Advisory Committees

Our Community Guides Our Service

Community members are an integral part of our work, guiding us with their lived experience and on-the-ground insights.

Standing committees meet regularly to advise the First 5 Humboldt Commission on four areas: Fiscal, Evaluation, Early Care and Education, and Parent and Family Support.

The Early Childhood Care and Education Advisory Committee advises the First 5 Humboldt Commission on issues related to the care and education of young children and those that serve them in the early childhood education field.

Our 2020 Strategic Plan states that our organization will build and support a professional workforce with the capacity to provide prevention and early intervention services to young children and their families. To promote that prepared workforce, we provide training and technical assistance opportunities for the early childhood workforce through our IMPACT and other Quality Counts programs.

Community members are invited to apply to join our advisory committees. Click here for application:  ECCE Subcommittee Application Rev 090619

Members

Hyun-Kyung You, Humboldt State University Child Development Department (Commissioner, Co-Chair)

Wendy Hill, College of the Redwoods Child Development Center (Commissioner, Co-Chair)

Nancy Frey, Winzler Children’s Center

Ana Tejeda, Family Childcare Provider

Linda Powell, Family Childcare Provider

Claire Knox, Professor Emeritus, Humboldt State University, Past Commissioner

Sydney Fisher Larson, Professor Emeritus, College of the Redwoods, Past Commissioner

Sharrone Blanck, Humboldt County Office of Education

Star Fishel Mohatt, First 5 Humboldt Staff

Mary Ann Hansen, First 5 Humboldt Staff

Working in the service of Humboldt County families, it is our charge to support programs that are effective in furthering our mission.

The Evaluation Committee is tasked with advising the Commission on the effectiveness of First 5 Humboldt’s work. Working with our Evaluation Consultants, the Committee reviews our evaluation framework, annual data from program surveys, and provides feedback on how we can be most effective in achieving our Strategic Plan goals. The Evaluation Committee is responsible for overseeing annual update of the Evaluation Framework and the annual reporting to First 5 California and the Humboldt County community. The subcommittee ensures implementation of the current First 5 Humboldt Evaluation Policy for the Continuation of Existing Programs. As the world and our county’s experience evolves, we continue to adjust our approach to ensure we are leading the change that helps families be successful.

Community members are invited to apply to join our advisory committees.

Members

  • Lorey Keele, Redwood Community Action Agency (Commissioner, Chair)
  • Claire Knox, HSU
  • Nancy Frost, community member
  • Brian Davis, evaluation consultant
  • Dawn Arledge, California Center for Rural Policy
  • Mark Weller, Westside Community Improvement Association
  • Lori Breyer, Humboldt County Office of Education
  • Kim Puckett, evaluator
  • Maria Vanderhorst, evaluator
  • Dan Berman, First 5 Humboldt staff
  • Mary Ann Hansen, First 5 Humboldt staff

Our Fiscal Committee provides detailed fiscal oversight and makes recommendations to the Commission on fiscal planning, budgeting, expenditures and fiscal policy, as well as matters related to Focus Area 1 of the Strategic Plan: Fiscal Sustainability. The Committee receives reports on the status of the investment plan from the Treasurer for the County of Humboldt. The Committee aligns its work with the current First 5 Humboldt Strategic Plan. The Committee’s work is directed by the current First 5 Humboldt Fiscal and Sustainability Policy.

Community members are invited to apply to join our advisory committees.

Members

  • Nica Meggerson, co-chair
  • Connie Sundberg, co-chair
  • Nancy Frost, community member
  • Jeanne Vidad, community member
  • Mary Ann Hansen, First 5 Humboldt
  • Dan Berman, First 5 Humboldt

The PFS Committee advises the Commission on matters related to Strategic Plan Focus Area 3: Child and Family Well-Being and Focus Area 4: Professional Capacity. These community representatives help us look deeper at our funded programs and partnerships, with a focus on supporting the well-being of young children and their families through prevention and early intervention activities throughout Humboldt. The Committee also advises on building an equitable, developmentally, culturally and trauma-responsive workforce and helping our work prioritize prevention and family strengthening principles.

These community representatives help us look deeper at our funded programs and partnerships, with a focus on supporting the well-being of young children and their families through prevention and early intervention activities throughout Humboldt.

Community members are invited to apply to join our advisory committees.

Members

  • Maya Stewart, Commissioner, committee chair
  • Amanda Bowers, Community Member
  • Leah Lamattina, Humboldt Network of FRCs
  • Hannah Lippe, Care Network
  • Marcelina Mejia de Castillo, Healthy Kids Humboldt
  • Dian Pecora, Community Member
  • Laura Power, First 5 Humboldt consultant
  • Dan Berman, First 5 Humboldt staff
  • Jennifer Mager, First 5 Humboldt staff
  • Mary Ann Hansen, First 5 Humboldt staff

Committees that meet as needed:

The Executive Committee oversees matters that may involve personnel or require timely advice to the Executive Director between Commission meetings. This Committee meets as needed and meetings are noticed at the First 5 Office. Membership of the Executive Committee is limited to First 5 Commissioners and staff. The executive committee is charged to:

  • Be familiar with the by-laws, advise the Commission on amendments to the by-laws and ensure the by-laws are implemented.
  • Advise the Commission and Executive Director on personnel matters, including employment, evaluation, compensation, and discipline of permanent and contracted Commission employees.
  • Advise the Commission and the Executive Director on informing the public about the work of the Commission.
  • Be familiar with the strategic plan, advise the Commission on Strategic Plan Revisions and plan for the annual public hearing on the Strategic Plan
  • Be familiar with the Commission approved polices and resolutions, the Memorandum of Understanding between Humboldt County and the Children and Families Commission of July 25, 2000, the California Children and Families Act of 1998, and the Ordinance approved by the Board of Supervisors for the County of Humboldt establishing the Commission.

Ad Hoc Committees that are formed as need arises and meet for limited terms.

Program Evaluation Team

The Program Evaluation Team is an Ad Hoc Committee that meets once per year in the spring. The Team consists of current and former Commissioners, representatives from each advisory committee, plus the fiscal and administrative staff. The Team reviews annual survey data, site visit reports, and reports from funded programs to review how the programs are working and how they are meeting community needs. We learn from every decision and every program, because doing so allows us to improve the lives of children and their families.