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.

2016 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.

Dena Valin, Ed.D., Secretary
DenaEd.D., is a Nevada County native and returned to her hometown in 2004.  She has 18 years of experience working with nonprofit and educational agencies.  She started her career in educational and child development research in after school programs and youth development.  After moving back to Nevada County, she became the Executive Director of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Nevada County and North Lake Tahoe for over 8 years.  She is currently the Associate Director of The Friendship Club serving girls at-risk ages 11-18.  Dena also serves as a Commissioner on the Nevada County Adult and Family Services Commission.

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.

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.

Wendy Willoughby, Administrator
Charisse France Cronland, Assistant Administrator