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People’s preferences, perspectives, and priorities are respected throughout the work of N4. From the board of directors to N4 team members, the organizational culture is one that supports the belief that everyone has talents to share with their community.

Our Values.

Assets

Everyone has talents and strengths. All members are assets. Every human being has something of value to contribute.

Equality

At the heart of every exchange of time is equality. All people are valued equally at N4. One hour of service equals one time credit regardless of the service.

Respect

Everyone matters. N4 members must respect where people are in the moment, not where they hope people will be at some future point.

Redefining Work

Work is beyond price. Work must be redefined to include all of the activities it takes to sustain families, neighborhoods, and communities, to sustain democracy, and advance social justice. This kind of work needs to be honored and rewarded.

Reciprocity

Helping works better as a two-way street. The question “How can I help you?” needs to be changed to, “How can we help each other build the world we both want to live in?” At N4, members are encouraged to both give and receive.

Our Staff

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AMY DEWITT-SMITH

Executive Director

Amy Dewitt-Smith is the founder and executive director of the Neighbor Network of Northern Nevada. She grew up in Gardnerville before moving to Reno to attend the University of Nevada, where she received a bachelor’s degree in Psychology. During her undergraduate career, she studied applied behavior analysis and worked with children with autism and elders with dementia. Amy earned a master’s degree in Public Administration with a concentration in Nonprofit Management from the University of Colorado, Denver. She enjoys teaching as well as learning, designing effective program evaluation strategies, and collaborating with local community organizations.

Amy holds a position on the Nevada Lifespan Respite Care Coalition advisory board and enthusiastically participates in many other state and local initiatives. She has more than 20 years of experience working in state aging and disability services and Medicaid Waiver programs.

When Amy is not serving her community, she enjoys spending time with her husband, seven children, and many fur babies, too. Amy and her family love hiking on local trails, camping, and getting away to the beach!

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CRYSTAL MYERS

Operations Manager

Crystal grew up in a small town in Missouri. Growing up working at her grandfather’s pharmacy and soda shop, volunteering with Special Olympics as a basketball coach and Lions Club as a softball coach, Crystal realized she had a passion for helping people and being involved in her community. 

Crystal worked for Preferred Family Healthcare for 11 years as the Regional Manager. She was given the opportunity to assist people with disabilities in obtaining and maintaining competitive employment, as well as supporting the Chafee program for foster care children. This contributed to Crystal accepting the Operations Manager position for Neighbor Network of Northern Nevada and her desire to help the people within her community.  

After many years living at the Lake of the Ozarks, Crystal and her two daughters moved to Northern Nevada. She enjoys spending time with her family, traveling, spending time outdoors, swimming with her girls, bowling, watching movies and baking.

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JANET GLAITTLI

Accounting Manager

Growing up on a farm in Pocatello, Idaho, Janet Glaittli learned a very strong work ethic at a young age and the value of community and helping others. She has extensive experience in program, finance, and human resources management.

Janet started her career as a federal government employee, where she continued through various positions for 10 years. During her tenure at the SLC VA Medical Center, she created and implemented a nursing home inspection team to ensure proper healthcare was provided to our aging population of veterans. Later, she served for 12 years as the Airport Security Compliance Manager at Salt Lake City International Airport where she honed her business and management experience.

Janet was consistently recognized for her leadership skills and for going above and beyond the call of duty. She was an active participant on many committees and councils in the pursuit of passenger safety after 9-11. In 2012, Janet returned to the U.S. from a 3-year sabbatical in Ireland and chose Sparks, NV, as her home. Since moving back, she worked as an Executive Assistant for the Nevada State Medical Association, where she developed a strong understanding of the needs of the aging population in Nevada.

She continued her education as a program compliance manager in telecommunications, before starting her non-profit career with the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) as the Program and Finance Manager for the NV state chapter for three years. In 2021, Janet was hired as the Executive Director for NAMI Northern Nevada, where she continued to develop her passion for helping others. In December 2023, she joined the Neighbor Network of Northern Nevada team as Accounting Manager where she manages all accounting functions in the pursuit of assisting community members in need.

When Janet is not working, she enjoys being outdoors or with family and friends celebrating life through music and fun!

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KACIE LAWRENCE

Community Care Program Coordinator

Kacie has been drawn toward helping others since she was a child, and she’s excited about the opportunity to continue doing so as a Project Coordinator with N4. 

She previously worked for the Humboldt County School District in a variety of roles, assisting educators and administrators, while also working with students both one-on-one and in groups. 

