Impact & Leadership

“We will be forever grateful for the Yolo Crisis Nursery. My daughter totally came out of her shell. She transformed into a sassy, confident two-year-old. We view the Yolo Crisis Nursery as family. Thank you!”

– Yolo Crisis Nursery Mom

Our Impact

The Yolo Crisis Nursery’s mission is to prevent child abuse and neglect by bridging emergency childcare with a support network of resources and services to ensure both parents and children form a healthy family.

As we celebrated 20 years, the key measures of the Yolo Crisis Nursery’s impact in 2020/2021 include:

  • 2,429 Safe Stays for at-risk children
  • 3,874 Care Packages distributed to the community
  • 1,018 Children were served last year by the Nursery
  • 99% of families did NOT enter the child welfare system

The Yolo Crisis Nursery Leadership Team

Heather Sleuter, Executive Director

Heather lives the mission of the Nursery every day. She has been protecting children and preserving families for over 20 years. Since joining the Yolo Crisis Nursery in 2007, Heather has built numerous programs to save more children from abuse and neglect, to provide additional crisis resolution services for families, and to offer parent education and support. Heather is tireless in her efforts to help families, and she has built several partnerships with other social service organizations in Yolo County.  

Heather supervises all three Yolo Crisis Nursery Licenses – Respite Care, Daycare, and Preschool. She leads all Nursery operations including programming, staff management and training, budgeting, and compliance.  

Heather is highly credentialed. She is trained in trauma-informed care, holds her Program Director permit, and is a California Commission on Teacher Credentialing in Child Development. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Human Services Management from the University of Phoenix and has a master’s degree in counseling.

Yolo Crisis Nursery Board of Directors

Yolo Crisis Nursery opened in 2001 and became an independent 501(c)(3) non-profit organization in 2014. Our board of directors is an active and involved group of volunteers that provide guidance, governance, and oversight for Yolo Crisis Nursery’s mission, operations, and program effectiveness. The board of directors all come from a variety of backgrounds and represent communities throughout Yolo County.

Meet the Board:

JoEllen Welsch, President
DJUSH Retired Teacher and Community Volunteer

Steve Willhoff, Treasurer
CPA, Carbahal & Company

Jennifer Thayer, Vice-President/Secretary
Associate Director, Development & Donor Relations, UC Davis

Caroline J. Chantry
Pediatrician, Sutter Davis Hospital/UC Davis Professor Emeritus

Erika Y. Cisneros
House Manager, Ruben Bojorquez and Andrea Ochoa

Dayna Freier
Director of Operations, Fostering Unity

Kelly Fung-Chen
Senior Manager, CalSTRS Financial Services

Steve Greenfield
Vice-President, Cunningham Engineering

Jeremy Higgins
Realtor, eXp Realty of California

Penny Howard
Broker Owner of Howard Real Estate Services; Broker Associate, RE/MAX Gold

Eric Miller
Associate Attorney, Boutin Jones Inc., Attorneys at Law

Will Pro
Owner, Will Pro Constructions Inc.

Carol Rosset
Principal, True Management Services, LLC

Joan Smith-Maclean 
Physician, Sutter Medical Group

Pat Stromberg
Retired HR Administrator and Community Volunteer

Board Associates:

  • Sharon Schauer, Chief Administrative Officer, UC Davis Health, Co-Chair of the Friends of the Yolo Crisis Nursery
  • Nancy Storm, Territory Manager, US Foods, Co-Chair of the Friends of the Yolo Crisis Nursery