and until April 2004 the District contracted with the County Commission for Tom’s services.
Tom earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Civil Engineering in 1986 and Master of Science Degree in Geology in 2002 from the University of Missouri-Columbia. Since becoming an engineer, Tom worked for Missouri Department of Transportation, Missouri Department of Natural Resources, Boone County Public Works and now the District.
As Operations Supervisor, Virgil oversees the day to day duties of the wastewater and equipment operators. Virgil is also the primary sewer tap inspector, and after twenty three years with the District, knows the entire system from the ground up. Virgil spends most of his time out in the field making sure the operators have the tools, materials and equipment they need to provide you with quality service.
Andy’s main duties at the Sewer District are easement acquisition and construction inspection. You can call on him if you have a question about the District’s current capital improvements projects.
Prior to joining the Sewer District, Andy spent 10 years working with a local home builder. Before that, Andy worked for Boone County Public Works as the Neighborhood Improvement District (NID) Coordinator. In addition to his other duties at the Sewer District, he continues to coordinate sewer NIDs today.
Andy’s father was a Professor in the MU School of Journalism, which is what brought his family here from Milwaukee more than 40 years ago. Andy attended West Jr. and Hickman High School. He graduated from the University of Missouri – Columbia with a degree in General Studies, focusing on Computer Science and Communications.
While at MU, Andy met and married his wife, Wendy. They have two adult children, Hannah and Gus.
Sandi is the District’s first point of contact. She answers the phones and greets visitors to the office. Sandi can help you with everything from answering questions about your account, paying a bill, water usage adjustments, payment arrangements, and requesting sewer service or inspections. She can direct you to the appropriate staff member who will have the information you need if she cannot answer your specific questions.
Lara joined the front office staff in December of 2019. She is your main point of contact for all accounts receivalbe, accounts payable, audit reports, budget and anything that has to do with the finance end of the District. She also is serves as webmaster and is part of he newsletter team with Sandi.
Lara grew up in Michigan and attended Eastern Michigan University. She then moved to Bellingham, Washington, where she worked for Whatcom County Planning and Development Services. She assisted builders, developers and property owners with various permit processes.
Lara and her husband, Bill, wanting to be closer to aging parents and extended family, moved to Columbia in 1997. After continuing her education at Columbia College, she received a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration and Management.
Lesley oversees the front office and keeps a close eye on all the financial aspects of running the District. She is your point of contact if you have questions about the District’s audit reports, the current budget, accounts payable, etc. Lesley also serves as the treasurer and assistant secretary on the Board of Trustees. She is currently trying to retire, but we aren’t letting her go quite yet.
Lesley began her tenure with the District as the Administrative Assistant in 1992. At that time Lesley was the only employee in the office full time. Over the years she rose through the ranks to her current position.
Lesley earned a B.S. in Theatre and Communications and a M.S. in Theatre from Miami University of Oxford, Ohio. She came to Columbia to study at the University of Missouri. She is now a resident of Boonville where she and her husband, David, own Turner Hall and are co-founders of the cultural arts organization known as Turner Hall River Rats for the Arts.