Board of Directors

The Board of Directors has responsibility for oversight of the school and empowers the Executive Director to lead school operations. Board members are elected by family members and at least 2 of the 5 Directors at any time are parents or guardians of students in the school. Each family of a child currently enrolled at Great Work Montessori School shall have one vote in electing Board Directors. Board members will be elected on a rolling schedule, so that turnover will be gradual.  Contact the board via e-mail at

Chase Bongirno, Board President (Term Expires 2020)
Mr. Bongirno is a business executive with ten years’ experience providing financial communications, investor relations, and compliance services to public companies. He is a founding member of XBRL US's Data Quality Committee and sits on the Financial Accounting Standards Board's Taxonomy Advisory Group. He is a member of the Institute of Management Accountants, the Public Accountants Society of Colorado & Trout Unlimited. Mr. Bongirno holds a B.S. in Business Administration from the University of Northern Colorado and an M.S. in Management from Colorado State University; previously he served as Board Treasurer. In his experience, “organizations are best served when, rather than pursuing an independent agenda, board members partner with the executive team to provide support to help facilitate a shared vision for the organization.” Mr. Bongirno is a Colorado native, avid fly fisherman, and a parent at Great Work Montessori. He lives in Lakewood with his wife and son and their two dogs.

Ellie Svoboda, Board Secretary (Term Expires 2020)

Ms. Svoboda is a Colorado native who attended Compass Montessori, one of only a handful of public PreK-12 schools in the nation, from 3rd grade through 12th grade. Ellie earned a Bachelor’s degree in English from the University of Denver and a Master of Fine Arts degree in Creative Writing from Goddard College in Vermont. Ellie has taught at Compass Montessori High School since 2012 and was a founding member of Great Work Inc. Ellie credits her Montessori education for her love of learning and belief in social justice. She also volunteers with Destination Imagination on the Jeffco Steering Committee. She is thrilled to be a member of the Great Work Montessori School board and believes wholeheartedly in its mission and vision.  

Gabriela García-Marroquín, Board Vice President (term Expires 2021) Gabriela is a parent, her boys are currently attending Great Work Montessori.  As a parent, she is committed to this community. This is her second year in this community and she loves being part of this school, it has reassured her how important it is to value the human spirit and the development of the whole child social, cognitive and emotional.  She feels that her children are discovering their true potential through challenging experiences by owning their learning. Gabriela is currently a Dual Language instructional coach and a school coordinator of a Dual Language program in a Jeffco elementary school. She has been an educator for 15 years with an experience of K-12 education.  I earned a bachelor’s degree from Metro State University of Denver with a Spanish major and K-12 teaching license. She also holds a Masters in Education with an emphasis in Spanish, culture, literacy, and grammar from the University of Northern Colorado. In addition, Mrs. García has served as a Board member at the State level in the Child Care Licensing Advisory Committee (LAC).  She is looking forward to serving the community and she is eager to learn on how to support our school and community.


Matt Crothers, board treasurer (Term expires 2019)

Mr. Crothers is a husband and father of two girls, both members of the Great Work community. He holds a B.S. in Political Science, a M.S. in Environmental Policy and Management and also received a teaching certificate in Secondary Education. Mr. Crothers serves as a Branch Chief for a federal government agency and has 10+ years experience providing financial oversight,  developing data management programs, and leading teams. He is experienced in developing and implementing strategic plans and is skilled at using data to identify organizational risk. Mr. Crothers believes great organizations are motivated by a sense of purpose, guided by an inspiring vision, and anchored to strong core values. Mr. Crothers believes deeply in the power of education and is grateful to be part of the Great Work community.  

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