Meet the Board Monday: Jodi Koontz
Jodi Koontz joins our Board as a parent of two Bulldog students. Born in Baton Rouge, LA, Jody grew up in Denham Springs and graduated in 1990 from Denham Springs High School as the ‘only red head in my class’. She attended a South Carolina technical college for their Radio, TV and Media program and graduated with an Associate Degree in Broadcasting in 1993.
Jodi is the lead anchor for the nationally syndicated radio show Murphy, Sam and Jodi. They are based here in Baton Rouge with iHeart Media and are on 56 stations across the country. Jodi’s husband John, Class of ’86, is the ‘Murphy’ in the trio, and they broadcast weekday mornings on 96.1 The River. Jodi and John married in 1999, and have 2 daughters currently BRHS; Taylor, a senior and Phoebe, a freshman.
Awards and Community Service:
- The Wilda Kovacs Award from Women in Media in 2008.
- SME Marketer of the Year Award (Baton Rouge) in 2011.
- Children’s Miracle Network as the Radio Person of the Year (for fundraising) in 2013
- Companion Animal Alliance, Our Lady of the Lake Children’s Hospital, St Jude Children’s Hospital Local Affiliate, and JDRF
- President of Women in Media Baton Rouge from 2004 – 2006.
BRHSF: Why did you choose BRMHS for your children?
JK: My husband John is a bulldog graduate and he credits much of his success with his time there. I toured with him for his reunion, and became more curious. Then we began attending BRHS Alumni events and I was even more interested!! We felt both of our children would greatly benefit from being in that environment, and quite frankly, I was just impressed! The more I experienced BRHS, the more I wish I could go back and attend myself.
BRHSF: What made you decide to join the BRHSF Board?
JK: I have joined the board to learn more about what The Foundation does, and hopefully I will be able to help as a BRHS parent.
BRHSF: Why is the Foundation’s mission of philanthropic support for BRHS important to you and the community?
JK: The Foundation’s Mission is important because the students get ONE CHANCE at childhood, and ONE CHANCE at High School. I really believe every single day and experience in High School helps a person form who they are, and who they believe they can be. I love the idea of being a part of that!!
BRHSF: As a Board member do you have any personal goals for your service? What do you see as your most important role as a Board member?
JK: My personal goal for my service as a board member is simple: to learn how to serve this board and school.
FUN FACTS! Jodi can (usually) name any song, by any artist, after hearing just a couple of notes and has successfully fostered over 40 dogs and found them good homes!