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. She and her husband are Museum Visionary Circle Members. Shana is also on the Museum Planning Committee and looks forward to helping the Museum secure a larger, permanent space.
Nick Bartlett is secretary of the board. He 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.
Keri Paulson is treasurer of the board. She 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.
Emily Dubansky 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 is a practicing attorney. Emily is committed to ensuring the KidZone Museum can continue to serve local families. She is the board governance chair. She and her husband Josh are Museum Visionary Circle Members.
Heather Elledge moved to Truckee with her family in 2017. She and her husband have two young boys- ages 2 and 3.5 – who have spent many hours at the KidZone Museum since they were newborns. Heather works at Tahoe Forest Hospital as a physician assistant. She was impressed to discover the KidZone Museum is intricately involved with the community, providing countless outreach and philanthropic programs for the Truckee-Tahoe area. She looks forward to helping the Museum reach future goals, maintain current programs, and continue to support the community in meaningful ways.
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 the 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 Museum Visionary Circle Members.
Sheila Greeno is approaching her 30th year of residency in the Truckee area. 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 Tour Committee. She and her husband, Bill, are owners of Quality Automotive Servicing in Truckee and 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.
Leanna Jacuzzi 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.
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 Irivne. 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 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 the Planning Committee. She and her husband, Scott, are Museum Visionary Circle Members.
Carrie Ridgel has enjoyed mountain-town life in Truckee since 2004. Carrie has an 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 Museum Visionary Circle Members.
Kim Yamauchi grew up in the Midwest and has a degree in industrial engineering. She is currently an Alliance Director for Oracle NetSuite. Kim and her family have enjoyed the Truckee community since 1998 and has called Truckee home since 2012. The KidZone Museum has always had a special place in her family’s life. Her daughter, Anna, was instrumental in forming the Teen Board and spent many hours at the Museum, painting the exhibits and face painting during special events. Anna graduated from North Tahoe High School and is now studying architectural engineering at Cal Poly. Her son, Zach, is a Truckee High graduate and is now a senior at Cal Poly, studying Aerospace Engineering. Zach enjoyed the museum as a youngster, playing in the Settlers exhibit during the Sierra storms when playing outside was not a safe venture. Kim is looking forward to contributing to the growth of the Museum and helping KidZone Museum 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 studied dietetics as an undergraduate and a masters in educational leadership. She was introduced to the Museum when she brought her grandson to a Museum summer camp 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. Joan is a Museum Visionary Circle Member.