Our Board

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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.

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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.  

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Treasurer

Josh Price

Principal, CliftonLarsonAllen LLP

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.

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secretary

Shane Knighton

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

Shane Knighton has over 20 years of experience in the banking and finance industry and currently serves as the SVP of Business and Financial Services for Golden 1 Credit Union. In addition to bringing his considerable financial, accounting, and organizational skills to Child Advocates of Placer County, Shane Knighton and his wife have lived experience with the child welfare system as adoptive parents. He states, “The fostering and adoption experience was extremely impactful to our lives, and we would very much like to support an organization that advocates for the innocent children who find themselves in these difficult situations.” Prior to joining the Child Advocates Board of Directors, Shane served as a volunteer for several non-profit organizations including Working Wardrobes, Orange County Ronald McDonald House, and Boy Scouts of America.

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Board Member

Brandon Contreras

Director, Microsoft Go-To-Market Lead, Commercial, Adobe

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.

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Board Member

Robyn A. Dahlgren

Management Consultant, The Highlands Consulting Group

Ms. Dahlgren holds a Master’s in Public Administration degree from Florida International University and an undergraduate degree from the University of Florida. She has a long career in management consulting with The Highlands Consulting Group, Price Waterhouse (PwC) and EDS over the past 25 years. She specializes in public sector consulting with numerous state and federal agencies including, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), California Office of Emergency Service (CalOES), Caltrans, CalPERS, Child Welfare Data Services (CWDS), California Volunteers, the California Department of Social Services and the California Department of Finance, among others.

Ms. Dahlgren’s consulting expertise is in analysis, planning, facilitation, organizational change management and training. She has provided a wide range of strategic planning, facilitation, training and evaluation consulting services on over 30 federal, state and local government projects. Ms. Dahlgren has extensive experience managing large-scale projects and working closely with executive clients, management and staff.

Ms. Dahlgren currently serves as a Placer County Planning Commissioner representing District 1 and as a Court Appointed Special Advocate with Placer CASA representing children in family court who are in the foster care or juvenile delinquency system. She is a volunteer with the CASA K94Kids program which brings trained therapy dogs to local group homes, emergency shelters, and the Juvenile Detention Facility to offer support for children who have experienced trauma. Ms. Dahlgren also volunteers her time at the Placer County SPCA as a Habitat Hero, training and socializing dogs awaiting adoption. And she is a member of the Placer chapter of 100+ Women Who Care which provides financial support to local non-profit agencies.

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Board Member

Jay Resendez

Owner, Jay Resendez Attorney at Law

Jay Resendez holds a BA from the University of San Francisco and a JD from Santa Clara University. He is an accomplished attorney with expertise in providing counsel in both litigation and transactional matters, specializing in advising small business owners in general business, employment, real estate, and estate planning matters. He has also advised numerous non-profits in their HR and business/governance operations.

Recently, Jay completed a six-year term on our Board of Directors, where he served as Governance Chair and Board Chair. After a one-year hiatus, Jay has returned, bringing a unique perspective and a wealth of experience and knowledge to the Child Advocates of Placer County Board.

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Board Member

Dr. Jacqueline Strinden

Area Quality Leader & Patient Safety Officer – Kaiser Permanente

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

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