Our Staff

Stephanie Byam

Stephanie Byam

Executive Director

Stephanie was born and raised in a small New England town, in southern New Hampshire.  Growing up she was actively involved in 4H, showing and volunteering at 4H camps to help educate the youth.  Stephanie received her Bachelor’s Degree in Animal Science from the State University of New York in Cobleskill.  Before venturing out west, she worked as a veterinary technician for 3 years and managed her brother-in law’s restaurant Giorgio’s.  Her love for the outdoors, mountains and of course horses brought her to Elkhorn Ranch here in Big Sky.  She spent a few summers at Elkhorn Ranch working as a wrangler, guiding horseback rides, as well as teaching the youth (and adults) the basic fundamentals of horseback riding.  Stephanie has been in Big Sky for the past few years and loves the small community that we get to call home.

 

Stephanie’s Office Hours:

Monday through Friday: 8:30 am – 10 am or by appointment

sbyam@morningstarlearningcenter.com

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

Michael Quisenberry

Michael Quisenberry

Pre-Kindergarten Lead Teacher

Michael grew up in the humid metropolis of Houston, Texas, where he engaged in Texas’ pastime, high school football. He enjoyed the discipline and comradery that playing the sport taught him. He moved to Big Sky in early 2017 to pursue a life of outdoor adventure, follow a girl, but mainly get away from the Texas heat. He enjoys fostering a curiosity in the students of Morningstar and helping them to find the answers to life with questions like, “What’s inside of worms?” In his spare time, he enjoys hiking, rock hunting, model building and a newly discovered taste for skiing.

mquisenberry@morningstarlearningcenter.com

Anita Pino

Anita Pino

Infant & Pre-Kindergarten Teacher Assistant

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!

Mandi Lewis-Dibble

Mandi Lewis-Dibble

Pre-Kindergarten & Toddler Teacher's Assistant

Mandi  Lewis-Dibble studied Early Childhood Education at Lake Erie College near her home town in Ohio. She has experience as a State Licensed Nursing Assistant and a Home Health Nurse. Mandi spent time as a Wilderness First Responder and Leave No Trace Educator on the Appalachian Trail in the role of a Ridgerunner. She came to us from Lone Peak Playhouse where she was a Teacher and a Cook. Mandi has been a resident of Big Sky since 2015 and spends her leisure time on the mountain hiking or snowboarding.

Danielle Brito

Danielle Brito

Preschool Lead Teacher

Danielle was born and raised in Northern Michigan. Shortly after attending college she joined the federal government. After 10 years of civilian service, she took an early retirement to stay home with her two children now ages 5 and 7. She has spent the last 4 years as a stay-at-home mother and home-school teacher. Her family has moved around and lived in several different states. After visiting Big Sky, she fell in love with Montana and knew it was a place she would call home. She recently relocated to Big Sky and is excited to be a part of the Morningstar Learning Center team.

Brenda "Z" Zuniga

Brenda "Z" Zuniga

Preschool Teacher Assistant

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

Infant 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 Teacher Assistant

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. 

Jennifer Hendrickson

Jennifer Hendrickson

Vice-President

Jennifer has worked in hospitality for over 15 years and is the current Director of Food and Beverage at the Yellowstone Club.  She and her family moved to Big Sky in 2015.  She has served on the MLC Board for one year, and brings with her several years of leadership management as well as financial management for large income businesses.

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 in December 2005. I taught elementary grades at Ophir School for eight years before taking time off to raise my children.  I became involved in Morningstar Learning Center when my daughter turned two years old first as a parent, and eventually as its director.  After my son was born, I desired to serve MLC in a different capacity.  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.

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.

Emilee Rutz

Emilee Rutz

Board Member