Melinda Douros, a graduate of Stanford University, has been involved in volunteer coordination activities for non-profit and community based organizations over many years. For the past 10 years, she has managed the CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) program in Nevada County, California. Besides program and staff management, she recruits, screens, trains, and closely supervises community volunteers who are matched with children who have been victims of abuse and neglect in their homes and who have open cases in dependency court.
With the highly sensitive and emotional task of advocating and speaking for vulnerable children in foster care, Melinda must continually educate and support the volunteers who work directly with the children, their families, social workers, educators, mental health and medical providers, attorneys, and judges. She works directly with child welfare professionals and judges on system improvements, and recently started a program to provide mentors to youth who are incarcerated in the juvenile justice system.
Previous to her work with the CASA program, Melinda coordinated both adult and teen volunteers to present a school-based curriculum designed to educate preschool and elementary school aged children about sexual abuse and bullying. Melinda has also coordinated volunteers in church and music programs as well as large parenting support groups.
Melinda serves as the Chairwoman of the Nevada County Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Commission and is on the board of directors of Heartsent Adoptions in Orinda, California. Melinda and her husband, Lou, are parents to five children, three of whom are adopted, and 2 grandchildren.