Kacie has lived in Winnemucca with her husband and two daughters for the last 14 years. Before that, she lived in California, graduating from Modoc Charter School in Alturas, and then attending Great Basin College. She enjoys spending time with her family, working in the garden, reading and enjoying the outdoors.

KAYLA OSTLER

Community Care Program Coordinator

Kayla was raised in Montana where she learned and enjoyed the ranching life. She spent summers with her grandparents and loved helping them in their golden years. She’s excited to be part of the N4 team and help serve people in northern Nevada.

She graduated with a bachelor’s degree in health science with an emphasis on Public Health.  Later, she continued learning and received a master’s degree in education. She loves learning, especially about health and wellness.

She has worked as a Sales Coordinator for a company focused on health prevention, as well as the Lander County School District as a Special Ed teacher and 6th grade general ed teacher.

She stays physically active by running, yoga, and doing Beachbody workouts. Her favorite exercise quote is “You can do anything for one minute!” She also enjoys reading, hiking, biking, being in nature, time with family and travel trips. She has five children and has been married for 27 years. She and her husband have been operating a family alfalfa hay farm in Nevada for the last eight years.

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TYLER DONALDSON

Community Care Program Coordinator

With a passion for helping others, Tyler Donaldson has a vast background in serving individuals with disabilities. She grew up in Northern California with the redwood trees, and has lived in Arizona for the past few years working with the Fire Department as a Verbal De-Escalation instructor.

Utilizing humor and making people laugh brings her joy, and she enjoys advocating for others who want to be active in their community sports while helping them gain the skills to be successful.

She loves to go dispersed camping, having barbecues, and taking her two dogs, Harlo and Thunder, out to lay in the sunshine.

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SHARNÉÉ WILLIAMS 

Community Care Program Coordinator

Sharnéé Williams’ enthusiasm for being part of the N4 team reflects a genuine passion for serving the residents of northern Nevada. A Reno native, she has more than a decade of experience in the human services field, including work as a licensed therapeutic caregiver and early childhood teacher. 

In addition to her professional endeavors, Sharnéé finds great fulfillment in her role as a devoted mother to her 8-year-old daughter. With a heart for making a positive impact, Sharnéé actively seeks opportunities to connect with individuals with disabilities, deriving joy from bringing smiles to their faces. Her dedication extends beyond professional duties as she actively contributes to community initiatives, embodying the spirit of a compassionate and supportive member. She and her daughter also enjoy making and distributing goody bags containing essential supplies to the less fortunate in our community. 

Sharnéé‘s desire to be a helping hand underscores her commitment to making a meaningful difference in the lives of those she serves. We are thrilled to welcome Sharnee to the N4 team, confident in her ability to contribute significantly to our mission and positively influence the community we serve.

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ANNE M. POTT

Community Care Program Coordinator

Anne M. Pott is a gerontologist, social worker and certified dementia practitioner living in Carson City. She has worked with adults living with traumatic brain injury and physical, intellectual and cognitive challenges in Washington, Illinois, Michigan, California and Nevada. Her graduate research has included the long-term effects of military service on older veterans.

Anne is active on the Parkinson Support Center of Northern Nevada board. She also serves as a co-facilitator of Dementia Friendly Washoe County and as the vice president of education at her local Toastmasters club.

After living in Northern Nevada for almost 20 years, Anne has come to call it home. Before that, she lived in seven different states, guided by the USN, her educational pursuits and her husband’s career. Anne loves to spend time with her family, two labs, and in the fresh air and beauty of the mountains.

Anne joined the Neighbor Network of Northern Nevada in July 2023 and serves as the Carson City Regional Community Care Program Coordinator.

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SAVONNAH VIEGAS

Community Care Program Coordinator

Savonnah Viegas is a Northern Nevada native, born in Reno and raised in Fernley. She graduated from the University of Nevada, Reno (UNR) with her Bachelor of Science degree in Human Development and Family Studies in 2020. She is currently enrolled in the Master of Social Work program at UNR with an estimated graduation date in 2027.  

Savonnah developed a passion for working with individuals with IDD when she worked in a group home for five years during college, before moving to a case management position, giving her a combined eight years working with individuals with IDD. 

In her free time, Savonnah enjoys reading fantasy novels, playing video games, spending time with friends and family, and traveling for concerts.

