Board of Directors

Board of Directors

Our Team

Jay Resendez – Board Chair

Attorney at Law

Jay Resendez is an accomplished attorney devoted to providing comprehensive and personalized legal services to individuals, businesses, and governmental entities. Prior to starting his own law firm in 2003, Jay served as in house counsel for Bickmore Risk Services where he helped form the Employment Risk Management Authority and was associated with the Sacramento law firm of Hardy Erich Brown & Wilson.

Jay earned his Doctor of Jurisprudence degree from Santa Clara University in 1994. At Santa Clara, Jay was selected as a recipient of the State Bar of California's prestigious Wiley W. Manuel Award for Pro Bono Legal Services. He earned his Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of San Francisco in 1991. Jay is a member of the Trusts and Estates and Labor and Employment sections of the State Bar of California, as well as the Placer County Bar Association.

Jay is a member of the California Association of Workplace Investigators. He is also an active member of the Rotary Club of Roseville. Jay is a former director of the Active 20-30 Club of Sacramento #1 and a former Director of Sacramento Court Appointed Special Advocates.

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Kimberly Menzel – Vice Chair

Chief Operating Officer, Kaiser Roseville Medical Center

Kimberly Menzel is the current Chief Operating Officer for the Kaiser Permanente Roseville Medical Center. She joined Kaiser Permanente in 2009. In her role as the COO, she is responsible for Hospital Operations. She develops strategic goals, objectives, performance standards, policies and procedures in collaboration with the Hospital, medical staff and Area Manager (CEO).

Kimberly received her Bachelors of Science in Nursing from San Jose State University in 1991 and a Masters in Health Care Administration from the University of Phoenix. She is also a Board Certified Nurse Executive through ANCC. She is a member of the Association of California Nurse Leaders and the American Organization of Nurse Executives and the Association of Women’s Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses.

Kimberly began her Nursing Career in 1990 as an Oncology Nurse. Within 3 years she moved into the field of Maternal Child Health where she worked as a Labor and Delivery Nurse before assuming her first leadership position as an Assistant Manager in Labor and Delivery. Her management experience includes Manager of Labor and Delivery, Director of Women’s and Children’s Services, Chief Nurse Executive for Sutter Health, and Chief Nursing Officer at Kaiser Permanente.

Kimberly takes a great deal of pride in her community. She has recent experience as a Board Member for the Boy’s and Girl’s Club and the Salvation Army. In her spare time she enjoys outdoor activities such as hiking and walking the beaches of California. Her greatest love outside of nursing is cooking. She makes a mean Paella. She is married to Mike and has two daughters.

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John Gohagan – Treasurer

CPA, Senior Tax Accountant, CliftonLarsonAllen, LLP,

John Gohagan is a Certified Public Accountant and Senior Tax Accountant with the firm CliftonLarsonAllen, LLP, where he serves clients in a variety of industries, including construction, real estate, manufacturing, non-profit and agriculture. As a tax specialist, John is experienced in complex federal and multistate tax issues.

John graduated from Chico State University with a Bachelor of Science Degree (BS) in Business Administration, with a specialization in Accounting. After graduating, john became a member of the California Society of Certified Public Accountants.

Since starting his family, John has felt a special desire to help children in our community who are less fortunate, and is honored to help fill that need by being be a part of Child Advocates of Placer County.

John’s enthusiasm for board service with Child Advocates centers around assisting with financial matters, developing new marketing strategies, engaging our wonderful volunteers and donors, and exploring legislative issues pertinent to at-risk and foster children.

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Debra Moretton – Secretary

Multi-Family Housing (MFH) Program Specialist – United States Department of Agriculture (USDA)/Rural Development (RD)

Debra is a senior staff member of the USDA RD’s MFH Program.  She primarily works with Developers, receiving MFH program and third party funding, to construct sustainable affordable housing projects for low-income residents of diverse households, including families, elderly, farm workers and migrant workers in CA.  These housing projects build strong communities through resident programs that promote education, health and well-being, financial literacy, community gardens, home ownership and after school activities for children.

In 2015, one of the programs greatest achievements was the development of the Nation’s first Net Zero Energy Certified farm worker family projects in Woodland, CA.  Debra has a strong liaison working relationship with local, state and public finance agencies, developers and affordable housing advocates and participates on panels and interactive platforms to enhance program performance and delivery of affordable housing in rural and other eligible areas.


