SHAPING VISION INTO REALITY
Our passionate leadership team has a combined 60 years of experience supporting the needs of survivors.
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
Cristi Creegan has been a board member since May 2010 and began serving as the Board President for Live Violence Free in February 2021.. 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.
Adrian Escobedo 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 kidse
“I worked on a community outreach committee at my workplace for years, volunteering and fundraising for many different organizations. While I enjoyed doing that, I really wanted to become more involved in one organization in our community. I was familiar with LVF’s mission based on the organization’s prominence in the community, attending LVF events and knowing other board members, so when a spot opened up on the board I thought it was a great opportunity to invest in the community in a different capacity with a non-profit providing invaluable services to its residents.”
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.
“As a resident of South Lake Tahoe for over 25 years, I have always respected and admired LVF’s commitment and presence in the community. LVF has provided empowerment for families in some of the most challenging times and been a true safety net. Serving on the board is an honor and I am looking forward to supporting LVF’s continued growth and presence. I believe in giving back and this is a perfect way to do that.”
Dr. Tracy Protell
Dr. Matt Wong
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.
“As a provider of mental health care in South Lake Tahoe, I often think about how the success of LVF is integral to the health of our community. LVF has a long track-record of providing vital and quality services to vulnerable populations and I was honored to be selected as a part of the LVF Board. In evaluating where to volunteer my time, I chose LVF primarily because I felt that I would be able to contribute to no-cost services that I’m unable to do in my own practice. In addition, another reason I chose to join the LVF Board was to provide a clinician’s perspective to other board members and to be an advocate for clinical services within the agency. I was impressed by the scope and depth of experience already present on the Board when I was considering the position, and after nearly a year-and-a-half as a member, I am continuously heartened by the thoughtfulness and generosity of the other members as well. I am hopeful that I will be able to serve as a long-term Board member and to contribute to the wonderful stewardship the Board strives to give.”
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