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Administration          CASA          Healthy Babies         Puppeteers 

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Child Advocates Team

Marina Bernheimer                                                      Executive Director
Child Advocates of Nevada County                                      Nevada City
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                                       Nevada City
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                                       Nevada City
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                                                               Event Coordinator
Child Advocates of Nevada County                                      Nevada City
As the coordinator for our annual Children for Children concert, Rebecca has a deep passion for art and music.  Her continuous work with children, whether it be on the stage, in the classroom, or on the field, is driven by her desire to provide children with a safe and secure environment for learning, growing, and building self- confidence.
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CASA

Melinda Douros                                                           Program Manager
CASA                                                                                     Nevada City
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                                                              CASA Case Manager
CASA                                                                                     Nevada City
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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Foothills and Truckee Healthy Babies

Joyce Ash                                                                     Program Manager
Foothills and Truckee Healthy Babies                                    Nevada City
Joyce has been working in human services for over 30 years.  She earned her Bachelor of Art’s 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 prevention and supportive services for families.
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Jan MacDonald                                                          Program Supervisor
Foothills and Truckee Healthy Babies                                    Nevada City
Jan has been with Child Advocates of Nevada County since 2002. She was a Home Visitor for the Foothills and Truckee 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.
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Susan Duffey Smith                                                     Program Supervisor
Foothills and Truckee 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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Kathleen Barale                                            Quality Assurance Technician
Foothills and Truckee Healthy Babies                                     Nevada City
 
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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Mimi Lopez                                                                            Home Visitor
Foothills and Truckee Healthy Babies                                      Nevada City
Mimi Lopez earned a Bachelor’s degree in Education at Humboldt State University in 1995. She taught Second Grade for three years at a private school, was a YMCA summer camp Director, after-school program director and a nanny for 6 years. She raised her daughter as a single parent while attending Humboldt State.
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Doe Grady                                                                             Home Visitor
Foothills and Truckee 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
Foothills and Truckee 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 Mortensen                                                  Bilingual Home Visitor
Foothills and Truckee 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
Foothills and Truckee 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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Vilma Salazar Rivas                                                                Home Visitor
Foothills and Truckee Healthy Babies                                            Truckee

Vilma was born and raised in Reno, NV, and previously worked for the Tahoe Forest Women’s Center in Truckee for six years. As the first in her family to go to college, Vilma is on track to complete her Associate's degree in Administration of Justice in 2018. She also plans to pursue a Bachelor’s degree in Social Work.

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Jill Meyer                                                                              Home Visitor
Foothills and Truckee 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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Beatriz Schaffert                               Bilingual Family Assessment Worker
Foothills and Truckee Healthy Babies                                           Truckee
Beatriz is originally from Mexico City.  Her parents brought her to the United States at a young age with the intention of giving her a bright future. Grateful for her parents’ decision, Beatriz has enjoyed a successful career as an office space design planner, and now has found social work to be the career she loves most.  
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Judith Arellano                                                     Bilingual Home Visitor
Foothills and Truckee Healthy Babies                                          Truckee
Judith Arellano worked as a breastfeeding peer counselor for the Nevada County WIC program as well as for the Family Resource Center of Truckee prior to joining Foothills Truckee Healthy Babies.  During this time, she realized families had many needs in different areas and she wanted to help these families as much as possible but felt limited.
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Joette Collier                                    Bilingual Family Assessment Worker
Foothills and Truckee 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

Linda Collins                                                                  Program Manager
Child Safety Puppeteers                                                         Nevada City
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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