Tami's Experience and Service to the Community

Goals and Values

Tami has lived in Butte County for over twenty years. She lives in Chico with her school age son. They share their home with two dogs and two fish. They enjoy spending time with Tami’s Mom who lives next to Bidwell Park and going on outings with their extended family. Tami has introduced her son to the joy of volunteering, participating in creek clean ups, and various community events. A former Downtown Ambassador, Tami and her son have spent many hours picking up trash and providing outreach to those living on the streets of Chico. 


Tami is a former Board Member of the League of Women Voters, where she served as co-chair of the Social Justice Committee. Tami has served as an Associate Board member for Community Housing Improvement Program for the past 17 years. She is an avid supporter of the Butte Environmental Council, AquAlliance, Crisis Care Advocacy & Triage, Chico Peace and Justice Center, NSPR, Friends of the Library, and the Chico Housing Action Team. In her spare time, Tami also volunteers for the nonprofit she co-founded, Circles of Justice, teaching Restorative Practices to educators, administrators, teachers, and parents.


Tami's experience as a Chico City Councilor from 2012-2016 strengthened her commitment to serve our community. She is invested in seeing Butte County develop in a thoughtful and strategic manner where we protect our natural environment, provide opportunity for citizens and businesses to flourish, and ensure the well-being of future Butte County residents.   

Relevant Community Service

· 2014-Present – Elected Board Member, First 5 Commission of Glenn County

· 2013-Present – Founder/Advisor, Circles of Justice - a Restorative Practices Program

· 2003-Present – Associate Board Member, Community Housing Improvement Program 

· 2017  – Conflict Resolution Instructor, Middle East Partnership Initiative (US State Dept)

· 2012-2016 – Chairperson, Internal Affairs Committee - Chico City Council

· 2012-2014 – City Council Representative, Butte County Air Quality Management District 

· 2012-2014 – City Council Representative, Greater Chico Homeless Task Force 

· 2012-2014 – Co-Chair, Town/Gown Committee

· 1999-2012 – Nonprofit Representative, Greater Chico Homeless Task Force

· 2007-2009 – Founding Member, Chico Sustainability Task Force

· 2001-2005 – Member, Social Services Transportation Advisory Committee 

· 2000-2005 – Member, Housing Element Task Force 

Education/Training/Certifications/CV

-Masters Degree, International Institute for Restorative Practices, Counseling and Restorative Justice, 2010 

-Masters Degree, University of LaVerne, Educational Psychology, 2005 

-Bachelors Degree, Ithaca College, Comparative Religious Studies, 1993 

-California Certified Mediator -California Certified Crisis Counselor 

-McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act - Access and Implementation 

-AB2034 Chronic Mentally Ill Homeless Act - Housing and Services for Dual Diagnosis 

-Public and Private Violence Threat Assessment and Risk Management 

-Institute for Community Health Outreach (CHOW) Harm Reduction Integration

- Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA) Training on Implementation and Collaboration


Superior Court of California, County of Glenn - Director, Family Court Services - 8/2014 - present As an independent contractor of the CA Judicial Council, Tami provides mediation and child custody Recommending Services to all Glenn County Family Court clientele, as well as providing expert witness testimony. She also serves as an elected Commissioner on the Glenn County First 5 Commission - 2015 – present.

Family Violence Education Program - Educator/Group Facilitator - Chico, CA - 9/2011 - 2014 Tami facilitated group education to court-ordered offenders in Anger Management, Domestic Violence Education, Child Endangerment, and Chemical Dependency. She worked with diverse clientele including parolees and probationers. She made referrals as needed for self-sufficiency and case management. As often as possible, she used restorative practices to better achieve compliance with educational and behavioral goals. 

Treatment Trends - Confront Addiction Counselor - Allentown,  PA - 7/2009 - 7/2010 

Tami provided one-on-one substance abuse counseling to primarily incarcerated individuals. She completed intake assessments, psychosocial assessments, medical and drug/alcohol histories. She assigned primary group placements including motivational enhancement, conflict resolution, criminality, parenting and addiction education. 

YouthStar – Griot Evaluation Systems - Consultant - Santa   Rosa, CA 1/2003 – 6/2009 

Tami provided consulting services including organizational development, group facilitation, grant writing, strategic planning, and database development. She developed and trained staff in crisis intervention policy and procedures for youth and adult service centers. Tami assisted with policy development including ADA awareness training, cultural sensitivity, and crisis intervention. She supervised social workers in the foster system, trained foster parents and provided individual counseling to minors in the foster and guardianship system. She also worked with the Homeless and Unaccompanied Youth Taskforce and McKinney Vinto Act enforcement. 

Habitat for Humanity of Butte County - Executive Director - Chico, CA - 8/2006 – 6/2008 Tami directed the activities of local Habitat affiliate including the successful financial and organizational restructuring of the agency. She worked directly with Habitat homeowners to provide on-going support and education and supervised the selection and cultivation of future Habitat homeowners. Tami provided direct client services for first time home buyer workshops, budget counseling, and acted as an advocate for homeowner family needs. She was responsible for all aspects of fiscal management, personnel oversight, program management, and Re-Store productivity. She also conducted organizational orientations and training for individuals and groups, as well as supervised interns, volunteers, youth programs, interfaith and community partners. Tami regularly represented the agency through community speaking engagements and outreach to service groups. 

Chico Community Shelter Partnership - Executive Director - Chico, CA - 5/2000 – 7/2005 Tami secured grants of over $3 million for operations and construction of a public and government-funded homeless shelter. She was responsible for overall management and administration of agency including: Hiring, training, and supervision of staff, program development and oversight, grant writing and administration, fiscal management, fundraising and development, board recruitment, and public relations. Tami established and maintained partnerships with county agencies, city government, nonprofit agencies, and multiple service associations for collaboration on public benefit projects. Additionally, she recruited, trained, and supervised a volunteer base of over 500 volunteers per year.

   

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