Board of Trustees

Grace Montessori Academy is administered by a seven to ten- member Board of Trustees. The primary responsibility of the Board of Trustees is to ensure the long-term viability of the school and to uphold and advance the mission and vision for the school.

Pam Purcell, Board President

pam-vintagePam Purcell has been the Board President since GMA’s inception in 2007.  She is also a Co-founder of the school.  She was raised in Nebraska but has lived in a variety of states across the country.  She has a Bachelor degree in Computer Science and spent 20 years in business consulting.  In her role at GMA, she brings love of Jesus, passion for quality education and a desire to improve the educational options in Billings.  Pam and her husband Tom have two daughters.  She loves being with her family, spending time in Paradise Valley, MT and GMA.

Mary Beth Gregory, Board Vice President

Mary Beth Gregory is the Board Vice President and Co-founder of GMA.  She has a Bachelors of Science in Nursing and a Masters of Business Administration.  She has Montessori Certification in Upper Elementary.  Mary Beth is married to her wonderful husband John and they have two daughters, both having attended and graduated from GMA.

Cindy Beers, Board Secretary

cindybeersCindy Beers has served the Board Secretary since 2008 as the Secretary.  She attended MSU-B earning a bachelor’s degree in Nutrition with a minor in Business Administration.  She worked as a Registered Dietitian in clinical, outpatient and private practice until the birth of her first child in 2004.  Cindy ran the Martin Family Foundation as the Executive Director until 2015.  She is married to Bobby and they have three children, two of whom attend GMA.  She is passionate about faith-based education and believes that educational alternatives strengthen our community.  She enjoys philanthropy, parenthood, reading, cooking and time with friends and family.

Brian McDonald, Board Member

brianmcdonald2Brian McDonald has served our Board since 2011.  He graduated from MSUB with a Bachelor’s in Elementary Education.  He is a Commercial Real Estate Broker and part owner of NAI Business Properties.  Brian is involved in local real estate development and manages his own portfolio.  He and his wife Nikki have three boys.  Brian enjoys golfing and playing sports with his kids.  He grew up in Billings and graduated from Senior High.

Nikki McDonald, Board Member

nikkimcdonald2Nikki McDonald has served our Board since 2011. She grew up in Billings and graduated from Senior High.  She graduated from MSUB with a  Bachelor’s in Elementary Education.  She taught 5th Grade for four years in California.  She moved back to Billings in 2002 and taught Kindergarten for two years at Arrowhead Elementary.  She is now a stay at home mom of three boys, Nathan, Tyler, and Zach, all of whom attend GMA.  She enjoys being outdoors with family to hike, ski, and play baseball.

Jeff Ballard, Board Member

jeffballard2Jeff Ballard joined our Board in 2013.  He grew up in Billings and is a graduate of West High School.  He played basketball on 2 AA State Championship teams and baseball on 2 AA State Championship teams for the Billings Scarlets.  He attended Stanford University on a baseball scholarship where he earned his degree in Geophysics.  Jeff played professional baseball with the Baltimore Orioles &  Pittsburgh Pirates.  He is Senior Vice President of Investor Relations for Ballard Petroleum Holdings, LLC.

Kirk Porter, Board Member

kirk-porter2Kirk Porter joined our Board in 2013. He earned his degree in computer and electronics, holds numerous industry certifications and is a member of a national peer group in his industry. Kirk spent over seven years as Director of Infrastructure services for a top 20 accounting firm.  In 2009, he started his own business, Altitude Technologies LLC.  He is currently the president of Avitus Technologies Services and is an active member of the business community awarding him the 40 under 40 award in Billings.  He is married and has two children who attended GMA.

Free the child’s potential and you will transform both the child and the world.
~ Dr. Marie Montessori