Kristen McGrew has been a resident of Nevada County since 1977. She and her husband raised a son and a daughter who went through the Grass Valley School District and Nevada Union High School. After her children left Nevada County, they moved on and successfully graduated from Santa Clara and Gonzaga Universities.
Kristen originally worked as the General Accounting Manager for the Grass Valley Group. She left after the birth of her first child and was a stay-at-home mom for the next 20 years. During that time, she served as a volunteer on a variety of community and church committees, taught Sunday school, volunteered in the classroom and school library, and spent 12 years on school site councils. For two terms, she was a board member of the Grass Valley School District.
Once her children were in college, she returned to work as the School Readiness Coordinator for the Grass Valley School District, under a First 5 grant. After seven years in that capacity, she applied for and was hired as the Countywide Coordinator for the Safe Schools Healthy Students grant, where she currently oversees the four Family Resource Centers in Nevada County. She is currently on the board for the Child Abuse Prevention Council of Western Nevada County and the Childcare Coordinating Council, and has previously served on the boards for the KARE Crisis Nursery and Sierra Nevada Children's Services. Last but not least, she is a Steering Committee member of the Community Support Network of Nevada County.
Kristin Snell has worked in various capacities at the San Juan Ridge Family Resource Center since the spring of 2007 and is currently serving as a Community School Liaison. She facilitates the weekly playgroup, edits the monthly newsletter, maintains the website, and assists families through the Family Stabilization Program. With a background in social justice and social work, she is honored to put her skills and ideas into practice in the community. Kristin is the mother of two boys, whom she enjoys watching grow and play. She also enjoys reading, gardening, yoga, and being outdoors.
Laurie DeMartini was born in Grass Valley, where she has a great love for the community and a commitment to children and their families. Four generations of her family attended the Grass Valley School District, so she’s been honored to spend 20 years working and volunteering there. Prior to having her children, she obtained a Child Development Associate Certificate from the University of Nevada, Reno. Her daughter, Stacey, graduated with a BA in Spanish from Humboldt State University, and her son, Jeremy, is a combined internal medicine/psychiatry resident at UC Davis. Laurie continues to enjoy classes at Sierra College, where she received her Associate of Arts degree in Liberal Arts. She worked at the KARE Crisis Nursery and served as an AmeriCorps Family Advocate for Western Nevada County. Her membership with the Community Support Network of Nevada County has helped her provide warm hand-offs of support to families. On the Board of the Child Abuse Prevention Council of Western Nevada County, she has the opportunity to review local children’s issues and support services. She feels very fortunate to be a Community School Liaison at the PARTNERS Family Resource Centers, following her passion for helping children and their families.
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Meg Luce, MFT is a Marriage and Family Therapist with a private practice in Grass Valley. She enjoys working with adults and couples to help them achieve their goals and deepen their personal satisfaction in their relationships and their lives. As a mother herself, Meg has an appreciation for the tough, but amazing, job of parenting. She finds it very gratifying to work with parents and has done so in a variety of programs such as Baby & Me, Circle of Security Parenting©, and Cooperative Parenting and Divorce. Currently, Meg works with Partners Family Resource Centers as a parent educator for the Triple-P Positive Parenting Program and the Circle of Security Program. She is thrilled to participate in such useful and fun parenting curricula.
Haley Sweet has lived in Nevada County since 2007. She has worked with at risk youth in the community for the past 10 years. Haley graduated from CSU Stanislaus with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Criminal Justice. She and her husband love raising their two kids in the great community of Penn Valley. Haley and her family have a great love for sports and are actively involved on teams in the community. Haley started working for PARTNERS FRC in 2017 and had volunteered at the Penn Valley FRC for two years.
Diana Pasquini was fortunate to have been born into a large, extended Italian-American family, affording her the opportunity to observe and experience the benefits of people working together to care for one another, especially children, whose welfare was the prime focus of an adoring, supportive, and encouraging cadre. As la famiglia helped guide her to a life of service, growing up in the hilly woodlands of western Pennsylvania prepared her for the ruggedly rural lifestyle she has adopted as a resident of California’s San Juan Ridge. As a proud member of this geographically, biologically and culturally diverse foothill community, Diana has worked to preserve a wild and rural quality of life, develop meaningful educational programs, and provide basic services that enhance and enrich the lives of San Juan Ridge residents.
Victoria (Viki) Doris was born and raised in the mile high state of Colorado. She relocated to southern California at the age of 15 and finally settled in Nevada County in 1980. Viki holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Child Development through Sacramento State University and has been working with children and families in this community for the past 23 years. She has been providing quality early childhood experiences in both private and public preschools for children ages 2 through 8 years old, and believes that helping to facilitate age-appropriate social-emotional skills is essential to elementary school success. Her passion for early childhood education led her to create and operate All Because of Children Preschool, which served the community for four years. Through her association with the Non-Violence in the Lives of Children Project, she is an advocate and trainer for peaceful conflict communication for parents, early childhood educators, and children. She believes that children are truly our society's greatest asset and works to educate parents and the community about how to best encourage, support and facilitate developmentally appropriate practices to provide a strong foundation so that our children can become the best they can be. Viki is excited to be a team member for the PARTNERS Family Resource Centers, and is looking forward to the opportunities to expand her ability to be of service to children and families in her community.
Karen Wallack-Eisen has lived in Nevada County since 1988. Once upon a time, she grew up in the village of Neshanic, NJ where the bus was often late to school due to the cattle crossing. She graduated from Rutgers University with a BA in Criminal Justice/Sociology and a minor in Dance, and received an Early Childhood Credential from San Francisco State University. Karen has been working with children and families for over 30 years. She worked as the Adoption Coordinator, and one of the earliest employees, of Sierra Adoption Services (now Sierra Forever Families). She owned and operated Tiny Pines Infant/Toddler Care in her home for 9 years and was the Owner/Director of Tiny Pines Early Learning Center, an infant/toddler/preschool, for 4 years. She is a teacher trainer with the CA Dept. of Education, WestEd Program for Infant/Toddler Caregivers. In that capacity, Karen has provided trainings and support services for childcare providers and parents all over Northern California, including 2 yrs with the Beale AFB Child Development Center. She managed Sierra Dance Institute for 6 years and produced dance performances at the Center for the Arts, including the Nutcracker, WinterDance, and the Starz Show. Karen and her husband live outside Nevada City in the forest and have two grown children. Their daughter is an accomplished dancer and resides in San Francisco (and sometimes Europe). Their son is a recent NUHS graduate and an expert cyclist, having raced for the local Sierra Express Racing Team since he was 11 yrs. old and with the NU Mountain Bike Team for 4 years. Karen is active organizing and producing community events. Most recently she directed and produced the Dance Flash Mob that occurred in Grass Valley for Child Abuse Prevention Month. She thoroughly enjoys her job as Community School Liaison for GV PARTNERS Family Resource Center.
Sephra Engel was born and raised in Honolulu, HI. At 18 she moved to New York and went to college at Marist College in Poughkeepsie, graduating with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Criminal Justice and Psychology. Sephra moved to California in 2015 and joined the PARTNERS FRC family as an AmeriCorps member in the fall of 2016. She is excited to get acclimated to the community and enjoy all that it has to offer.