Management Team and Staff









                       Cheryl Paddack
                      Executive Director       
                     (ext. 228) Biography

“Now in our 40 years of serving the community, I am grateful to lead such a respected agency that helps thousands of youth and their families each year. I have a passion for ensuring that all youth have access to services so that they can be successful in school and in life.”

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Ruthie Ament
Child Development Program Manager
(ext. 237)

“I am delighted to be part of an incredible team that ensures that each child’s developmental stages and needs are being met in a mindful and intentional way that achieves a culture of caring, competence, and excellence.”









                  Berta Campos-Anicetti
               Promotores Program Director
                              (ext. 227)

“I really enjoy working with immigrant youth and their families and am very familiar with the struggles and challenges that families face when moving to a new country.”

Norman Hering 

Director of Mental Health Programs
                   (ext. 226) Biography

“I am delighted to join the Novato Youth Center with its history of serving the community for 40+ years. With over 30 years experience working in the field of mental health, I believe that working with the entire family system is critical to the success of youth and families.”  









                    Vanshika Nachnani
           Director of Finance & Administration
                             (ext. 255) Biography

“I am blessed to be a part of the senior management team and take responsibility for the financial health of the organization. I feel strongly connected to the meaningful programs offered here at the Novato Youth Center that positively impact the lives of youth and families in the community.”









                            Kara Vernor
              Director of Operations Planning
                              (ext. 304)

“I am excited to be a part of the Novato Youth Center and to work in collaboration with other great community organizations to support the health of teens and families by providing accessible and vital services.”

 Jennifer Moeller
Administrative Manager
(ext. 307)

“I am thrilled to be working with an amazing team in a great culture that positively impacts the lives of Novato’s youth and their families.”