The 2019 Barbara Lackritz Awardee: Marsha Koch

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 THE BARBARA LACKRITZ AAUW SERVICE AWARD CRITERIA

   The purpose of the Metro St. Louis IBC Barbara Lackritz AAUW Service Award is to recognize an AAUW member who meets the following criteria:  

  1. Upholds the mission of AAUW by advancing equity for women and girls through advocacy, education, philanthropy and research.
  2. Provides service to AAUW at local state, regional, national and/or international levels.
  3. Provides leadership to AAUW at local state, regional, national and/or international levels.
  4. Provides service and leadership in non-AAUW areas in the community, religious, professional and/or political arenas.

2019 Recipient:   Marsha Koch of
Kirkwood-Webster Groves Branch and Ballwin-Chesterfield Branch


Upholds the mission of AAUW by enhancing equity for women and girls through advocacy, education, philanthropy, and research. Marsha Koch is a life member, a Century Club member, and a supporter of the Breaking Through Barriers Campaign. She has received several named-gift awards from Kirkwood–Webster Groves Branch. She is particularly dedicated to the advancement of girls in STEM fields. Mentoring has been one of Marsha’s greatest contributions to AAUW as she pushes for more education in technology at every opportunity, for example, presenting a session on Google Docs to the AAUW MO Board. Marsha is an advocate for equity and helped form an AAUW MO Lobby Corps.

Provides service to AAUW at local, state, regional, national and/or international levels. Marsha is her branch’s newsletter editor, has served on many branch committees, and works with branch members to increase their mastery of technology in a study group. She volunteers at tabling events and has presented programs to other branches. She has shared her expertise through computer workshops for AAUW members, individual help sessions, and state conference training. Marsha promotes regional cooperation in AAUW, as by bringing ideas back to Missouri from an Illinois AAUW Girls in Math and Science conference.

Provides leadership to AAUW at local, state, regional, national and/or international levels. Marsha has been Kirkwood–Webster Groves Branch president, program vice president, and membership vice president. She is a former chair and secretary of the St. Louis Metro Interbranch Council. As state president during the 2009 AAUW Convention in St. Louis, she was the local face of AAUW to convention-goers. She is the current state program vice president and has organized state meetings, including the 2018 conference featuring national CEO Kim Churches. In 2011 and 2018 she was named an “Outstanding Member” at the Missouri state conference.

Provides service and leadership in non-AAUW areas in community, professional, religious, and/or political arenas: Marsha taught business education and computer software education before joining Washington University in St. Louis, where she was Director of Administration, Information Services and Technology. She has been a member of Court Watch, Women’s Voices Raised for Social Justice, and Moms Demand Action and has helped arrange programs for the International Relations Lecture Series.