Board of Directors

Ed Bailey

Chair
Ed connected with SEEDS about a decade ago, while collaborating about regional energy flows as part of the Grand Vision Energy Plan.  While he was drawn in through the science of measuring greenhouse gas emissions, he became passionate about SEEDS when he realized how much the organization touches the daily lives of so many children and in such profoundly meaningful ways.  He’s served on the board since 2014 and will chat about SEEDS with anyone who wants to be a prospective board member!  As current Director of Program and Portfolio Development at NMC, Ed supports the institution’s strategic plan initiatives and manages its Marine Center.  The Center provides comprehensive technical training solutions for the marine, surveying and remote sensing industries.  His BS from MSU is in Mechanical Engineering; his MS from U of Wisconsin is in Project Management.  As an adjunct instructor he also teaches Marine Project Management.  Some of the coolest work Ed has been called upon to do includes underwater mapping in Indonesia, the world’s largest archipelago.

Pete Munoz

Vice Chair & Co-Founder
Co-Founder of SEEDS and Board Vice President, Pete is Senior Engineer and Bioregional Team Lead at Biohabitats, a multi-discipline water resource design and planning firm that works with our clients throughout the world to regenerate ecological processes, economical resiliency and cultural vibrancy. His work uses appropriate living water infrastructure to integrate wastewater treatment, stormwater management, rain harvesting, environmental remediation, and watershed restoration into our communities. His specialty is keeping a holistic perspective when understanding and tackling water-related questions. He is a licensed professional engineer in eleven states and is a LEED Accredited Professional. He is also a Michigan-certifed Wastewater Treatment Plant Operator (#5341). He received a BS in Biosystems Engineering from Michigan State University and an MS in Environmental Engineering from the University of Vermont. Much of Pete’s current work integrates water strategies to balance the water/energy/food/ecology nexus. His other interests include biomimicry, natural building, and his two daughters.

Mike Coco

Secretary
As President of Choice Property Resources, a business-to-business professional services firm in the multifamily industry, Mike spends his time crunching numbers and supporting his team. Before becoming President in 2013, he oversaw the contract management department and the account management for several years each. With community spirit and civic mindedness, Mike is a member of the Traverse City Economic Club and serves on the Local Officers Compensation Committee for the City of Traverse City. Earlier he served on the board of directors for Traverse City Light & Power, the Northwest Regional Airport Authority and several nonprofits supporting rugby. He holds a B.A. in Political Science from Miami (OH) University. While initially drawn to the energy work of SEEDS, his current excitement is related to the organization’s work with youth in EcoCorps and EcoSchool. Mike enjoys his family, birding, vexillology and being a rugby old boy. 

Megan Motil

Treasurer
Megan spent summer vacations in Northern Michigan throughout childhood and those forest and freshwater experiences stayed in her heart. Traverse City became home after earning degrees in Geography and Interdisciplinary Studies and migrating from Ohio. She was a community planner at Networks Northwest while getting an MS in Organizational Management. She then embraced the mission of Grand Traverse Regional Land Conservancy serving as Associate Director and Director of Development. Combining fifteen years of professional community and organizational development experiences with her curiosity, warmth, pragmatism and drive, Megan founded a consulting company, Parallel Solutions in 2014. Serving government and nonprofit clients, she helps people connect, address tough issues, navigate change and complexity and take action in her roles as advisor, facilitator, coach, trainer, guide and process designer. She’s mom to two teenagers, a writer, a painter and an avid reader who continues to enjoy the forest and waters from her childhood.

Natasha Koss

Board Member
Curiosity about the wider world of living things came early and stayed with Natasha. She zeroed in on Wildlife Biology earning BS and MS degrees in Marquette. The UP’s Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore and Hiawatha National Forest called her next. There she submerged herself in one biological tech position after another, then took opportunities south of the Bridge to develop and broaden her environmental consultant and fundraiser skills. Armed and back in Marquette, Natasha commits herself to the health and prosperity of the Great Lakes region. She helps small businesses start up and grow as Fund Development Officer for the state-wide nonprofit, Northern Initiatives. Michigan Audubon is served after hours. When Natasha is fully unplugged she’s running, biking or skiing with husband, Matt, daughter, Elsa, dog Rorey, and other friends, often on an irresistibly challenging 100-mile section of single track trails nearby.

