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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Jan has been with Child Advocates of Nevada County since 2002. She was a Home Visitor for the Healthy Babies program for over five years before becoming the current Program Supervisor. Originally from southern California, Jan has lived in the Grass Valley area since 1979 and is married with two children and two grandchildren.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Jackelin is currently working in the Truckee Healthy Babies office as the family assessment worker and home visitor. Her passion in assisting families was first discovered while working at Tahoe Forest Hospital as a bilingual patient advocate. Her ability to connect and understand coupled with her desire to help the community led her to seek a role where she could have a larger impact.
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.