Traveling School Board of Directors
Nancy is a strong supporter of the Traveling School and their mission in enriching the lives of young girls. Her daughter, Megan, was on TTS 20 to Zambia, Mozambique, and South Africa, and is now in Italy for her freshman year of college. Her son also did an exchange in Japan his junior year of high school. She has a huge love and desire to travel, traveling to over 12 countries. Her driving interest stems for her college friend who grew up in Nicaragua. Nancy has been a host mom to nearly 10 students as well as a constant supporter of exchange opportunities. Nancy has a strong background in operations, planning, and project management through her work at Schwan’s and General Mills. Nancy has seen the tremendous positive effect The Traveling School has on young women, opening the world to her daughter and other girls just like her. “Certainly, travel is more than the seeing of sights; it is a change that goes on, deep and permanent, in the ideas of living.” – Miriam Beard
Stephanie comes to the Traveling School Board as a parent of a TTS23 participant. Her daughter, Susannah, had a rich learning experience with the school in South America which solidified interests in social justice, international relations and Spanish language. Stephanie saw the ways her daughter’s direct involvement with other cultures’ day to day social issues impacted her and gave her real issues she wanted to study in college. Stephanie got involved with fundraising for TTS in order to help the school work towards having a Financial Aid endowment with the goal of making this tremendous experience available to all girls who want it. Living in Greece in the 1970’s allowed Stephanie and her family to travel in Europe and Turkey. There she developed an interest in understanding cultural differences. Today, Stephanie and her husband and kids continue to discover new places whenever possible. Stephanie has a Master’s in Social Work and was a elementary school social worker and also worked with child victims of abuse at a guidance clinic. She has worked on various development projects for her children’s respective schools and served on several local non profit organization Boards. Stephanie loves to take long walks with her dog in summer, enjoys snowshoeing in the winter and traveling whenever possible.
Kirsten holds a Masters of Public Affairs and a Masters in Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies from the University of Texas at Austin, as well as a B.A. from the University of Georgia. She is trained as a facilitator and strategic planner by the Institute of Cultural Affairs and is also a certified Project Management Professional from the Project Management Institute. Kirsten is a principal at Bloom Consulting, based in Bozeman, MT, where she focuses on project management, policy research, program evaluation, planning, facilitation, and organizational development for local, state, and federal government and nonprofit clients. She is also the Development Director for Montana Ballet Company and a volunteer Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA). Previously, Kirsten worked as a ballerina for New England Ballet, Long Island Ballet, and Ballet South and as a researcher for Princeton University’s Program on Science and Global Security. Kirsten is committed to The Traveling School’s mission of changing the world and our communities through investing in young women.