Headwaters

Sarna Salzman

Executive Director
Sarna is our founding Executive Director. Building place-based regenerative communities is her focus, including her work leading and developing the organization’s inner-operations. An adaptive, collaborative leader in the office and out in the community, she is enthusiastic about robust evaluation techniques that value the qualitative alongside the quantitative. Under her direction, SEEDS has specialized in forging multi-sector, multi-disciplinary community relationships that result in manifesting connections between outdoor settings and public schools, leveraging federal funds to serve local priorities, and helping people of all ages become better collaborators with each other and with nature. She works to invite behavioral biophilia into every dilemma and to meet people where they are. Sarna studied Anthropology & Sociology in college and has an MS in Community Development. Does she enjoy tinkering in behavioral economics in her spare time? Absolutely, right after this 21st century visionary parks her commuter bike and waters the plants.

Sarah Shelp

Nutrition Education Specialist
Sarah Shelp comes to SEEDS with a decade-strong background in youth advocacy and counseling.  Sarah has a BA in Psychology from Michigan State University and an MA in Family and Consumer Sciences from Western Michigan University. As an active nature-lover, gardener, counselor, caseworker, teacher, and mother , she has spent decades nurturing growth in plants and people alike. Sarah was raised in Michigan and has spent seasons in Hawaii. You can often find her swimming in open water or exploring beachy landscapes. Sarah specializes in making connections with people and is happiest when she is building relationships. Come and see her if you could use a hearty laugh or a compassionate ear. She has never met a stranger.

Theresa Corcoran

Nutrition Education Specialist
Theresa started life in The Bronx, childhood in Bloomfield Hills and planted roots in Traverse City 35yrs ago. Her graphic design back round has led her from Traverse Magazine to GTACS and Old Mission Peninsula schools incorporating a creative, healthy food initiative program. Accepting the position of Nutrition Educator at SEEDS “checked all the boxes”. Her passion for healthy food for all. The opportunity to continue working with children and collaborating with other team members with the same passion. She loves to translate her high energy to the classroom, cross country skiing, biking, jumping in cold water, rollercoasters and horseback riding. Aside from all the activities she is a closet nerd who would love a reading vacation, listening to TED talks and yoga retreats. Her husband Mike and four adult children keep her hip with the changing times in their subtle ways.

Emma Kelly

HR Manager
Emma comes to SEEDS with almost four years of human resources experience. Emma is particularly adept at finding ways to streamline routine processes, thereby allowing more time to focus on the human aspect of HR. She was born and raised in Traverse City, where she attended and graduated high school and college. In her spare time, she enjoys being outdoors with her family; whether that be on the lake, hiking in the woods, or relaxing.

Brook Pepper

HR and Accounting Assistant
Brook and SEEDS think alike in important areas. Seeking to gain employment in the area, she was drawn to working for SEEDS because — in her view — it shares her passions for outdoors and for helping children to learn more about their environment. That said, Brook’s life after working hours comes alive as she settles into her and her partner’s new home and builds a pen so her two horses will soon have a home there too. She’s a “huge” animal lover who also enjoys caring for two cats, two dogs and a tortoise! Another huge interest and activity: she travels throughout Michigan and occasionally out of state to play slow-pitch softball. Her biggest strengths are staying positive, being a people person who listens, and spreading happiness. 

Jess Guenther

Accountant
Jess was born and raised in Canada until she ended up moving to the US. She has always had a passion for animals and kids, and that is why she loves working at SEEDS. It allows her to make a difference in the lives of children As the accountant, she is not directly working with the children but supports SEEDS’ mission. High on the list of what Jessica does in her off -hours is support her three kids’ interests in sports, including being there to chauffeur them to and from their events. 

Jen Spencer

Data Assistant
A highest calling for Jen is to help create an environment in which communities of people can connect safely and harmoniously with nature, themselves and each other.  She brings to her work a love for people, quality information, and a desire to enable everyone to thrive.  Earning a B.A. in Administrative Leadership and an M.S. in Applied Psychology preceded a decade of experience working at the intersection of Human Resources, Marketing, and Operations. At SEEDS she serves two roles.  For Headwaters she offers administrative support helping to organize and collect some of the organization’s most important data.  For EcoSchool she helps observe and evaluate the after-school programming across all of SEEDS K-12 learning sites.  Jen enjoys deep conversations, studying human behavior, cuddling her dog, Elliott, vibing with crowds at concerts, and every moment spent nurturing special relationships.

