Board of Directors
Our Board of Directors is a dynamic team of community members who volunteer their time and expertise to develop quality early childhood education in our community. According to the Head Start Program Performance Standards, our Board must always include the following members:
- an experienced accountant or financial manager
- a specialist in early childhood education and/or development
- an attorney familiar with issues which impact the people we serve
- members who have children currently or formerly enrolled in our program
- members with expertise in education, business administration, or community affairs
Our Board of Directors meets monthly to discuss issues pertinent to the program and actively participates in strategic planning for the entire agency.
|Jennifer Stark||Board Chair||Stockman Bank|
|Dr. Erin Allen||Vice Chair; Planning Committee Chair||Pediatrician at Billings Clinic|
|Heidi Jensen||Secretary / Treasurer; Past Chair; Finance Committee Chair|
|Emily Jones||Audit Committee Chair||Attorney|
|Chase Brown||Grievance Committee Chair||Attorney at Netzer Law Office|
|Jessica Gaard||Development Committee Chair||Realtor with Century 21|
|Lynette Schwalbe||Member||Associate Professor of Early Childhood Education at Montana State University-Billings|
|Starr Emery||Member||Policy Council Representative|
Our Policy Council holds equal power to the Board of Directors, and it’s made up of elected parent representatives from each classroom. The primary purpose of Policy Council is to assist in making important decisions regarding policies, hiring and termination of employees, curriculum, and budget decisions. Policy Council members are both the voice of the classroom parents at the monthly Policy Council Meeting and the voice of Policy Council when reporting back to their Parent Committees. Policy Council members have a broader involvement in the education of all Explorers Academy children. Members play a role in building relationships between Explorers Academy and the community in which we all live.
|Policy Council Position||Name|
|Vice Chair||Starr Emery|
Our Management diligently oversee all operations of Explorers Academy related to the children and families we serve in our community.
|Community Relations||Megan Martin|
|Enrollment and Attendance (ERSEA)||Jennifer Thorson|
|Family and Community Partnerships||Janice King|
|Human Resources||Dee Dee Kane|