Katy Croft - Board President
Katy is a CPA operating a tax & accounting business in Kalispell. She is a Flathead Valley native, and grew up on a cattle ranch in the lower valley area. Katy is a member of Flathead Valley Young Professionals, and served as their Treasurer. She is also a co-founder of Women Who Wine of Kalispell. She and her husband Dan have two children, Kyler, 7 and Adilyn, 5. She enjoys running half marathons, 4wheeling, playing at the lake and usually spends her free time with a book in her hands. Katy chose Discovery for her children and made her decision to serve on Discovery's board because she believes in quality early childhood education.
Leanne Anderson - Board Vice President
Leanne joined the board in June 2014 and feels like it is a natural fit for her. Her two young children both attend Discovery, and while she works full-time as a Marketing Coordinator with POWER Engineers, her volunteer time is limited, yet important to her. So, committing herself to serve an organization that her children are a part of, and that she believes in whole-heartedly, made Discovery an easy choice. Leanne moved to the valley in 2005 from Idaho, where she earned a B.S. in Marketing from the University of Idaho. Since moving here, she has volunteered with the Humane Society(06-10) and also Rails to Trails of Northwest Montana(07-12), serving as their VP for three years. In Leanne's free time, she enjoys running, hiking, yoga, a lazy walk or nap, skate skiing, gardening, camping & playing outside with her family. Leanne sees Discovery evolving and growing with the best interest of children guiding the way and feels very proud and honored to be on the board.
Mary Anne Gill - Board Member
Mary Anne moved to the valley in 1990 from Dayton, Ohio and is one of the co-founders of Discovery. She has her masters in Physical Therapy. In the early years, she provided therapy for children attending Discovery with special needs. Mary Anne helped establish and served on Discovery's initial board for many years, just recently returning in 2012 for another term. She also volunteers with Lead Stepping On Falls Prevention programs, Flathead Food Bank & Risen Christ Catholic Church. She is married to Dr. Christopher Gill, and they have 4 children(who all attended Discovery) & 2 grandchildren. In her free time, she likes to hike, kayak, cross-country ski, read, knit & play with her grandchildren! Mary Anne believes in the continuing mission of quality early childhood learning though PLAY for children of all abilities.
Susie Burch - Board Secretary
Susie grew up in Daytona Beach, Florida. She graduated from Rice University in Houston, TX, worked for 6 years as a Petroleum Geophysicist for Gulf Oil/Chevron before moving to the Flathead full-time in 1993. She owned & managed Glacier Park Boat Co.1987-2006. She is the Executive Director of Economic Development and Continuing Education, since 2005. Susie also serves on the boards of ImagineIf Library Foundation & MT West Economic Development. She is a member of Rotary Club of Kalispell, NPDC, Kalispell Chamber and AAUW. Susie & her husband, Art have 2 daughters. She likes to socialize, sew, read, travel, play games, binge watch streaming t.v. and will hike with proper motivation. Susie recognizes the importance of quality early childhood experiences, which prompted her to join Discovery's board in 2012.
MB Bertram - Board Treasurer
MB & her husband have lived in the Flathead since the summer of 2006, moving here from NYC. She has a BA in Theatre & a MFA in Theatre/Costume Design & Technology. MB works as an Accounting Specialist at Glacier Bank. She started sending her children, a 1st grader & a preschooler, to Discovery in 2010. MB joined the board in 2012 to become more involved in the community and her children's school. She believes education, especially early childhood education, is very important. She also volunteers with Peterson School, Samaritan House and Project Homeless. In her free time, MB likes to read, knit & quilt.
Jennie Jacobson - Board Member
Jennie moved to the valley 20 years ago from Boston. She has a BA from Anthro Brown University & a MBA from UM. Jennie has a son, Andrew, who attended Discovery. She joined the board in 2013 to give back to the community that means so much to her family. She also volunteers with the Cribbage program for 4th graders at Hedges School. In her free time, Jennie likes to hike, read & play cards.
Dawn Rauscher - Board Member
Dawn has lived in the Flathead Valley for 10 years, originally from Daytona Beach, Fl. She is the Associate Professor of Web Technology at FVCC, having a BS in Computer Science & MEd in Instructional Technology. She has 3 children, ages 5, 2 & 6 months, and plans for all of them to attend Discovery. She joined the board in 2015 and has also volunteered at Swallow Crest farm. She lives for vacationing in the desert & multi-day river trips. She also enjoys hiking, cooking & sleeping. She has watched her child grow emotionally & academically this past year at Discovery and believes in the work invested by the community of teachers, staff & parents.