alumni spotlight



Bobby Skully, '98, Magna Cum Laude, Elementary Education

Originally from Cleveland, Ohio, Bobby followed the Lewis and Clark Trail to Montana, where he worked in Glacier National Park as an Interpretive Naturalist. Supervisors noted his love of working with children, and assigned him to the Junior Ranger Program. Through leading science education with young people, Bobby decided to go back to college for his teaching degree, and enrolled at UGF in the fall of 1996. Immediately becoming involved with the Student Montana Education Association, Bobby worked with the largest and most active student chapter in the state, and was eventually elected Vice-President.

Bobby graduated in 1998, and moved back to Ohio to teach. After several years, he had a desire for travel, and recalled stories of spouses from Malmstrom Air Force Base and teaching for the Department of Defense Dependent Schools while overseas. During a visit to Japan in 2001, he decided to apply, and was offered a position in Germany.

For the last 10 years, Bobby has enjoyed working with the sons and daughters of our service members. He married in 2004, and was proud to bring his wife Gaby to the United States in 2008 for her naturalization as a US citizen. Currently, Bobby teaches 4th grade in Wiesbaden, a spa town and capital of the state of Hessen, just west of Frankfurt. They enjoy traveling, recently visiting family in Slovenia, Austria, and touring Venice, Italy, where the attached photo was taken. 



Thomas H. Zieffle, '71, Business Administration  

Arriving from Lethbridge, Alberta Canada, Thomas entered his junior year at CGF in 1969. He entered the Business Administration program with minors in Education and Psychology. He graduated in 1971, as Kappa Pi Lambda Honor Society key recipient.

Thomas returned to Canada and worked in a variety of jobs in human services. In 1976, he started teaching emotionally disturbed children. In 1979, he commenced post graduate work at the University of Calgary in Educational Psychology, graduating in 1983 after completing his research and thesis. He returned to teaching and quickly turned to school administration in northern schools in Alberta. After many years in administration he supervised the construction and program development of a substance abuse center for native youth addicted to solvents.

In 2000, Mr. Zieffle retired and having had sufficient experience with winters with temperatures at minus 52 below or worse, he resolved to retire where it was warm. He moved to Guatemala and for the past eight years has lived in a small Mayan Pueblo on Lagos Atitlan in the highlands of Guatemala. There, he reports, he has found the contentment he never quite found in Canada. He is presently involved in fundraising for the disaster-stricken community members after Hurricane Agatha and subsequent tropical storms, of which severely damaged his pueblos.




Shawn Narancich, '95, B.S. in Accounting and Business Administration



Shawn Narancich recently joined Ferguson Wellman Capital Management in Portland, Oregon as the vice president of research.

With 12 years of research and analysis experience, Narancich spent the past three years as an investment analyst and vice president at Chittenden Corporation in Burlington, Vermont. Previously, he worked for Stancorp Financial Group and Wells Fargo in Portland; and D.A. Davidson & Co. in Lake Oswego and Great Falls, Montana.
Narancich graduated from College of Great Falls with B.S. degrees in accounting and business administration. He is a CFA Charterholder.
Founded in 1975, Ferguson Wellman Capital Management is a privately owned investment advisory firm, established in the Pacific Northwest. With 499 clients, the firm manages $2.6 billion in assets that comprise union and corporate retirement plans; endowments and foundations; and individuals with portfolios of $2 million or more. 



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Bobby Skully

Class of '98























 Thomas H. Zieffle

Class of '71 
























Shawn Narancich

Class of '95


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