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 technology executive with ten years’ experience providing financial communications and compliance services to public companies. He is a founding member of XBRL US's Data Quality Committee and serves as Chair of the XBRL US Communication Steering Committee. 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.

Matt Weaver,  Board Member (Term Expires 2021)
Matt’s family has been part of the Great Work community for four years and has seen his kids flourish in the Montessori environment. The culture of respect and faith in the absorbent young mind has been a powerful experience for the whole family. Matt is an architect specializing in educational facilities from pre-k through 12. He has worked with communities along the front range to find the right environment to support the educational goals of various schools for the past 10 years. He is excited to support the mission of Great Work and help the school navigate the next phase of growth.

Gabriela García-Marroquín, Board Vice President (Term Expires 2021)
Gabriela García-Marroquín is a parent—her boys are currently attending Great Work Montessori. As a parent, she is committed to this community. This is her family’s third year at Great Work, 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 socially, cognitively, and emotionally. 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 as well as the school coordinator of a Dual Language program in a Jeffco elementary school. She has been an educator for 17 years with experience in K-12 education. She earned a Bachelor’s degree from Metropolitan 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 language, Culture, Literacy and Grammar from University of Northern Colorado. Gabriela is also certified as a Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Educator. Gabriela strongly believes in advocacy for diversity, equity, inclusion and social justice no matter who walks in the door at GWMS, she is committed to honor our school mission, because our mission is what drives our work. In addition, Mrs. García has experience serving as a Board Member at the State level in the Child Care licensing Advisory Committee (LAC). Overall Gabriela is looking forward to continuing to serve the GWMS community and grow as a board leader and as an advocate for Montessori for ALL.

Matt Crothers, Community Member (Term Expires 2021)
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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