Our Board of Directors volunteer their time to support the mission of inspiring girls to be strong, smart and bold. They meet the fourth Monday of the month, rotating between the Redding office and a Red Bluff site.
Mandy Trusas is a proud mother of three children, a dental hygienist, and an owner/office manager of a dental practice alongside her husband Dr. Trusas. She has held numerous leadership roles in high school, college and in the work place and she feels very passionate about teaching young girls to be strong, smart and bold. Mandy joined the Girls Inc. NSV board in the spring of 2016 to help young women find their direction in life and achieve their goals.
Mandy enjoys keeping busy and has volunteered in many local organizations throughout the years. She also loves kayaking, yoga,arts and crafts, and spending quality time with her family and friends.
Chris Fazzari has lived in Redding since 2001, when he moved from the Central Coast. He earned a degree in Biology at the University of California, Santa Cruz. Chris currently works as a biologist and Environmental Planner for the State. He is the father of two wonderful daughters. His oldest daughter is a talented illustrator, who just earned her undergraduate degree in the Bay Area. The youngest is a local student about to enter high school.
Chris enjoys volunteering for several local groups and being involved with the north state community. Chris volunteered for Girls Inc. NSV for several years before joining the Board in August of 2015.
Kimberly Ross is a journalist and stay-at-home mom who strives to be “strong, smart and bold” enough to keep up with her own two daughters. She graduated from Chico State, reported for 10 years for the Record Searchlight newspaper, and has also served as managing editor for anewscafe.com. Kimberly is also a member of the Redding Cooperative Preschool. She and her husband Bruce live in Redding with their girls and a small flock of motley chickens.
Lisa Stewart works at Umpqua Bank as a Treasury Management Consultant. She travels all over Northern California for her work, advising the commercial clients of the bank with their cash management needs. She graduated from Chico State in 2002 with a Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies and a Minor in Business Administration. Lisa became a board member in 2015 because of her desire to work with girls in the local community and to help them to grow up strong, smart, and bold.
Lisa and her husband Kasey live in Palo Cedro with their 2 young children and pug. She enjoys all outdoor activites that the North State has to offer, especially snowboarding, water-skiing, and golfing.
Cassandra Hensher was born and raised in the remote Northern California town of Forks of Salmon. She is a member of the Karuk Tribe and an archaeologist who works for the State of California. Cassandra earned her Bachelor’s degree at Humboldt State University and Master’s degree at UC Santa Barbara. In addition to being a committed Girls Inc. NSV Board Member since 2011, Cassandra also serves on the Native American Programs Committee of the Society for California Archaeology.
Having been a girl herself and a mother of two girls, Ashleigh Moore is passionate about giving girls the tools to achieve personal success. She’s a native of the Redding area and an involved parent at the Redding Cooperative Preschool. Ashleigh is happiest cooking for large groups of people, exploring ethnic dishes and trying new recipes, often with ingredients from her husband Bob’s business, Moore’s Flour Mill. A crafter by nature, Ashleigh taught herself to sew, crochet and embroider. She enjoys traveling with her girls and getting their take on familiar places.
Amanda Davidson works at Haleakala Ranch in Gerber, helping to run a walnut farm and processing plant. Besides being on the Board of Girls Inc, she is on the Board of The State Theater for the Arts in Red Bluff, is a member of the Organizing Committee of V-Day Red Bluff/Redding, a cast member of the local production of The Vagina Monologues, and works the crisis line at Alternatives to Violence in Red Bluff. She enjoys scuba diving, reading, and traveling to Austria to visit the in-laws.
Nancy became a Board Member of the Girls Inc. of the Northern Sacramento Valley in 2012. She joined the organization to lend a helping hand in inspiring young girls to be strong, smart and bold. Although she does not have any children of her own, she knows the importance of having programs like Girls Inc. available to today’s youth.
Nancy moved to Red Bluff as a teen and was class president the year she graduated from Red Bluff High. She received an Associate in Arts from Shasta College. Then was off to college for a year in New York City. Currently, Nancy is employed at Rolling Hills Clinic as an Assistant Dental Biller. She is a Notary Public and a certified SCUBA diver. Nancy loves to travel and enjoys meeting new people. On a trip to NYC after becoming a Board Member, she stopped by the Girls Inc. Headquarters just to check them out and say, “Hello!”
Heather Wright moved to the North State from Southern California with her husband, Doug, in 2008. Prior to taking on the most challenging job of her life (stay-at-home mom to precocious twins and an opinionated 2-year-old), she was the Advisory Services Manager for two investment firms specializing in small-cap oil and gas investments and IPOs. Before finance she worked many years for the Disneyland Resort. There she led several teams and trained over 10,000 employees for the opening of Disney’s California Adventure in 2001.
Heather earned an athletic scholarship to the University of California-Riverside and a BA in English. While proudly representing the Highlanders on the volleyball court, she found a passion working with youth through the athletic department’s community outreach programs, and later as a volleyball coach. Heather grew up inspired to be “strong, smart & bold” through athletics and wants all girls to have the same opportunity.
Lea White was born and raised in Redding CA. She currently serves her community as a mortgage loan originator with U.S. Bank Home Mortgage. Lea is graduating this semester from Shasta College with a degree in psychology, and will be transferring to Chico State in the fall with the goal of earning her bachelor’s degree in organizational leadership. Lea joined Girls Inc. NSV in 2017 because of her desire to assist girls in recognizing their unique and unlimited potential.
Kate O’Rorke joined Girls Inc. NSV in March of 2015 as the Executive Director. She has served as a Real Estate Agent with Platinum Properties in Redding since 2009 and has over 15 years of experience in the Finance and Real Estate industry. She is also employed at the Shasta Family YMCA as a certified spinning instructor and strives to teach young girls and community members how to lead healthy lifestyles. Kate is from the Bay Area and attended Arizona State University where she received her B.S. in Business Administration with an emphasis in Marketing. She currently lives in Redding with her husband and two daughters.
Girls Inc. NSV Facilitators are trained in Girls Inc National programs and the Girls Circle training program. Girls Circle integrates relational theory, resiliency practices, and skills training in a specific format designed to increase positive connection, personal and collective strengths, and competence in girls. Girls Inc. NSV feels that partnering these two programs gives maximum impact to our local girls.
Ashley was born and raised in Northern California. After graduating from Foothill High School, she obtained a BS in Civil Engineering from Cal Poly, SLO. Ashley returned to Redding with her degree and worked locally as a licensed professional civil engineer. With the birth of her second child, Ashley decided to take some time from her profession to spend at home with her daughter and son.
Ashley is actively involved in the local group of the Society of Women Engineers and enjoys hosting outreach events to teach young girls (and boys) about science and engineering. Ashley took on a facilitator role for Girls Inc in 2014 to expand her outreach efforts and help to encourage girls to be ‘strong, smart and bold.’
Carrie Wiltse is a mother of three beautiful girls. She knows and values the importance of teaching girls important life skills.
She has been volunteering in her community through numerous nonprofit organizations since 2008. With her strong ties to Tehama county Carrie hopes to help Girls Inc. become an integral part of the community.