By law, every Community Action Agency in the United States must be governed by a board of directors. This board must be comprised of one-third low-income residents, one-third public officials, and one-third business owners or other private sector individuals. NCO’s board comprises up to 12 community members who meet every month to make decisions about how NCO should proceed in the weeks, months, and years ahead.
Tami Bartolomei Chair
Tami Bartolomei has served on the NCO Governing Board since March of 2017. Tami has a long family history in Mendocino County. She was an employee with NCO for 13 years, and is currently serving as the Community Services Administrator with the City of Ukiah, Tami donates her time to various organizations, including NCO.
Tiffany Gibson Vice Chair
Tiffany Gibson has served on the NCO Governing Board since March of 2017. She is currently the Wellness Director for Adventist Health Ukiah Valley. Active in her community, she currently serves on the Healthy Mendocino steering committee and frequently volunteers for NCOs Caring Kitchen and other programs in the Ukiah Valley.
Jennifer Wright Secretary
Jennifer Wright has served on the NCO Governing Board since May of 2016. She is the Administrative Services Manager of Community First Credit Union. Jennifer is also a graduate of Leadership Mendocino (an NCO program) and recently became a member of the Leadership Mendocino Steering Committee.
John Goldsmith Treasurer
John Goldsmith has served on the NCO Board since May of 2012. Goldsmith is a Leadership Mendocino Class XVI graduate and has served as a member of the Leadership Mendocino Steering Committee. Goldsmith is a Financial Planner at Rodgers & Goldsmith Wealth Management/LPL Financial.
Desiree Perez has served on the NCO Governing Board since May of 2016. Desiree started with NCO as a Head Start parent while her daugther was in the program. She then became a Parent Policy Council Representative, and has served as Board Chair for two years. Desiree is also very involved in various Lake County community programs.
Shannon Kimbell-Auth has served on the NCO Governing Board since May 2019. Kimbell-Auth has served the Lake community for 20+ years as a faith leader, homeless advocate, and volunteer Active in her community, her goal is to support our most vulnerable citizens in Lake County by participating in her community to create collaborative, systems-level change to house the homeless and help build a healthy community for all.
John McCowen has served on the NCO Board since November of 2018. He is the current 2nd district supervisor for Mendocino County.
Richard McKee has served on the NCO Governing Board since February of 2017. Richard managed low-income programs in Marin County for over thirty years, including energy and water conservation, food services/kitchen management, facilities management, immigrant integration, HIV, detox, and fatherhood support. He currently lives in Lakeport.
Honorable David Riemenschneider
The Hon. David Riemenschneider (Ret.) joined the NCO Board in March of 2020. Having spent most of his adult life living and working in Mendocino
Jeff Tyrrell has served on the NCO Board since August of 2011. As an NCO Board member and former State Senator District Representative, Tyrrell has devoted his time to developing working relationships with constituents and elected officials throughout Lake and Mendocino Counties, for the benefit of the overall community.
Ana Santana has served on the NCO Governing Board since September of 2020. She has lived in Lake County for 40+ years and is the Program Director of the Healthy Start program under the Lake County Office of Education. Santana is an advocate both by profession and by nature. She serves on various boards including the Upper Lake School District Board of Trustees and Latinos United of Lake County. Ana devotes her time to address the social issues that impact families and the low-income community. This experience has given her a deep appreciation for providing services and advocating on behalf of disadvantaged families across Lake and Mendocino counties.