Debra has over 30 years of federal service with a passion for helping others, previously through the Unites States Small Business Administration’s Disaster Assistance Program, and in her current position.  She received her B.S. from California State University Sacramento in 1984, while working full time and attending evening classes, with a major in Finance.  She has previously served as a former United Way and Make-A-Wish Volunteer, was the former Treasurer on the Executive Board of the CA Small Farm Conference and currently a Volunteer for the Biletnikoff Foundation and Member of the Parrot Head Pirates of the CA Delta, whom donate many hours to local charities, organizations, and philanthropic projects in Northern CA.  Debra has received numerous commendations and recognition for outstanding public service.


Debra resides in Lincoln, CA and has lived in the greater Sacramento area for over 42 years.  She enjoys attending community events that supporting fundraising activities, traveling, sailing, golf, crafting and spending time with her family, friends and her two dogs.

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Elizabeth Axelgard

Owner-President - The Fine Art of Real Estate

Elizabeth Axelgard is the owner of The Fine Art of Real Estate at Keller Williams. She has built a solid reputation in Placer and Sacramento counties as a premier Realtor, consistently producing in the top 1% in both counties.

Ms. Axelgard has been been recognized as one of the most successful women in business in Placer County. She has long-standing and deep ties with many businesses and individuals throughout Placer and Sacramento counties, and looks forward to using those ties to further the mission of Child Advocates.  Elizabeth has volunteered as a mentor within our Youth Mentors program. With her strong background in sales, experience with negotiations and contract development, and her passion for helping others, Elizabeth looks forward to strengthening Child Advocates financially and championing our programs throughout her sphere of influence.

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Josh Johnstone

Corporate Marketing Director - POS PORTAL, INC.

Mr Johnstone has a 14-year pedigree of executive success as a marketing expert, brand consultant, advertising executive, and business growth specialist. He has worked to establish a track record for bringing unexpected results for large-sector growth companies as well as the passion and excitement necessary to superfuel startups and reinvent brands.

To further hone his marketing aptitude, Josh also teaches as an Adjunct Professor for the College of Business Administration at the California State University, Sacramento. His courses on marketing and advertising, dives deeper with a multidisciplinary approach that integrates psychology, sociology, and management communication to understand buyer behavior as applied to marketing and advertising in general.

Having lived in Placer County nearly his entire life, Josh has a strong connection to the area and its people. He states, “I have been fortunate in life and am surrounded most often by children who will never need the services of CAPC. It is largely this recognition of my blessings that drives me towards the desire to take what I have been given leverage it to the benefit of those less fortunate.”

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Karen Kellar

Board Member

Karen Kellar is the Vice President of Clinical Operations for Adventist Health. Her system oversight includes: Patient Experience, Infection Prevention, Regulatory, Clinical Education, Nursing Practice, Clinical Workforce and the AH Nursing Strategies. Before coming to Roseville, she was a CNO and Vice President of Patient Care at Walla Walla General Hospital and Tillamook Regional Medical Center.

Karen holds a nursing degree from Pacific Union College, a BSN in Nursing from Washington State University and a MSN in Nursing Leadership from Southern Indiana University. She is certified in Nursing Executive Practice (CENP) and is a fellow (FACHE) in the American College of Healthcare Executives. She is married to her high school sweetheart, John, and they have two adult children and three grandchildren. Karen is passionate about cycling- both road and mountain biking- and personal health and wellness. Her past community experience has been as a church leader, Kiwanis member, and a community free health clinic board member.

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Art Lyon

President, HomEq Servicing Corporation (Retired)

Mr. Lyon retired from a 30 year career in financial services and public accounting in 2011. He holds a MBA from the University of Texas at Austin and a Bachelors of Science from Texas Tech University. Mr. Lyon has served in various volunteer capacities in Placer County, including Bayside Church ministries, the Boys Scouts of America and Sacramento Valley Teen Challenge. He became a CASA with Child Advocates of Placer County in May 2011 and has a passion for serving fatherless youth and the most vulnerable children in our community. Mr. Lyon has been actively involved in recruiting other men to the CASA\A2Y program.

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Jeanne Mabry

Vice President of Marketing - Mikuni Restaurant Group

Jeanne Mabry has worked in advertising and marketing for over thirty years for a wide range of businesses including B2B, hospitality, and non-profit organizations. As the current vice president of marketing for Mikuni Restaurant Group, Inc., Ms. Mabry manages special events, interactive media, public relations, advertising, and promotions for one of the region’s most popular, award-winning restaurant groups.

