Meet the Team

Team Members

Karen Dillon Gifford

Board President, Marketing and Client Relations Professional

Rick van Adelsberg

Board Vice President, Retired Principal/Educator

Seth Shorett

Board Treasurer, VP, Senior Portfolio Manager, River City Bank

Uday Wagle

Board Secretary, Retired, Chemical Engineer

Alejandro Mencho Molina

Student, San Marin High School

Rosa Velazquez

Student, Novato High School

Aileen McGoldrick

Partner and Operations Manager, Autodesk

Kate Shilvock

Nonprofit Professional

Karen Robertson Strain

Realtor and Partner, Front Porch Realty

Issac Munene

Realtor, Coldwell Banker

Rafelina Maglio

VP, Market Manager, Bank of Marin

Alberto Lopez

Purchasing Supervisor, W. Bradley Electric

Sandra Lara Trejo

Executive Assistant, People & Culture Partner

Cathy Janigian

Financial Marketing Communications Professional

Jim Duckworth

Real Estate Investor and Asset Manager

Jim Correa

Captain, Novato Police Department

Nikki Collins

Human Resources Generalist, Marin Community Foundation

Cheryl Paddack

Chief Executive Officer

Bio

Cheryl Paddack has dedicated her career to advocate for critical causes such as anti-poverty, human services, independence for the visually impaired, energy efficient products and services, and environmental clean-up. She has worked in Marin County since 2001 after emigrating from Canada. For the past 11 years, she has led efforts in North Marin to ensure that under-served populations have access to vital services such as mental health, scholarships for preschool and affordable childcare, youth enrichment programs, a weekly food pantry and access to nutritious food, and rental and employment assistance. Cheryl is currently the Chief Executive Officer of North Marin Community Services, and led the merger efforts between the Novato Youth Center and Novato Human Needs Center. The organization delivers an array of human services to 6,000 people in need per year. Prior to this, she served for nine years as the Executive Director of the Novato Youth Center, seven years with Guide Dogs for the Blind/San Rafael, and in Canada with BC Hydro Power Smart. Cheryl strives for excellence in operations and programs and has received prestigious awards such as the KPIX Jefferson Award/January 2020, Excellence in Leadership 2018/CVNL’s Heart of Marin, Pivotal People, Novato Proud/Sept 2017. Large Business of the Year and Spirit of Marin. She is a strong believer in collaborative relationships and actively serves on public and private sector committees: Nonprofits Insurance Alliance of California, Marin Child Development Directors Collaborative, Healthy Novato Initiative, and Novato Chamber of Commerce Non-Profit Day Moderator since 2010. Cheryl holds a Bachelor of Business Administration, with a double major in Marketing and Economics. She resides in Novato with her family, and is a dual citizen of the U.S. and Canada.

Cheryl Paddack has dedicated her career to advocate for critical causes such as anti-poverty, human services, independence for the visually impaired, energy efficient products and services, and environmental clean-up. She has worked in Marin County since 2001 after emigrating from Canada. For the past 11 years, she has led efforts in North Marin to ensure that under-served populations have access to vital services such as mental health, scholarships for preschool and affordable childcare, youth enrichment programs, a weekly food pantry and access to nutritious food, and rental and employment assistance. Cheryl is currently the Chief Executive Officer of North Marin Community Services, and led the merger efforts between the Novato Youth Center and Novato Human Needs Center. The organization delivers an array of human services to 6,000 people in need per year. Prior to this, she served for nine years as the Executive Director of the Novato Youth Center, seven years with Guide Dogs for the Blind/San Rafael, and in Canada with BC Hydro Power Smart. Cheryl strives for excellence in operations and programs and has received prestigious awards such as the KPIX Jefferson Award/January 2020, Excellence in Leadership 2018/CVNL’s Heart of Marin, Pivotal People, Novato Proud/Sept 2017. Large Business of the Year and Spirit of Marin. She is a strong believer in collaborative relationships and actively serves on public and private sector committees: Nonprofits Insurance Alliance of California, Marin Child Development Directors Collaborative, Healthy Novato Initiative, and Novato Chamber of Commerce Non-Profit Day Moderator since 2010. Cheryl holds a Bachelor of Business Administration, with a double major in Marketing and Economics. She resides in Novato with her family, and is a dual citizen of the U.S. and Canada.

