Rochette & Matt Dahler

President & Vice President, Pediatric Brain Foundation

Rochette & Matt Dahler are highly accomplished entrepreneurs, franchisors, and parents of three children. They reside in Springfield Missouri, where Rochette's passion for creating environments for young children to grow and flourish came to life with her creation of Little Sunshine's Playhouse, a nationally branded preschool franchise system. 

Their long-time passion has been to develop cognitive, social, emotional and physical abilities in young children in a way that was not being delivered in the field of Early Childhood Education previously. The work at the Pediatric Brain Foundation is an extension of that passion and dream that all children should be able to grow healthy and enjoy their childhood. They have stepped into their roles as executive board members and advocates for change in pediatric neurology and neuro-oncology with a personal mission; they want to lead the team that identifies breakthrough scientific research for cures.

Nicole Carr

Executive Officer, Pediatric Brain Foundation

Nicole Carr, a franchisor executive, preschool operator and mother of three, serves as an Executive Officer for Pediatric Brain Foundation, where she works as an ambassador to facilitate the partnership between Pediatric Brain Foundation and Little Sunshine’s Playhouse, its dedicated national corporate sponsor. As Little Sunshine’s Playhouse Chief Executive Officer, Nicole is very passionate about early childhood education and shares Rochette and Matt Dahler’s vision that all children should be given the opportunity to enjoy a self-esteem nurtured and healthy childhood.

Nicole is eager to lead Little Sunshine’s Playhouse’s sponsorship of Pediatric Brain Foundation through nationally hosted fundraisers, ongoing local community involvement and focused awareness raising through an extensive network of families nationwide. She is deeply committed to helping fund scientific research to make medical advances in the field of pediatric neurology and neuro-oncology.

Madison Payne

Director of Development

Madison Payne serves as the Director of Development for Pediatric Brain Foundation. Within her role she manages the Foundation's online presence, plans and coordinates all nationally hosted fundraisers, and oversees the family grant application process. Madison began her career with Little Sunshine's Playhouse and Preschool, Pediatric Brain Foundation's founding donor, as a Preschool Teacher. It did not take long for senior leadership to see the value in Madison’s leadership ability and her drive for success. She was promoted to Assistant Director and served in that role until a position became available at the Foundation and she knew she needed to make the career change to the non-profit sector.

Madison realized her passion for children with special needs at a young age, having a nephew with Autism herself and volunteering with Special Olympics for many years. She could not have imagined a better fit for herself than working for Pediatric Brain Foundation, giving children and their families the opportunity for a better life. Madison is highly motivated to raise funds and awareness for families of children with neurological disorders. 

Madison graduated from Missouri State University with her Bachelor's Degree in Hospitality Leadership. She and her husband, Devyn, currently reside locally in Nixa, MO with their four pups! She is extremely excited about the opportunity she has to make an impact on the lives of everyone she meets through the Foundation!