Elle Morton

Operations Assistant
Elle sees a new role for herself in the future: wildlife rehabilitator. That’s part of what drew this Downstater from Dearborn Heights. — born and raised — to Traverse City where she spends her free time hiking with Dusty, her dog. Meantime, no sooner did she join the SEEDS team than she found herself transforming its new office space into a highly functioning and welcoming workspace for all while gaining ecology-based knowledge of its diverse operation. She readily takes on even the mundane projects that she knows help to keep the programs running smoothly. Elle was drawn to this nonprofit where she feels she can spread her wings beneficially, helping to bring positive changes to Northern Michigan, its people and, yes, its wildlife.

Aimé Merizon

Community Outreach Specialist
Aimé spent over ten years in communications and outreach for a conservation district, and also for a nonprofit arts organization. A bachelor’s degree in psychology references her natural curiosity about people, and how she can help them. She also has a degree in fine arts and a master’s in humanities. Aimé finds it deeply rewarding to bring people together to collaborate and exchange talents, skills, and interests. Her other passions include nature, art, writing, and animals. She enjoys hikes with her dogs, Fritz & Pippi; and swooning over the magic of Lake Michigan.

Fundraising

Elizabeth Dunham

Fundraising Director
Elizabeth is a social butterfly and loves to make connections with and between the people around her. If she doesn’t start the conversation with you first (unlikely, but it happens), asking about her upcoming travel and hiking adventures is always a slam dunk icebreaker. While she grew up in Kalkaska and is rooted there now , Elizabeth has flitted in and out to experience the world. After getting her BA in International Relations from MSU she lived in Chad, Jordan and Egypt, hiked part of the Appalachian Trail, and canoed the entire Manistee River. In her 6 years at SEEDS and now heading up Fundraising, Elizabeth helps connect resources to needs. It is important to her that people are able to live fulfilled lives on a healthy planet.

Marshall Protetch

Marketing Specialist
Marshall is a journalist by trade who tries to capture stories that inspire humans to consider their relationship with nature. Having worked nearly 5 years at three different newspapers across the Midwest, including the Traverse City Record-Eagle, he is eager to continue working for local communities as SEEDS  new , marketing specialist! Through his experience in the Peace Corps, serving in Zambia as a community health volunteer, Marshall takes great satisfaction in sharing the voices and stories he finds that highlight joy, hard work and help solve place-based issues for both the community and the environment. In his free time, you will find him playing board games or playing the guitar or the banjo on his deck with his wife, especially in the summer.

Ryan Buck

Senior Philanthropy Officer
Ryan has a lot of energy and passion, and through his years and unique experiences in hospitality and service, he has grown a defining passion for sustainability, the outdoors, connecting with others meaningfully, and giving back to the community. Born and raised in Chicago, Ryan studied Psychology and Communications at Valparaiso University. He is a hard-core Midwesterner, and while the challenge and excitement of Hospitality Sales & Marketing took him to San Francisco and Miami, he found his way back to Chicago and eventually to Traverse City through the Grand Traverse Resort & Spa, having been recruited as Director of Sales. Ryan hosts a guest-centric podcast focused on good work and positivity in our community. It was through that podcast that SEEDS entered into his world and took root. You can also see him playing in his band and podcasting when he is not playing outside with his family and friends.

Meagan Walters

Grants Manager
Born and raised in Northern Michigan, Meagan has always felt a deep connection to nature. With a BA in Psychology and an AS in Freshwater Studies, she has worked in the nonprofit sphere in varying capacities over the years, including environmental education, water quality analysis, operations management, fund development, and social media. She is particularly passionate about inspiring a love of nature in children and enjoys nothing more than hikes with her daughter in search of Michigan wildlife. In her free time you’ll find Meagan enjoying the outdoors with her family, crafting, and volunteering with a local raptor rehabilitation center, where she has cared for and trained an American Kestrel and a Northern Saw-whet Owl.

EcoCorps

Jennifer Flynn

Program Director
Jennifer expresses her love for the natural world by seeking regenerative solutions, weaving them into both personal and professional life.  As an Ecopsychologist she values the reciprocal healing benefits shared between humans and the natural environment.  Living in the mountains of North Carolina for the past 14 years, she worked as an eco therapist, a rural community and economic developer, and as a consultant for regenerative enterprises. As the leader of SEEDS EcoCorps Program she incorporates ecopsychological design practices, business and skill development into the training program for those looking to engage with the natural world. Grounded in praxis, inspired by our natural community and her Michigan roots, Jennifer is a permaculture designer and herbalist. Over 50 medicinal herbal concoctions comprise her apothecary, made by her for family and friends. This avid hiker/dog walker is also a seamstress and a sculptor using clay, metal and natural materials.

