PARTNERS: People And Resources Together; a Network of Education, Recreation, & Support

Our Family Resource Centers engage and partner with families, educators, and the community to better support children's development, create connections, and increase access to local resources. PARTNERS is a network of Family Resource Centers serving Western Nevada County

Our vision is that families are empowered, resilient, supported, and connected.

For a list of our services, click here.

Program Coordinator

Laura Harter


  Laura Harter has worked in family support services for over 15 years and joined PARTNERS Family Resource Center in July 2018. 

As a parent of two daughters, she knows that family life brings out our strengths as well as doubts.  She loves that PARTNERS Family Resource Centers are fun and safe places for parents to connect with others to build a network of support or find practical help like clothing and computer access.  She encourages parents to call or drop in to learn how we might assist your family and to find out about the many other resources in our community.

Her passion for early childhood development and education has driven her to a career in family support services. She is dedicated to collaborations that support families and children and has worked in Nevada County in various roles at Community Beyond Violence, the Community Support Network, and Child Advocates of Nevada County.  She loves to hike with family and friends and spends free time painting. 

Grass Valley Staff


Karen Wallack-Eisen

 Karen 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.  

Victoria (Viki) Doris

Viki 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. 


Penn Valley Staff


Laurie DeMartini

 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. 

Katie Dyer

Katie is passionate about serving the community and has been since she was a young girl. Her many trips to Mexico serving the community there showed her that she has a desire to see communities flourish. She also has a desire to help families and children succeed. Katie has worked in various capacities serving our local community. She is excited to being serving the community in this new capacity at the resource center.

Outside of work you can find her paddle boarding, snowshoeing, or tending her plants. She hopes to learn how to snowboard next winter. When she’s not outside she likes to read, paint, cook, and watch movies. She is also interested in the zero waste movement and has been striving to live this kind of lifestyle. 


San Juan Ridge Staff


Diana Pasquini

 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.  

Kristin Snell

 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 visitors in a variety of ways. With a background in social justice and social work, she is honored to put her skills and ideas into practice in the community.   


Parenting Educator


Meg Luce

 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. 


Nohemi Mead

Bio coming soon! 


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