Child Advocates of Nevada County
Services that empower and protect
Board Member since 2015
Board Member since 2010
Board Member since 2020
Board Member since 2019
Board Member since 2016
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.
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.
Buzz was Born in Fullerton, California. In 1974 he married Mardi Naythons and they have two sons. Buzz was previously the head waiter at Selaya’s restaurant where he met his eventual business partner and friend, Peter Selaya. Together, Buzz and Peter opened New Moon Cafe in Nevada City in November of 1997 and have been working together now for nearly 30 years.
Feeling a strong connection with the local community, Buzz and Peter believe in supporting local farmers and preparing dishes with only fresh ingredients. Buzz enjoys serving people, and making them feel comfortable, welcome and happy. Buzz supports other local non-profits in addition to Child Advocates of Nevada County and believes in supporting local schools and education. Buzz is also an avid and talented squash player.
Lindsay Dunckel holds a Ph.D. in Developmental Psychology and is deeply knowledgeable about child development as well as nonprofit best-practices. She is currently working as the Early Learning Coordinator at First 5 Sacramento and formerly served as Executive Director of First 5 Nevada County for 12 years.
Lindsay is an expert in the local child and family services landscape and brings a demonstrated history of working collaboratively to create community change in Nevada County. Lindsay has served on multiple local boards, including the Healthy Babies Community Advisory Board, County Adult and Family Services Commission, and the Child Abuse Prevention Council of Nevada County.
Dan has lived in Lake Wildwood since August, 2006. Dan is a Graduate of Notre Dame and has worked as an Electronics Engineer. Dan is married to Noni and they have two adult children. Dan served on the Child Advocates Board of Directors from 2006 until 2014 and has returned in 2016 to serve on the Board again.
Dan has extensive community involvement including Bear Yuba Land Trust, Big Brothers Big Sisters, Interfaith Food Ministry and the annual Nevada County Toy Run. Dan enjoys hiking, golf, skiing and history.
Janet Cohen is a skilled leader and facilitator, and an accomplished grant writer. She has wide-ranging experience working with local non-profits as well as with state and federal partners and stakeholders over the course of decades of service to the environment, alternative energy, and community-building.
In past positions, Janet served as Executive Director of the South Yuba River Citizens League (SYRCL) and worked for many small businesses in the Sierra region of California.
Janet has assisted more than 40 agencies throughout Northern California with Strategic Plans, Board Development, and Organizational Development processes, including Western Sierra Medical Clinic, Habitat for Humanity, Nevada County Fire Safe Council, Mountain Valley Child and Family Services (formerly Milhous Boys Ranch), BriarPatch Co-op, Friendship Club, Sierra Harvest, Lassen Volcanic National Park, Center for The Arts, and many more.
Reid Luhman’s career has been entirely within the field of public education. He served as a sociology professor at Eastern Kentucky University for 27 years. Following his retirement, he returned to his native California where he has spent more than a decade working with K-12 education in the areas of educational technology and grant writing. He is also the author of three text books in the field of sociology.
Rachel Peña Roos, LCSW is the Director of Social Services in Nevada County. She previously worked with Victor Community Support Services, where she has served as Executive Director since 2011. Rachel was with Nevada County Child Protective Services from 1999-2011 as a social worker and program manager. Rachel earned her MSW at UC Berkeley’s School of Social Welfare, and her BA in Child Development at Humboldt State University.
Rachel lives in Nevada City with her husband and 2 teenaged children. She is very proud to serve on the board of Child Advocates.