Jacob Frye

Crew Leader & Park Facilities Coordinator
Jacob built his own house before he left his teen years. He attributes that feat to the construction background he grew up in. He became a passionate outdoorsman, too, and spends most of his time there at work and at play. At SEEDS Jake is either at Historic Barns Park handling its projects or is in the field somewhere leading a crew of young folks on a restoration, maintenance or construction effort. His BS in Environmental Science is a work in progress. In time off, he backpacks across the state, surfs the freshwater waves of Great Lakes, rock climbs with his wife, performs live music in gathering spots in northern Michigan or tinkers in his restoration workshop where he repurposes anything from old signs to vintage motorcycles.

Jo Jaczkowski

Crew Leader & Composting Manager
Jo has a deep love for the natural world, sparked by frequent childhood adventures across the country. By 13, Jo had touched the dirt of 45 states! Growing up in Metro Detroit, some of their most formative and transformative experiences occurred during their time in Scouts BSA – achieving the rank of Eagle. Jo expanded their natural education expertise while earning a BS in Biology at Saginaw Valley State. They spent 3 years as their university’s Outdoor Adventure Coordinator, which influenced their decision to join EcoCorps. Here they continue to share knowledge with others. Always a quick step with a smile, you can find Jo on trail, listening to music, cooking, watching soccer or maybe even smelling some black gold (compost) as the Composting Manager at SEEDS.

Brian Cone

Crew Leader & Logistics/Field Coordinator
Brian received his degree in Recreation, Parks and Leisure Services from Central Michigan University. Brian is passionate about wood rescue and creates custom woodworking creations with his wife through their own small business! When he’s not saving wood at SEEDS, you can find Brian spending time with his wife and dogs, playing tennis, skateboarding and baking sourdough!

Kyle Warner

Farmers Market Manager
A transplant from Western Michigan Kyle has been a avid supporter of farmers markets where ever he is. No surprise that he is now leading the Sara Hardy Farmers Market found in downtown Traverse City. When not at the market you will find Kyle spending time with his family in their 1,000 square foot garden, playing tennis, or backpacking the scenic trails that Michigan offers.

Sam LaSusa

Farmers Market Assistant Manager
Sam is an ambitious person, passionate about making the world healthier and more equitable.  A local of Traverse City, he studied Architecture at Dunwoody College of Technology in Minneapolis.  By 2020 he was back home using architecture to create beautiful, healthy, functional spaces.  He actively supports affordable housing in the region.  He joined SEEDS to engage with and support local food production at the Sara Hardy Farmers Market.  He expands his knowledge by assisting at the EcoCorps workshop and farm at Historic Barns Park.  He finds satisfaction utilizing repurposed and sustainably-sourced materials to create furniture there.  When he isn’t working Sam hikes the trails at the Commons with his dogs Lily and Bean, homesteads the property around his tiny home, or finds a beach in the summertime to enjoy a good book.

Erin Slomers

Farmers Market Assistant Manager
Erin Shea Slomers is a Michigan native who settled in the Traverse City area in November 2022. Erin graduated from Harding University, earning a Bachelor’s in Public Relations, fueling her passion for communication and community engagement. As an Assistant Sara Hardy Farmers Market Manager, Erin is helping to foster vibrant community connections and sustainable practices. At SEEDS, Erin contributes by amplifying initiatives that nurture our environment. When she’s not immersed in work, you’ll find her hiking scenic trails, biking through downtown, and hitting the slopes in the winter. Whether it’s advocating for sustainability or engaging in local projects, Erin is committed to making a meaningful difference in Northern Michigan.

EcoSchool

Sandra Ehlers

Program Director
An Elk Rapids native, Sandra is thrilled to be back in the area after living in Wisconsin for many years where she worked as a middle school principal. She is delighted to be working at SEEDS, an organization that combines her passions for education and the environment.  Sandra has a BA in  Communications fro U of M and an MA in Education from EMU.  Weekends are spent running, golfing, skiing, boating and enjoying all that Northern Michigan has to offer.

