Our 2018/19 faculty and Board members at a potluck hosted by Board President, Barb Roggenbeck.

Board President, Barb Roggenbeck

Barbara Roggenbeck is an active member of the social and fundraising committees at GBMS. She also volunteers in the classroom providing hands on science experiments for the children to enjoy. Barbara has lived all over North America: Louisiana, Puerto Rico, Florida, and Edmonton, Alberta but hopes she has landed for good in Bozeman. She has a B.S. in Biology from Florida State University, a M.A. from the University of North Florida, and a PhD from the Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry at the University of Alberta with a specialization in Physiology. Learning is something Barbara will never get enough of whether it be her own academic experiences, teaching science coursework to university students, or volunteering to share her love of science with GBMS preschool students. Her lifelong love of learning is what prompted her to join the Board at GBMS. Great Beginnings gave her a “warm and fuzzy feeling inside the second she stepped in the door” and she looks forward to making sure that feeling is maintained and replicated within the GBMS community and all its future endeavors. She has an alumni GBMS son, and another in the Rainbow Room. 


Vice-President, Barry Newton

Barry Newton is an Adjunct Professor of Architecture. He was educated in England where he studied at the Hammersmith College of Art and Building, which became Thames Polytechnic and where he obtained both his Undergraduate and Professional degrees. He became a registered Architect in 1973.

He practiced and taught in England prior to 1979 when he moved to the United States and taught at Kansas University until 2009 where he is an Emeritus Professor. He has practiced concurrently with teaching and research mainly working on small residential projects.

He has won numerous national and regional awards for his work. Barry was instrumental in working with students to develop site proposals for GBMS' expansion plans, orchestrating the work of 60+ MSU Design Studio students in Fall 2016. His daughter is currently in the Friendship Room.  


Interim Treasurer, Cheryl Christman Krieg

Cheryl Christman Krieg has two decades of nonprofit management and fundraising experience. Her roles have included: Program Director for Eagle Mount, Executive Director of the Sweet Grass Community Foundation, and most recently, President of Eagle Mount’s Board of Directors. Cheryl remembers when Great Beginnings was in a rented room in Eagle Mount’s office building twenty years ago and is impressed by how far it has come. She would consider it a privilege to serve the school as it continues to grow to meet the needs of its families and the community. Cheryl is currently a stay-at-home mom and when she isn’t involved in volunteer and committee work at Eagle Mount, she can be found playing with horses and skiing with her husband, Wick, and daughter, Eloise. Eloise is in her third year at Great Beginnings and is in the Sunshine Room. 


Secretary, Matheson Renick

Mattie Close-Davis, a Bozeman native, has lived in Montana since birth, and is now raising her two children in her hometown. Currently pursuing a nursing degree at MSU, Mattie has a long history of volunteerism in the Valley. One of the initial members of the Bozeman Youth Initiative, she was part of the group instrumental in the creation of the BOB (Bozone Ozone) School Bus, currently run through Gallatin Valley Farm to Schools. Mattie has joined the Board to support the expansion process, with an emphasis on teacher support, parent outreach, and community involvement. In her spare time, Mattie enjoys spending time with family, cooking, baking, cross-country skiing, and shooting her bow. 


Member at Large ( 2017/18 President), Eric Scranton

Eric Scranton, has a myriad of professional endeavors, including 13 years’ experience in emergency medicine. With a degree in Environmental Engineering, Eric’s past accomplishments include professional work: as a mountaineering guide; an outdoor educator; an enforcement officer; and a full-time athlete. In his spare time, Eric enjoys skiing at Bohart, biking and hiking the trails of southwest Montana with his wife, Bobbi. His daughter, Evelyn, is in the Sunshine Room.  Eric served as the President of our Board during the 2018/19 school year. 


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