Child Advocates of Nevada County
Services that empower and protect
530-265-9550 ext 223
530-265-9550 ext 226
530-265-9550 ext 555
530-265-9550 ext 888
530-265-9550 ext 222
530-265-9550 ext 224
530-265-9550 ext 227
530-265-9550 ext 233
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Quality Assurance Technician
Bilingual Family Assessment Worker (Nevada City)
530-265-9550 ext 235
Home Visitor (Nevada City)
530-265-9550 ext 240
530-265-9550 ext 238
530-265-9550 ext 231
Home Visitor (Truckee)
530-265-9550 ext 304
530-265-9550 ext 237
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 lifelong learner, Rebecca is adept at a wide variety of tasks or abilities. Her unbridled creativity, dedication to customer service, organizational skills and adaptability have helped to showcase Child Advocates through advertising, social media, events and print.
Rebecca’s work with children, whether it be on the stage, in the classroom, on the field, or with Child Advocates, is driven by her desire to provide children with a safe and secure environment for learning, growing, and building self-confidence. Rebecca has lived in Nevada County with her family since 2008 and is a joyful mother of two young boys, Diego and Levi.
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 who have been victims of abuse and neglect.
Melinda and her husband of over 35 years are the parents of five children, some biological and some adopted. Melinda is well acquainted with the challenges of loss and grief in the lives of children, as well as with the hope and joy of healing. She enjoys spending time with her family, including her grandchildren; as well as playing and singing classical music and reading.
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.
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 to resources. As a mother of two daughter born prior to the availability of today’s family resource programs, Susan is passionate about building collaborative relationships that give families access to information and connect families to the community.
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.
Susanne says she feels honored to work at Child Advocates, working with, assisting, and learning from families in Nevada County. She sees the real benefit of working with community partners, nurturing relationships, and connecting families to resources to create a healthy community. Outside of work, she enjoys creating art, hiking, gardening, The YUBA, Sailing, cooking and spending time with family and friends.
Linda retired from Ready Springs Elementary school, and has been working with the Child Safety Puppeteer 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.
With a passion for the Child Safety Puppeteers program, Linda’s goal is to make students feel more comfortable talking about issues and topics that they may otherwise be embarrassed or afraid to talk about. She feels the program is an effective way to engage students, parents, and teachers in conversations about difficult subjects and keeping children safe. Linda feels very fortunate to be able to bring this program to the young students of Nevada County.
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.
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, from CPA and architecture firms to firms to construction and ready-mix companies.
Lynda enjoys working with numbers and solving puzzles and problems. She has recently been learning the value of healthy eating and cooking with exotic spices. She enjoys traveling and learning about other cultures and feels that experiencing different places in person makes learning geography, cuisine, and geology much more interesting.
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.
Nikki started working in the office at Child Advocates in 2014 as an administrative assistant of the CASA program. In 2015, her role was expanded to included working with fundraising development efforts. It is important to Nikki to increase community awareness about the work that Child Advocates does including the details of each Child Advocates program and how they benefit the children of Nevada County.
Nikki enjoys spending time with her family and five grandchildren, as well as working on antique wood boats with her husband in her spare time
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.
Joette’s work has always involved nurturing people, whether it be working in schools with children, in homes with the elderly, or in hospitals with the sick and injured. She was first a Home Visitor with the Foothills Healthy Babies program as is now a Family Assessment Worker.She has a desire to encourage people and supportive relationships, and to highlight one’s strengths and abilities.
Joette has raised four children and is enjoying the fruits of that labor with her five grandchildren. She enjoys time with friends and family, gardening, day tripping, and the beautiful Nevada County outdoors.
Whitney Polk graduated with her Bachelor of Arts in Social Work from Humboldt State University in 2016. Since graduating, Whitney has worked to support Nevada County children and families in a number of roles, including as a social worker for the Nevada County Department of Social Services and as a caseworker and community school liaison for the Nevada County Superintendent of Schools serving foster children and homeless youth. Additionally, Whitney has also worked as a permanency caseworker for Washoe County Child Protective Services.
Whitney enjoys building connections within the community and between agencies and has been on several county-wide projects intended to promote collaboration among service providers. She also has a passion for finding creative ways to improve service delivery for clients and engaging underserved populations.
In her free time, Whitney enjoys outdoor activities such as cross country skiing, mountain biking, hiking, and swimming in many of the area’s beautiful lakes and rivers. She also enjoys volunteering for causes that promote the welfare of children and families, such as serving as a CASA in Placer County or volunteering with the Sacramento County Independent Living program. Most of all, she enjoys spending time with her family, especially her pets.
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.
As a Home Visitor in the Foothills and Truckee Healthy Babies program, Monica enjoys the relationships that develop with the families that she serves while helping them to reach their goals.
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.
Doe enjoys working as a Home Visitor in the Foothills and Truckee Healthy Babies program because it fits her passion to empower families. She believes that the parent is a child’s first and most important teacher and working to strengthen families will help children too succeed.
Doe has three children of her own and one grandchild. In her spare time, she enjoys growing a variety of tomatoes and herbs in her garden, and mountain biking and hiking with her husband and family.
Kathy has a Bachelor 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 of Nevada Information Systems Department. As an Information Systems Analyst, Kathy supported a number of County departments including Social Services, Behavioral Health, Community Development, Elections, Clerk-Recorder, and Sheriff.
Kathy now supports the Foothills and Truckee Healthy Babies program as the Quality Assurance Technician and is responsible for verifying data entered by the program’s Home Visitors. Kathy takes pride in concise and in-depth error reporting to staff, allowing the program to adhere to HFA standards.
Kathy enjoys spending time with her grandsons, as well as gardening, crafting, walking, bowling, and caring for her pets. Kathy has received her preschool associate teacher certificate and is also a certified clinical medical assistant.
Sue joined the Healthy Babies program as the Program Manager in September. She holds a master’s degree in Marriage Family and Child Therapy and a bachelor’s degree in Social Work.
Sue has 30 years’ experience in the social services field in such roles as a social worker, therapist, and program manager. Prior to joining Healthy Babies, Sue worked for the State of California, first as an analyst in the perinatal unit for substance use prevention, and then promoted to manager of grants and contracts in a prevention unit. Additionally, Sue’s background includes experience developing social service programs, supervising clinical and non-clinical programs, successfully completing state and federal level accreditation processes, implementing evidence-based programs, and working with communities and stakeholders to promote healthier lives for families.
Sue enjoys being outdoors in nature, hiking, and is an avid meditator. Her philosophy is whenever possible, take it slow and steady; remember self-care; and spread the joy with a smile for everyone.
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. Anne has worked extensively with troubled horses and racing thoroughbreds, as well as with their riders who strive to understand these sensitive creatures.
Anne began her work in the CASA program in 2012 as a volunteer and served as a CASA for six children between the ages of 6 and 15. She was able to further her role in the CASA program in 2015 when she accepted the CASA Case Manager position. Since that time, Anne’s goal has been to find ways for children to not define themselves by their abuse and neglect, and to secure services to help them navigate the dependency process and to ultimately thrive. Additionally, she is interested in finding ways to improve educational outcomes for foster youth.
Anne continues her work with horses and still serves in a voluntary capacity as a CASA for a teenage girl.