Kristopher Hall

Associate Program Director
Choosing a career is hard.  Lucky for Kris, he always knew he’d be working with youth.  What challenges him is the delta between “education” and “fun” for many students.  His strong impression of “what kids are taught in schools” versus “what they are interested in” developed in college as he interned with a student-empowering program in Kalamazoo.  Years later,  after getting his MS and working in several youth-serving fields, he met up with SEEDS EcoSchool.  It attracted him because of the unique opportunity to engage students in topics not always prioritized during the school day such as SEL, ecology and STEM.  With curiosity, openness and a jovial manner, he attentively oversees operations in six rural schools (K-12) near Traverse City.  Leisure for Kris is lifting weights: he’s squatted over 500 pounds!  Prepping for an upcoming marathon and indulging his nerdy side balance his life out beautifully.

Julie Johnson

Site Coordinator,
Benzie Central High School
Julie came to SEEDS with confidence well-earned.  A childhood in the Detroit suburbs nourished a love of outdoors and influenced her studies: Environmental Biology and Zoology at Michigan State University. She then became a “plover crew” member at Sleeping Bear Dunes, where Piping Plover population recovery occurs. In between three seasons of this, she grew her skills in research labs but eventually settled in as a naturalist and educator at a nature center. This was a revelation for Julie – she discovered her passion to share her love of science and the outdoors with others. She returned to MSU for her MS allowing her to study experiential education and community engagement/outreach. Empowering young folks and building people’s understanding of science and conservation using acquired techniques never tires her. In her free time, Julie explores, camps, and makes great meals with her husband.

Molly Pavelek

Site Coordinator,
Benzie Central Middle School
Molly’s natural ability to teach children led her down a career path in childcare and child development that diverted from her academic background one could say.  She graduated from CMU with a major in Business Admin. and a minor in Legal Studies.  With years of experience with children in all age groups, she’s in her niche.  She intends to spend her life mentoring and influencing the lives of the youth.  Molly is a lover of animals, saving bees and all things nature.

Isabella Barton

Assistant Site Coordinator,
Benzie Central Middle School

Isabella originally grew up in Bay City and is now from Arcadia. She loves teaching kids and also encouraging them to be their truest self. Isabella is passionate about helping students grow into incredible adults for their futures. Outside of childcare and teaching, she is very passionate about painting and music.

Keira Long

Site Coordinator
Betsie Valley Elementary
Keira, a Traverse City local, boasts a diverse background in program coordination that has positively impacted the lives of school-age children, teenagers, and elderly adults. Her journey in youth programming commenced during her pursuit of a degree in Recreation and Event Management at Central Michigan University, where she actively contributed to an elementary afterschool program. Outside of her professional pursuits, Keira is an avid outdoor enthusiast, finding joy in backpacking, skiing, climbing, and exploration. Thrilled to be part of the SEEDS team, she looks forward to bringing a dynamic and engaging experience to the Bestie Valley as the Site Coordinator.

Elizabeth Clay

Assistant Site Coordinator,
Betsie Valley Elementary School
Originally from Georgia, Elizabeth grew up spending her summers among the towering red pines of Northern Michigan. Now, she calls the banks of the Little Betsie River home. Following a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Eastern Michigan University, she spent time in the classroom  as a third-grade substitute teacher and found her zest for teaching elementary students. Elizabeth hopes to help foster a cooperative and inclusive learning environment for the students at Betsie Valley Elementary. She’s eager to pour into the students and families of her new community here in Benzie County. Elizabeth enjoys reading, crafting, and roller skating along with hiking, especially around the spectacular Sleeping Bear Dunes.

Alexa Tackman

Site Coordinator,
Cherry Street Intermediate School
Settings matter to Alexa. Her background is in Psychology with an emphasis in Behavior Science. In previous jobs, she has worked with kids in both one-on-one and in large group settings, mostly indoors. Her calling is teaching. At SEEDS EcoSchool at Cherry Street the emphasis is on exploring what’s going on outdoors or on what her learners can make happen in a variety of settings: is it time to watch syrup being drawn from maple trees, is it time to build a garden, or is it time to play a game together? For Alexa, the more settings children and their teachers can be in to learn and to grow the better. After programming, her passions turn to photography, crafting, and spending time outdoors with her husband, Tristan, and their four animals.

Catrina Johnston

Assistant Site Coordinator,
Cherry Street Intermediate School
Catrina Johnston received her BSW from Ferris State University with a minor in Psychology. Catrina worked at Northwest Michigan Community Action Agency for years as a Youth & Young Adult Case Manager serving clients experiencing homelessness in Grand Traverse County. Catrina recently moved to Kalkaska after living in Traverse City with her two children. She enjoys spending time with her husband, her dog, Finn, family, and friends. She is an outdoor enthusiast who loves traveling and experiencing new adventures.

