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Leadership Team

Cathy Wyatt, LCSW
Executive Director
Length of Employment at NVCSS: 10 Years

It is an honor to work with such dedicated staff, volunteers and community partners. Through our collective work, we reach many individuals and families in need.

I have been married 10 years and have an adult son who lives in Davis. I enjoy both traveling and exploring the beauty of our local destinations as well as international travel. Snow shoeing, hiking and kayaking are activities I enjoy.



Dan Johnson, CPA
Chief Financial Officer
Length of Employment at NVCSS: 25 Years

NVCSS has provided me with unlimited potential.

My wife and I have been married for 25 years and we have five children: Hannah, Jacob, Sophie, Jamison and Josiah. Outside of work, I enjoy golfing, cardio, home projects and chasing the kids.



Jennifer Cummings
Human Resources & Training Director
Length of Employment at NVCSS: 15 Years

I wanted to work for an organization that contributes positively to the community I that I live. I choose to stay because I work with amazing people who do good work in our local communities.

When not working, I like to travel, spend time with family and friends, go wine tasting, participate in soccer leagues and yoga



Erna Friedeberg, MPA
Regional Director, Butte/Glenn/Tehama Counties

Length of Employment at NVCSS: 15 Years

NVCSS is a great place to work because of the amazing and diverse services and caring staff that are providing those service to children and families throughout the North State. 

I am a local, having grown up in Northern California and have lived here my entire life. I love the North State with its beauty in both nature and the human spirit. I am blessed with a loving family which includes my husband and 2 amazing sons. I come from a very close Italian family where we love to hang out and be together as often as possible. My mother and father started me on my journey and guided me to this field. I was called to service through strong family values and a commitment to improving the lives of others who are facing challenges. I have strong faith and hope for a brighter today and this work allows me to live that belief.  Mom and dad also raised me to be a Niner, Giant and Warrior fan. I annoy many of my colleagues with my fandom on a daily basis. In the off-season, you will often find me on our boat on Lake Oroville or hiking Upper Bidwell Park


Bobbi Sawtelle
Housing Director

Length of Employment at NVCSS: 20 Years

NVCSS is committed to stabilizing people’s lives and helping them reach their potential. I’m happy to be a part of that effort through the development and management of affordable housing.

I was born and raised in Shasta County, leaving only to finish college before returning to the north state. My husband and I have been married since college and we have four boys who grew into amazing young men. Our family has increased in size with two granddaughters. My husband and I hike and canoe occasionally and I enjoy reading whenever I get the time



Katie Nichols
Director of Operations
Length of Employment at NVCSS: 15 Years

I choose to work at NVCSS because of the family-friendly culture of the organization.

I began working for NVCSS in 1999 as an intern from Chico State while earning my Bachelors degree. I was pursing an education in Health Science, but have always had a passion for helping others. My employment with NVCSS began as a case manager in the Teen Services department. Since then I’ve held many positions with the agency.

I am married to my high school sweetheart and we have two elementary school-aged kids. We moved to Chico about 20 years ago from the Bay Area to attend college. We fell in love with Chico and decided this was an area we could live forever and raise our kids. My parents and my siblings and their families all live in the area. We enjoy outdoor BBQs and lots of swimming in the summertime.