Vanshika Nachnani

Chief Financial Officer

Bio

Vanshika Nachnani has been with North Marin Community Services (NMCS) since January 2018. Prior to NMCS, she was with the Novato Youth Center since September 2009 as the Director of Finance and Administration. She has extensive finance and accounting management experience spanning all accounting oversight. Vanshika is a Financial Leader who enjoys working at both a strategic and hands on level with a very collaborative management style. She brings a wealth of non-profit accounting experience.

Vanshika manages the financial resources of the organization including accounting, organization-wide budgets, investments and interprets accounting reports to management and board. Vanshika directs and oversees a group of functions for the organization that includes finance office functions, human resources, administrative services, information technology and facilities.

Vanshika speaks four languages, certified by the American Council of Teaching Foreign Languages. Vanshika holds a Master’s Degree in Banking and Finance from India. Both her boys attended the Novato Youth Center’s youth development program. Vanshika is passionate about her work here at North Marin Community Services as she believes in empowering and educating youth, adults, and families for a successful future. Vanshika was recently awarded the North Bay Business Journal’s CFO Recognition Award.

Vanshika Nachnani has been with North Marin Community Services (NMCS) since January 2018. Prior to NMCS, she was with the Novato Youth Center since September 2009 as the Director of Finance and Administration. She has extensive finance and accounting management experience spanning all accounting oversight. Vanshika is a Financial Leader who enjoys working at both a strategic and hands on level with a very collaborative management style. She brings a wealth of non-profit accounting experience.

Vanshika manages the financial resources of the organization including accounting, organization-wide budgets, investments and interprets accounting reports to management and board. Vanshika directs and oversees a group of functions for the organization that includes finance office functions, human resources, administrative services, information technology and facilities.

Vanshika speaks four languages, certified by the American Council of Teaching Foreign Languages. Vanshika holds a Master’s Degree in Banking and Finance from India. Both her boys attended the Novato Youth Center’s youth development program. Vanshika is passionate about her work here at North Marin Community Services as she believes in empowering and educating youth, adults, and families for a successful future. Vanshika was recently awarded the North Bay Business Journal’s CFO Recognition Award.

Alaina Cantor, MSW, LCSW

Director of Wellness Programs

Bio

Alaina is a social services professional with over twenty years of experience developing, evaluating and managing programs designed to improve the quality of life of diverse communities. Her administrative skills are uniquely complemented by her therapeutic interventions, effective in helping children and families address issues stemming from complex trauma, mental health disorders and psychosocial stressors.

She holds a master of social work (MSW) and bachelor of arts in social work from CSU Sacramento, where she graduated summa cum laude. Throughout the course of her career, Alaina has helped obtain and manage more than $14.5 million in grants and contracts from the government, as well as private grants and foundations in order to support comprehensive health and social services programs. She received the 2010 Martin Luther King, Jr. Humanitarian Award from the Marin County Human Rights Commission for her work developing a Promotores (community health advocate) program with Berta Campos-Anicetti, MPH and the Novato Youth Center. She returned to North Marin Community Services in October 2019 after working with Kaiser Permanente as a Psychiatric Social Worker and, more recently, with Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHC’s) in the North Bay Area providing psychotherapy to under-served patients while also helping to oversee integrated behavioral health services in an administrative capacity.

Born and raised in Novato, she enjoys exploring the S.F. Bay Area with her husband and two daughters.

Alaina is a social services professional with over twenty years of experience developing, evaluating and managing programs designed to improve the quality of life of diverse communities. Her administrative skills are uniquely complemented by her therapeutic interventions, effective in helping children and families address issues stemming from complex trauma, mental health disorders and psychosocial stressors.

She holds a master of social work (MSW) and bachelor of arts in social work from CSU Sacramento, where she graduated summa cum laude. Throughout the course of her career, Alaina has helped obtain and manage more than $14.5 million in grants and contracts from the government, as well as private grants and foundations in order to support comprehensive health and social services programs. She received the 2010 Martin Luther King, Jr. Humanitarian Award from the Marin County Human Rights Commission for her work developing a Promotores (community health advocate) program with Berta Campos-Anicetti, MPH and the Novato Youth Center. She returned to North Marin Community Services in October 2019 after working with Kaiser Permanente as a Psychiatric Social Worker and, more recently, with Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHC’s) in the North Bay Area providing psychotherapy to under-served patients while also helping to oversee integrated behavioral health services in an administrative capacity.

