Our Staff

Meet your new partners in parenting

Our staff are empathetic, warm, positive, and supportive, and we want to help your child thrive right from the beginning. We are eager to get to know you, your family, and what’s important to you. As partners with your family, we focus on using your strengths and parenting values to support the learning and development of your child. You will find that our staff are highly dedicated, non-judgmental, well educated, and have a good sense of humor. Most of all, you’ll find that they are a trusted resource you can count on no matter what’s going on. Meet our team below.

Interested in working with families and your local community? Our teams are always growing - check our current job openings or contact us if you'd like to join Mountain States Early Head Start!

Coeur d'Alene & Shoshone TeamLakeland TeamSandpoint Team

Coeur d'Alene & Shoshone Team

Kimberley Seitz, Ph.D.

Director

Joined our team in 2001

Jana Brooks, BA

Performance & Compliance Manager

Circle of Security™ Facilitator
Joined our team in 2004

Aleta Garcia-Clute, M.Ed.

Professional Development & Learning Specialist

Circle of Security™ Facilitator
Trust-Based Relational Intervention® Practitioner
Joined our team in 2003

Erin Ault, MS

Child Development & Disabilities Specialist

Circle of Security™ Facilitator
Joined our team in 2013

Luanne Jacobson

Program Assistant

Joined our team in 2010

Catie Kotmel, BS

Playgroup Coordinator

Circle of Security™ Facilitator
Trust-Based Relational Intervention® Practitioner
Joined our team in 2015

Laurie Klug, AA

Family Consultant

Circle of Security™ Facilitator
Joined our team in 2015

Karen Dapron, AAS

Family Consultant & Playgroup Coordinator

Circle of Security™ Facilitator
Trust-Based Relational Intervention® Practitioner
Joined our team in 2017

Sarah Howell, BA

Family Consultant

Circle of Security™ Facilitator
Trust-Based Relational Intervention® Practitioner
Joined our team in 2017

Mackenzie Gilbertson

Family Consultant

Joined our Team in 2021

Lakeland Team

Mikayla Brown

Center Manager

Joined our team in 2021

Mari Noonan

Center Assistant

Joined our team in 2011

Teresa Rains, M.Ed.

Health & Safety Coordinator

Circle of Security™ Facilitator
Joined our team in 2014

Sandra Menegas, BA

Family Consultant

Circle of Security™ Facilitator
Joined our team in 1998

Lani West, AS

Family Consultant

Circle of Security™ Facilitator
Joined our team in 2005

Valerie Owen, BS

Family Consultant

Circle of Security™ Facilitator
Joined our team in 2010

Larissa Bennett

Family Consultant

Psychology, Chemical Dependency

Joined our team in 2022.

Photo coming soon.

Sandpoint Team

Mikayla Brown

Center Manager

Joined our team in 2021

Bambi Marshall

Center Assistant

Joined our team in 2017

Molly Fay, BS

Family Consultant & Playgroup Coordinator

Circle of Security™ Facilitator
Joined our team in 2002

Jennifer Hepinstall, MSW

Family Consultant & Parent Trainer

Circle of Security™ Facilitator
Joined our team in 2019

By the numbers

Our community is growing and thriving! Last year's theme focused on restoration. We reinforced the importance of trauma-informed work, trained staff, strengthened community partnerships, and improved our internal monitoring and communication practices.

231 children enrolled

serving ages 0-3 years in the local communities of Bonner, Shoshone, and Kootenai in 2019-2020

25% of children we serve

enter the program with developmental delay or disability

170 volunteers gave 19,490 hours

through volunteering, completing home-teaching between home visits, participating in leadership activities, and promoting our program

Volunteer today

What we do wouldn't be possible without our volunteers. Help our staff with classes, events, and so much more. Joining our team as a volunteer is a great way to be involved with your community and we're flexible working with whatever time you have to give back! 

Become a Volunteer