Ms. Mabry is an active member on the board of Mikuni Charitable Foundation and has been engaged in the distribution of over a million dollars in charitable contributions throughout the Sacramento region. In addition, she has a long history of volunteerism as a marketing consultant for numerous community organizations, including: Elk Grove Youth Sports Foundation; a fund for providing under-privileged kids the opportunity to play sports, Byers Gymnastics Center in Roseville, Rugby NorCal, and Placer United Soccer Club.

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Doug MacFarlane

Director, Private Wealth Management - Robert W. Baird & Co.

Throughout his 25-year professional career, Mr. MacFarlane has worked with individuals, families, small business and non-profit organizations to deliver comprehensive and innovative solutions to help achieve his clients’ legacy and wealth management goals.

Doug holds a bachelor’s degree in Accounting from San Francisco State University and is designated as an Accredited Asset Management Specialist. In 2012, Doug earned a Certified Private Wealth AdvisorSM designation [CPWA®] from the Investment Management Consultants Association through the University of Chicago Booth School.

Doug is the current board chair for the Biletnikoff Foundation and a board member of Sutter Roseville Medical Foundation, in addition to a committee member for the Girl Scouts Sacred Heart of Central California.  Away from the office, he enjoys spending time with his wife and four children. In addition to many family activities, including Roseville West Little League and Roseville Girls Softball. Doug also enjoys football, golf and travel.

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Mike Murray

Regional Finance Director - Western Region, Union Pacific Railroad

Mike has had a long and distinguished career with Union Pacific Railroad, serving the company for over 30 years in a variety of capacities including Manager of Business Objectives/Strategic Planning, General Director of Chemical Business and Supply teams, and General Director of Real Estate.

In his current role, Murray is responsible for leading and developing business initiatives and investment strategies aimed at increasing the financial performance and ROI for the organization’s western region.

A graduate of Creighton University with a BA in Business Administration and Accounting, Mike received his MBA from Rockhurst College in Kansas City, Missouri.

It was Mike’s experience leading Union Pacific’s cross-functional supply and real estate teams that ignited his passion for coaching multi-functional teams, managing through change and leadership development. He looks forward to utilizing these skills, along with his financial and business expertise in his role as a CASA board member.

A recent transplant from Omaha, Nebraska, Mike enjoys golfing, skiing and taking road trips to watch his son, Brett, play his final season of Division One baseball for the Creighton Blue Jays.

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Don Novey

Attorney, Novey Law Group

Donald P. Novey has more than a decade of experience working with public safety associations and labor unions. Don previously worked for a law firm representing agricultural companies in all aspects of labor and employment matters including: election campaigns under the Agricultural Labor Relations Act, unfair labor practice charges, collective bargaining, OSHA citation appeals and I-9 immigration compliance audits.

Don also worked for the California Statewide Law Enforcement Association (CSLEA), formerly known as California Union of Safety Employees (CAUSE). CSLEA represents approximately 180 different public safety classifications in 42 state departments including: the Department of Justice (DOJ) Special Agents; DOJ Criminalists; State Hospital Police Officers; Department of Motor Vehicle (DMV) Investigators; Fish and Game Wardens; State Park Police Officers; California Highway Patrol (CHP) dispatchers; Alcohol and Beverage Control (ABC) agents; and License and Registration Examiners.

Don joins our board with the goal of increasing awareness throughout Placer County of what we do. He states, "My upbringing exposed me to various civic organizations and the importance of having groups advocate for the under-represented."

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Zach Swithenbank

Real estate Professional - RE/MAX Gold Granite Bay

Zach is a multi-talented guy who is deeply involved in real estate and helping others. Recently he has worked with numerous local charities.

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Friends of CASA Auxiliary Council
Jan Abriani
Barbara Awalt
Elizabeth Axelgard
Shelley Barbier
Jan Caldwell
Katy Carlsen
Sally Coates
Trish Cvetovac
Pam Dear
Julie Fielder
Kelly Fulfer
Darleen Giannini
Glenna Haley
Beth Hoblit
Gloria Johnston
Mary Jane Kelley
Liz Kiener
Lori Nichols
Diana Nyman
Barbara Purdy
Priscilla Richter
Susie Rodgers
Karen Salem
Louise Santana
Erika Scheickert
Mila Spengler
Karen Stafford
Stephanie Toso
Missi van Rennselaer
Nancy Wanta
Diane Williams
Debby Ziegler

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