Tahoe Youth & Family Services Board of Directors

 Tahoe Youth Board of Directors selects new board members based on their strengths and commitment to our mission. Board membership is a 3-year term with monthly board meetings the 4th Thursday of every month from 

4 PM – 6 PM. The following is a snapshot of the role of the board:

  • Ensures Tahoe Youth is Fiscally Sound
  • Approves Policies
  • Hires, Evaluates and Terminates the Executive Director & Determines Compensation
  • Gives Financially
  • Participates on Committees
  • Helps with Fundraising

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board of directors

Cheryl Bricker, President Retired Executive Director

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Cheryl Bricker and her husband Cliff have resided in Douglas County for 31 years and raised three children:  Erik, Kristen and Kellyn. Cheryl received  Bachelor of Arts degrees in Sociology and Anthropology from the University of California at Santa Barbara. Her interest in people led her to serving youth and families her entire professional career: Employment Counselor for at-risk youth; Douglas High Counseling  Office helping at risk students achieve education and employment goals; and seventeen years as the Executive Director of the Partnership of Community Resources in Douglas County.  She is a Leadership Douglas County graduate, holds a Nonprofit Management Certificate from UNR Extended Studies and is a Certified Nevada Prevention Specialist. Serving on the Tahoe Youth & Family Board of Directors allows her to fulfill her passion promoting prevention and support services to children and families while enjoying an active retirement with her husband. 

Nancy Barclay, Vice President Retired Spanish Professor

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 Nancy Barclay is recently retired from Lake Tahoe Community College.  She taught Spanish at the college for 20 years and led the World Languages Department.  She also taught Spanish at South Tahoe High School and was a bilingual teacher at Al Tahoe Elementary School.  Nancy has lived in the Tahoe area of California since 1974. Nancy brings her passion for students and mentoring to Tahoe Youth and Family Services. Now that she is retired she wants to continue to support and empower our local youth.  She feels that it is important to give back to her community and embraces the goals and mission of Tahoe Youth and Family Services. 

Jacob Sanford, Treasurer Certified Public Accountant

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 Jake is from the Carson Valley and a graduate of Douglas High (class of 2008). Jake went on from there to pursue a career in the Nevada Army National Guard where he is currently a Company Commander and Captain. Jake received a Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting and English Literature from UNR in May, 2013 and his Master of Accountancy from UNR in August of 2014. He has worked in public accounting for Carson Valley Accounting, Pricewaterhouse Coopers and in industry for the government, non-profits, and government contractors.  

Judy Breza, Secretary Retired Finance Professional

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 I am a 40+ year resident of South Lake Tahoe. Having raised 3 children here, I know first-hand the importance of accessible mental health services to our local youth. I am a retired community college finance/business services professional and have volunteered with several local youth organizations such as Special Olympics and Buddy Werner Youth Ski Organization. I look forward to providing my time, energy and resources toward the future success of TYFS. 

Eder Vazquez, Board Member Certified Healthcare Interpreter

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 Eder Vazquez is originally from Mexico, he has been a long-time resident of South Lake Tahoe, and is well known and respected in the community. Eder is a critical part of the Language Access Service’s Administrative and Interpreting Team at Barton Health, in South Lake Tahoe, CA. He works as a Certified Healthcare Interpreter. In addition, he leads and manages several major programs such as ZipDx; Remote Simultaneous Interpreting Platform, Interpreter Intelligence; On-Line Interpreter Scheduling Program, and 30 plus Video Remote Interpreting Units. He has actively collaborated with the Certification Commission for Healthcare Interpreters as a Subject Matter Expert. He has a particular interest in reducing disparities among people with Limited English Proficiency (LEP) and addresses disparity to access and services in healthcare and social services. His ability to remain calm under pressure is truly unparalleled, and his myriad contributions help make Barton Health a leader in language access. 

Dr. Erin Jones, Board Member Barton Family Medicine

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 Dr. Erin Jones was born and raised in South Lake Tahoe. She returned in 2015 to work as a family medicine physician at Barton Family Medicine, treating patients of all ages. Erin joined Tahoe Youth and Family Services’ Board in 2016, wanting to contribute to the community and offer a medical perspective to the organization. 

Michael Millward, Board Member Attorney

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 Michael G. Millward is an attorney and owner of Millward Law, Ltd., practicing in the Carson Valley.   Michael and his family made the Carson Valley their home in 2008 after accepting a clerkship in Minden with District Court Judge David Gamble.  Michael received a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science from Idaho State University in  of 2005, and his Juris Doctorate from Gonzaga University in May of 2008.  Michael’s practice includes Elder Law, Estate Planning, Probate, Guardianship, Property Law, as well as Bankruptcy and Debt Negotiation.  Michael has a strong desire to help support the development of the next generation in the Carson Valley and South Lake Tahoe area at the most critical portion of their lives.  He sees his membership on the Board of Tahoe Youth and Family Services and his way best contributing his knowledge and expertise to support the organization in meeting its goals. 

Lisa Whear, Board Member Cosmetologist

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 Lisa Whear has lived in Carson Valley for 18 years. She is married and has raised two children with her husband Todd in Carson Valley. Lisa is a permanent cosmetics technician and cosmetologist by trade. Lisa is also an active member of the community and her church. She especially enjoys traveling and spending time with her children, family and friends. Lisa is honored to serve on a board that supports those values she holds dear to her heart in benefit of the community in which she lives.