Allison Smith, Executive Director

Allison has been with First 5 Sierra as the Executive Director since 2016.  Allison has a B.A. in Sociology from UC Berkeley, and received her Master’s in Social Work in Administration and Planning from San Francisco State.  She has extensive experience in program development and management for youth and families.  Most recently, she was the Director of Talking Circles—a group of sexuality education programs that served over 500 young people and 200 parents through six public schools in the Mission District of San Francisco.  In addition, she comes to First 5 Sierra with five years of experience in raising her niece and nephew from birth.  Allison has lived in the Sierra Nevada for 18 years (with a few city years in the middle) and is deeply appreciative of the beauty and rigor of mountain life.  She can be found, or not found, hiking on or off the trail, looking at flowers, trees and stars.

Kelly Champion, Business Manager

Kelly joined us as the Business Manager for First 5 Sierra in May 2017.  She has extensive experience in accounting practices for both private businesses and government organizations.  She has an AA in both Accounting and Business Management from Sierra College, with additional classes in Social and Behavioral Sciences.  Kelly brings her personal experience as the mother of two small children to her perspective on the work of First 5 Sierra.  Kelly has been a Sierra County resident of over 20 years.  She can be found volunteering for a nonprofit organization building a new skatepark in Truckee or playing coed volleyball and softball.  

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