Welcoming new faces to our Board of Directors


Join us in extending a warm welcome to Gia Rauenhorst, Anita Fineday, and Melody Redbird-Post to our Board of Directors, as they embark on this journey with us, each bringing a wealth of experience in their respective fields.

Gia Rauenhorst rejoins our Board, bringing a passion for improving educational outcomes for children, backed by over a decade of experience in program efficacy within PK-12 education systems. With a Master’s degree in Education from Marymount University and a Bachelor of Business Administration from the University of Notre Dame, Gia has a solid foundation in data analysis and assessment. Her previous work with education-focused consulting firms and school districts underscores her dedication to driving positive change in the lives of students. Learn more about Gia!

Anita Fineday joins our Board, bringing with her a distinguished career dedicated to advocating for children and families, particularly within Indigenous communities. With a Master’s degree in Public Administration from Harvard University and a Juris Doctorate from the University of Colorado School of Law, Anita has served in various capacities, including as Chief Judge for the White Earth Tribal Nation and as Managing Director of the Indian Child Welfare Program for the Casey Family Programs. Her extensive experience in tribal law and policy, coupled with her commitment to equity and engagement enriches our board’s perspectives. Read more about Anita!

Dr. Melody Redbird-Post joins our Program & Impact Committee with a deep understanding of child care and tribal administration. With a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Instructional Leadership and Academic Curriculum from the University of Oklahoma, Melody has led initiatives to strengthen tribal child care programs, including her role as Project Director at Miami Nation Enterprises, Inc. Her diverse background, ranging from early childhood education to project management, equips her to contribute valuable insights to Better Way’s grantmaking.

We are honored to have Gia, Anita, and Melody join our board, and we look forward to leveraging their expertise as we continue our vision of finding better ways to build a future where child well-being contributes to strong families and communities. Please join us in welcoming them!

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