Born and raised in Novato, she enjoys exploring the S.F. Bay Area with her husband and two daughters.

Paul Russell

Operations Manager

Bio

Paul was born and raised in Novato attending local schools and has distinct memories of meeting his friends at what was then known as the Novato Boys Club. Paul graduated from Marin Catholic High School and received a Bachelor of the Arts from the University of Chicago.  After several years in the outdoor recreation industry, Paul returned to the Bay Area and began a career focused on helping others through non-profits.  Over the last 15 years he has held multiple leadership positions at the Alameda Food Bank and Hand in Hand Parenting, with an emphasis on operations and finance including time as Executive Director at both organizations.  Paul has a record of building capacity and creating programs that improve the client experience while protecting the bottom line. When not working Paul enjoys exploring the outdoors with his three children, preferably on bicycles.

Paul was born and raised in Novato attending local schools and has distinct memories of meeting his friends at what was then known as the Novato Boys Club. Paul graduated from Marin Catholic High School and received a Bachelor of the Arts from the University of Chicago.  After several years in the outdoor recreation industry, Paul returned to the Bay Area and began a career focused on helping others through non-profits.  Over the last 15 years he has held multiple leadership positions at the Alameda Food Bank and Hand in Hand Parenting, with an emphasis on operations and finance including time as Executive Director at both organizations.  Paul has a record of building capacity and creating programs that improve the client experience while protecting the bottom line. When not working Paul enjoys exploring the outdoors with his three children, preferably on bicycles.

Ruthie Reeder

Child Development Program Director

Bio

Ruthie Reeder was born in San Francisco and raised in Novato from kindergarten through high school. She attended Sonoma State University and earned a BA in Spanish with extensive studies in Early Childhood Education (ECE). She worked for the Novato Youth Center as the Novato School Readiness Coordinator for 6 years and was promoted to the position of Child Development Program Manager in 2015. She is currently pursuing a Master’s degree in Education with an emphasis in ECE at Sonoma State University. Ruthie is thrilled to be able to provide the best possible level of education and development to North Marin’s most precious asset, its children.

 

Ruthie Reeder was born in San Francisco and raised in Novato from kindergarten through high school. She attended Sonoma State University and earned a BA in Spanish with extensive studies in Early Childhood Education (ECE). She worked for the Novato Youth Center as the Novato School Readiness Coordinator for 6 years and was promoted to the position of Child Development Program Manager in 2015. She is currently pursuing a Master’s degree in Education with an emphasis in ECE at Sonoma State University. Ruthie is thrilled to be able to provide the best possible level of education and development to North Marin’s most precious asset, its children.

 

Berta Campos-Anicetti, MPH

Latino Services Director

Bio

Berta emigrated to the U.S. from El Salvador when she was 16 years old. She did not speak English and faced the struggles of being a new immigrant. The gifts and challenges of those experiences have informed her work and given her great compassion for the difficulties that are faced by newcomers to this country. She has focused her career and volunteer work on human rights and the health and wellness of immigrants, in particular Latino and low-income communities. As the former Health Education and Promotores Program Director at the Novato Youth Center, she was integral in launching a teen pregnancy prevention program, the Novato Wellness Center and most recently a Promotores Program. She has a Master’s Degree in Public Health from UC-Berkeley and has over 27 years of experience working with Latino and low-income young people and their families.

As an active parent volunteer, Berta has served on the Site Leadership Team and PTA Board at San Ramon Elementary and as a Lynwood parent representative in the Blue Ribbon Coalition and NUSD Gate Advisory and Diversity Committees. Berta was also a steering committee member of United for Safe Schools Novato (USSN), a former Novato Youth Center and School Fuel board member and a current Marin Academy board trustee. She is also an active volunteer docent at the Robert Ferguson Observatory. Berta is a passionate advocate for her community and continues to make a lasting contribution to the community at large. In 2008, she received the Novato Multicultural Commission Rene Lopez Faces of Novato award; In 2009, the Marin County Human Rights Commission Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Humanitarian award; and in 2011, Empowering the Latino Community Leadership Award, North Bay Leadership Council. Her commitment to fostering cross-cultural understanding and building inter personal respect has helped make Novato a better place for us all to live.

