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Frozen Berries

Steve Geiger

Board Chairman

Steve Geiger is a mechanical engineer working in the medical device field where he finds out of the box solutions to difficult problems. His strongest values include family, education and outdoor activity. Steve is thrilled to help improve early learning opportunities in the local community as the Canvas ELC Board Chair.

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Laura Straus


Laura Straus is a professor of literacy education at the University of Montana Western, where she currently serves as the Education Division Chair. She loves to read and write, and teaching students about children’s and young adult literature is one of her favorite pursuits. Laura has always valued community service, and most of her volunteer hours have been spent with arts organizations. Now, as the Secretary for the Board of Canvas ELC, she is delighted to combine her passion for education with service to an outstanding early learning center.


Jamie Cottom


Jamie is the manager at a hemp processing plant.  She has worked in various community and local environmental organizations.  This experience has led her to believe that the best way for children and people to learn is to do- hopefully outside!

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Tyler Forrester

Board Member

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Mary Schoenemann

Board Member

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Estee Aiken

Board Member

Estee has been teaching for more than 20 years.  She has taught in early learning centers, elementary schools, and colleges.  Most recently, Estee has taken a one-year sabbatical from teaching at the University of Montana Western to serve as the lead teacher in the 4-5 year-old classroom at Canvas.  She strives to keep play at the heart of learning and design instruction for the needs of the whole child.  Estee is honored to spend her days working with an amazing community of learners. 

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