Co-Founder/ Board President
Barbara Rowley has been deeply involved in creating educational, recreational and creative opportunities for children in the Big Sky area for 28 years. She is the founder and chair of Camp Big Sky, the founder and producer of Big Sky Broadway, a founder of the Big Sky Preschool, which operated from 2005-2010 in the Ophir School, a founding board member of Friends of Big Sky Education–the organization that led the effort to establish Lone Peak High School–and a founding board member of the Warren Miller Performing Arts Center. She has also served on the boards of the Big Sky Chapel, the Big Sky Arts Council, and the Big Sky Community Organization, and is a past president of the Ophir School Council (now PTO) as well as a founding board member of a large outdoor education center and camp, Colorado Outdoor Education Center. A graduate of Washington University in St. Louis (BA, Political Science and English) and Northwestern University (MA, Journalism), Barbara spent two decades as a contributing editor and writer to Outside, Parenting, and Family Fun magazines, as well as many other publications, websites and film, including a book on activities for young children (Hyperion/Disney) and a book on family computing (Microsoft Press). She and her husband Taylor Middleton have raised their two girls in Big Sky since birth; both daughters are graduates of Lone Peak High School.
Marla Ganoom brings decades of experience both as a full time Big Sky resident and as a banker with local institution American Bank. She raised two children here, and their educational experiences inform her insight as a Discovery board member. In fact, her daughter Grace is Discovery’s High School program lead teacher. She is an active community member both civicly and recreationally, and a great new addition to our board!
Nancy Hagen is our newest board member, and brings both educational and business management experience to the Discovery team. She earned her undergraduate education degree from Purdue University and her masters in education from Ball State University. She was an elementary school educator before taking over her family business – she is the CEO/Owner of Superior Sample Company, a manufacturing plant in Northern Indiana. In addition to being responsible for overseeing all operations and managers, strategic business planning for growth, and maintenance of a highly efficient and productive samplebook plant, she supports numerous nonprofits in Big Sky, Bozeman, Indiana and Florida. With her extra energy, she stays very active skiing, snowshoeing, alpine hiking, and kayaking.