Thomas Jefferson Inducts Four Into Hall of Fame
Thomas Jefferson High School Hall of Fame committee inducted four new members to into the school’s Hall of Fame on Friday, May 3, 2019, during a ceremony at the school.
The four new honorees include business and community leader Jon Narmi (’65), longtime school board member and business owner David Coziahr (’77), entertainment executive and philanthropist Jim White (’80), and business owner and community volunteer Janie (Wolfe) Rogers (’98).
Class of 1965
Jon L. Narmi graduated from Thomas Jefferson High School in 1965. Jon attended the University of Iowa where he earned a Bachelor of Business Administration. He then received his Master of Business Administration from Creighton University. Jon is also a graduate of the Securities Industry Institute Program at the University of Pennsylvania Wharton School. Jon began his career in the investment business in 1971. He currently is a Founding Partner and Director of the Narmi Group at Baird.
Jon is the youngest of eleven children, all of which attended Thomas Jefferson High School. Jon’s brother, Rear Admiral Ronald Narmi USN, Retired, is also a member of the Thomas Jefferson Hall of Fame.
Jon and his wife, Candy, Class of 1966, became involved in community service early on in their marriage. Jon has served on many boards in the Council Bluffs community. Jon’s focus in community activities was intentionally local as an attempt to give back to the community and to build a stronger community moving forward by focusing on elementary and secondary education efforts. Jon and Candy’s mantra has been “Education is a gift of a lifetime." In addition, their focus has been faith-based programs and entities, and they also have an endowed scholarship at Creighton University Medical School. A classroom within the Heider Business College is named in their honor.
Jon enrolled in a class at Thomas Jefferson that has had a lifelong influence on him, Creative Writing, setting a goal to author a book one day. In 2011, Jon authored and published SEAL Team 6, bin Laden and Beyond. All royalties from his book are donated to the Wounded Warrior Foundation and The Navy SEAL Foundation. Following publication of SEAL Team 6, Jon was invited to be a guest at a Navy SEAL annual gathering where he was able to interact and have conversation with members of the Navy SEALs. Jon also participated in over fifty interviews on talk radio programs across the country. These interviews allowed Jon to discuss broader issues such as care within the Veterans Administration, finding employment upon returning home from war, and counseling services available.
Jon and Candy have three married children, Joe, Ann and Charles, in whom they have instilled the responsibility to give back to the community, lead life with determination, and to live life with a solid moral compass. They view their children as their true legacy. Jon and Candy were also selected by Pope Benedict to receive the highest award the Catholic Church bestowed on clergy and laity, dating back to 1888, Ecclesia et Pontifice Honour.
Some of Jon's Community/ Civic/ Philanthropic Involvement includes being a founding members of the Tornado Task Force (1988). He has served on Boards of Directors for Bethany Lutheran Home, Catholic Charities, Children's Square USA, Saint Patrick's Parish, The Phoenix House, Bergan Mercy Medical Center, Alegent Health Mercy Hospital, Creighton University Alumni Association, and as a member of the steering committee for the Bayliss Park Renovation and as a Capstone Donor for the Thomas Jefferson statue located at Thomas Jefferson High School.
Class of 1977
David Coziahr graduated from Thomas Jefferson High School in 1977. He attended Iowa State University where he received a Bachelor of Science degree in Construction Engineering with an emphasis in mechanical systems.
Family, community and work have always been a big part of Dave’s life. He was born in Council Bluffs to parents Walter W. Coziahr Jr. and Nancy J. (Thompson) Coziahr. Siblings include sisters Mary and Jane, and brother Tom. Prior to Tee Jay, he attended James B. Rue Elementary School, and Woodrow Wilson Junior High School.
Dave met his future wife Luanne on the marching band field at Iowa State University and they married in 1984. Together they are working the family business and enjoy many adventures. Their family includes adult sons Will and Matt, both graduates of Thomas Jefferson High School.
Dave was elected to the Council Bluffs Community School District Board of Education in 2004 and currently serves as board president. He advocates for a strong public school system and has found serving on the school board to be challenging, educational and rewarding. He has been a registered Boy Scout since 1970. In his youth, he earned the rank of Eagle Scout, and as adult was awarded the District Award of Merit and Silver Beaver Award for his distinguished service to young people. He has many fond memories of camping throughout the United States, one of which was serving as Scoutmaster for a combined troop that attended the 1993 National Boy Scout Jamboree.
