Board of Directors

J. Montgomery Roper is an Associate Professor of Anthropology at Grinnell College and Chair of the Global Development Studies Concentration. He has focused his work on Latin America and teaches courses on indigenous societies, environmental anthropology, economic development, and applied anthropology. Roper’s interest in SEG stems from his personal involvement in the study of sustainable community development. He holds a B.A. from Ithaca College, a M.A. from University of Kentucky, and a Ph.D. from the University of Pittsburgh.
Allen Ricks has been affiliated with S.E.G. since 2013, and joined the board of directors in 2015.  Al is an Iowa native.  Following service in the Peace Corps, he had three major components to his career.  He is an ordained United Methodist pastor, with 17 years’ experience in the local church.  He spent the next 15 years as a healthcare development officer, and concluded his career with five years with Iowa State University Extension.  Upon retirement as a Regional Extension Education Director, Al and his wife, Donna, moved to Grinnell to be closer to grandchildren.  In retirement, Al teaches management, religion, and philosophy classes for Upper Iowa University and Iowa Valley Community College, and enjoys life on a small acreage near Grinnell.
Barb Baker has lived in Grinnell for 28 years and currently works as the Advertising and Community Relations Director for Grinnell Mutual. Barb demonstrates her commitment to community involvement through her work on boards of directors for Imagine Grinnell; ABI Foundation’s Leadership Iowa program; LifeServe Blood Center Advisory Committee and chairs the St. Francis  Manor Foundation. In addition to her board work, she is an active member of the Partners in Education committee with Grinnell Middle School, Poweshiek I-80 Revolving Loan Fund, and Grinnell College Mini Grant committee.  
Monica St. Angelo (she/her/hers) has lived in Grinnell for 20 years. She currently works as Operations Manager for the Grinnell Area Arts Council and serves on the boards of Local Foods Connection, Grinnell Newburg Band Boosters, and the Community Education Council.
Abby Griffith (she/her/hers) has worked for 5 years as a Registered Nurse in the Medical-Surgical department of UnityPoint Health Grinnell Regional Medical Center. She graduated from Grinnell College in 2008 with a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology and a concentration in Neuroscience, and Creighton University in 2014 with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing. She lives in Grinnell with her partner, Kalli, and their menagerie of dogs and cats.