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SIERRA BALDERRAMA

Community Care Program Coordinator

Sierra’s passion for helping people became apparent in high school when she became a volunteer with the Special Olympics. Her desire to work in the non-profit arena was sparked and has continued for the next decade. 

Her enthusiasm for empowering people with intellectual and developmental disabilities continued to soar after working at a non-profit organization in Oregon as a Job Coach, which allowed her to work with clients with IDD at their job sites. Working side-by-side with each person, she helped them learn their job duties and improve their skillsets. Soon after, Sierra advanced within the company and became an Employment Specialist, allowing her to identify meaningful employment that aligned with each client’s individual talents and interests. 

Sierra’s desire to identify and help clients with social barriers and mental challenges continues to be her biggest drive. Native to Southern California, she moved to Oregon and lived there for more than seven years. It was there she met her fiancé and had their daughter. With opportunities on the rise, Sierra moved to the Sparks area last March and has taken great care in getting acclimated to this adored city. Sierra enjoys spending time with her family, and soaking up some sun.

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JAYDEN PEREZ

Transportation Program Coordinator

Raised by a former Marine and a business-minded mother, Jayden Perez worked hard to serve the Las Vegas community he grew up in. As a young adult, he moved to Reno to attend the University of Nevada, Reno, to study the best way to help others. After exploring a number of fields, he settled on Journalism, and eventually got a story published on NPR.

Before joining the N4 team, Jayden worked at a number of locally owned Reno businesses and KUNR Public Radio. This solidified his love of Reno and the Northern Nevada community. He’s now using his writing and business skills to form new bonds with the people he shares his home with.

Jayden’s hobbies include playing trading card games, going for long walks, and spoiling his cat.

Our Board of Directors

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JOHN KUCERA

President

John Kucera was born in California but grew up and graduated high school in Idaho Falls, Idaho. He spent a year as a political science major at Boise State University, then transferred to the University of Nevada, Reno, to complete his Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with a major in economics.

Early in his professional career, John found a home in public service and was exposed to programs supporting individuals with developmental and intellectual disabilities while working for the regional centers in Northern Nevada for the state Aging and Disability Services Division. John has also held positions within the state Division of Health Care Financing and Policy as well as the Washoe County Human Services Agency. During this time, he returned to the University of Nevada, Reno, and completed a Master of Public Health program with an emphasis in epidemiology. John currently serves as a Principal Program Analyst within the Fiscal Analysis Division of the Nevada Legislative Counsel Bureau.

In his spare time John enjoys traveling, spending time with his friends and family, as well as collecting (and enjoying) interesting bourbon and whiskey.

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JOEL NELSON

Vice President

Joel Nelson grew up in Homer, Alaska a small town on the southern tip of the Kenai Peninsula, where he learned the importance of a tight-knit community, the value of hard work, and an appreciation for outdoor activities. Joel did his undergraduate studies at Lewis and Clark College in Portland, Oregon prior to moving to Northern Nevada. Joel also has a master’s degree in Business Administration from Morrison University.

Joel has spent most of his professional career in higher education where he has served as an Instructor, Director of Student Services, Dean, and is currently Vice President of Academic Operations for Charter College. What he loves best about education is seeing the growth in the students and helping them to achieve their goals.

In his free time Joel still prefers to be outdoors and can be found all around Northern Nevada fishing, kayaking, camping, off roading or hiking with his family and two dogs.

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MATTHEW VAN NESS

Treasurer

Matthew was born and raised in Anchorage, Alaska in a family of five boys. He attended the University of Nevada in Reno, Nevada and received his Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with a major in Accounting.

Early in his professional career, Matthew worked in public accounting where he earned his CPA license. For the last 11 years, he has worked in the tax department at IGT and is currently a Senior Tax Manager overseeing domestic compliance.

Matthew enjoys spending time with his friends and family, as well as playing sports, including hockey and golf.

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STEPHANIE TADDER

Secretary

Stephanie Tadder was born and raised in Southern California in a large family with seven siblings. She also lived in Arizona and Texas before moving to Northern Nevada in the Fall of 1999, where she continues her career in recruiting and human resources.

Stephanie first became involved in the non-profit world as a Wish Granter for Make-a-Wish. She was a Girl Scout Troop Leader and Cub Scout Den Leader when her children were young, and she enjoyed their many activities. She is currently the N4 Board Secretary, as well as being involved with the National Federation of the Blind.

Stephanie enjoys spending time with her husband and two children, crafting, and reading. She also has interests in home organizing, and has volunteered her time to help neighbors with their own organizing projects.

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