The Child Advocates Team

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MARINA BERNHEIMER

Executive Director

Child Advocates of Nevada County

Marina has lived and worked in Nevada County for the last 15 years.  She received a Master’s Degree in Social Work (MSW) in 1995 and has been working in support of children and families since that time. Prior to joining Child Advocates of Nevada County, Marina was the Project Director of Nevada County’s successful Safe Schools Healthy Students Initiative.

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LYNDA ROATH

Bookkeeper

Child Advocates of Nevada County

Lynda’s early accounting experience was learned from patient, helpful people and has taught her to be patient and helpful herself.  She enjoys being involved in the day-to-day operations of a business and has become detail oriented and precise with her work. Lynda has a variety of experience with different businesses.

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NIKKI ROBERTSON

Administrative Assistant

Child Advocates of Nevada County

Nikki and her husband retired to Nevada City in 2004 from Southern California where they raised their three children. They were both self-employed in the manufacturing industry for 30 years.  Having always been drawn to children, Nikki felt Child Advocates was the perfect fit for her to give her time as a CASA.  She began her first case in 2012. 
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REBECCA DUFF

Marketing/Events Coordinator

Child Advocates of Nevada County

A lifelong learner, Rebecca is adept at a wide variety of tasks or abilities.  Her creativity, dedication to customer service, organizational skills and adaptability have helped to showcase Child Advocates through advertising, social media, events and print.

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COURT APPOINTED SPECIAL ADVOCATES (CASA)

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MELINDA DOUROS

Program Manager

CASA

Since graduating from Stanford University, Melinda Douros has pursued her interest in mentoring, nurturing, and educating young people. She knows the difference that one caring, committed adult can make in the life of a child and considers it a privilege to work alongside CASA volunteers that bring needed support to children.

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ANNE GRECO

Case Manager

CASA

Anne Greco attended the University of Colorado, Boulder where she earned an Economics degree, and spent several years in the finance industry working in Denver, San Francisco, and Sonoma County.  In 2000, she moved with her husband and two children to Nevada County to expand their horse training and teaching business.

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JANE HOUSTON 

Case Manager

CASA

A background in education and college counseling led Jane to the team at Child Advocates of Nevada County. After earning her Master of Education degree at Southern Oregon University, Ms. Houston worked in public and private education, and opened a college counseling business. She is passionate about supporting Court Appointed Special Advocates in seeking the best interests of abused and neglected children. 

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HEALTHY BABIES

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JOYCE ASH

Program Manager

Healthy Babies

Joyce has been working in human services for over 30 years.  She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Child Development from California State University, Chico. Early in her career as a Social Worker for Child Protective Services, she realized the importance of collaboration with other agencies and of early intervention/prevention and supportive services for families. 

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SUSAN DUFFEY SMITH

Program Supervisor

Healthy Babies - Truckee

Susan has been working with families in various capacities for over 20 years.  She earned her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Romance Languages with a minor in Recreation Administration which included a concentration in Early Childhood Development from the University of Arizona. She enjoys working with community partners, nurturing relationships, and connecting families. 

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KATHY BARALE

Quality Assurance Technician

Healthy Babies

Kathy has a Bachelors of Science degree in Math and has worked in Information Technology for over 40 years.  She has been a computer operator for GEICO Insurance and a computer programmer/analyst for Lockheed Martin Missiles and Space Company before moving to Nevada County and working for the County Information Systems Department.

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DOE GRADY

Home Visitor

Healthy Babies - Nevada City

Doe Grady has a masters degree in child development and over twenty-five years of experience working with young children and their families. Doe was formerly a family advocate for Head Start, a parent co-op preschool teacher, a director of both an infant-toddler and preschool program, as well as an online instructor at Napa Valley College. 

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MONICA L'ETOILE

Home Visitor

Healthy Babies - Nevada City

Monica earned her bachelor's degree in Psychology with a focus in child development and child psychology. She previously worked in daycare facilities and as a caregiver for developmentally delayed adults before starting her career at Child Advocates in 2012 and becoming a working mom.

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AURORA MORTENSON

Bilingual Home Visitor

Healthy Babies - Nevada City

Aurora joined Child Advocates of Nevada County in 2006 as the first bilingual Home Visitor.  Aurora loves being able to help families and connecting them to resources that help them succeed.  She enjoys watching babies develop into toddlers and seeing them experience all aspects of their physical, emotional, and psychological character.

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SUSANNE KEMMER

Home Visitor

Healthy Babies - Nevada City

Susanne earned her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Special Education from Purdue University in 1997 and has been working in support of children and families since that time.  She moved to Nevada County in 2001 and loves to call this area home!  She was a Special Education teacher for several years, a Principal at a Small Private School here in Nevada County and a Director at Big Brothers Big Sisters of Nevada County.

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JILL MEYER

Home Visitor

Healthy Babies - Truckee

Jill has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from Texas Tech University. While earning her degree, she began working with children in an emergency shelter and found her passion for serving families in need.  Since then, she has worked with children and families in various social service settings for 17 years. 

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JOETTE COLLIER

Bilingual Family Assessment Worker

Healthy Babies - Nevada City

Joette is a third generation Nevada County resident and has lived in the area most of her life.  She has also spent some time living in Mexico loving the culture and learning the language. Joette studied human development and nursing in college.  As a longtime resident, Joette has always wanted to continue to make Nevada County a better place to live.

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CHILD SAFETY PUPPETEERS

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LINDA COLLINS

Program Manager

Child Safety Puppeteers

Linda retired from Ready Springs Elementary school, and has been working with the Child Safety Puppeteers program since 2012.  Linda and her husband Dan have been in Nevada County for nearly three decades and have raised two sons here.  They are now enjoying two grandsons, as well. Linda feels fortunate to be able to bring this program to our young students.

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