Our Board

Board Chair

Melissa Garner

Vice President, USI Insurance Services

Melissa is the Employee Benefits Manager for both the Rancho Cordova and Stockton USI offices. Along with oversight of the employee benefits support team, Melissa also provides consulting and advisory support to a handful of clients, and works closely with compliance and other internal partner resources for the benefit of our valued- clients and the support teams.

Melissa spent the first 5-years of her insurance career paying life and disability claims, with the remainder of her career working on the insurance brokerage side. Melissa has been with Wells Fargo Insurance Services, now USI for more than 12-years, and in her industry for 30+-years. Melissa earned her B.A. Degree in Business Management from Saint Mary’s College of California, Moraga.

Melissa served on the Board of local non-profit TLCS (now HOPE COOPERATIVE) as both a Board Member and Board Chair for 5+ years, completed many volunteer hours in the community before joining the Placer CASA Board.

Vice Chair

Tracy Whipple

National Accounts Manager, Freddie Mac

Tracy Whipple manages National Accounts for Freddie Mac, a multi trillion-dollar government sponsored enterprise, committed to delivering on its mission to provide liquidity, stability, and affordability to our nation’s housing market. Throughout her 20-year career, Tracy has operated within large, heavily regulated institutions such as Citibank and Freddie Mac, as well as start-up ventures.

Tracy earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Finance from California State University Sacramento.  She holds Accredited Mortgage Professional (AMP) designation with the Mortgage Bankers Association and is Agile certified. Tracy specializes in working directly with executive officers and directors to craft value propositions and innovative solutions to the complex challenges facing the housing industry.

In her free time, Tracy enjoys cooking, reading, scuba diving, archery, and traveling the world with her son. As a member of the Board of Directors, Tracy is honored to leverage her personal experience and skillset to help ensure that the most vulnerable in our community are cared for, and that we make progress in breaking these generational cycles of abuse and poverty.  

Josh Price

Josh Price

Throughout his professional career, Josh has worked with individuals, families, small businesses, and non-profit organizations as a trusted professional advisor over their tax and financial reporting and planning needs.

 Josh holds a bachelor’s degree in Accounting from Sacramento State University and is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) in California, Nevada, and Arizona.

 In addition to serving as the treasurer of Child Advocates of Placer County, Josh also serves on the board for the ARC of Placer County and the Wellness Initiative.  Away from the office, he enjoys spending time with his wife and four children and their many family activities including tennis, wakeboarding, golf, and mountain biking.


Shane Knighton

Senior Vice President, Business and Financial Services Golden 1 Credit Union

Brandon Contreras (2)
Board Member

Brandon Contreras

Brandon Contreras is currently serving as Director, Partner Sales for Adobe. In this role, he is responsible for the Microsoft partnership for Adobe’s Global Commercial Business Segment, cross-selling complementary software solutions that positively impact organizational growth and revenue. Brandon received his Bachelor of Arts Degree from Point Loma Nazarene University in 1994 as well as a Master’s degree in Public Administration with an emphasis in Educational Leadership from Notre Dame de Namur University in 1997.

Brandon’s career pathway started in education serving two years as a middle school and two years as a high school teacher. He served six years as high school vice-principal before beginning a career in technology. Brandon serves his community with pride and passion. In his spare time, he enjoys playing golf and bass guitar for a couple of local jam bands and spending time with his family.

Board Member

Dena Kaufer

Dena has been a Court Appointed Special Advocate (“CASA”) for many years and is a Court Liaison in Placer County for children whose families are making their first court appearance.  As an entrepreneur, she founded a unique chain of mobile hair cutting salons serving high tech campuses. She was the Membership Director for the Sacramento YMCA and worked for many years in the medical device industry.  She bakes for Cakes for Kids, serving foster youth, is a Wish Granter for Make-A-Wish and served as branch president for her local Kiwanis club. She is passionate about working with kids in the foster system and remains in contact with many of her former CASA cases.

Ken Klein
Board Member

Ken Klein

President and CEO of CKM Staffing Inc / Klein and Associates

Ken Klein is a longtime Placer County resident. He is a business owner serving as the President and CEO of CKM Staffing Inc / Klein and Associates, a Placer County-based executive search and staffing firm. Ken is a current member and past State President of California Staffing Professionals and a former member of the Roseville 20-30 Club.

Ken holds a Bachelor’s Degree from San Jose State and was a member of the varsity wrestling team. Ken lives in Lincoln, CA with his wife Ana and two Labradoodles. They have three adult children, one grandchild, and enjoy family/friends activities, photography, tennis and traveling. Ken has spent the last thirteen years as a wrestling coach at Granite Oaks Middle School in Rocklin.

Board Member

Doug McFarlane

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.

Jaci Strinden
Board Member

Dr. Jacqueline Strinden

Dr. Strinden DNP(c), MHA, BSN, RN, LSSBB, CHPQ, CENP has worked in healthcare for the past 20+ years serving in a number of roles including Chief Clinical Officer, Chief Operating Officer, Chief Nursing Officer. Jacqueline is currently the Area Quality Leader and Patient Safety Officer for Kaiser Permanente in Roseville with the responsibility of integrated quality, risk management, hospital accreditation, regulatory, licensing, infection prevention, and the medical staff office.

Throughout her career, Jacqueline has facilitated multiple projects such as initiating and designing the first Medicare Shared Savings Program/Clinically Integrated Network in North Dakota, designing and building of the first divisional Patient Safety Organization and serving as a research liaison to Yale University’s Leadership Institute in a sponsored Mayo Clinic Health Network published research project focused on reduction of myocardial infarction mortality. The opportunity to serve on the Child Advocates of Placer County has been a fulfilling journey, collaborating with exceptional staff and board members dedicated to supporting children and families within Placer County

Doug VO
Board Member

Douglas W. VanOrder

Managing Partner, TierOne Financial and Insurance Services

With 25 years in the Insurance and Wealth Management industry, Doug focuses on working with Closely Held Family Businesses and Professionals with an emphasis on Risk Management, Wealth Management, and Business and Estate Planning.  With a desire to build long-lasting client relationships, a comprehensive approach to planning is at the core of creating goals and accountability to those goals for all clients.    Additionally, through his years of involvement with Leadership and Development, he has been actively involved in developing industry leaders.

Doug holds a bachelor’s degree in Management from California State University, Chico, and is designated as a Certified Family Business Specialist, CFBS, from The American College of Financial Services.  Doug is Past President of NAIFA Northern California and, most recently, served as a Board Member with the Sacramento Chapter of The Positive Coaching Alliance.

Doug lives in Roseville, CA with his wife Kendra and three children.  He enjoys spending time with his family and friends, golfing, cooking on the BBQ, and classic cars.

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