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Our People

First 5 Shasta Commissioners and staff are committed to seeing children and families thrive in Shasta County. Meet our people.


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Joe Ayer


Executive Director, Dignity Health Connected Living

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Brian Cole

Vice Chair

Captain, Redding Police Department

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Kathy Barry


Shasta County Board of Education

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Elisabeth Cooper

Physician Assistant

Redding Rancheria's Churn Creek Healthcare

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Tim Garman

Supervisor District 2

Shasta County Board of Supervisors

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James Mu

Health Officer

Shasta County Health and Human Services


Kevin O’Rorke

Associate Superintendent and Shasta College CEO of North State Together

Shasta-Tehama-Trinity Joint Community College District

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Miguel Rodriguez

Director of Adult & Childrens Services

Shasta County Health and Human Services

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Cindy Vogt

Case Manager

California Heritage YouthBuild Academy


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Wendy Dickens

Executive Director

(530) 646-3780 ext. 3783
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Elizabeth Poole

Deputy Director

(530) 646-3780 ext. 3785
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Nicole Brainerd

Fiscal and Contract Analyst

(530) 646-3780 ext. 3781
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Tia Diaz

Administrative Assistant

(530) 646-3780 ext. 3792
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Alexis Duffy

Quality Counts Coordinator

(530) 646-3780 ext. 3788
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Tristen Grantham

Administrative Coordinator

(530) 646-3780 ext. 3787
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Megan Johnson

Program Coordinator

(530) 646-3780 ext. 3786
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Jackie Scott

Grant Coordinator

(530) 646-3780 ext. 3789
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Doug Woodworth

Data and Evaluation Coordinator

(530) 646-3780 ext. 3782

Committee Members

Kathy Barry

First 5 Shasta Commissioner

Brian Cole

First 5 Shasta Commissioner

Kevin O’Rorke

First 5 Shasta Commissioner

AJ Anderson

Redding School District

Beverly Charsha

Shasta College Early Childhood Education Center

Gordon Chatham

Shasta Head Start Executive Director

Brandy Isola

Partnership HealthPlan of California

Nayan Jesrani

Shasta County Health and Human Services Agency, WIC

Tracy Neal

Shasta County Probation Chief

Amy Pendergast

Shasta County HHSA/Public Health

Jennifer Snider

Shasta County Office of Education

Early Childhood Services

Susan Morris Wilson

Community Member

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Make a Difference Where You Live

First 5 Shasta expands the opportunities available for community members to support the efforts to influence positive change in the lives of children ages 0-5.

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