Hannah Bird

Site Coordinator​,
Fife Lake Elementary School
Hannah Bird is a native of Fife Lake and no matter where her ventures have led her, she has always returned to this tight-knit community. After studying Family Life Education, Hannah moved back to Fife Lake with her husband and pursued a grant funded position at Fife Lake Elementary. This position gave her one-on-one interactions with families to coordinate access to basic needs and support their social emotional needs. When the grant funding ran out, Hannah was devastated to leave the relationships that she had spent 2 years nurturing. As luck would have it, she was able to return to the place she loves, with the kids she cares about deeply, as Site Coordinator for SEEDS After School. She is now able to continue to create meaningful connections in a fun educational capacity. In Hannah’s personal time she enjoys rock collecting and exploring our Great Lake State. Hannah’s favorite things in the world are hearing her baby laugh hysterically at her dog playing fetch, hiking with her husband, and camping at their property in the U.P.

Amanda Gordon

Assistant Site Coordinator,
Fife Lake Elementary School
Amanda is a native of Fife Lake. Raised in a community-minded family, it made sense to resettle in her hometown and find a community-minded position, after a 10 year adventure living in North Dakota. Having more than 25 years experience working with kids, her position with EcoSchool allows her to utilize her skills while learning new techniques to connect with students, being attentive to their social and emotional needs, and focusing on the environment. In her free time, she can sometimes be found at her husband’s family farm talking to cows, or at the family-operated maple sugaring shack. Her favorite activity at the moment is spending time with her daughter before she leaves for college. Amanda enjoys carrying on a family tradition of traveling. She has been to more than 30 US States, Canada and Mexico.

Raina Hall-Dontje

Site Coordinator,
Forest Area Middle School
Raina has spent the majority of her life in the Traverse City area. She was a foster child who was adopted by an amazing family. Since that moment she always wanted to help other children grow and teach them. After a few years in the medical field, she took a chance and is now the Site Coordinator for Forest Area Middle School. Her position with Ecoschools allows her to continue learning, teaching and helping children not only about the environment but with social and emotional needs as well. Right now, she spends most of her free time with her family watching football.

Denise Connolly

Multi-site Coordinator,
KND Elementary School
& Brethren Middle School
Although Denise is originally from Cape Cod, MA, she has been living in Michigan for 15 years and feels like a native Michigander!  She is married and has four grown sons.  As an empty nester and a self-proclaimed “late-bloomer”, she finished her teaching degree four years ago and worked in various schools as a substitute teacher.   Then Denise connected with EcoSchool where she is blossoming even more as a full-timer.  When classes are over she enjoys walking her two dogs, reading, and is a football fanatic.

Rebecca Parke

Site Supervisor
Marion Elementary School

Rebecca’s passion is to seek to encourage, educate & equip families, friends and neighbors to find joy in being caretakers of our environment, so finding SEEDS felt like a perfect fit. Through teaching communities stewardship of the natural resources around us, Rebecca believes it leaves a legacy of renewed and
regenerative earth for future generations to come. She is excited to share her love and experience in agriculture with her team, her students and the community. In her free time, she enjoys exploring the wilderness with her two children and gardening.

Savannah Hayes

Site Supervisor,
Marion Middle School
Savannah enjoys working with children just about as much as she love fall and Halloween, she started with the seeds eco school program to work with kids of all ages. She loves teaching and learning new things right along with them! She plans to continue her education getting a degree in Ana therapy. She seeks to help resolve bullying,she hopes one day the world is a safer for all children. In her free time this mom of one little girl can be found spending time with her family, reading or preparing her next lesson!

Stephanie Brown

Site Coordinator,
Mesick Elementary School
Stephanie is a proud mother of four amazing children. She grew up in a very loving household with great emphasis on success and the notion that if you practice and try hard enough you can do anything you set your mind to doing. She uses these very same values in her household. She believes that all children should be encouraged, appreciated and loved. She joined SEEDS to further her career path and to make a difference one child at a time!

Brett Bontrager

Site Coordinator,
Rapid City Elementary School
Brett uses his teaching degree to enrich the After School Program at Rapid City Elementary. He has an affinity for creative learning opportunities with the students, such as exploring the school forest and river, researching Pokemon and creating reports, and encouraging hands-on art projects. He will forever be known at Rapid City Elementary as the legend behind the infamous playground tag game “Bonzilla.”