 

Berta emigrated to the U.S. from El Salvador when she was 16 years old. She did not speak English and faced the struggles of being a new immigrant. The gifts and challenges of those experiences have informed her work and given her great compassion for the difficulties that are faced by newcomers to this country. She has focused her career and volunteer work on human rights and the health and wellness of immigrants, in particular Latino and low-income communities. As the former Health Education and Promotores Program Director at the Novato Youth Center, she was integral in launching a teen pregnancy prevention program, the Novato Wellness Center and most recently a Promotores Program. She has a Master’s Degree in Public Health from UC-Berkeley and has over 27 years of experience working with Latino and low-income young people and their families.

As an active parent volunteer, Berta has served on the Site Leadership Team and PTA Board at San Ramon Elementary and as a Lynwood parent representative in the Blue Ribbon Coalition and NUSD Gate Advisory and Diversity Committees. Berta was also a steering committee member of United for Safe Schools Novato (USSN), a former Novato Youth Center and School Fuel board member and a current Marin Academy board trustee. She is also an active volunteer docent at the Robert Ferguson Observatory. Berta is a passionate advocate for her community and continues to make a lasting contribution to the community at large. In 2008, she received the Novato Multicultural Commission Rene Lopez Faces of Novato award; In 2009, the Marin County Human Rights Commission Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Humanitarian award; and in 2011, Empowering the Latino Community Leadership Award, North Bay Leadership Council. Her commitment to fostering cross-cultural understanding and building inter personal respect has helped make Novato a better place for us all to live.

 

Stephanie Williams

Director of Development

Bio

Stephanie Williams joined North Marin Community Services as their Development Manager in Sept 2018. Stephanie is an experienced fundraiser that brings donors closer to NMCS’ core work and its positive impact on the children, families and community of Northern Marin. Prior to joining NMCS, she worked as a fundraising consultant and advised clients on best practices to deepen and diversify their funding base. She also taught a suite of fundraising classes at the College of DuPage in Glen Ellyn, IL. Stephanie was the past Director of Annual Giving for the Marine Mammal Center, where she helped grow the annual fund during a successful capital campaign for its current facility. Stephanie holds a Master of Nonprofit Administration from the University of San Francisco, and a Bachelor of Arts from Boston College. She is the author of “Donor Preferences and Charitable Giving”, published in the International Journal of Educational Advancement.

Stephanie serves on the board for Marin Charitable, and is passionate about helping children and families in need. She enjoys fundraising and communicating to donors the power and effect of their investment.

Stephanie Williams joined North Marin Community Services as their Development Manager in Sept 2018. Stephanie is an experienced fundraiser that brings donors closer to NMCS’ core work and its positive impact on the children, families and community of Northern Marin. Prior to joining NMCS, she worked as a fundraising consultant and advised clients on best practices to deepen and diversify their funding base. She also taught a suite of fundraising classes at the College of DuPage in Glen Ellyn, IL. Stephanie was the past Director of Annual Giving for the Marine Mammal Center, where she helped grow the annual fund during a successful capital campaign for its current facility. Stephanie holds a Master of Nonprofit Administration from the University of San Francisco, and a Bachelor of Arts from Boston College. She is the author of “Donor Preferences and Charitable Giving”, published in the International Journal of Educational Advancement.

Stephanie serves on the board for Marin Charitable, and is passionate about helping children and families in need. She enjoys fundraising and communicating to donors the power and effect of their investment.

Chelsea Fenton, AMFT, APCC

Wellness Program Manager

Bio

Chelsea Fenton began as the Wellness Program Manager at NMCS in March 2019. Chelsea a graduate of the University of San Francisco where she obtained her Master’s Degree in Counseling Psychology. She is an Associate Marriage & Family Therapist and Associate Professional Clinical Counselor. Chelsea has experience working with community organizations such as The Institute for the Advancement for Psychotherapy, Family Service Agency of Marin, St. Joseph Memorial Hospice, and most recently, North Marin Community Services in March 2018. She is a Novato native and attended Novato Unified School District schools. In addition to her clinical background, Chelsea brings five years of work experience from a cloud-based reporting company in Novato where she provided training and support as well as data analytics. In her free time, you’ll find her hiking with her Husky-Shepherd dog named Jack.

