KidZone Museum Board of Directors
Emily Dubansky in the Museum Board Chair. She moved to Truckee in 2014 with her husband and 18 month old son. The KidZone Museum quickly became a favorite place to visit, especially after her daughter was born later that year. When not chasing after her two young children, Emily puts her attorney skills to work volunteering for the Family Resource Center of Truckee. She is also an active member of Truckee Tahoe Women Lawyers. Emily is committed to ensuring that the KidZone Museum can continue to serve local families. She and her husband Josh are Museum Visionary Circle Members.
Suzanne Montgomery is Board Secretary. She moved to Truckee in 2013 with her husband and two children. Born and raised on the San Francisco Peninsula, she ventured to Southern California to pursue a degree in Drama from UCI. She then returned to the Bay Area and worked as an actress, performing mainly for young audiences locally and around the world. As a philanthropist with a passion for community service, she has held several officer positions on various non-profit boards, and looks forward to helping the Museum reach its full potential in the Truckee/Tahoe community. Suzanne is also an active volunteer of the Museum Exhibits Committee and the Planning Committee. She and her husband Scott are Museum Visionary Circle Members.
Carrie Ridgel is the Board Treasurer. She has enjoyed mountain-town life in Truckee since 2004. Carrie has a MBA and a background in human resources, specializing in corporate communications, training, and organizational development. She wants to ensure the community and especially the kids, continue to reap the many benefits offered by the small and mighty KidZone Museum. She and her husband own and operate The Office BOSS chain of stores, while staying actively involved in many aspects of the community through service projects with the Truckee Rotary and through the many activities of their elementary-aged son. She and her husband Jeff are Visionary Circle Members of the Museum.
Nick Bartlett grew up in Oroville, CA, and is a graduate of the California State University Chico School Psychology program. Nick relocated to Truckee in July 2018 with his family to work as a Special Education Program Specialist for the Tahoe Truckee Unified School District. Although only a Truckee resident for a short time, Nick has seen the tremendous benefit the KidZone Museum provides to the community, particularly students with special needs. His children particularly enjoy the art room, play structure, and options for imaginary play. As a board member, Nick is excited to maximize support for inclusion of special needs children and looks forward to expanding the KidZone Museum programs to include more age ranges.
Sydney Frumkin officially moved to Truckee in 2016 but has called it home for 10 years. After having her daughter in 2012 and her son in 2014, the Museum became an important and special place to play and explore with her kids and meet other new moms. Her KidZone experience made her feel a part of Truckee Tahoe community. It’s because of this connection that she wanted to join the board. Sydney has worked in sales and marketing for 15+ years and hopes she can use her passion for the Museum and her professional skills to help support the museum. Sydney is on the Fundraising Committee. She and her husband Jeremy are Visionary Circle Members.
Sheila Greeno is coming up on her 30th year of residency in the Truckee area. She and her husband are the long-time owners of Quality Automotive & Smog. While raising a family here, the KidZone Museum made an immense impact on Sheila and her two daughters, who are now teenagers and fondly remember their impactful childhood experiences at the Museum. Sheila loves that the Museum gives children the opportunity to engage in imaginative and creative play. She believes that it is important for our community to have this resource for children, as well as for parents to gather, play, and learn about child development. She is excited to be involved in the future planning of the Museum and to give back the experience it offered to her family. Sheila is a member of the Museum Fundraising Committee. She and her husband Bill are Visionary Circle Members.
Kristin Henry moved to Truckee in 2003. She found the KidZone Museum as a welcome reprieve for her 2 ½ year old son, Logan, and newborn son, Sawyer. She is the Director of the Preschool Program at the Truckee Donner Recreation & Park District and prior to that she taught kindergarten and first grade for seven years. Kristin holds a California Multiple Subject Teaching Credential as well as a Master’s degree in Curriculum & Instruction. She truly enjoys teaching young children and watching their development. Kristin, her husband, Mark, their two boys, Logan, 17, Sawyer, 15 and their five-year old little girl, Graci, live in Incline Village. She and her husband Mark are Museum Visionary Circle Members.
Keri Paulson grew up in Southern California and has a degree in Communications from California State University, Chico. She has lived in Truckee since 2000. She has worked in Property Management and Real Estate and is currently an agent with Coldwell Banker Residential in Truckee. Keri and her husband Greg have two kids – Mia and Nick who are involved in many school activities and sports. Keri has been involved with the Museum since she started bringing her kids when they were just babies. She is also a member of her HOA and is active helping with various school and community events. She is a member of the Museum Fundraising Committee.
Shana Wapstra Scott moved to Truckee with her husband Eric in 2000. They are raising three kids, ages 11-16. Shana is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (MFT). She also has extensive experience in youth ministries. Shana has a professional investment in the mental health of the community. The KidZone Museum played a vital role in the growth of her own children and [many] others in Truckee. As a board member Shana is excited to be in the position to help the Museum thrive in the Truckee-Tahoe area. She and her husband are Museum Visionary Circle Members. Shana is Governance Chair and also on the Museum Planning Committee.
Kim Yamauchi grew up in the Midwest, graduated from Ohio State University with a degree in Industrial Engineering, and then moved west. She has always loved the mountains and found Truckee to be a great launching spot for skiing, mountain biking, hiking, and everything else! She and her husband Craig were able to move to Truckee as full-time residents in 2012 and are happy to be raising the family is this wonderful community. Their oldest, Zach, is a graduate of Truckee High and is attending Cal Poly where he is majoring in Aerospace Engineering. Anna will be graduating from North Tahoe High School this spring and is looking forward to attending college somewhere! Anna has volunteered at the Museum to fulfill her community service requirements, helping to form the new Teen Board. Kim is looking forward to contributing to the growth of the Museum in the community and helping KidZone to find a new home. Kim is Chair of the Museum Planning Committee. She and her husband Craig are Museum Visionary Circle Members.
Joan Zappettini moved to Truckee in 2014 to serve as the Director of Human Resources for the Tahoe Truckee Unified School District. Before coming to Truckee, Joan served as the Principal for Gridley High School for eight years, ten years as an assistant principal for Yuba City High School, and a classroom teacher at the elementary, middle and high school levels. She has a bachelors in Dietetics and a masters in Educational Leadership. She was introduced to the Museum when she brought her grandson to one of our summer camps and was so impressed that she welcomed the opportunity to join the board. Joan wants to ensure that our collaborative partnership with the school district stays strong and that our education strategies inspire a life-long love of learning for our children. Joan is the Museum representative on the Truckee Tahoe Airshow & Family Festival Planning Committee.