Laura Harter has worked in family support services for over 15 years and joined PARTNERS Family Resource Center in July 2018. 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 was a former Executive Director of Child Advocates of Nevada County. As a parent of two daughters, she knows that navigating the demands and challenges of family life brings out strengths as well as doubts. She believes that there is more than one way to parent and reaching out for support and connection is a sign of strength. She loves that each PARTNERS Family Resource Center is a fun and safe place to connect with others while building upon one’s own parenting skills and values.
Laura finds Mr. Roger’s wisdom to be meaningful and useful to both her private and professional life. Mr. Rogers’ statement sums it up well, "As human beings, our job in life is to help people realize how rare and valuable each one of us really is, that each of us has something that no one else has--or ever will have--something inside that is unique to all time. It's our job to encourage each other to discover that uniqueness and to provide ways of developing its expression." Laura believes giving, as well as receiving, kindness creates connection that crosses generations, heals wounds, and creates community.
Laura had the opportunity to live and travel throughout the United States during her childhood, moving from Massachusetts to California, Texas, and Maryland. She returned to Massachusetts to attend Hampshire College, and has spent much of her adult life in Northern California, settling in Nevada County with her husband and two preschool aged daughters in 2000. Laura enjoys painting and drawing and studied art in college, but her passion for early childhood development and education sparked her rewarding career in children and family services. She is honored to be part of the PARTNERS Family Resource Centers.
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.
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.
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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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 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.
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.
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