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.
We believe each child is amazing, incredibly capable, and unique.
We cultivate lifelong learning and evolving methodologies.
We create a diverse community based on openness, respect, and compassion.
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.
Heather grew up in the bay area and went to Cal Poly State University where she received a bachelor of science in Child Development and a minor in Psychology. After university, Heather set out to teach and travel the world for the next 8 years. She started in Thailand and received her TEFL certificate, next Guatemala, and then lived 6 years in Mexico on the island of Isla Mujeres. She taught a bilingual preschool and managed a teacher volunteer program, while being a destination wedding coordinator on the side! In 2017, she moved back to California to enjoy a snowboarding season, where she fell in love with Tahoe. Shortly after she found the great opportunity of working at Tahoe’s Connection for Families.
In June of 2018 Heather started as Program Director as well as runs the Spanish Program at Tahoe’s Connection for Families. She is using her experiences abroad to create a holistic cultural experience that embraces all families. She is a strong believer in connecting communities while bridging culture and language gaps. In her spare time you will find her playing on the lake, hiking and enjoying the Tahoe lifestyle.
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 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.
Assistant Program Director
Kim has an undergraduate degree from University of San Diego in Communication Studies and Business Administration and a Master’s degree in Elementary Education and Literacy from University of Nevada, Reno. Kim walked into TCF as a new parent and baby sign language instructor. Subsequently she became TCF's Executive Director. Kim considers herself a life-long learner and looks forward to learning more and growing together at TCF.
Kim was born in San Francisco and lived in Nashville while growing up. She has lived in North Lake Tahoe for over 20 years and taught at Incline Elementary School for 15 years. Kim enjoys hanging out with her family, hiking, skiing, and traveling. One of her favorite things is cuddling and laughing with her son in the morning.
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.
Shannon has a Bachelors of Arts in history from the University of California at Santa Barbara. After working in branding and marketing for Proctor and Gamble in Southern California, she followed her passion for education and became a teacher. Teaching fourth grade in Oceanside, California was truly a dream realized. While teaching, Shannon also worked with the Quantum Learning Network in conducting professional development and brain based learning opportunities for teachers. In addition, Shannon worked as a California State University Super Mentor, developing curriculum and best learning practices for futures teachers.
Shannon and her husband, Kevin, moved to Incline Village in 2012 to pursue their love of the outdoors and the mountains. In 2015, after having twins, she became a member of TCF, realizing its unique value to her family. Shannon become a board member in November 2017.
Tony is a developmental Integral Coach bringing forth his years of experience as an adventurer, endurance athlete and a serial entrepreneur, most notably founding Speck, the mobile case company. He has a deep interest in development at all levels and ages from 1-101. He has two young children, Iva and Alex, that have been greatly enriched through the community and services at TCF.
Tony moved to Incline in 2010 from the Bay Area and has thrived raising his young family here. He and his family love to take advantage of the easy access to the diverse and rich natural experiences we have in our backyard across the range of seasons. In joining the board, Tony hopes to work toward expanding the reach and impact of TCF.
Monica is a American Board of Surgery (ABS) certified general surgeon. She practiced in Wisconsin prior to moving to Incline Village with her husband and young daughter. She earned her medical degree at Saint Louis University School of Medicine, trained for general surgery at St. Joseph Mercy Hospital in Ann Arbor, MI and received her undergraduate degree at Tulane University in New Orleans. Currently she is doing “locums” work about a week a month out of state.
She joined the TCF board of directors in January, 2019. She has always valued community service and remembers that she entered medicine to help people. Since becoming a mother, it became apparent that two people in this world need her help more than any others: her daughter and son! In her transition from professional to parent to professional/parent, TCF’s role has been and continues to be indispensable. She is working to give back to an organization that has given so much to her and her family.
Mari graduated from University of California, Berkeley with a degree in Fine Arts. Since then, she has worked as a marketing designer, a storyboard artist, and an infographic designer at technology startups and architecture firms in San Francisco. She specializes in visual learning - creating educational animation that pairs information with entertainment. Since moving to Tahoe, Mari has continued to work as a graphic designer and brand developer.
Mari's husband, Nick, grew up in Incline and the couple returned in 2012 to start a family closer to grandparents. They have two young children, River and Supernova, who have been attending TCF since they were only a few weeks old. Mari and Nick regularly attend TCF parenting classes together, where they have formed a unified parenting strategy and found much-needed sanity!
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.
Previous Year Directors
Rajashree's career includes over 15 years of technology leadership in the financial, food and media-entertainment industries. She has owned businesses as well worked in startup and large corporate environments. Rajashree holds a degree in Computer Engineering from Pune University, India.
Rajashree believes education is a foundation for a healthy person and society. This has lead her to be a lifelong advocate for youth education. She supports several educational non profits within the US and abroad. After having her twins, Rajashree joined Tahoe’s Connections for Families and realized the impact parent education has on the development of a child and the community at large. With her role on the board, Rajashree hopes to help the Tahoe community continue to benefit from a resource like TCF.
Aiko is a teacher and artist, and earned a Master’s degree from the University of Nevada, Reno. She has taught Japanese at UNR, English as a Second Language (ESL) and college preparation math at Truckee Meadows Community College, and also works as a Japanese tutor in Tahoe. She believes teaching with heart and care can support students to achieve their goals. She values TCF’s mission of empowering families by their service.
Aiko grew up in Japan and moved to Incline in 2007 after her marriage to her husband, Brad, whom she met while in graduate school at UNR. After having a baby daughter in 2015, she became a member of TCF. TCF has made a big impact on her family, and Aiko appreciates TCF’s great role in the community. Aiko became a TCF board member in December of 2017.
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!