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 that 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.

Member Board Position Occupation/Employer
Lynette Schwalbe Board Chair Professor, MSU-Billings
Genia Castro-Waller Vice Chair Owner/Operator Graphic Finesse
Eric George Treasurer Executive Director, Stockman Bank
Heidi Jensen-Christison Secretary Planning Manager, Interstate Engineering
Dr. Erin Allen Pediatrician, Billings Clinic
Chase Brown Attorney, Netzer Law Office
Sue DeVries Retired
Connie Begger Realtor, Select Property Brokers
Daniel Brooks Business Advocacy Manager, Chamber of Commerce
Jessica Robinson Policy Council Liaison

Policy Council

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 the 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.

“Being part of Explorers Academy’s Policy Council and parent committee gave me the confidence to be part of my child’s PTA. It taught me that I had a say and I have a voice!” – Amy 

Policy Council Position Name
Chair Paul Law
Vice Chair; Interview Committee Jessica Robinson
Treasurer; Finance, Grievance Committees Lindsey Killham
Secretary Jackie Corcoran
Interview, School Readiness, Health Services Advisory Committees Christin Cunningham
Interview, School Readiness Committees Camee Oldchief
Health Services Advisory Committee April Wallace
Interview Committee Doug Anderson/Riverstone
Cestra Dodson
Jessica Heid
Suzanne Brown
Melina Flatmouth
Brandy Alexander
Bessie Schmitt
Leslie Stokoe
Jennie Busenbark/ECI


Our Management diligently oversees all operations of Explorers Academy related to the children and families we serve in our community.

Department Director Contact
Executive Director Janice King Email
Community Relations Megan Martin Email
Education Jessica Pingle Email
Enrollment and Attendance (ERSEA) Anna Mason Email
Family and Community Partnerships Michelle Martonen Email
Finance Richard Geiger Email
Human Resources Mandy Hurr Email
Nutrition Kathy Huck Email
Operations Christopher Belcher Email