The Bozeman Schools Foundation is led by an internal team of three employees and a volunteer team that serves as the Board of Directors. Together, this group of 19 people manage the programs, sponsorships and day-to-day management for the Foundation. They uphold the mission of inspiring learning, enriching teaching, and creating opportunities for district students through community support.
Judy spent more than 20 years as a television reporter and anchor in several cities across the country. In 2009 she moved to Bozeman where she spent nearly seven years at KBZK-TV. A desire for change and passion for education led her to the Bozeman Schools Foundation, where she became the executive director in 2018. During her free time, she can be found with her husband, two children and two dogs, enjoying this beautiful place she now calls home.
Laura KuntzLaura grew up in Montana and she and her husband have 4 BHS graduates. She has a bachelor's degree in marketing and a master's degree in BIS. She has spent 12 years working in business, education, and event coordination. Her passion for volunteering has kept her involved with the Bozeman Schools and PACs since 2003. She has seen firsthand how BSF enriches students and teachers, and is excited to be a part of this incredible organization. She enjoys exploring creative outlets, being a Sunrise Rotary member, and spending time outside camping, hiking, and kayaking.
Steve JohnsonSteve has served as the assistant superintendent for business and operations for Bozeman Public Schools since 1986. He is a native Montanan and graduate of Montana State University. Steve has been involved with governmental accounting his entire professional career, with the Montana Legislative Auditor, Helena Public Schools, and Bozeman Public Schools. Steve is an active member of the Montana Association of School Business Officials and has served as its president. Steve is also a past president of the Bozeman Area Chamber of Commerce and currently works as a green coat ambassador for the Chamber. He is also a high school football official, with more than 32 years of experience on the field with student athletes.
Board of Directors
Roland MacNicholServed students and families in Washington State for 36 years as a teacher, school administrator, and Principal. He served as a School and District Leadership Coach in Washington State working in school and district improvement. Much of this work was developing strategic plans rooted in creating healthy and safe school communities with strong social and emotional systems in place. A critical piece of this work was developing authentic partnerships with all stakeholders and nurturing equitable practices and courageous leadership.
Bill has lived in Bozeman for 18 years and is the father of two kids in the Bozeman Public Schools System. Bill has extensive non-profit experience with his accounting firms, serving over 400 NPO organizations inside and outside of Montana. As a volunteer, he has served with local and statewide organizations for the past 18 years and is currently active with CASA/Guardian Ad Litem Program of Gallatin County (treasurer); Bozeman Deaconess Foundation (finance committee); and Cancer Support Community of Montana (finance committee and past president). The Bozeman Schools Foundation provides Bill an opportunity to offer his talents to the foundation to provide the best possible resources to students, faculty and administrators of the greater Bozeman school district.
A native of Great Falls, Sara and her husband moved their family to Bozeman in 2015 after many years living out of state. They are excited to be back in Montana and raising their three children in the Bozeman school district. Sara has an master’s degree in political science and has elementary school teaching experience in inner-city Los Angeles. Currently, Sara is an adjunct instructor at MSU for several departments and teaches community college students online. Sara values the role of education in communities, and she understands both the opportunities and constraints of public school systems. Sara is thrilled to be a part of the Bozeman Schools Foundation and is passionate about supporting education in our community.
Ann Bernard is in her dream job as an eighth-grade English teacher at Sacajawea Middle School. She moved to Montana nine years ago, from upstate New York, and has never looked back. She is an outdoor enthusiast, spending her free time (what little there is) hiking, camping, boating, and cross-country skiing with her three dogs and partner. She is a lifelong ping pong enthusiast, and has helped implement and grow the Foundation’s annual ping pong tournament. Ann has a bachelor’s degree in English from the University of Michigan and a master’s degree in education.
Dianne has been a member of the Bozeman Schools Foundation Board since her retirement in 2015 from more than 40 years as a high school counselor, the last 12 years spent at Bozeman High School. She and her husband moved to Bozeman in 2002 from Lincoln, Nebraska and have made Montana their “forever home.” Dianne believes that young people are the hope of our country and its future. Much of their passion and commitment to the causes they believe in are developed within the educational setting; and Dianne feels it is increasingly important that students are provided with a balanced environment where they can safely examine and voice their points of view.
Leah grew up in Helena, MT and graduated a Capital Bruin. She attended Ohio Wesleyan and graduated from Montana State University with a degree in Psychology and a Masters in School Counseling. Leah has served as a K-12 school counselor in Big Sky, MT and as a high school counselor and department chair at Bozeman High School. She has also taught undergraduate classes at Montana State in the Community Health Department. Leah is currently an Associate Director at Profitable Ideas Exchange where she convenes virtual roundtable discussions for C-suite executives. Leah brings a mental health perspective to the board.
