Our Staff

Kelsey Hash

Kelsey Hash

Executive Teacher

I’m Kelsey Hash and originally from Southern CA. I moved to Montana about 7 years ago to attend Montana State University in Bozeman and fell in love with this place. I graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood and have been working with children in and out of the classroom for about 4 years. I have a strong background in early childhood education, emphasizing in social and emotional development in children ages 0-8 years. I love to be outside hiking, hanging out by a lake, relaxing with friends and drinking coffee.

Kelsey’s Office Hours:

Tuesday – Friday: 8:30am – 10am (or by appointment)

khash@morningstarlearningcenter.com

Anita Pino

Anita Pino

Pre-Kindergarten Lead Teacher

Anita was born and raised in Chile.  She went to school to become an English Teacher where she taught English for several years.  This career brought her to Big Sky in 2008, to continue to improve on her English.  She instantly fell in love with the snow and the small town lifestyle.  After the winter season Anita continued to travel the world and learn from other cultures.  After about 10 years, Anita is back to enjoy the small town lifestyle of Big Sky with her husband and their little one, Raphael.

Renee Carter

Renee Carter

Pre-Kindergarten and Preschool Teacher's Assistant

Renee Carter was born in Cleveland, Ohio.  After she graduated high school she moved to Richmond, Virginia.  She moved from Richmond to Big Sky this past Spring to be near her two daughters.  She has her Bachelor’s Degree in Finance and Insurance.  She worked 12 years as an Underwriter for an Insurance Company.  She continued her education at the University of Richmond in the career switcher program where she completed her Post Baccalaureate Certificate in Applied Studies, Teacher Licensure.  She has had a variety of teaching experiences including Reading Intervention, Federal Programs Preschool, and teaching Kindergarten.  In addition to teaching, Renee enjoys yoga, golf, and her new hobby downhill skiing!  She is so appreciative for the opportunity to live and work here in the beautiful Big Sky community!

Edrina Pico

Edrina Pico

Toddler Lead Teacher

My name is Edrina, I’m 30 years old and have two children.  I have been in childcare for over three years and have experience with children ranging from infants to teenagers.  My family and I have just relocated to Big Sky from Billings and absolutely love the small community.  In my free time I enjoy horseback riding, hiking and fishing with my family.  

edrina@morningstarlearningcenter.com

Mindy Rebholz

Mindy Rebholz

Toddler Two's Lead Teacher

My name is Mindy Rebholz. I am originally from Pontiac, Illinois. I grew up in a small farming community. Growing up I always knew that I wanted to work with children, so after High School I went to get my Degree in Special Education. Ever since college I have been working in day cares and public schools. The last four years I worked in a grade school with 6th,7th and 8th grade special education children. We decided to move out to Montana at the end of the summer when my fiance got a job in Big Sky. I am so thankful for Morningstar for giving me this opportunity to be working in such a great community.

mrebholz@morningstarlearningcenter.com

Brenda Leanos

Brenda Leanos

Infant Assistant Lead & Spanish Teacher

Brenda was born in Chicago, IL.  She has spent most of her life in Mexico and is bilingual in Spanish and English.  She went to school in Chicago and is married with a four-year old son.   She has been living in Big Sky since August 2017.  It is different than what she is used to, but is really loving the change.   Her family relocated for her husband’s job and plans on being here for the next few years.  She is grateful and proud to be a part of Morningstar Learning Center.

Mayra Cruz

Mayra Cruz

Infant Lead Teacher

Angela Marshall

Angela Marshall

Infant Teacher Assistant

Board of Directors

Maren Dunn-Chandler

Maren Dunn-Chandler

President

Maren Dunn Chandler is a family medicine physician and a member of the Big Sky Medical Center medical staff. Dr. Chandler has practiced in Big Sky since 2011. A graduate of Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences, she completed her residency at Idaho State University Family Medicine, then practiced in rural communities in Idaho and Oregon. Dr. Chandler first became involved at Morningstar as a parent and then as a Board Member.  She values the service Morningstar provides to Big Sky’s families and enjoys volunteering on the board as a way to help meet the daycare and early childhood education needs of our community. 

