Leelanau Montessori Forever Foundation L

Leelanau Montessori Forever Foundation was created to deepen the Roots of the Leelanau Montessori Public School Academy. Our mission, as a Foundation, is to grow funds that will help maintain a sustainable future for the school community by continuing to provide an authentic Montessori education for all families in the Leelanau and Grand Traverse area.

LMFF continues this mission by finding unique and fun ways to raise money. For the last 5 years we have hosted a 5K and Fun Run for the community at large. It has been very successful financially and also making us visible as a school to our community. We host an Evening of Art event yearly that showcases student’s art, and local community art is also available for auction as well as other local experiences. We have some smaller product sales during the year. Wreaths, pies, farmraiser, popcorn sales, Halloween parties and dinners to go are among the fundraising events we have done to help support our mission.

We are committed to the growth and development of Leelanau Montessori. We have wonderful community support. We couldn’t do what we do without that support!

We work hard to keep fresh ideas flowing to help us raise the funds we need to support the school. We are always looking for creative and motivated team members. Anyone interested in joining our team can contact LMFF President, Danu Geraci.



Danu Geraci is a Mom, an RYT-200 Yoga Teacher, a La Leche League Leader, foster dog mom for AC Paw and volunteer at Leelanau Montessori. All three of her children attend or are alumni of Leelanau Montessori. Danu spent the first 5 year of her life in Leelanau County and then spent many summers here until relocating back to Leelanau County with her husband in 2002 where they live with their kids, dogs and a cat. 


Vice President

Sarah is originally from Saginaw, Michigan. She made the move to Leelanau County in 1996 to pursue an education in nursing. She attended Northwestern Michigan College School of Nursing. She has worked at Tendercare of Leelanau as a CNA and as an activities team member. She now is a full-time homemaker and extremely active with The March of Dimes organization, representing the Traverse area as The Ambassador Family of 2011.


Sarah resides in Lake Leelanau with her husband Joshua and their three children. They co-own the VI Grill in Suttons Bay, MI.



Emily was born and raised in the Suttons Bay Area. After moving away for 10 years she returned to the area with her husband, Mark, nine years ago. They live on their family owned farm with their four children, Luella (8), Samuel (6), Amelia (4), and Grace (1). Their oldest three children are enrolled at Leelanau Montessori.Emily graduated from Hope College with her bachelors in Nursing and then Michigan State University with her Masters in Nursing. Her nursing career was focused in oncology. She currently is a homemaker, spending time volunteering at school and at her family's church.



Emily Penning is a wife to AJ, and is a stay at home mom to their children. Their two oldest attend Leelanau Montessori. Before kids, she was a high school social studies teacher. Emily and her family love the Leelanau Montessori community and enjoy their family being a part of it. 



Julie Yoffy has lived in northern Michigan for the last 10 years with her husband and 4 children and there’s no place she’d rather be! Julie graduated from the university of Michigan with a degree in education. She taught middle school science in Southern California for 8 years before having her children.She taught in the lower elementary at Leelanau Montessori for the last 3 years. Julie enjoys anything outdoors and spending time with family and friends.



Natasha Martinson is an Army Veteran, a Mother, and a community business owner. 

Natasha stays busy with farm, work and family activities. Her three youngest attend Leelanau Montessori. She enjoys supporting the school through Leelanau Montessori Forever Foundation. 



Rebekah was born and raised in the Grand Rapids area.  She has since lived in numerous locations, including VA, CT, NY and Naples, Italy, and has visited numerous European countries following her husband Kevin through his military career for the past 16 years.  Rebekah now lives in Leelanau County, with Kevin and their 4 Children Caleb, Analynn, Gabriella and Natalie.  Her 2 youngest children are currently enrolled at Leelanau Montessori.  Rebekah is a full time homemaker.  She enjoys gardening, cooking, knitting, sewing, reading and traveling.  She has thoroughly enjoyed volunteering at the Leelanau Montessori School, and is grateful for the opportunity serve with the Leelanau Montessori Forever Foundation.