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.
Amanda holds an Associate of Applied Science in Early Childhood Education. She is currently working towards her B.S. in Social Work at the University of Utah. Upon completion, she plans to obtain her Masters in Social Work, followed by becoming a Licensed Clinical Social Worker.
Amanda’s family moved to Reno in 2016 to be closer to family after her husband, Ben, served in the Navy for 7 years. They have two children, Remy (7) and Penelope (2), and currently reside in South Reno. Prior to working at TCF, Amanda was a stay-at-home Mom to both of her children. In between staying home with Remy and Penelope, she worked as an Assistant Director and lead teacher at a preschool in Reno.
Amanda is passionate about working with families and loves being part of their support system. As a parent and teacher, she has seen both sides of the spectrum and understands the hardships that parents face and how important support is for the family unit. She is eager to be at TCF and looks forward to growing in her role as Program Director!
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.
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.
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.
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.
Jeff lives in Incline Village with his wife Mariana, daughter Anna Elaine, and dog Zion. Incline Village has held a special place in his heart after many visits to his grandparents cabin over the years.
Jeff has a BA in Economics and has worked most recently in Human Resources management.
Anna Elaine became a TCF member in May 2021. Jeff joined the TCF Board in November 2021.
Jessica Hon Lee
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!