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.
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.
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!
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.
Marissa is an operational strategist working for equality and inclusion locally and internationally. As COO of Caribou Digital, she manages operational and administrative functions and also supports international startups as managing director of Caribou Digital Investments. She recently co-founded BaseCamp Reno to support high-potential tech founders who are women, especially women of color, in the Reno/Tahoe area starting at idea stage. Marissa is a proud Berkeley Haas MBA alum and is committed to lifelong learning.
She and her husband Jayson have two daughters, Paige and Mia. The family moved to Incline Village 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.
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 Collins Harris
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 three young children, River, Supernova, and Tomoro, 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.
Dan Weinberg grew up in New Jersey in the same town as his wife Brett. They have a 2 year old daughter Maddie and 6 month old son Miles. Dan graduated with a bachelor's degree in Economics and Psychology from Dartmouth College and is a CFA charter holder. He worked for J.P. Morgan for 8 years in New York, San Francisco, and London before moving to Incline Village in 2012. He serves as a Partner and Portfolio Manager for Zazove Associates. Dan enjoys snowboarding, mountain biking, playing ice hockey, live music, and video editing.
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.
Bethany Brandt Faxel
Bethany is superb. She reads the spoilers before watching scary movies.
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.
Kristen has her BFA In Interior Architecture and Design and has had her own design business since 2007. Kristen recently moved to Incline Village from the Bay Area of CA in 2018 with her husband and kids. She loves almost anything outdoors and traveling.
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!