Leadership

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SHAPING VISION INTO REALITY

Leadership

Our passionate leadership team has a combined 60 years of experience supporting the needs of survivors.

Executive Director

Chelcee Thomas

Chelcee has dedicated her career to supporting social and community issues. She has over 12 years of experience in the nonprofit and public sector, serving in many roles, from providing direct services to senior-level organizational leadership. Before joining Live Violence Free, Chelcee was a director for a local area nonprofit while also providing leadership to regional coalitions and county commissions, including the Tahoe Truckee Child Abuse Prevention Council and Nevada County Adult and Family Services Commission.

Both professionally and personally, she is committed to empowering individuals and communities and ensuring they have the tools and resources to thrive. Chelcee earned her bachelor’s degree in Social Sciences from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo. As an avid learner, Chelcee holds a master’s degree in Sociology from the University of Colorado Denver and is currently a doctoral candidate in Public Administration.

Chelcee was raised in South Lake Tahoe and has deep roots and connections with the community. Her grandparents came to Lake Tahoe in the 1950s, and she is proud to be the third generation in her family to continue to live in Lake Tahoe. Coming from a single-parent household and working-class family, she was instilled with values around advocacy and community support. She is wholeheartedly committed to the community’s well-being and passionate about the vision of Live Violence Free.

Board of Directors

Dr. Mandi Weavil
President

Mandi Weavil, M.D. has been on the board since June 2014 and began serving as the Board President for Live Violence Free in July 2020. Mandi was born and raised in Maryland. She received her Medical Degree from University of Maryland. She completed residency in New York City and fellowship in Palo Alto and then moved to South Lake Tahoe in 2013. She is an OBGYN at Barton Women’s Health and Director of the Obstetrics and Gynecology Department at Barton Memorial Hospital . Her husband, Scott Weavil, runs his own healthcare and small business law firm and they have an adorable daughter, Dottie.

“I wanted to become involved in Live Violence Free after an experience with a patient. I was new in South Lake Tahoe and had just started working for Barton Women’s Health. I had a patient that disclosed to me that she was in an abusive marriage and wanted help, however, she did not want police involvement. I did not know about any resources in our community at that time and a member of my office staff told me about Live Violence Free. I called the hotline and spoke to an advocate who then showed up at my office 10 minutes later to help this patient. She even drove her to the Live Violence Free office where she was set up with legal and housing resources.”

Rebecca Bergner-Baer
Vice President
Rebecca Bergner-Baer has been a board member since October 2015 and began serving as the Board Vice President for Live Violence Free in July 2020. Becky Baer was born in South Lake Tahoe. She left after high school for college at Davidson College and her MPH at the University of California, Berkeley. Becky returned in 2015 after 17 years away. She is married to another Tahoe native, Kent Baer, and has a daughter. She works for UC San Diego and UC San Francisco as an epidemiologist, studying preterm birth and other adverse birth outcomes. Her husband and brother co-own a local diner, Ernie’s Coffee Shop.
Adrian Escobado
Secretary

Adrian Escobado has been a board member since January 2019 and began serving as the Board Secretary for Live Violence Free in July 2020. As a Forest Civil Rights Officer, Adrian helps make the Lake Tahoe Basin more inclusive to visitors and employees. He manages multiple programs to help promote the next generation of environmental stewards. He’s a mentor with the SOS Outreach program and works to help youth gain access to the outdoors. Adrian is also a baseball coach with South Tahoe Little League. He participated in Tahoe Arts Project’s Dancing with the Tahoe Stars, and now provides Latin dance classes at the Tahoe Wellness Co-Op Latin Ballroom Club. But, Adrian’s favorite thing to do outside of work is spend time with his kids.

Sara Anderson
Treasurer

Sara Anderson has been a board member since February 2018. She is currently the Board Treasurer for Live Violence Free. Sara Anderson is a native of Kansas City, MO and has lived in South Lake Tahoe since 2004. Employed by Caesar’s Entertainment since 1997, Sara currently works as the Regional Director of Cashier Operations and Caesar’s Rewards overseeing cash services and the administration of Caesar’s customer loyalty program, Caesar’s Rewards, for Harrah’s and Harvey’s Lake Tahoe and Harrah’s Reno. Sara is a member of the HERO committee at Caesar’s, participating in and helping to plan activities for the company’s community outreach program. Sara lives with her husband, Daniel Anderson, and their son. The family enjoys the Tahoe outdoors and taking road trips to explore our National Parks.

Sherri Acri
Board Member

Sherri Acri has been a board member since May 2010. Prior to that, she was a volunteer for the crisis hotline for many years. Sherri was born in Tucson, AZ. Her father worked for IBM which led the family through many moves across the country, including one to Vienna, Austria where they lived for 2 years. For middle school and high school, Sherri lived in Cupertino, CA. She moved to Lake Tahoe in the 1980s after graduating with a degree in Communication and Psychology from Azusa Pacific University. Sherri volunteers for many organizations in town, including the Red Cross and the Boys and Girls Club where she started a sewing instruction program. Sherri and her husband enjoy the many outdoor activities Tahoe has to offer, including skiing and boating.

Kathleen Brown
Board Member
Kathleen has been a board member since January 2011. Kathleen has been working in accountancy for over two decades and serving Tahoe, Northern California and Northern Nevada for 12 years. She is a federally licensed Enrolled Agent. Kathleen has one daughter, is active in the Soroptimist International Club, and loves to listen to live music.
Cristi Creegan
Board Member
Cristi Creegan has been a board member since May 2010. Mother of two daughters, avid reader, attorney, grammar stickler, Pilates enthusiast, and novice birdwatcher, Cristi has lived in South Lake Tahoe since 1997. Cristi’s professional career has focused on executive-level management of conservation-based nonprofit organizations, including several years as the Associate Director of the Sierra Nevada Alliance and the Managing Director of the California Rangeland Trust. Cristi is a partner in Cowork Tahoe, South Lake Tahoe’s first coworking office space. Her volunteer efforts have focused on children and education in the South Lake Tahoe community: membership on the Board of Directors of Live Violence Free, the South Tahoe Middle School PTA, Tahoe Parents Nursery School, and the Tahoe Valley Elementary PTO. Cristi received her BA from the University of California, Berkeley, and her juris doctorate from the Northwestern School of Law of Lewis & Clark College in Portland, Oregon, with a special degree in environmental law.
Ross Moleworth
Board Member
Ross Molesworth has been a board member since June 2012. Ross has been with the South Lake Tahoe Police Department since 2000. He is one of the department’s most engaged community members and is currently a detective. A father of three sons, Ross is active as a baseball coach and Little League board member. In his spare time, he likes to remodel his house.
Dr. Tracy Protell
Board Member
Tracey Protell, M.D. has been a board member since January 2016. Dr. Protell is a board-certified psychiatrist and provides diagnostic evaluations and treatment recommendations. She is caring and fully committed to her patients and their overall health and wellness.
Dr. Matt Wong
Board Member
Matt Wong, M.A., PsyD., has been a board member since December 2019. Dr. Matt is a licensed clinical psychologist specializing in the assessment of emotional, learning, behavioral, and social challenges in children, adolescents, and adults. Dr. Matt is experienced in providing comprehensive psychological assessments, individual therapy, and group therapy. Dr. Matt is also a frequent presenter on a variety of mental health topics and has a private practice in South Lake Tahoe. He is an avid snowboarder, a fan of sushi, and spent several summers as an alfalfa farmer in Colorado.