New Executive Director for Nevada County Children’s Advocates – YubaNet

Nevada City, California– The Child Advocates of Nevada County Board of Directors has selected Nicole McNeely to be its next Executive Director. Child Advocates, which is the umbrella agency for CASA, Healthy Babies and Child Safety Puppeteers, is dedicated to serving and empowering the region’s most vulnerable children and families. Ms. McNeely, most recently executive director of the Nevada County Food Bank, will start her role in mid-October.

“We couldn’t be happier to have found Nicole right here in our own backyard,” said Buzz Crouch, chair of the Child Advocates Board. “She deeply impressed us with her passion for our mission and her concern for the children and families of this region.

McNeely resided in Nevada County for most of his life. She graduated from Nevada Union, Sierra College, and earned a bachelor’s degree from California State University Chico in Early Childhood Education. In her past, she has worked with children in a variety of settings, including special education, personal tutor, children’s entertainment, preschool education, and multi-level classroom instructor. McNeely cares deeply about helping and protecting children. She is strongly committed to ensuring the health and safety of all children in Nevada County.

“I look forward to meeting the staff and learning more about the incredible work each person brings to the organization,” enthused McNeely. “My hope is to foster collaboration, inclusion and passion as we work together to help children in our community.”

McNeely also has a strong background in fundraising, having grown the food bank’s budget to over $1 million and leading this organization through the extraordinary need our community has experienced during COVID.

“Although the majority of our budget comes from state funding for these essential programs, many people are unaware that we still need to fundraise to support our incredible and dedicated staff,” Crouch said. “Nicole has a knack for fundraising and collaboration – two very important skills in the nonprofit sector.”

McNeely will take over from current general manager Marina Bernheimer, who recently moved with her family to the Central Coast. “I look forward to working closely with Nicole to ensure a smooth and seamless transition. I am delighted to leave the organization in his capable and caring hands to continue our work to ensure that children in the region grow up in safe, healthy and loving homes.

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