Leadership

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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

Sara Anderson
President

Sara Anderson has been a board member since February 2018 and began serving as Board President in July 2021. Sara is a native of Kansas City, MO and has lived in South Lake Tahoe since 2004.  Sara oversaw cashier operations and loyalty marketing programs for over 20 years in the casino industry.  Sara lives with her husband, Daniel Anderson, their son and dog. The family enjoys participating in community service activities, enjoying the Tahoe outdoors, and taking road trips to explore our National Parks.

“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.”

Rebecca Baer
Vice President

Becky Baer has been a board member since October 2015 and began serving as the Board Vice President in July 2019. Becky was born in South Lake Tahoe. She left after high school to attend Davidson College and received her Master’s in Public Health at the University of California, Berkeley. Becky returned in 2014 after 17 years away. She is married to another Tahoe native, Kent Baer, and they have 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.

“Everyone has the right to feel safe. Live Violence Free fills a critical need in our community to work toward that goal. I want to support Live Violence Free’s efforts in any way I can.” 

Jodi Patton
Secretary

Jodi Patton has been a board member since February 2021 and began serving as Board Secretary in July 2021. Jodi has lived in South Lake Tahoe for 25 years and is a mom to four amazing daughters and one granddaughter. Professionally, she is the Director of Health Plan Partnerships for Hazel Health, a school-based telehealth provider, delivering physical and mental health services in 11 states. She holds an MBA from the University of Nevada, Reno, and an MPA from California State University, Northridge. 

“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.”

Sherri Acri
Treasurer

Sherri Acri has been a board member since May 2010 and began serving as Board Treasurer in July 2021. Prior to Sherri’s start on the board, 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.

“After working the crisis line for many years, I joined the board to help support those who are working in direct contact with those in need.”

Jessica Albee
Board Member

Jessica Albee has been a board member since May 2021. Jessica grew up in the coastal town of Pacifica, CA and earned her B.A. from San Francisco State University. After graduation, she traded in the seaside comforts of her childhood for the stunning backdrop of Lake Tahoe. While maintaining the heart of an adventurer, Jessica’s professional efforts focus on building relationships, community engagement, and fundraising. She began her career as a Development Director for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation and San Francisco Zoo. Since moving to South Lake Tahoe, Jessica has deepened her community involvement both professionally and personally as Community Relations and Fund Development Manager for Live Violence Free. Currently, Jessica is the Director of Membership and Member Services for the new development, Tahoe Beach Club in Stateline, NV. She was selected as a participant for the Tahoe Chamber’s Leadership Class 2020 and named a 2020 40 Under 40 Honoree. When not at the Beach Club, you can find Jessica adventuring in the Sierras. From snowboarding to back-country camping, Jessica truly enjoys the one-of-a-kind beauty of Lake Tahoe in every season.

“The dedicated work of Live Violence Free is done with such care when providing victims with resources and support to help strengthen them to become empowered survivors. As a member of this community, I know this work is not easy and needs to be done. It is important for me to be a part of LVF’s Board of Directors to support the agency’s mission and work as it strengthens the whole SLT community every day.”

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.

“I feel connected to this cause and this organization.  I participate on the Board to help make our community safer, and to make the future as bright as possible for my daughter.”

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.

“There is nothing more important than a family. I take every opportunity to support parents, children, and families, and the eleven years I’ve spent on the Board of Directors of Live Violence Free have given me the space in which to do that. I’ve loved being involved in every aspect of LVF, from helping with volunteer projects to participating in the basic needs program and handing out supplies to some of our neediest community members to boring things like reading over budgets to ensure the organization’s fiscal sustainability. Live Violence Free has a crucial role in our community and I’m proud to assist in that role however I can.”

Adrian Escobedo
Board Member

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 spending time with his kids.

“It’s important to me to be a part of a community that is inclusive and supportive of all of their community members. Being involved with the Live Violence Free family allows me to contribute to that inclusiveness as well as advocate for our community members in need.”

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.

“I volunteer on the board of Live Violence Free because I want to effect positive change in our community and the world. I believe in actions, not words. As said by Gandhi, ‘Whatever changes you would like to effect in our society has to begin with you. Be the change you wish to see in the world.'”

Dr. Tracy Protell
Board Member
Tracy Protell, M.D. has been a board member since January 2016. Dr. Protell is a board-certified psychiatrist and pediatrician who works at Barton Memorial Hospital. She is caring and fully committed to her patients and their overall health and wellness. She grew up in Truckee, CA. After college at University of California San Diego, medical school at University of Nevada Reno, and residency training in Pittsburgh, PA, she happily returned to the area in 2012. She enjoys many outdoor sports with her husband who is an Emergency Physician and they have two daughters. 
 
“I volunteer on the board because, as a medical provider in the community, I saw how much LVF did for my patients and what an impactful organization it was. Also, as a resident of Tahoe and a parent of two daughters, I want to do everything I can to ensure we are creating a safe, supportive, and thriving community.”
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.

“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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1st Annual

One Conversation Conference

Live Violence Free Presents the 1st Annual Virtual One Conversation Conference Coming January 2022. Dates Announced Soon.

The conference is focused on trauma & victim services. We encourage clinicians, therapists, social service professionals, victim advocates, educators, and students to attend.

Earn Continuing Education Credits & Register Today!

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