Disaster Relief in Nevada County

The Nevada County Relief Fund exists to direct vital resources to our most vulnerable neighbors impacted by past, current, and future disasters.

Community Advisory Council (CAC)

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Sherry Bartolucci, Co-Chair

Sherry has lived on her Penn Valley ranch for 25 years. A Political Science graduate from UCLA, Sherry raises and shows champion Morgan horses. She supports dozens of local non-profits and is the former CAO of the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation as well as the former Executive Vice President of Bank of American Corporation.


Leo Granucci, Co-Chair

Leo and his wife Gayle have lived in Nevada County for 22 years. A retired sales and marketing expert, he has served on the boards of The Friendship Club, Center for the Arts, Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital, Hospice of the Foothills, Hospitality House, Nevada County Airport Commission, and Dignity Health Corporation’s Finance Committee. Leo is also a member of Angel Flight as a pilot, a non-profit that flies patients for medical treatment. In his spare time, he enjoys golf and tennis and time with his grandchildren.


Julie Baker

Julie Baker has lived in Nevada City with her husband Richard and three sons for 22 years. Julie opened Julie Baker Fine Art, a contemporary art gallery and was the Executive Director of the Center for the Arts from 2009-2017. Since 2017 she has run Julie Baker Projects, an arts and non-profit consulting firm. The Executive Director of Californians for the Arts, Julie has also served on the boards of the Miner’s Foundry, the Nevada County Arts Council, the Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital Foundation, The Friendship Club,  the tourism advisory council for the ERC and the marketing committee of the GVDA. She currently serves on the board of CHIRP as well as on the Nevada Union high school site council.


John Manocchio

John is a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ professional practicing in Truckee.    John serves on the boards of the Truckee Chamber of Commerce where he is past chair and also on the board of Sierra Senior Services where he has also served as chair.  John and his wife have been in the Truckee region for 25 years and are raising their two boys in Truckee.



Alison Jones-Pomatto

Alison Jones-Pomatto is a former Congressional aide, small business owner, book seller, and professional stage manager.  She has served on the boards of many nonprofits in the environmental, arts, and health fields, most notably, ten years with the Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital Foundation.  Raised in Nevada County, she now splits her time between Nevada City and the Monterey Peninsula where she continues her philanthropic work.

Emily Vitas

Emily is currently the Executive Director of the Truckee Tahoe Workforce Housing Agency and Program Manager for the LibraryUP Campaign to bring a new library to the Truckee-Tahoe region. As a co-founder of the Truckee Roundhouse Community Makespace, current Truckee Chamber of Commerce Board Member, and previous employee of the Tahoe Truckee Community Foundation, Emily is passionate about community involvement and support. She was born and raised in Auburn, CA and has lived in the Truckee region since 2014.

Special thanks to our past CAC members:

Hardy Bullock
Kathleen Eagan

Leadership Team members:

Melinda Booth, Executive Director, South Yuba River Citizens League 

Stacy Caldwell, Executive Director, Tahoe Truckee Community Foundation 

Caleb Dardick, Project Administrator, County of Nevada

Steve Frisch, President, Sierra Business Council

Cristine Kelly, Founder, Fix Creative 

Alison Lehman, CEO, County of Nevada

Kimberly Parker, Executive Director, Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital Foundation

Jennifer Singer, Board President, Center for Nonprofit Leadership; Executive Director, Friendship Club 


Ad hoc Teams members (current and past):

Phebe Bell, Chair; Director of Behavioral Health, County of Nevada

Daniel Belshe, Community Engagement Manager, South Yuba River Citizens League 

Sheila Cameron, Public Communications Contractor, County of Nevada

Rob Choate, Administrative Services Associate, County of Nevada

Robin Davies, Executive Director, Greater Grass Valley Chamber of Commerce 

Cheryl Dell, Member, Nevada County Grand Jury

Jason Fouyer, Nevada County Economic Resource Council

Ann Guerra, Executive Director, Connecting Point 

Julie Hardin, Executive Director, InConcert Sierra

Cassie Hebel, Executive Director, Truckee Downtown Merchants Association

Paul Johnson, Attorney, County of Nevada

Janeille Litton, community volunteer 

Marni Marshall, Executive Director, Grass Valley Downtown Association 

Gil Mathews, Board President, SNMH Foundation 

Shana Maziarz, Co-chair; Co-owner, Three Forks Brewery & Bakery

Lindsey Nielsen, community volunteer 

Aimee Retzler, Executive Director, Sierra Harvest, 

Lynn Saunders, Executive Director, Truckee Chamber of Commerce 

Erika Seward, Co-chair; Executive Director, Bear Yuba Land Trust 

Lang Waters, Vice Chair, Adult & Family Services Commission 

Judith Hill Weld, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist

Cathy Whittlesey, Executive Director, Nevada City Chamber of Commerce

Wendy Willoughby, Director, Center for Nonprofit Leadership  

Taylor Wolfe, PIO, County of Nevada

Kristin York, Vice President, Sierra Business Council


Updated December 15, 2020