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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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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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CHEYENNE McGROGAN

Transportation Program Coordinator

Cheyenne McGrogan is a native Nevadan, born and raised in Sparks, Nevada. She has deep roots in her community, as she attended the same primary and secondary schools older generations of her family did. She also continues to live in and foster the area she was raised in. 

In the early stages of her career, Cheyenne familiarized herself with different facets of the Reno/Sparks area through service-based jobs in the casino industry. She graduated from the University of Nevada, Reno in 2020 with bachelor’s degrees in sociology and political science. After graduation, she began working for a mental health clinic, where she worked hand-in-hand with the community’s underserved to provide resources and community to improve their well-being. 

Her combined experiences in education and the workforce have provided her with insight and a great appreciation of the lifestyles and experiences of others. Cheyenne wishes to leave the world better than she found it through whatever journey life takes her.

In her spare time, Cheyenne enjoys learning new languages, cultures, ways of living, and spending time with her loved ones. She aims to travel the world and explore all of the beauty it has to offer. She hopes her passion for knowledge and exploration inspires her young nephew, niece and many others to achieve all of their aspirations.

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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 Program 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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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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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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ZACHARY BASA

Community Care Program Coordinator

Zachary Basa is dedicated to making a difference in other people’s lives. He graduated from the University of Nevada, Reno, with a B.A. in psychology in May 2024, where he studied how behaviors can be understood and improved. During his time at the university, Zachary developed a passion for helping people through applied behavioral analysis and is also a Registered Behavior Technician. 

His positive outlook on life and eagerness to learn from new experiences shape his approach to both work and leisure. Zachary is motivated to continue his professional journey as an N4 Program Coordinator, aiming to make meaningful impacts in people’s lives. He is enthusiastic about expanding his knowledge and skills in the field, always seeking opportunities to grow and contribute positively to his community.

Outside of the workplace, Zachary’s interests include basketball, a sport he loves to both play and watch. He finds joy in the strategy and teamwork involved in basketball games. Additionally, he enjoys going on road trips with his friends, exploring new places, and creating memorable experiences together. These adventures allow him to unwind and appreciate the beauty of different landscapes. He values his relationships with friends and family and he believes in the importance of spending quality time with loved ones, whether it’s through shared activities or simply enjoying each other’s company.

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MICHAEL FREEMAN

Community Care Program Coordinator

Michael Freeman is a dedicated case manager and licensed master social worker with a passion for advocating for individuals in need. With both a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Social Work from University of Nevada, Reno Michael brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise to their role.

Beyond their professional commitments, Michael is a talented musician, finding inspiration and creativity in their compositions during his free time. Michael’s interests extend into the outdoors and traveling, where he finds solace and rejuvenation. 

Committed to continuous growth and community service, Michael combines his academic achievements with a deep-seated passion for helping others and a love for music and nature. His unique blend of skills and experiences enables them to approach each case with empathy, professionalism, and a commitment to positive outcomes.

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ROSWELL ALLEN

Community Outreach Contractor

A graduate of Portsmouth and the University of Nevada, Reno, with a master’s degree in philosophy, Roswell has spent his entire career working in developmental services in the United Kingdom and the United States, in both private and public sector roles. 

He coached basketball for people with ID/DD at the 1991 World Special Olympics games in Minneapolis, and he was a member of the British Management Team for the first Paralympic Games, held in Madrid in 1992. 

He recently retired from the State of Nevada as the manager of the Rural Regional Center, where he provided case management services to people with ID/DD across all of the rural regions of Nevada. He joined the Neighbor Network of Northern Nevada as a Community Outreach Contractor, where he shares information on N4 resources with different communities.   

Roswell is a married father of six and grandfather of four. He’s an avid runner, just completing his third Reno Tahoe Odyssey event, and he also enjoys music, philosophy and martial arts, where he earned his black belt in Jujitsu.

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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