CNL is governed by a Board of Directors. Board members are drawn from key leaders from all sectors of the community.

CNL is a registered 501(c)(3) corporation.

2018 Board of Directors

Susie Bavo, Chair

Moving to Nevada City after graduating from Cal Poly, Susie got her start in the nonprofit world through her girls’ schools and Girl Scouts. Now, she brings more than 30 years of local nonprofit experience including serving on the boards of The Friendship Club, Center for the Arts, and Sierra Harvest. She currently serves as a member of The Center for the Arts Advisory Council.

Larry Jostes, Vice Chair

Larry, originally from Colorado, spent 30 years working as an engineer in the petroleum industry. He moved to Nevada City from the Bay Area in 1999 and has since been involved with Search and Rescue, Friends of Hospice, and other volunteer work for Music in the Mountains and the Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital Foundation. He is currently Chairman of the Nevada County Transportation Commission and on the board of the ERC.

Lindsay Dunckel, Treasurer

Lindsay moved to Nevada County with her young family in 2002. As Executive Director of First 5 Nevada County, she interacts with numerous non-profits, including serving on the steering committee of the Community Support Network, the board of the Child Abuse Prevention Council, the community board of 2-1-1 Nevada County, the advisory boards of the Foothills and Truckee Healthy Babies Program and the KARE Crisis Nursery, as well as serving as Chair of the Adult and Family Services Commission.

Scott Beesley

Scott’s first experience in the world of nonprofit management came at the ripe age of sixteen when he was commissioned with running the youth sports department of his local YMCA.  His volunteer time currently goes to SYRCL’s Wild & Scenic Film Festival selection committee, Gold Country Triathlon Club’s athletic development committee, and as Team Lead for Nevada County Sheriff Search & Rescue’s Crisis Intervention Unit. His years of day job experience in tax and financial planning lend well to consulting in the nonprofit sector.  Scott holds a Certified Financial Planner® designation and an economics degree from The University of Michigan.

Julie Hardin

Julie moved from Orange County to Nevada County in 1994, bringing with her a diverse background in hospitality, customer service,  and both restaurant and corporate management. Since 1997, she has been the Executive Director of InConcert Sierra (formerly Twin Cities Concert Association), a non-profit organization that presents world-class classical music performances. She has served on local non-profit boards and committees including the Nevada City School of the Arts Education Foundation, Nevada County Arts Council, Hospice of the Foothills, and Sierra Master Chorale (part of InConcert Sierra). Julie has attended CNL’s workshops and events since its inception and feels strongly about its mission. After serving on the CNL curriculum committee for some time, she was pleased to be asked to join the CNL board.

Dylan Hendricks

Dylan is a Nevada County native who returned home in 2013 after the birth of her son. She previously spent seven years in the Office of Gift Planning at UC Berkeley managing the administration of legally complex gifts. Dylan is an attorney whose practice focuses on charitable advising and estate planning. She is also on the board of the Gold Country Cal Alumni Association, is a member of Soroptimist of the Sierra Foothills, and consults with local not-for-profits on issues ranging from corporate formation to fundraising to governance.

Katie King

Katie King is a futurist, nonprofit consultant, and former educator. She helps organizations understand and influence social change so they can effectively pursue their missions in the future. Current clients include The San Diego Foundation, KnowledgeWorks, and Teach the Future. Previously, she taught middle school English and worked as a Program Manager at The California Endowment. She holds a Master’s degree in Foresight from the University of Houston and a Bachelor’s degree in Journalism from the University of Southern California.

Kimberly Parker

With over thirty years of nonprofit experience, Kimberly Parker, CFRE, is currently Executive Director for Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital Foundation. She has volunteered thousands of hours over the years consulting, teaching workshops, mentoring others, facilitating retreats, and more. Kimberly has served as president of numerous boards, most recently the Economic Resource Council and 49er Rotary Club. A past president of the California Capital’s Association of Fundraising Professionals, Kimberly was honored as their Fundraising Executive of the Year in 2003. Kimberly was a founding CNL Board Member returning once again to serve.

Jennifer Singer

Jennifer Singer, currently the Executive Director, helped co-found The Friendship Club in 1995. Jennifer, a native of Nevada County and graduate of Nevada Union High School, received a degree in Communication from the University of Colorado at Boulder and has studied Nonprofit Administration at the University of San Francisco. Jennifer returns to board service for CNL having served nine years previously on the founding board. She is also a board member and Past President of Sierra Harvest.  She is a graduate of the Nevada County Leadership Institute and became a Certified Fundraising Executive in 2015. Recently on her path of professional development, Jennifer trained to become a certified Gallup Strengths Coach. She is a wife and mother of three young daughters.

Wendy Willoughby, Administrator

Charisse France Cronland, Assistant Administrator