KidZone Museum Board of Directors at ThinkBig Fundraiser 2022


Shana Wapstra Scott is the board chair. She is a licensed marriage and family therapist and has extensive experience with youth programs. Shana moved to Truckee with her husband Eric in 2000. They have three kids, ages 14 to 20. The KidZone Museum played a vital role in their growth and development, offering a place for playful discovery and community connection. As a board member, Shana is excited to be in the position to help the Museum thrive and reach other families in the Truckee-Tahoe region. Shana is also the Museum Campaign Committee chair and looks forward to helping the Museum secure a larger, permanent space. Shana and Eric are Museum Visionary Circle Members.

Janet Van Gelder is the board secretary. She has been a full-time resident of Truckee since 1994. She and her husband have raised three children (Erica, Marc, and Amy), who grew up enjoying their time spent at the Museum. As a Registered Nurse with an MSN and a doctorate in Nursing, Janet has worked full-time in hospital management roles at Tahoe Forest Hospital District since 1994. She is a Rotarian, a volunteer for her children’s sports teams, and for Assumption Catholic Church. Janet is excited to be a part of the dynamic Museum Board and looks forward to helping the Museum reach its goals for an inspiring new facility at Truckee River Regional Park.

Joan Zappettini is the board treasurer. She moved to Truckee in 2014 to serve as the Director of Human Resources for the Tahoe Truckee Unified School District (TTUSD). She has a teaching credential and a masters in educational leadership and has been a school principal and teacher for many years prior to her role at TTUSD. 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. Joan is a Museum Visionary Circle Member.

Leanna Jacuzzi is the governance chair and has been a full-time resident of Truckee for nearly 30 years. She worked for Tahoe Forest Hospital as a clinical dietitian for 20 years, specializing in diabetes for the last five years. She currently teaches nutrition at Sierra College. The KidZone Museum was an invaluable resource for Leanna and her children growing up. Leanna is excited to be a part of the planning process for the future of the Museum.

Mike Petersen is the chair elect for 2023. He grew up in Wisconsin and moved to California to obtain an economics degree from UCLA. Mike worked full-time in school, eventually managing IT support teams for the UCLA School of Medicine and Life Sciences departments. He then moved to the Bay Area to work for Apple for 13 years and then Google for 2 years. During his time at Apple, he obtained his MBA from Pepperdine with a specialization in Technology Management. Mike got his start in philanthropy during those years, donating to and volunteering for the Tech Museum in San Jose. He married Courtenay in 2016 and built their forever home in Truckee. Mike and Courtenay enjoy playing at the museum with their two young children Finn and Piper. Mike is an instrument-rated private pilot and enjoys the outdoors, especially skiing, soccer, boating and fishing. He is passionate about providing STEAM learning opportunities for young kids and honored to help create these programs for the Museum. He is on the new museum Planning Committee. Mike and Courtenay are Museum Visionary Circle Members.


Kristin Henry moved to Truckee in 2003. She found the KidZone Museum as a welcome reprieve for her 2-and-half-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 and instruction. She truly enjoys teaching young children and watching their development. Kristin, her husband, Mark, their two boys, Logan, 17, Sawyer, 15, and their 5-year-old little girl, Graci, live in Incline Village. She and Mark are Museum Visionary Circle Members.

Suzanne Montgomery moved to Truckee in 2013 with her husband and two college-age children. Born and raised on the San Francisco peninsula, she ventured to Southern California to pursue a degree in drama from UC Irvine. As a philanthropist with a passion for community service, she has held several officer positions on various nonprofit boards and looks forward to helping the KidZone Museum reach its full potential in the Truckee/Tahoe community. Suzanne is a member of the Museum Exhibits Committee and is chair of the Campaign Planning Committee. She and her husband, Scott, are Museum Visionary Circle Members.

Keri Paulson grew up in Southern California and has a degree in communications. Keri and her husband, Greg, and their two children, Mia and Nick, have called Truckee home since 2000. Keri works in property management and real estate and is currently an agent with Coldwell Banker Residential. Keri has been involved with the Museum since she started bringing her kids when they were just babies. She is a member of the Museum Fundraising Committee and an emeritus board officer.

Anjali Webster is a longtime resident of Reno, Nevada. She, her husband, and two young children are enthusiastic members of the Museum. Anjali is an attorney who focuses her practice on business litigation and appeals. With a long history of serving on a variety of community and legal organizations, she has a wealth of knowledge she can use to help the Museum reach its full potential and continue to provide the experiences that are so cherished by Anjali and her family. Anjali is on the Fundraising Committee who is planning the ask event.

Board Committees

Board Executive Committee – Chair Shana Wapstra Scott
New Facility Planning Committee – Chair Suzanne Montgomery
New Facility Campaign Committee – Chair Shana Wapstra Scott
Engagement Committee – Chair Helen Pelster
Ask Event Committee – Chair Meagan Miller