Dan Ruggles – Board President
Bio coming soon.
Roberto Valdivia – Vice President
Roberto Valdivia is a Faculty Research Associate in the Department of Applied Economics at Oregon State University and Visiting Researcher here at the Department of Political Science at Montana State University. He received his Master’s in Applied Economics from MSU and his Doctorate in Development Economics and Environmental Economics from Wageningen University in the Netherlands. Roberto brings his experience in economics and his knowledge in a variety of research topics to the Board. Roberto is the father of Leonardo and Alessandra both of them attending BSS and Roberto who attended BSS from first grade through sixth grade and graduated in the spring of 2017.
Robyn Miller – Secretary/Treasurer
Robyn Miller, Trustee since 2016, is the Director of American Prairie Reserve’s Ken Burns American Heritage Prize. A fourth-generation Montana, she holds a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Montana State University. Robyn is active in the Bozeman running community, served on the Sweet Pea Festival Board for 20 years, and was an administrator at Bozeman Summit School for nearly 13 years. Robyn brings her experience in school administration, accounting, business management, and community building to the Board. She and her husband, Travis, have one son who is a Bozeman Summit School alumnus.
Chris is a social entrepreneur. In 2001, along with his wife Rebekah, he co-founded Beyond Boundaries Institute, a non-profit entity utilizing hatha yoga to help people enhance their physical and inner well-being. He directed Bikram Yoga Bozeman for 10 years under the umbrella of Beyond Boundaries. Chris also co-founded and directs the Northern Kenya Fund, which provides scholarships to underserved high school students in northern Kenya’s Chalbi Desert region. Additionally, Chris serves on the advisory board for Earth Justice. Chris holds a degree in Environmental Studies and Sociology from St. Lawrence University and has two children, one of whom attends Bozeman Summit School.
A faculty member of the Age of Montessori and a professional development specialist for the Montana Early Childhood Project, Victoria Brailsford has almost two decades of experience in teaching and administration. Victoria has a master’s degree in Montessori education from St. Catherine University and is a certified Montessori teacher through Caspari Montessori Institute. Her service on non-profits boards and committees includes the Montana Montessori Educators’ Association, the Caspari Montessori Institute, Great Beginnings Montessori School, and Thrive. Victoria has taught a variety of workshops and seminars around the country in parent and teacher education for various organizations. She has published articles on education and parenting in several magazines and publications. Victoria is a parent to two MSU students who both attended Montessori schools and she considers the Montessori philosophy to be a way of life, rather than just an educational approach to learning.
Nancy is the founder and directress of The Learning Circle Montessori School Early Childhood Program and the founder of The Learning Circle Montessori Elementary School/Bozeman Summit School. Nancy worked at the School of the Woods, a Montessori school in Houston from 1972-1979. In 1977, she and her family spent a year in Switzerland where she taught in the Intercommmunity School in Zurich. She has more than 30 years of experience as a Montessori teacher and administrator and three years of experience in the public schools of Connecticut and Ohio. She graduated from Towson State College in 1964 with a Bachelor’s degree in education and earned two credentials from the American Montessori Society for preprimary and elementary. Nancy also founded and was The Head of School at The Learning Circle Montessori Elementary School/Bozeman Summit School from its inception in 1997 through August of 2003.
Staci is the mother of eight-year old twin boys and was a BSS parent before relocating out of the area. Staci worked in education for sixteen years as a middle school counselor and teacher, and she served three years as a board member of a Montessori preschool. She received her degree in Education from Eastern Michigan University and a masters in Counseling and Counseling Psychology from Indiana University. Originally from Wisconsin, Staci and her husband Stan moved to Montana nine years ago. She and Stan feel incredibly lucky to be able to raise their boys in Montana.