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.
Ashley MansfieldAshley Mansfield was born and raised in Texas and found her way to Montana in 2012 with her husband, two children and a surprise in the oven. She holds a master’s degree in special education and a bachelor’s degree in fine art. She spent 10 years developing, implementing, and assessing innovative educational programs for students with disabilities. She enjoys all things outdoors (except snakes) and all things creative (except cleaning up). Ashley loves working with The Bozeman Schools Foundation to bring magic to all of the teachers and students in Bozeman.
Dr. Robert WatsonRob has served as the Superintendent of Bozeman Public Schools since July 2012. Previously, Rob worked as the principal of Bozeman High School; middle and high school principal for Missoula County Public Schools; assistant principal for Great Falls Public Schools; and a math and science instructor in Anchorage, Alaska. Rob has a bachelor’s degree in secondary education from Montana State University, a master’s degree in educational leadership from the University of Alaska, and a doctorate in educational leadership from the University of Montana. Rob has dedicated his time and experience to several advisory boards in Bozeman and Missoula. He believes providing leadership for the local educational community is important in establishing high-quality opportunities that all children need and deserve.
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.
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Kevin is a Bozeman native and attended Bozeman High School. He graduated from Montana State University in 1999. Kevin managed the Wingate Inn for seven years, worked at a software company for two years and is now a commercial real estate agent, project manager, and commercial property manager at Gene Cook Real Estate. Kevin has been the volunteer chair since 2002 for the Gallatin Valley Tournament Committee, as well as the Bozeman Area Chamber Green Coat. Kevin and his wife Amanda have two children at Morning Star. Kevin also coaches soccer, football and basketball for local elementary and middle school travel teams.
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.
Melissa has lived in Bozeman for more than 13 years and is the mother of two children in Bozeman schools. She works for the Bozeman Deaconess Health Group as a physician. She is also a member of the GEC, the health group governing council, where she serves as chair of the finance subcommittee and chair of the perinatal section. She previously served as a board member for the Children’s Museum of Bozeman. Through her career and volunteer work, Melissa personally engages with hundreds of families, giving her a strong sense about their perspectives and values when it comes to education and growth.
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.
Tom has lived in Bozeman since 1994, when he came to Bozeman to attend Montana State University from Minneapolis, where he grew up. He is passionate about school safety, our teachers, and the future of our schools. Tom and his wife have two boys in Bozeman schools who actively involved in many local sports. With experience growing up in a much larger metropolitan area, Tom feels fortunate to be able to raise his children in an engaged community full of opportunities for growth.
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.
Between raising twins with her husband Mike, owning and running a business, and hitting the local trails, Toni’s life is in constant motion. Toni is driven by her endless pursuit of curiosity and knowledge, and enjoys creative problem-solving to help companies overcome their brand and marketing challenges. She has deep roots in creative strategy and brand-building processes, working to shape well-known companies such as Clarisonic, IT Cosmetics, Williams-Sonoma, Levi Strauss, Guess, Citibank, US Air, 3M, and Fidelity Investments. Toni is currently the owner of the brand and creative strategy group O’Berry Collaborative, located in downtown Bozeman. She attended California College of the Arts in San Francisco and studied master’s-level work in design management at the University of Westminster in the United Kingdom. Toni brings enthusiasm and creativity to the board, and is anxious to help drive future initiatives.
Renae was born and raised in Crosby, North Dakota. She received a degree in elementary education at the University of North Dakota. She is a certified K-8 and early childhood teacher. After graduating, Renae moved to New Jersey where she taught in a private school for three years and then in a public school for seven years. During that time, she continued her education at Montclair State University in environmental education and administration. She married Jon, a physician, and moved to Tewksbury, New Jersey, where they lived for 16 years. While there, she was an almost constant presence in the classrooms of her three children as well as an active volunteer for many organizations. After spending 16 years vacationing in Bozeman, the family moved here in 2016. She currently has three children in the Bozeman schools. She loves the outdoor opportunities and is enjoying being part of such an actively involved community with a shared commitment to education.
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.
- Melissa Moran – Chair
- Kevin Black – Vice Chair
- Bill Mills – Treasurer
- Sara Callow – Secretary
- Melissa Moran – Chair
- Steve Johnson
- Bill Mills
- Kevin Black