Lakeland Center Staff
Brandie Freitas - Center Manager
My name is Brandie Freitas. I grew up in Central Oregon. I have always had a love for the outdoors and spend much of my time hiking, camping, and backpacking. I moved to Kansas straight out of High School and began my education in Psychology. I eventually went on and obtained a Masters in Clinical Psychology. I have a diverse experience working with many different people. I worked as a children’s case manager at a community mental health center and focused a lot of my time on treatment plans to help children overcome challenges with mental illness. Additionally, I have experience working as a social worker for department of social and health services in Seattle. Most recently, I worked as a Mental Health Therapist. I enjoyed working with families and working on ways to help families overcome challenges. I have one daughter and a husband. We love going for walks with our two dogs and coming up with family activities to do outside. We enjoy going to the lake, swimming, and exploring the area. We love to try new foods and are always looking for the best burger. I am excited to begin here at MSEHS as Center Manager in Sandpoint.
Karlie Paschall - Child Development/Disabilities Coordinator
Hi, my name is Karlie Paschall, and I am the Child Development/Disabilities Coordinator at Mountain States Early Head Start. My husband and I have been married since we were 18, and we have two children. We both moved to Idaho in 2001. My husband and I enjoy fishing, and playing outdoors with our children. I am really looking forward to my role here at MSEHS. My role includes being a member of the leadership and monitoring teams. I will be providing consultation to families and staff, and identifying and developing educational materials related to pre and post-pregnancy, and children. I will be participating in community collaborations, and providing our staff with training and support. I am grateful and looking forward to the opportunity to work with the wonderful staff and families of MSEHS.
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 4 dogs, gardening, sewing, and spending time with my grandchildren.
Teresa Rains - 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.