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2016/17 Board of Directors

President: Eric Scranton

Treasurer: Erik Henyon


Erik Henyon is the Board Treasurer and chair of the finance committee. Erik is the president and CEO of Organizational Wide Leadership Solutions, Inc. His experience in leadership development and training spans nearly two decades and his community service projects include a term as vice-chair of the City of Bozeman’s Planning Board and a Bozeman Chamber of Commerce board member. Erik also coaches soccer and can be frequently seen ferrying his three, active children (two of whom are GBMS alumni) around Bozeman on afterschool adventures.

Secretary: Staci Abel

Member at Large: Jerome Patton


Jerome currently works as an Economic Modeler for the Montana Department of Revenue. He describes himself as a well-rounded and personable professional with a knack for problem-solving that requires a technical skillset, creativity, and people skills. His areas of specialty include: economics, property valuation, tax policy, and real estate finance /development. He welcomes the interesting challenge of joining the Great Beginnings board. Jerome holds a M.S. and B.S. in Economics from Montana State University, as well as post graduate education in architecture and real estate finance. Jerome is originally from Great Falls, Montana where he re-developed a dilapidated building, the Clark 1919, receiving a Historic Preservation award and the 2009 Best For-Sale Redevelopment from NeighborWorks - Great Falls, MT. Jerome enjoys outdoor activities, in particular, snowboarding, kite surfing, and mountain biking and invented and patented of a kitesurfing harness and owned/directed an Xterra Off Road Triathlon. Jerome is the father of two children, Maxwell in kindergarten, and his two-year-old son, Charles.

Member-at-Large: Travis Svensrud


Travis Svensrud is a local Realtor and the father of three boys, two of whom are GBMS alumni. Born and raised in Bozeman, Montana. Fourth generation Gallatin Valley native. Graduate of Montana State University with a degree in Economics. Former member US Ski Team '97-'03. Friendly and personable. Travis is very excited to be involved in Great Beginnings and support the school with finance, fundraising and expansion.

Member-at-Large: Barbara Roggenbeck

Barbara Roggenbeck is an active member of the social and fundraising committees at GB. 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. Her son David is a kindergarten student at GBMS and her 5 month old son is already on the waiting list. She is currently enjoying her time off from academics to raise her 2 boys.

Member-at-Large: 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 to1979 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 Historic Building Documentation [Peterson prize], Historic Building Renovation [Kansas Preservation Alliance] and for Architectural Design [Kansas AIA Award of Excellence] and has been published in a variety of publications [Metropolis, Midgard, Reflections]. He has also won teaching awards [Kemper Foundation].

He currently teaches design studios in the senior years and has given a theory seminar which reflects his interests in architectural typology. 

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.  


Board Overview

Board members serve three year terms and meet regularly throughout the year, including an annual retreat.  Major duties include developing the strategic plan, ensuring the financial solvency of the school, evaluating the school's progress and personally advocating for the GBMS' mission in the community utilizing our core values: Whole-heartedness, Lifelong Learning, Community and Being Exemplary.

Are you interested in joining our Board of Directors?

We value your expertise! Please review the application below and contact the Leadership Development Committee. Nominations for new members are submitted March of each year.



Standing Committees for the

Board of Directors

Executive Committee:
Responsibility:  Coordinates the work of the board with the board chair.  Serves as a sounding board for the administrator, acts in place of the board between board meetings in the manner prescribed by the bylaws and as expressly delegated by the board; and reports any actions to the board in a timely manner.  Conducts strategic planning.

Leadership Development Committee:
Responsibility:  Serve the board of directors and its committees by soliciting and screening potential board members and formally orienting those who join the work of the board.  Plan annual goal setting retreat.  Nurture staff and board members.

Finance Committee:
Responsibility:  Organize and develop the long-range financial plan and yearly operation budget, with tuition levels for board approval; monitors the implementation of the budget, educates the board on nonprofit financial reporting and trends affecting the school’s finances.  Provides a quarterly audit of finances.  Assists in designing monthly reporting format for board meetings.  Committee chair reports finances to the board.

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Specific Project Committees

Building and Grounds Committee:
Responsibility:  Develop master plan of the school’s building and grounds; reports to the board at monthly meetings; and keeps the finance committee informed on building and grounds needs.
Community Involvement Committee:
Responsibility: Strives to encompass and model the spirit of giving amongst students, staff, and our families with many outreach activities.

Compensation Committee:
Responsibility:  Develop policies and procedures manual.  Oversee personnel matters which may come before the board; including director’s evaluations, grievances, hiring, wages and benefits.

Development Committee:
Responsibility: Strategize and lead fundraising and major gifts, annual fund, corporate giving, special events to support funding the strategic plan, as well as recognition and thanks and follow ups with donors.

Scholarship Committee:
Responsibility:  Works with staff to develop policies concerning eligibility and administration of aid; recommends policies to the board; and recommends, through the budget process, the percentages of the budget dedicated to financial aid.