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Board Member since 2015

Buzz was born in Fullerton, California. In 1974 he married Mardi Naythons and they have two sons. Buzz was previously the head waiter at Selaya's restaurant where he met his eventual business partner and friend, Peter Selaya.  Together, Buzz and Peter opened New Moon Cafe in Nevada City in November of 1997 and have been working together now for nearly 30 years.

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Board Member since 2010

Reid Luhman’s career has been entirely within the field of public education. He served as a sociology professor at Eastern Kentucky University for 27 years. Following his retirement, he returned to his native California where he has spent more than a decade working with K-12 education in the areas of educational technology and grant writing.  

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Board Member since 2020

Lindsay Dunckel holds a Ph.D. in Developmental Psychology and is deeply knowledgeable about child development as well as nonprofit best-practices. She is currently working as the Early Learning Coordinator at First 5 Sacramento and formerly served as Executive Director of First 5 Nevada County for 12 years.

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Board Member since 2019

Rachel Peña Roos, LCSW is the Director of Social Services in Nevada County.  She previously worked with Victor Community Support Services, where she has served as Executive Director since 2011. Rachel was with Nevada County Child Protective Services from 1999-2011 as a social worker and program manager. 

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Board Member since 2016

Dan has lived in Lake Wildwood since August, 2006. Dan is a Graduate of Notre Dame and has worked as an Electronics Engineer. Dan is married to Noni and they have two adult children. Dan served on the Child Advocates Board of Directors from 2006 until 2014 and has returned in 2016 to serve on the Board again. Dan has extensive community involvement including Bear Yuba Land Trust, Big Brothers Big Sisters, Interfaith Food Ministry and the annual Nevada County Toy Run. Dan enjoys hiking, golf, skiing and history. 

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Board Member since 2020

Janet Cohen is a skilled leader and facilitator, and an accomplished grant writer.  She has wide-ranging experience working with local non-profits as well as with state and federal partners and stakeholders over the course of decades of service to the environment, alternative energy, and community-building.

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Board Member since 2020

Cristine Kelly is the founder of Fix Creative- a California-based nonprofit management consultancy serving the arts and social sectors– specializing in strategy, communication, revenue enhancement and organizational development. 
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Special Advisors to Board

The Honorable Albert Dover, retired
Julia Amaral                                                                                    
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