Katy Croft - Board President
Leanne Anderson - Board Vice President
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.