Nan Rikard is the founder of Big Blue Marble Academy (BBMA). She has spent her entire career in early care and education. Rikard formed BBMA to serve community based early childhood care, after school programs and language enrichment programs. Her understanding of the important role culture and language play in the future of young children has been the cornerstone of success for BBMA. After many years of hosting children from all over the world, she and her husband recently embarked into International Adoption. In 2017, Rikard, her husband and their two sons and daughter welcomed into their family another daughter from Latvia.