About Us

Mission And Values

We have been a vital part of our community for over 40 years! Helping a parent find child care, training child care providers on how to create safe environments in which to nurture and educate young children, helping parents bridge the affordability gap with child care subsidies, and coaching parents to be nurturing caregivers to their children, are just a few examples of what we do. We help families to succeed, children to learn, and child care providers to be competent, confident caregivers. We continue to grow and fulfill our mission with the help of our donors and volunteers. Through the years, our purpose remains the same: to enrich the lives of children and families.



Get to Know Us

Board of Directors:

Donna Meiss, President
Retired Educator
Member since April 2019

Cassandra Jenecke, Secretary/Treasurer
District Attorney
Member since September 2018

Margaret McCreary, Member
Retired Educator & Administrator
Member since February 2020
Nikki West, CPA, Member
First 5 Executive Director, Mariposa County
Member since February 2020

Nicole Scott, Member
Special Education Educator
Member since April 2021

Kimberley Martin, Member
Community Activist & Educator
Member since June 2021

To contact the board, please send an email to: info@icesagency.org

2022-2023 ICES Board Meeting Calendar & Topics

No Meeting

  • Year-end contract review
  • Fiscal report
  • Continued funding application

No Meeting

  • Year-end contract review
  • Fiscal report
  • Continued funding application

No Meeting

No Meeting

  • Fiscal report
  •  Budget revision
  • Mid-year contract summary
  • Unrestricted account activity
  • ED evaluation

No Meeting

  • Review/approve banking relationships/signing
  • Fiscal report
  • Program self-review

No Meeting

  • Budget approval
  • Annual report
  • Appoint new officers
  • Annual goals
  • Board performance
  • Organizational performance

In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, if you need special assistance (i.e. auxiliary aids or services) in order to participate in this public meeting, please contact the Sonora ICES office at (209)533-0377.  Notification 48 hours prior to the start of the meeting will enable ICES to make reasonable accommodations to ensure accessibility to this meeting

Members of the public may request an item to be placed on the agenda of the next regularly scheduled Planning Council meeting. To make an agenda item request, contact ICES @ 533-0377  fifteen working days prior to the meeting date.


Chris Mackenzie
Executive Director
Athena Low, MBA, MSEd
Director of Finance and Operations

Mariposa County

Cendie Shipp
 Office Manager,                                           Senior Advisor                                               Child Care Subsidy Program

Sarah Hamlet                                                    Office Assistant                                                  Program Specialist                                  Resource & Referral

Shana Bender
Mariposa County               Program Coordinator        Resource and Referral            Child Care Initiative Project

Tuolumne County

Kaysee Trambley               Program Manager                            Child Care Subsidy Program

Erica Talavera                            Case Manager                                  Child Care Subsidy Program

Kim Cruson
Case Manager                                  Child Care Subsidy Program

Chelsea Vanderwerff
 Case Manager                                   Child Care Subsidy Program

Jennifer Reggiardo
Program Manager                                      Raising Healthy Families

Angela Wilson
Family Success Coach
Raising Healthy Families 

Elizabeth Wright
Family Success Coach
Raising Healthy Families 

Kaitlyn Hanson
Family Success Coach
Raising Healthy Families 

Suzan Greenwood
Program Coordinator                  Resource and Referral                Child Care Initiative Project
Child Care Planning Council

Tiffany Dobbs
Program Specialist                            Resource & Referral

Britney Bliven
Admin Assistant
Program Support

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