The Board of Directors, as the governing body of Tahoe SAFE Alliance, determines the organization’s mission and purpose, assists with developing policies and procedures, and provides proper financial oversight.  They accomplish this by reviewing and evaluating the annual long-term budgets and finances to ascertain that the organization’s funds are managed and expended in a fiscally sound manner while ensuring Tahoe SAFE Alliance has adequate resources.

The board plays a vital role in setting fundraising goals and then engaging in fundraising activities to identify, cultivate and solicit funding sources to support operations and programs.

The board is ultimately responsible for adherence to legal standards and ethical integrity.  They also select and support the Executive Director and define its responsibilities.

Paul Bancroft was appointed Executive Director on November 5, 2016 upon the retirement of Karen S. Carey.  Two years ago, the Board of Directors approved a succession plan, proposed by Carey, to ensure the successful transition of leadership.  Bancroft has been with Tahoe SAFE Alliance since 2009, and most recently served as the Client Service and Prevention Program Director.  The Board of Directors voted unanimously to appoint Bancroft due to his wealth of experience, education, leadership and vision in the field of domestic violence and sexual assault.  Paul also serves on the Board of Directors for the California Partnership to End Domestic Violence.

Tahoe SAFE Alliance Board of Directors for 2016-2017:
(Board Members can serve two 3-year consecutive board terms.)

Melissa Green, President 
(2nd year of 1st term)
Melissa joined the board in 2014. She is currently living in the Lake Tahoe area with her husband and two kids. Melissa attended Oregon State University where she received a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with a concentration in Accounting. Most of Melissa’s accounting career has focused on the non-profit sector which she finds rewarding.  Melissa is an active community member and spend a lot of time volunteering at various organizations in the Tahoe area.

Dianne Miller, Vice President
(1st year of third term)
Dianne has lived at North Lake Tahoe for the past forty years where she raised five children and has owned several businesses. Having witnessed abuse in her own life, she is acutely aware of the positive and effective outcomes that Tahoe SAFE Alliance produces in the local community. After volunteering for many years with Tahoe SAFE Alliance and now serving as a board member, Dianne looks forward to helping create a supportive environment for those in need.

Dennis Walsh, Secretary
(2nd year of 1st term)
dwDennis Walsh is a captain and the station commander of the North Lake Tahoe Division of the Placer County Sheriff’s Office. During Dennis’ 22 years in law enforcement he has worked a variety of assignments in Patrol, Corrections and as a supervising sergeant of the Crimes Against Persons (CAP) investigations unit.

Dennis’ experience as both a first responder and a detective sergeant has reinforced his belief that a multi-disciplinary approach is the most effective way to prevent violence in the home. The services delivered by the members of Tahoe SAFE Alliance form a key component for this multi-disciplinary intervention. Dennis is proud to support the mission and goals of Tahoe SAFE Alliance and looks forward to supporting that mission as a member of the board.

Kathy J. Hughes, Treasurer
(3rd year of first term)
Kathy Hughes June 2015Kathy Hughes is an entrepreneur, business executive, and consultant who, since 1983, has founded and co-founded in excess of 8 national and regional companies providing multiple facility services to highly secure government entities and large commercial projects/customers.  She is currently the CEO & Chairman of the Board of HB Management Group, Inc., a parent company based out of Denver, CO that provides financial, administrative, and functional support to several national LLC’s with annual revenues of $40 million and 2,000+ employees enterprise-wide.

Kathy moved back to Incline Village in the fall of 2012 after spending many years in Denver and Palm Beach, FL.  Her personal quest centers on working for the empowerment of those whom are in need; particularly women, children, and those touched by the disease of addiction.  Her belief that every child deserves a voice so that they can live in a safe, loving, and nurturing environment has fueled her philanthropic drive.  Kathy is certified as a Child Advocate and was involved with Child Advocacy and substance abuse free family programs throughout Palm Beach County, Florida.

In the spring of 2013, Kathy completed the 68-hour Crisis Intervention Training (CIT) by Tahoe SAFE Alliance.  She joined their Board of Directors in the late fall of 2013 and is so excited to be working with such an amazing organization that provides so much hope and courage to so many in our community.

Board Members:

Linda Brinkley, Ph.D.
(3rd year of first term)
BrinkleyLinda has had a long-standing interest in issues affecting the health and well being of families.  She has served on the boards of several non-profits focusing on these causes in the communities in which she has lived over the course of her professional life as a professor and administrator at several universities across the country.

Now, as a resident of the North Tahoe area, she joined the board to provide support to the impressive, dedicated staff and volunteers of Tahoe SAFE Alliance and to be part of the effort to stop family violence in our area. She believes that community involvement not only improves the quality of life for those we serve, but immeasurably enhances the life of the volunteers.

Robert Leri, Ed.D.
(3rd year of first term)
Dr. Leri
Dr. Robert Leri is starting his second year as the Superintendent Chief Learning Officer of the Tahoe Truckee Unified School District. Prior to his appointment in TTUSD, Dr. Leri was the Deputy Superintendent in the Arcadia Unified School District in suburban Los Angeles County. He served several roles during his 16 years in Arcadia including Assistant Superintendent of Educational Services, and the Director of Assessment, Technology, and Information Services. Prior to his move to Arcadia in 1996, Dr. Leri worked in a rural school district in Central California. There he was a high school teacher, taught Kindergarten, and second grade prior to becoming a Teacher/Coordinator for Educational Technology.

Jackie English Byrne 
(2nd year of 1st term)
ByrneJackie spent 25 years in a Marketing career spanning an entry level marketing position at IBM San Francisco to Marketing Director at Starbucks HQ Seattle, where she was responsible for the growth of the hot beverage segment.  Successfully managing growth and profitability for the category, she also launched the first seasonal latte for Starbucks. Jackie earned a BS in Business and an MBA in Marketing.

When their son arrived, Jackie and her husband moved from Seattle back to San Francisco. While in San Francisco, Jackie co-founded a non-profit agency focusing on bringing US occupational therapy practices to international children with disabilities.

Jackie and her family now enjoy living in Lake Tahoe.  They split their time between Incline Village and midtown Reno while their son attends high school.  Jackie is an active supporter in her Reno Tahoe communities.

June Joseph
(1st year of 1st term)
June has enjoyed a career in Marketing & Sales for over 25 years, ranging from her own company ventures, to heading up companies such as VP of Marketing for Corporate Visions and Convergence Health.

June joined the Board in 2016 and is the Co-Chair of the Fundraising Committee. She jumped in this year as a co-host for the annual Tahoe Gal fundraiser, introducing new community members to Tahoe SAFE Alliance and exceeded in reaching the events fundraising goal.

She and her husband have lived in Incline Village for over 22 years and raised their two daughters here.  June is an avid golfer and spends her non-working hours volunteering for other community non-profits, or spending time with her daughters and grand-daughter. She is deeply committed to creating community awareness of how to identify and end domestic abuse and bullying.

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