First 5 Butte County (the Commission) is made up of nine Commissioners, two alternate Commissioners and staff that carries out the Commission’s work. Commissioners are appointed by the Butte County Board of Supervisors and include representatives from the Board of Supervisors, County departments, and individuals who have an expertise in serving children and families. Commissioners serve two-year terms and can be re-appointed by the Board of Supervisors. Often serving on multiple committees of the Commission, Commissioners volunteer their time and service.

John Burghardt, Vice Chair (Bio Pending)
Attorney at Law

Cathi Grams, Commissioner
Butte County Department of Employment and Social Services

Maureen Kirk, Commissioner
Butte County Board of Supervisors

Mark A Lundberg, M.D., Commissioner
Health Officer
Butte County Department of Public Health

Sandra Machida, Ph.D., Commissioner
Professor of Psychology
California State University, Chico

Karen Marlatt, Commissioner
Executive Director
Valley Oak Children’s Services

‎Cathy Raevsky, Commissioner
Butte County Department of Public Health

Talia Scherquist, Commissioner
Parent  and Consumer

Tim Taylor, Alternate Commissioner
Butte County Office of Education

Lorenzo Tobias, Commissioner (Bio Pending)
Parent and Consumer

The Commission is currently seeking applicants for two volunteer alternate commissioner appointments by the Butte County Board of Supervisors. The member selected shall represent one of the following specified categories:

Representative of community based organization that has goal of promoting nurturing and early childhood development

  1. Representative of local medical, pediatric, or obstetric associations or societies
  2. Representative of local child care coordinating group
  3. Elected official of local government

Volunteer alternate commissioners play an important role on the Commission, attending and participating in all meetings of the Commission.  They are able to vote on action items when there is not a quorum of regular commissioners (5).  Alternate commissioner terms are consistent with regular terms (2 year terms).

Volunteer alternate commissioner membership privileges include reimbursement for authorized expenses, liability insurance coverage, and honoraria compensation for extended contributions beyond regular meetings of the Commission.

Interested persons may send or email an Application, Letter of Interest, and Resume to:

Yvonne Nenadal, First 5 Butte County Children and Families Commission, 82 Table Mountain Boulevard, Suite 40, Oroville, CA 95965

Materials must be received by 5pm on Friday, October 29.

For further information, please call or email: Yvonne Nenadal at 530-538-6464 or