Angie JohnsonAngie is a commercial & consumer lender with Stockman Bank. She grew up in eastern Montana and attended Montana State University. After graduating with an accounting emphasis, she didn’t want to leave the beauty of the Bozeman area and made her home here. Both of Angie’s parents were teachers and instilled a great value of the education system. Angie served on the board of trustees for Belgrade School District in 2001 – 2003. She is currently the treasurer for the local SCORE Chapter. When Angie is not working, she enjoys the many hiking trails and runs Bozeman has to offer. Angie has two teenage daughters in the Bozeman school system and loves helping out with the Bozeman Schools Foundation projects.
Steve grew up in Billings where he attended Billings West High School. He received a bachelor’s degree in construction engineering from Colorado State University. After college, he worked in San Francisco for Thompson Brooks Inc., a custom residential contractor. In 2002, Steve moved back to Montana and began managing the Langlas & Associates Inc. office in Bozeman, which specializes in commercial, industrial, and custom residential contracting throughout Montana, Wyoming and Idaho. Steve is a part of the second-generation of Langlas & Associates, which was founded by his father and uncle in 1973. Steve and his wife Laney have three children.
Mandie was born and raised in Butte and earned her master’s degree in business administration from the University of Montana in 2000. She moved to the Bozeman community with her husband, Rex Leipheimer, in 2002. She has extensive experience as an innovative business development strategist for companies such as Hill-Rom, Countrywide, Washington Mutual and New Century. Mandie currently serves as a business partner for several small businesses throughout the Bozeman, Belgrade and Butte communities. Mandie co-leads Girl Scout Troop #3517 and serves as the secretary of the Morning Star Parent Advisory Council, where her daughter attends school. She and her daughter spend summers working the Angry Apple Orchard at Flathead Lake, and volunteer weekly at the Mission Valley Animal Shelter in Polson.
Jim was born and raised in Nebraska and attended the University of Nebraska in Kearney. He was drafted into the U.S. Army the day after graduation and spent most of his military time in Germany. Jim married his college sweetheart in 1958 and moved to Montana in 1959, where he started his career in funeral services and retired from his role of funeral director in 2010. Jim owned and operated Dokken-Nelson Funeral Service for 40 years. Jim is a former member of the Bozeman School Board; member and past president of the Montana Funeral Directors Association; member and past president of the Montana State University Athletic Scholarship Association; member, Elder and Deacon of First Presbyterian Church in Bozeman; and a present member of the Bobcat Quarterback Club. Jim is also a long-time member of the Bozeman Symphony Society, and past president and a 40-year-plus member of the Bozeman Symphonic Choir.
Melissa moved to Bozeman in 2014 after living in Livingston for 13 years. She continues to volunteer in both communities, and also serves on the board of a non-profit Montessori school in Livingston. She and her husband own and manage a restaurant group and have two kids in the Bozeman school system. Melissa is passionate about providing adequate resources and support for teachers since they influence student growth and have such a major impact on the lives of children. Melissa strongly believes in parent involvement in the classrooms and is actively involved not only in the Foundation but also in the schools.
Candace PrattCandace was born and raised in California and has enjoyed spending every summer of her life in Montana visiting relatives and enjoying the beautiful outdoors. Her mother is from Bozeman and father from Butte. Candace and her husband, James, always hoped to raise their children in Montana and were thrilled when the opportunity arose in 2014 to move to Bozeman. Candace is a First Vice President of Investments for Wells Fargo Advisors and has been advising clients for over two decades. Education has always been a priority for Candace because her mother is a renowned educator who instilled in her the values and virtues of learning. The greatest gift a child can receive is an education as no one can take it away from them. She received both a BS in Business Administration from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, and an International MBA Loyola Marymount University. She enjoys volunteering at her children’s schools and has been active in Girl Scouts. Candace appreciates the opportunity to serve Bozeman students and parents and relishes being part of the Bozeman Schools Foundation.
A native of Washington, Gavin received his construction engineering management degree from Oregon State University. Upon graduation, he accepted a full-time position with Barnard Construction, a local Bozeman firm that performs heavy civil construction work throughout North America. After 15 years of field work with Barnard, Gavin and his family found their permanent home in Bozeman in 2016 when he accepted a role within Barnard’s business development group. Gavin and his wife Heather have four young children. They enjoy skiing and sledding in the winter, and fishing, hiking, and camping in the summer.
- Candace Pratt – Chair
- Melissa Moran – Vice Chair
- Bill Mills – Treasurer
- Sara Callow – Secretary
- Candace Pratt
- Steve Johnson
- Bill Mills
- Melissa Moran