About Tahoe's Connection for Families

TCF empowers families through parenting education, early childhood learning experiences, and a supportive community. We are dedicated to building a strong community of families in North Lake Tahoe.

We are a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization founded in 2001 to provide parent education and a program for young children before they enter preschool.

Our Values
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Children

We believe each child is amazing, incredibly capable, and unique.

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Growth

We cultivate lifelong learning and evolving methodologies.

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Community

We create a diverse community based on openness, respect, and compassion.

Our Staff

Laurean Meyer

Founder & Director of Education

Laurean has a B.A. in Child Development/Family Life, and educated children, teachers, children’s authors and parents, prior to becoming the Director of Tahoe’s Connection for Families.  She has continuing education credits in lactation, infant massage, nutrition, brain development and has been a birth and postpartum Doula. 

 

Laurean has been teaching parenting education in Tahoe’s North Shore since 1998.  Enriching the lives of the TCF families by sharing her knowledge of young children is her passion. Over 2,000 families have experienced this dedication. Laurean and her husband, Chuck, raised their two children here in Incline Village, Nevada.

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Charlotte Welco

Office Manager

Charlotte grew up in New Orleans and received her B.S. in Marketing from Louisiana Tech University. She was a Human Resources Manager before moving to Cupertino, CA. While in California, she worked at E*Trade as an Executive Assistant.

In 2000, while pregnant with her first child, Charlotte and her husband decided to move to Tahoe. Laurean Meyer soon became a valuable part of Charlotte’s life helping her learn to survive and enjoy those early years of motherhood.

Twenty years later, things have come full circle. Charlotte feels it is a pleasure and privilege to be a part of TCF.

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Kaylie Arnold

Support Manager

Kaylie received her B.A. in Public Relations with a focus in Sociology from Kansas State University. She is passionate about empowerment and inclusivity, which is what drew her to TCF as an AmeriCorps volunteer in 2011-2012. She also served as a volunteer on the Rebranding Team and TCF Carnival after her AmeriCorps term ended and is excited to be back at TCF as the Support Manager. She truly believes in the mission of TCF and is inspired everyday watching how the program teaches parents how to raise healthy, happy, empowered kids.


Outside of work, Kaylie loves to travel to new places, try her hand at improv and has a penchant for clearance shopping!

Louise Perry

Program Support

Louise found her calling at a young age and began teaching young children since 1988. She graduated from Humboldt State University with a BA in liberal studies with an emphasis in music. Later, she received an AA in drug and alcohol counseling from Santa Rosa Junior College. In 1992 Louise began teaching piano, children’s ski lessons, and was the the assistant director at Squaw Valley’s licensed daycare. She later opened her own preschool program in Tahoe City called Little Snowflakes.

 

In the spring of 2018 Louise started working for TCF and absolutely loves it. Her musical background has made her a special addition to TCF’s circle time - she plays guitar, has puppets, finger plays, flannel board stories and over 200 children songs in her repertoire. Louise absolutely loves teaching and watching children learn through the power of music.

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Alyce Cady

Executive Director
 

Alyce earned her Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Nevada, with an emphasis in the areas of Speech Pathology & Audiology, Human Development and Family Studies & Child Development.

When Alyce and her husband found out they were expecting twins, the decision to move back to the mountains and their family was an easy one. Alyce, Decker, Juniper, and Nixon made Incline Village home in early 2018. Shortly thereafter, the family of 4 became members at TCF. Nixon and Juniper immediately fell in love with their teachers and friends at TCF. The love for TCF is echoed by Alyce and Decker for the camaraderie, support, knowledge, and friendship gained simply by taking that first step and signing up for TCF. Alyce was voted in as Programs Chair of TCF in the Spring of 2020 and then as Chair in the Summer of 2021.

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Our Board of Directors

TCF’s Board of Directors is a group of dedicated volunteers charged with providing leadership and governance to ensure TCF’s long term viability and success. Our Board members take active roles in a variety of areas, including fiscal management, fundraising, programming, community outreach/relations, and much more. Their efforts directly result in furthering TCF's mission and vision. TCF is grateful and honored to have such qualified and dedicated Board members.

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Marissa Dean

Marissa is a digital economy consultant with Caribou Digital, where she leads operational and investment strategy projects with international development partners. Her passion is technology and business model innovation to meet the needs of everyday people in developing world economies. She is a proud Cal alum, with a B.S. in Chemistry and a Haas MBA, and also holds a M.Sc. Public Policy from SOAS, University of London.

She and her husband Jayson have two daughters, Paige and Mia. The family moved to Reno/Tahoe from Cape Town, South Africa in June 2018 and became members at TCF the following year. Marissa and Jayson have loved watching their girls thrive at TCF, and Marissa joined the board in July 2020 to support TCF’s operations and further its mission.

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Marsha Fronterhouse Sohn

 

Marsha has a Masters of Science in Geology and Professional Masters in Geographic Information Systems with a focus on Sustainability Management. Marsha is passionate about her kids, animals and nature. She and her husband, James, have  two kids (a toddler and a pre-teen), a horse and a dog. The family moved full time to Incline Village from the San Francisco Bay Area in 2017. They value the unique development experiences of living and learning in the outdoor mountain environment. 

 

Marsha has a deep appreciation for the value of youth education and social development during early childhood. She is passionate about TCF and its programs that contribute a positive social learning experience for the children in our community. She joined the board in order to help support these crucial programs.

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Jessica Hon Lee

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Bethany Brandt Faxel

Bethany is a CPA with a Masters of Accountancy from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.  Bethany has over a decade of experience in accounting, finance and business operations.  After spending 10 years in Chicago, Bethany relocated to Incline Village in 2019 with her husband and two year old son.  They quickly became members at TCF and immediately benefited from the toddler parenting program and the early childhood experiences.  They have since added another child to the family who is benefiting from the knowledge and support TCF provides.  Bethany joined the board in late 2020 and is excited to support the organization that has been such a great resource to her young family.

TCF Thrift Store

We have kids clothes, toys, and stuff for children birth - 3 years.

Come shop for quality goods or donate the items your little ones have outgrown!