Child Advocates of Nevada County
Services that empower and protect
The Healthy Babies program prevents child abuse and neglect by pairing struggling parents with supportive and knowledgeable home visitors.
Screened, trained, and supervised CASA volunteers are sworn into Nevada County Superior Court as Officers of the Court. They advocate for a child’s needs and the best possible outcomes.
Harnessing the talent and creative energy of high school student volunteers, this program brings a message of personal safety to young children.
Connect with Marina Bernheimer, Executive Director, about fundraising volunteer opportunities.
Connect with Melinda Douros, Program Manager, about volunteering with CASA.
Connect with Sue Van Wazer, Program Manager about the Healthy Babies program.
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 that increased access to mental health services for students, opened three family resource centers with co-located social services, and implemented an evidence-based curriculum in ten school districts to support the social-emotional health of students.
Marina lives in Nevada City with her husband and two children.
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. Jane enjoys spending time with family, listening to music, watching movies, walking, and slaying (almost) all competitors in ping-pong.
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 and includes 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.