Chelsea Fenton began as the Wellness Program Manager at NMCS in March 2019. Chelsea a graduate of the University of San Francisco where she obtained her Master’s Degree in Counseling Psychology. She is an Associate Marriage & Family Therapist and Associate Professional Clinical Counselor. Chelsea has experience working with community organizations such as The Institute for the Advancement for Psychotherapy, Family Service Agency of Marin, St. Joseph Memorial Hospice, and most recently, North Marin Community Services in March 2018. She is a Novato native and attended Novato Unified School District schools. In addition to her clinical background, Chelsea brings five years of work experience from a cloud-based reporting company in Novato where she provided training and support as well as data analytics. In her free time, you’ll find her hiking with her Husky-Shepherd dog named Jack.

Liliana Palu

Community Support Services Manager

Bio

Liliana comes to North Marin Community Services with experience in the non-profit sector working with Big Brothers Big Sisters of the North Bay, followed by transitioning into a Staffing Consultant role with AppleOne Employment Agency and experience within Administrative Support. Serving in an array of roles from intake, case management, recruitment, administrative and management, Liliana has been a strong support for the community and organizations.

Graduating from Sonoma State University in 2008 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology, Liliana knew her future roles would involve directly working with the community. Returning to an organization which directly supports youth, adults and families has been a place where she feels most comfortable and passionate. Now, as a mother of 3 young school aged children, Liliana sees the importance of community support for all.

Liliana comes to North Marin Community Services with experience in the non-profit sector working with Big Brothers Big Sisters of the North Bay, followed by transitioning into a Staffing Consultant role with AppleOne Employment Agency and experience within Administrative Support. Serving in an array of roles from intake, case management, recruitment, administrative and management, Liliana has been a strong support for the community and organizations.

Graduating from Sonoma State University in 2008 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology, Liliana knew her future roles would involve directly working with the community. Returning to an organization which directly supports youth, adults and families has been a place where she feels most comfortable and passionate. Now, as a mother of 3 young school aged children, Liliana sees the importance of community support for all.

Isaura Resendiz

Intensive Care Coordination Manager

Bio

Isaura has been with our organization for more than 20 years and has a Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work. She has been working for several years with our Amigos program and for many years with the Thriving Families program, assisting some of our most vulnerable families to strengthen relationships, reduce barriers to care, connect them with critical resources and participate in wraparound team meetings. Her support and effective case management has allowed many families in Marin to overcome personal crisis and family emergencies. These interventions have created family stability reducing the likelihood of child abuse.

While her days are filled with difficult stories of challenging circumstances, Isaura receives each family with an open-heart and her full attention, treating each family or individual with the utmost dignity, compassion and respect.

Isaura has also done contract work for Children & Family Services and in 2015 became certified as a Visitation Supervisor through Marin County’s Superior Court. Isaura lives with her husband and son in Novato.

Isaura has been with our organization for more than 20 years and has a Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work. She has been working for several years with our Amigos program and for many years with the Thriving Families program, assisting some of our most vulnerable families to strengthen relationships, reduce barriers to care, connect them with critical resources and participate in wraparound team meetings. Her support and effective case management has allowed many families in Marin to overcome personal crisis and family emergencies. These interventions have created family stability reducing the likelihood of child abuse.

While her days are filled with difficult stories of challenging circumstances, Isaura receives each family with an open-heart and her full attention, treating each family or individual with the utmost dignity, compassion and respect.

Isaura has also done contract work for Children & Family Services and in 2015 became certified as a Visitation Supervisor through Marin County’s Superior Court. Isaura lives with her husband and son in Novato.

Alaine Kalder

Human Resources Generalist

Bio

Alaine Kalder joined NMCS as the organization’s first HR Generalist in February 2020. Prior to NMCS, Alaine worked in Human Resources at VIP Petcare, with a focus on recruiting, talent management, and employee relations. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from University of Illinois, Chicago and PHRca certification.

Alaine Kalder joined NMCS as the organization’s first HR Generalist in February 2020. Prior to NMCS, Alaine worked in Human Resources at VIP Petcare, with a focus on recruiting, talent management, and employee relations. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from University of Illinois, Chicago and PHRca certification.

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