Hank Weston – County Supervisor – District 4
William H. “Hank” Weston was elected in 2007 to serve as the District 4 Supervisor for Nevada County. He served for over 45 years with a number of California fire protection agencies. Hank was hired by the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CDF), initially as a seasonal firefighter, and was promoted through the ranks to eventually become CDF Unit Chief of Nevada, Yuba, Placer, Sierra and Sutter Counties. Following 36 years with CDF, Hank served as Fire Chief for Grass Valley City Fire Department from 1997 to 2006. During his career, Hank’s administrative positions have included a wealth of leadership and management duties, and he has been a member and officer of several professional and community organizations. Additionally, Hank holds a lifetime Community College teaching credential and is a retired peace officer with Advanced POST certification. Hank and his wife, Kandy, live in the Lake Wildwood community. Married 41 years, they have two grown daughters.
Holly Hermansen – Nevada County Superintendent of Schools
Holly has been Nevada County Superintendent of Schools since August 2007 when she was appointed by the Board of Education. Prior to that she was the Nevada County SELPA Director for three years and was responsible for distributing state and federal funds for the education of students with disabilities. She has also served as Nevada City School District Interim Superintendent, Special Education Director, and Gold Run School principal. Prior to that Holly was program specialist with the Placer Nevada SELPA. After earning her teaching credential from St. Mary’s College and Masters in Special Education from CSU Hayward, she taught in Contra Costa County from 1986 to 1994. She received her Administrative credential from Sacramento State University and a BS in Administration of Justice from CSU Hayward. Holly has two grown children, Sally and Greg. She and her husband Jon reside in Nevada City.
Laura Abbey Brown, Chair – Executive Director, Excellence in Education Foundation
Laura Abbey Brown has served as the Executive Director for the Tahoe Truckee Excellence in Education Foundation for 10 years. In 2012, Laura led a coalition of public and private agencies to develop a regional plan to address third-grade reading proficiency which resulted in the National Civic League designating the Tahoe Truckee region an All-America City. Prior to her time with Excellence in Education, Laura worked in Marketing for 10 years for both Northstar Resort and Creative Concepts Media. She received her BS from UC Davis in Behavioral Sciences. Outside of work, Laura is busy with her family which includes three young children and her husband Jeff. Laura and Jeff have lived in Truckee for 19 years and are active members of the Tahoe Truckee community.
Michael Heggarty – Director of Health and Human Services
Michael has a BA in Psychology from University of California at Davis, and a MA in Psychology from Radford University. He is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, and for the past 3 years worked as the Director of Behavioral Health for Nevada County, California. Michael has 31 years of experience working in a variety of community mental health settings in California, Tennessee, and Virginia. Before transitioning to mental health administration, Michael was a direct service provider for mentally ill adults, children, and older adults; individuals with developmental disabilities, and individuals with substance abuse disorders. Michael lives with his wife in Nevada City, along with quite a few dogs and cats. He has 2 grown children residing in California.
Rebecca Slade – Behavioral Health Director
Rebecca Slade, LMFT is the Behavioral Health Director for Nevada County. She has been a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist for twenty-two years and has worked for Nevada County Behavioral Health for eight years. Previous to being the Interim Director she worked as the Children’s Program Manager, where she increased services to Nevada County children fourfold. She helped implement Children’s Wraparound, Juvenile Drug Court and increased services to children in the Child Welfare and Probation system. Rebecca was responsible for the community outreach, consensus finding and creation of a number of Prevention programs. She helped to create a Latino Outreach program, the Second Step program in the schools and a Suicide Prevention program. One of her current goals for Behavioral Health is to create a welcoming health care system with easy access for community members.
Rebecca previously worked in Child Welfare in San Diego County for sixteen years. She worked in almost all of the different programs from supervising the Child Abuse Hotline, front end investigations to back end continuing units, including the Indian Specialty unit. She was responsible for starting the Family Group Conferencing unit and therapy program in the receiving home. She worked to create front end family finding and finding local foster homes.
Rebecca is actively involved in Big Brothers Big Sisters and has a grown son who lives in California.