Lakeland Center Staff
Mari Noonan - Center Assistant
My name is Marian Noonan and I go by Mari. I am the Center Assistant at the Lakeland Center in Rathdrum and also the Culinarian for the Lakeland Center and Coeur D’ Alene Center. My jobs consist of being the administrative person for the Lakeland Center, by taking care of numerous administrative tasks. As the culinarian, I prepare healthy meals and snacks for the families and staff. I enjoy children immensely, especially watching them grow in the program. I originally come from “The Bronx” in New York City. I have served proudly for 20 years in the United States Navy, where I spent most of my career in Europe. I came to Idaho in 1991 for a visit and fell in love with its beauty. When I retired from the Navy, I settled here in Idaho where I live with my fabulous daughter.
Sandra Menegas - Family Consultant
My name is Sandra. I have worked for Early Head Start for almost twenty-one years now. It has been an honor and my passion to work with families in our program. I do weekly visits with participants in their homes and support children in foster care. My role is to support families in parenting and following their lead in getting their children ready for school. We plan activities weekly to support their child’s ongoing development. I also work with pregnant women, offering support in getting ready for their new babies to arrive. I have lived in North Idaho for over twenty years and love being close to the water and mountains. I enjoy being outside, swimming, gardening, and love to cook. I have one grown daughter, my husband, and my two Grand Dogs, Gin and Jameson. Both are Boston terroirs and bring joy into my life.
Valerie Owen - Family Consultant
My name is Valerie Owen. I have been a Family Consultant for MSEHS since 2010. I am one of the wonderful home visitors for our program. I am there to support you as a parent providing information on what to expect and what is next. I have been a certified facilitator for our parenting curriculum, Circle of Security since 2012. I have facilitated this curriculum on home visits and in group settings. I love to learn new things, especially if it can benefit the families I serve. I have a special interest in children with disabilities and ASD. I am a mom of 2 adult children and grandmother to 2 elementary aged girls. I enjoy my 5 dogs, gardening, sewing, and spending time with my grandchildren.
Teresa Rains - Lead Family Consultant
Hello! I have worked at MSEHS for 5 years, first as a playgroup coordinator and then as a family consultant. As a family consultant I enjoy working with different families and helping them to reach their goals. I have worked with children and families for about 18 years. I was born and raised in the Coeur d’Alene area and have lived in Idaho my entire life except for 5 years in Alaska.
Lani West - Family Consultant
My name is Lani West and I have lived in the Northwest for most of my life. I have a wonderful blended family that values our time together. I also value the families that I visit, and I love to see how their relationship becomes stronger through positive connection. Working for Early Head Start has been a wonderful journey and I have grown a lot as a person. I am a facilitator for Circle of Security, and I learn something from it each time I share it with my enrolled families and the community. I believe that a parent/caregiver is the child’s first and most important teacher, and I am here to help support that.