The School Board


Keenan O’Brien, Board President - Keenan O'Brien is an Engineering Director at Broadcom. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Missouri, Rolla (now Missouri University of Science and Technology).  Keenan and his wife have two grown children. Their son attended Crossroads School in 8th grade, which was an incredible blessing as it helped him transition from a difficult Middle School experience to a more successful time in High School.  Since then, Keenan and his wife have been consistent and enthusiastic supporters of Crossroads.  Keenan has volunteered countless hours at church, mostly as actor, director, and puppeteer.  He also taught a drama class one semester at Crossroads.  Keenan is passionate about ministries which lead people to Jesus by first showing them His love through acts of service, and he sees Crossroads as an excellent example of just such a ministry.  Keenan joined the Crossroads board in January 2017.

Joanna Topham, Board Vice President and Founder - Joanna’s career in education spans over 25 years, with more than 20 years spent working in private practice, helping students to reach their academic potential.  She diagnoses learning disabilities and designs and implements prescriptive learning programs in order to provide individual remediation for students who have not been successful in traditional academic settings.  Through individually designed programs and innovative teaching techniques, students experience success in learning.  Joanna holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Education and a Master of Arts Degree in Special Education/ Learning Disabilities and has worked in Special Education in the St. Vrain Valley School District.  It is her desire to see every student succeed in their academic endeavors. Joanna lives in Longmont. As one of the founders, she has been on the board since 2010.

Michael Shutes, Treasurer - Michael Shutes is a Program Manager at Kaiser Permanente and brings extensive business expertise to the Crossroads board. He is a certified project manager and holds a Bachelor’s in Business Administration, Information Systems, and Finance from the University of Washington. Before attending the University of Washington, Mike served in the US Army for 5 years. He has served on the Leadership Team and the Sound Team for his church, and has volunteered with Habitat for Humanity. Mike lives in Longmont and joined the Crossroads board in January 2013.

J. Christopher Archibold - With a bachelor’s degree in Computer Information systems from Metropolitan State College of Denver, Chris Archibold is a Technical Sales Engineer for Microsoft, where he has worked for the past 26 years. A core aspect of his role at Microsoft, and a key skill he is able to bring to the Crossroads board, is establishing a strategic vision with customers across multiple levels within an organization, and engaging properly at each level. He is currently HOA board secretary, having been re-elected to his HOA board four times. He has also served as Vestry member for his church in the past and is a committed member of the Roman Catholic Church, where he has taught youth classes and currently serves as mass reader and assists with annual fundraising efforts. Chris lives in Longmont and joined the Crossroads board in March 2017.

Howard Nourse, PhD - Howard Nourse holds a PhD in Education Administration from Ohio State University. A member of the 1960 Ohio State NCAA championship basketball team, Howard was involved in Christian higher education as an athletic director, coach, and administrator for over 16 years, including Vice President of Institutional Advancement at Milligan College. From 1993 to his retirement in 2009, he served as Executive Vice President of the Timothy Group, a development consulting firm in Michigan. Currently retired, he continues to consult with a variety of nonprofit organizations and lead workshops for such organizations as the Christian Leadership Alliance, Evangelical Development Ministry, and the Association of Christian Schools International. Howard joined the Crossroads School board in June 2011. He lives in Jonesboro, Tennessee.

Michael Peebles - A former Marine, Michael Peebles is now the owner of Longmont Ford and Columbine Ford in Rifle, CO. He joined the Crossroads board in September 2018. Mike believes in giving back to his community, and has done so through a Marketplace Chaplaincy program for his employees, membership of a number of local, regional, and international ministry boards, and donations of vehicles, service, and more through his businesses. He and his wife, Joanna, have two grown children and live in Highlands Ranch, Colorado.

Brent Robbins – Brent joined the Crossroads board in January 2020. He earned a Bachelor Degree in Business Administration from Black Hills State University, and is a Community Manager at Longmont Ford, where he has worked for more than 20 years. Brent and his wife, Shannon, live in Denver and are members of St. Elizabeth's Church in Denver. Brent has been part of mission trips to Sierra Leone, West Africa, and has been volunteering at Crossroads School since 2018. He is excited to be on the board because he "wants to help this school grow and continue to serve this great mission."

Connie Nourse, Principal, Founder, and Ex Officio Board Member – Connie has taught school for over 25 years. She graduated from Milligan College in 1990 with a degree in K-8 education.  In 1994 she served as Team Leader during the formation of a new middle school, where she continued teaching until 2006.  In addition to teaching she also served as athletic director and assistant principal, and coached soccer, volleyball, basketball, and track, and was particularly effective with at-risk students.  When that school closed in 2006, she caught the vision for opening a school that would meet the needs of students who are not otherwise “served” in a typical school.  After two additional years at a private school in Longmont, CO, she became one of the founders, the first teacher, and now the Principal at Crossroads School. Connie has been on the board since its inception in 2010, and lives in Longmont.

Barb Bulthuis, Executive Director, Founder, and Ex Officio Board Member - Barb’s experience in education includes teaching high school English, coaching varsity basketball, and serving as Athletic Director and various other administrative roles over 25 years. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in English from Calvin College with a secondary teaching credential, and a Master of Arts in Education from Concordia University with an emphasis in administration. For twelve years she was an administrator at Rocky Mountain Christian Academy. Among other things, she handled admissions and was increasingly concerned about the students the school was unable to accept because of their learning difficulties or other needs. She is excited about the opportunity to provide for these students at Crossroads School. Barb serves as Executive Director at Crossroads, and as one of the founders, has been on the school board since it started in 2010. She is a Longmont resident.