After living in the Bay Area for many years, we bought a small farm in Grass Valley and moved here permanently in October 2021. We absolutely love the beauty and peacefulness of our new community.
My career has been in advertising and marketing. I have been involved in all aspects including creating brands, being a brand ambassador, developing and executing communications strategies; defining messaging used in all communications - online and offline.
I have been an extremely involved volunteer with children, working as PTA President at two different schools, and a board member for the Alameda Education Foundation and the Alameda Soccer Club. I currently volunteer for Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, a nationwide group of over 8 million volunteers working towards common sense gun laws.
I am so excited to help United Way of Nevada County provide strong support to our local community partners and fill in any gaps in our social services. It’s important to me that everyone in the County knows we are here to help.
I have had the great pleasure of working in public education for 36 years. I was a teacher, a guidance counselor, and an administrator at the high school, county office, and district office levels. I served as the local high school district superintendent and retired in 2015 after finishing my career in Education as the director of a career technical education program.
After earning my undergraduate degree at UC Davis, I attended UCLA for teaching certification. I later received my Master’s Degree and Pupil Personnel Services Credential at CSU Sacramento. Years later, also at CSUS, I completed my Administrative Services Credential. I concluded my formal education with a Doctoral Degree in Organizational Leadership at the University of LaVerne.
I am a past member of Grass Valley Rotary and San Jose Rotary. I have served as a board member for the following organizations: Partners in English Language Learning (PiELL), California Association of Regional Occupational Centers and Programs, and the Nevada County Association of California School Administrators.
I have been married to my husband, Michael, for 43 years. Michael retired after teaching high school English for 38 years, which included 30 years at Nevada Union High School. We have three adult sons: Joe, Nick, and Sam, and four grandchildren. I enjoy being with family and friends, hiking, playing tennis, and traveling.
Serving on the Board at UWNC provides me with the opportunity to continue to be active in the community and to support the work that helps those in need.
I grew up in Nevada County and upon returning in 2018, I opened the Law Office of Beau Mayfield in Penn Valley. In coming back to our close-knit community, I continue to find it important to look out for one another and to do all that you can to make this community feel like home for all of Nevada County’s citizens, and particularly for those that need a helping hand.
Currently, my law practice is primarily focused on estate planning (wills and trusts), business and personal injury. I believe in three pillars of practicing law; ethical advice, practical legal counsel, and to be a neighbor first and an attorney second. I also teach a business law class as a part-time faculty member of Sierra College.
My career experience includes a judicial clerkship in the First Circuit-State of Hawai'i for the Honorable Judge Edward H. Kubo Jr, partner and founder of Mayfield and Yen, LLP, and Chief Compliance Officer and General Counsel for GWG Holdings, Inc., a publicly listed financial services firm. While at GWG, I also served as the Acting Secretary and managed Board communications, meeting minutes, and Board resolutions for the SEC regulated public company. I graduated in 2008 from the University of the Pacific-McGeorge School of Law in Sacramento, California and completed my undergrad degree in Native American Studies at UC-Davis.
I enjoy spending my free time with my growing family, wife Sue and two young children. I also enjoy golfing, gardening and every activity that explores the outdoor wonder of the Sierras (fishing, camping, and hiking).
I was born and raised on the island of Trinidad and Tobago, located in the Caribbean. Both my parents were educators, so naturally, education was a forgone priority in my upbringing. I graduated with a B.S. in Psychology from California State University, Sacramento, and a Master’s degree in Business Administration (MBA) from Metropolitan State University in Minneapolis, MN. I am a Realtor at Coldwell Banker Grass Roots Realty. My professional background is that of working as an Accountant in the corporate world in Minneapolis, as well as an Internal Auditor for the State of Minnesota, and a Banker at Wells Fargo Bank prior to that. Apart from my professional endeavors, my passion for community involvement has always taken precedence as a personal commitment. In St. Paul, MN, I served on the Board of Ally People Solutions, a local non-profit whose mission is to assist those with intellectual disabilities in the community find job placement.
I live in Penn Valley with my husband and two wonderful children. Our family loves exploring the great outdoors here in this beautiful Gold Country. I am proud to be a part of United Way of Nevada County because of the great programs that we support that help Nevada County’s residents thrive.
I was born and raised in Southern California and attended UC Irvine the first year it opened. In 1970 my husband and I and our two children moved from Southern California to Nevada City when he was hired as a math teacher at Nevada Union High School. After our youngest child was in school I, too, went to work for the Nevada Joint Union High School District, where I worked for 30 years until I retired in 2007. During those years I also finished my degree at CSU Chico.
For 38 years I volunteered with the Schools Insurance Group where I chaired the Employee Benefit Review Committee. After I retired, I finally had the time to do community volunteer work. I was on the Board for Partners in English Language Learning (PiELL), and I had the honor of tutoring a wonderful woman from Peru. And I volunteered at the Food Bank of Nevada County. I became involved with UWNC through the Citizen Review Team process and recognized how vital United Way is to our community and to our non-profit partners.
Currently I volunteer at IFM, am on the AAUW scholarship committee, and I serve on the United Way Board of Directors. I am extremely proud to be on a board with so many dedicated people. Our new programs are phenomenal, and I am excited to be a part of the future of United Way. I love to read, garden and travel. I love Hawaii where snowblowers are unheard of!! I have two cats who are my fur kids and who keep me on my toes!
Greg Michna is a dad, surfer, computer guru, beer aficionado, and zen tree hugger. He was born in Hawaii and raised in San Diego. He Ioves the outdoors and helping others. He moved to Gold Country in 2011 to help his ailing parents and decided to stay. He is currently volunteering or has volunteered at Habitat for Humanity, Spirit Peer Empowerment Center, KVMR, Miners Foundry, Sammie's Friends, and several others.
As a volunteer and director at United Way of Nevada County Greg also participates on the fundraising and events committee and leads tech efforts. Greg believes we should all give back to the community in some way to help others in need.
I have lived in Nevada City for 44 years. This county has given so much to me over the years. My 30 plus year career as a paralegal and office manager for several family law attorneys was stimulating and I loved it. I have volunteered to assist many non-profits over the years including the United Way and I am proud to be back on board!
United Way of Nevada County
Physical: 563 Brunswick Rd. Suite 11, Grass Valley, CA 95945 ~ Mailing: P.O. Box 2733 Grass Valley, CA 95945
United Way of Nevada County is a 501(c) 3 organization
Tax ID# 68-0007201
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