Child Advocates Board of Directors
Buzz Crouch President
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.
Reid Luhman Secretary
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. He is also the author of three text books in the field of sociology.
Lindsay Dunckel Treasurer Child Advocates of Nevada County 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.Lindsay is an expert in the local child and family services landscape and brings a demonstrated history of working collaboratively to create community change in Nevada County.Lindsay has served on multiple local boards, including the Healthy Babies Community Advisory Board, County Adult and Family Services Commission, and the Child Abuse Prevention Council of Nevada County.
Rachel Peña Roos
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. Rachel earned her MSW at UC Berkeley’s School of Social Welfare, and her BA in Child Development at Humboldt State University. Rachel lives in Nevada City with her husband and 2 teenaged children. She is very proud to serve on the board of Child Advocates.
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.
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. In past positions, Janet served as Executive Director of the South Yuba River Citizens League (SYRCL) and worked for many small businesses in the Sierra region of California. Janet has has assisted more than 40 agencies throughout Northern California with Strategic Plans, Board Development and Organizational Development processes, including: Western Sierra Medical Clinic, Habitat for Humanity, Nevada County Fire Safe Council, Mountain Valley Child and Family Services (formerly Milhous Boys Ranch), BriarPatch Co-op, Friendship Club, Sierra Harvest, Lassen Volcanic National Park, Center for The Arts, and many more.
Cristine Kelly Child Advocates of Nevada County 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. Cristine brings a wealth of non-profit experience as a consultant and lecturer for the Center for Non-Profit Leadership of the Sierras andincludes serving on the following boards: the Friendship Club, Nevada County Arts Council, Association of California Symphony Orchestras, and Yuba River Charter School Council Board. She has served as an adjudicator for the California Arts Council, is a published author, film producer, and was named an American Graduate Champion for her work in the field of arts education by PBS.
Special Advisors to Board