BACKGROUND

For 9 years, I served as the Executive Director of the Bozeman Schools Foundation in Bozeman, MT. During my time at the Foundation, I found I loved working with high school students as they applied for Bozeman Schools Foundation Scholarships and navigated the college application process. After assisting my 3 children through the college process I decided to complete a certificate program at the University of California, Riverside, in order to learn more about the college counseling profession. I am a member of NACAC (National Association of College and Admissions Counseling) and an associate member of the Independent Educational Consultants Association, (IECA). I love working with high school students and watching them grow through the college search and application process.  

 

Experience

Editor II - Bracken Communication Center - Montana State University (2018 - 2019) Bozeman. MT

  • Assisted college students with the editing of papers, resumes, interview tips and strategies

 

Executive Director       Bozeman Public Schools Foundation    2007 – 2015     Bozeman, MT

  • Managed/supervised/mentored staff

  • Served as public “face” of the organization

  • Built Strategic Partnerships for Foundation

  • Budgets/financial management/oversight

 

Responsibilities included:

  • Fundraising/Donor management

  • Strategic planning

  • Board relations/governance

  • Visioning /leadership

 

Key contributions and accomplishments:

  • Led and managed a successful $2.5 million capital campaign in 2 years

  • Established individual and corporate donor base for foundation

  • Fundraised for, administered, selected and evaluated district initiatives for the foundation

  • Wrote and managed grants for foundation programs and operations

  • Developed policies for Foundation programs and office procedures

  • Fundraised for and managed over 50 scholarships per year for high school students

  • Created foundation marketing and P.R. materials

  • Created, managed signature fundraising events for Foundation

  • Helped form relationships with other Montana School Education Foundation leaders

  • Grew organization from a small start-up to a thriving Bozeman nonprofit organization

    

Education       

University of California-Riverside, August  2016   

Certificate Program - College Admissions Counseling 

 

Thunderbird School of Global Management, Glendale, AZ

Masters of International Management 1989

 

University of Colorado, Boulder, CO

B.S. Business Tourism 1986

Minor - Education   

 

Prior to Bozeman Schools Foundation - Work experience includes teaching middle and high school, Language Arts, Religion and Japanese Language in Seattle, WA and working in international sales in the import-export food industry. 

 

I have lived in Bozeman for 18 years with my husband John and we have three children, 2 in college and 1 in high school.          

 

 

 

 

        Member of NACAC                      IECA Associate Member 

       

                           

 

 

 

 

 

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