In 2018, he received his pioneer member award for 40 years of membership to the First United Methodist Church of Omaha where he shares his joy of music as a member of the bell choir.
His work in the family business, Coziahr Heating and Air Conditioning, began in the summers during his teenage years. This taught him the importance of continuing his education in the principles and practices of HVAC engineering. After his graduation from ISU, he had the good fortune to work with his father for 15 years. In 1999, ownership of the company was transferred to Dave, and he became the third generation owner of the now 83-year-old business.
In 1986, Dave earned the designation of Engineer-In-Training by passing the nationally administered EIT examination and still hopes to become a Professional Engineer. Dave holds certifications in combustion analysis, HVAC design, home performance testing, radon measurement and mitigation. He also holds several North America Technician Excellence (NATE) HVAC certificates and is a Building Energy Assessment Professional (BEAP) administered by the American Society of Heating Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE). Dave provides HVAC system design, installation, repair and maintenance services to residential and commercial clients in Council Bluffs and southwest Iowa.
Class of 1980
Originally, from Carter Lake, Iowa, Jim White earned his high school diploma from Thomas Jefferson High School in 1980. He earned a Bachelor's degree from Bellevue University, Nebraska and a postgraduate Master’s degree in Adult Education/Cultural Diversity from the University of Technology in Sydney, Australia, while embarking on a professional life in more than 20 countries worldwide.
Jim has successfully held executive level careers in such high-profile entertainment companies as Blockbuster Entertainment, Universal Music Group/Napster, and Activision/Blizzard. For the past 14 years, he has served as Senior Vice President, Human Resources at Paramount Pictures.
Jim is an urban pioneer in Downtown Los Angeles where he has called home since 2001. As an active participant on the forefront of Downtown LA’s multibillion-dollar redevelopment scene, Jim co-founded DTLA LIFE - a leading lifestyle and real estate company to serve buyers, sellers, property developers and investors.
His forward-thinking mindset as a global citizen empowers his sense of “community” that he focuses in Downtown LA. Within his civic and philanthropic focus on eradicating poverty and family homelessness, his advocacy includes involvement with the Home for Good Business Leaders Task Force, United Way LA’s HR Committee, PATH People Assisting the Homeless, and the Chrysalis 2019 HomeWalk, in partnership with the Los Angeles Rams.
As the first in a trilogy of books, Jim authored The World is a Safe Place, in which he personalized his unique worldview to gently draw people into deeper modes of self-exploration and discovery.
Class of 1998
When asked what she does for a living, Janie Rogers will usually say she’s a Mom. Though that is her favorite and most important job title, this is often her response because, well – where would she begin to explain what she really does for a living?
Janie graduated from Thomas Jefferson in 1998. She was a cheerleader, participated in DECA and journalism, was voted prom queen and a member of the Who’s Who Among American High School Students. Janie started her first job the day after turning 14 years old. She worked at the West Broadway Dairy Queen for more than four years, a job she credits for giving her an unparalleled work ethic, knowledge and love of the customer service industry.
After graduating, she attended Iowa Western Community College with plans to transfer and get a degree in secondary education. However, a long time interest in real estate, which she credits in part to Mr. Sam Martinez, her Spanish teacher for 4 years at TJ, spurred Janie into getting her real estate license at the age of 20 and going to work for NP Dodge Real Estate.
In 2003, Janie began investing in real estate with her now husband, Ryan, and together they purchased their first business, a lounge and rental hall they remodeled and named Deuces. Janie is now owner and co-owner of six businesses and is in the process of opening three more.
Janie has always been proud of being born and raised in Council Bluffs. Since going into business for herself in her early twenties, her ambition has been to make her community a place where people want to stay, move to and visit. In 2015, she was within days of signing a lease for a contemporary America style restaurant in Omaha but decided instead to open 712 eat + drink. Her love for her hometown shows inside 712, named for the local area code with a large mural paying homage to the city.
In addition to these businesses, Janie owns In Motion Gymnastics & Entertainment, Glory Days Sports Bar, I-80 Liquor, and other property development & real estate investment companies. Janie married Ryan Rogers in 2008 and has three children, Oakley (9) Easton (8) and Gunnar (5). In her spare time, she loves to travel, cook and spend time with her family and friends, and she loves music and interior design. She serves on the board at Heartland Child Development, the Iowa Western Black Tie Harvest for Scholarships Committee, and the Council Bluffs Community School District’s Transition Alliance Program and the Career and Technical Education Advisory Board.