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Meet our Board of Trustees

Middle Creek Academy is governed and supported by a volunteer board of directors who ensure the organization fulfills its mission to nurture each child's inner drive to explore, discover and achieve. The Board meets the first Tuesday of the month at 4:00PM in the Barn.



ricia Mayes LeQuesne has lived in the Bozeman area since 1994. She has a B.S. in Economics from Auburn University and is currently pursuing a graduate degree in Counseling Psychology with concentration in Ecopsychology.Through her involvement with crisis and advocacy work, Tricia utilizes her commitment to promote community health and wellness. Tricia and her family have strong belief in sustainable living and the importance of connection with the natural world.

Tricia has a daughter at Middle Creek Montessori an interest in the Montessori philosophy of education, as well as a passion for outdoor education programs and experiential learning.


Kyle Bajakian is a photographer and educator and served on the faculty at Montana State University from 2006-2015. Before that, he was Director of Photography and Digital Imaging at Anderson Ranch, a non-profit art center near Aspen, CO. While there, he led numerous field expeditions across the West.

Before his daughter graduated from kindergarten at Great Beginnings Montessori in Bozeman, Kyle served as Board President for the school, developing an even stronger belief in the Montessori approach and outdoor education. Kyle and his wife, Sabrina, have two children at Middle Creek Montessori.  


Christian Uehlein is a father, husband and attorney and who brings his legal training and passion for Middle Creek Montessori to the Board or Trustees. Christian is of counsel to a Boston based law firm. His practice focuses on representing victims of toxic exposures across the country, primarily children with birth defects resulting from parental exposure to chemicals in the workplace. He is a graduate of Colorado College (B.A., political science) and New England School of Law (J.D.). Christian and his wife, Elaine, value the intersection of academic exploration, nature, and respect for the environment afforded by Middle Creek Montessori. Christian’s goal as a member of the board is to be a faithful custodian of the wonderful learning environment that has been created, and to foster the growth and development of the school for the betterment of our community in the future.



 Lani Deibert grew up in Alaska and has had the fortune to call Bozeman home since 2007. Lani attended the University of Nebraska(B.A.) and                                        earned her D.M.D. from Oregon Health Sciences University. She has been a practicing dentist since 2006, with a primary focus in public health.          

 Lani and her husband have two children at Middle Creek Montessori. Her family was drawn to Montessori education because of the emphasis                                          of the "whole child" and loves how Middle Creek Montessori views the natural world as its own unique classroom.

 When not at the school pick-up/drop-off line, you will find Lani adventuring in the mountains with her family.



Jeff Trom brings extensive experience in finance and technology to the school. With a Ph.D. in mechanical engineering, he spent several years consulting and 13 years helping to grow an engineering startup company to public status. He is currently Director of Software Development at a local startup.  

Jeff and his wife, Lydia, have three children who are graduates of Middle Creek Montessori.



 Brandy Moses Straub grew up in Billings, MT, and graduated from Stanford University with a degree in Human Biology with a focus on Education and Environment         Biology. She currently provides a broad range of communications, marketing, and editorial support for Tetra Tech, a worldwide environmental consulting firm. Brandy         and her husband, Patrick, also own Gallatin River Guides Fly Shop in Big Sky and are strong advocates for outdoor education and conservation.
For their two girls, the Straub family has been drawn to the Montessori method and the interactions and outdoor connections that are provided by the Middle Creek         facility and staff. Brandy believes in the importance of a strong educational community and giving back to support the teachers and experiences that are shaping our     children and their future. Her daughter, Mikaela is in the Primary Program.