Child Advocates of Nevada County
Services that empower and protect
If you are pregnant or have a newborn, and want to feel more confident and better supported, Healthy Babies may be a good fit for you and your family.
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.
Rose comes to Healthy Babies with a background in Early Childhood Education. Prior to joining Healthy Babies, she was Case Manager for a nonprofit organization supporting families with childcare resources and referrals. She also has several years of experience as a preschool teacher and loved taking part in their growth and development as they began to understand the world around them.
Rose is passionate about making a difference in the lives of children and families, being part of creating a lasting impact in the community. She is dedicated to supporting positive parent-child interactions and healthy child growth and development through the Healthy Babies Program.
Chelsea Bryan is a life-long Nevada County resident. She has been involved in working families as a licensed midwife, birth doula and childbirth education teacher in Nevada County for over a decade and is looking forward to serving families in a new way with Healthy Babies. Her work with birthing families has taken her from Nevada County to Salt Lake City, Vermont, the Texas border, the Plain Community in Lancaster County, PA. and back home again. Chelsea appreciates there are many ways to create a strong family and to connect with children through play, discovery and joy.
Road trips, hot springs and foraging are always on Chelsea’s agenda. As a mother of three adult children, she can almost always find someone willing to go on another adventure with her. Daily walks, early morning coffee, knitting hats, growing tomatoes and making bad jokes are a few of things that make her happy.
Melika recently graduated from the University of California, Irvine in 2020 with her Bachelors of Psychology and Social Behavior. She also obtained four Associate of Art Degrees. She moved from Southern California to Grass Valley during the Corona Virus pandemic to be with her husband and has been working with families since.
Before her time at Child Advocates of Nevada County, Melika was a Case Manager at a Residential Facility in Grass Valley where she managed to get seniors out of homelessness and into permanent housing and facilitated their daily activities to ensure they were having pleasure in their daily life
Danielle Goodfellow was born and raised in Reno, NV. From a young age she knew she wanted to help people. As she grew up, Danielle found her passion in social work. Danielle graduated from the University of Nevada, Reno where she obtained her bachelors in social work. She will continue at UNR to receive her Masters in Social Work. Danielle moved to Truckee, CA in January of 2022, and soon found her dream job at Healthy Babies where she gets to serve families in need. Danielle loves what she does and feels grateful for the work she does everyday.