Emilee Rutz

Emilee Rutz

Vice President

Emilee Rutz is a local accountant and business owner. She is devoted to being a positive member of our community and serves on the Young Professionals Chamber of Commerce group as well as the Morningstar Board. She enjoys the outdoors with her family and can be found backpacking, mountain biking, skiing, and hiking when she is not at her desk. 

Elex McAlear

Elex McAlear

Treasurer

I grew up in Twin Bridges, MT and moved to Bozeman to attend Montana State University. I graduated with a business management degree and started my working as manager for National Car Rental. Four years later, I decided to change careers and manager the deli at Wheat Montana in Three Forks, MT. I then started with First Security Bank. In May 2015, I was promoted as Real Estate Lender and moved to Big Sky.  I hope that my education, managerial and banking experience will help me on the Morningstar board.

Stephanie Kissell

Stephanie Kissell

Secretary

I grew up in Washington State and moved to Big Sky with my husband in December 2005. I hold a Bachelor’s Degree in Special Education with an Elementary Education endorsement and a Master’s Degree in Curriculum and Instruction with a Literacy Specialization. I taught elementary grades at Ophir School for eight years before taking time off to raise my children.  I became the Executive Director of Morningstar in 2016, however, I desired to serve MLC in a different capacity after the birth of my son.  Becoming a member of the board seemed a logical way to merge my passion for education with service.  It is my hope that my background as an educator and as former director of MLC will be an asset to this board and to the children and families of Big Sky.

Alanah Griffith

Alanah Griffith

Board Member

I was born while my parents lived in Big Sky, MT, but was raised outside of Bozeman.  I returned to Big Sky a few years ago to join my law firm with another Big Sky attorney and open Griffith & Cummings, PLLC.  My practice focuses primarily on contracts (business, real estate, construction and Owner Association law.) My husband works for the Big Sky School District as the IT director, where our nine year old attends school.  Before leaving Bozeman, I volunteered for and served on the Board of a number of non-profits, including Eagle Mount and Reach, Inc.  I also represent a number of Montana Non-Profits.  I hope that my experience with other non-profits will serve MLC.

Wes Hoeker

Wes Hoeker

Board Member

Wes Hoeker owns and operates Two Pine Properties in Big Sky with his wife, Alex. Wes is an outdoor enthusiast with a commitment to facilitating community partnerships. 

Mackenzie Johnson

Mackenzie Johnson

Board Member

Mackenzie Johnson is the Program Manager for the Big Sky Community Organization and has been successful in building programs, special events and activities from scratch. She possesses a passion for the outdoors, health and wellness. She specializes in youth programming and environmental education and has a professional certificate in Nonprofit Administration. She lives in Big Sky with her husband and infant daughter.

Danielle Miller

Danielle Miller

Board Member

Danielle Miller moved to Montana in 2005 to attend MSU in Bozeman.  Soon after she met her husband, Justin, and moved to Big Sky in 2007.  Just like many locals, she’s worked for several local businesses and in 2015 joined her husband’s business, Big Sky Land Management.  Over the years she’s been part of the Big Sky Chamber, Big Sky Rotary, and volunteered for numerous other organizations and HOAs.  In 2019 she and her husband were blessed with a little girl and now she’s excited to volunteer and be part of the MLC Board.

Kevin Sullivan

Kevin Sullivan

Board Member

Kevin Sullivan, M.D., is a family medicine provider at Big Sky Medical Center. Dr. Sullivan, a Montana native, graduated from the University of Montana, Missoula, Montana, with a bachelor’s degree in biology and received his medical degree from the University of North Dakota School of Medicine and Health Sciences. In 2019 he relocated to Big Sky from Williston, North Dakota, and is excited about getting involved in the Big Sky community by serving on the Morningstar Board.