OUR LEADERSHIP TEAM

JANET MILHOUS, Founder, Director of Business Administration – Janet is one of the five founders of Mountain Valley Child and Family Services (MVCFS).This image has an empty alt attribute; its file name is Janet-Milhous.401x.jpg

 She has filled many roles at MVCFS in her many years of work and service. “We strive to always provide a home-like setting for all of our clients and staff. We do our best to make everyone feel safe, cared for, motivated to learn, to love themselves, treat others with  respect, and to have a place to call home.” 

KAMIKO LUCAS, LMFT, Senior Program Director / Nevada City (Ranch), Sacramento & Concord – Kamiko has more than 26 years of experience in mental health and residential treatment.  She started as a Clinician/Clinical Supervisor, was promoted to Therapeutic Behavioral Services Coordinator and director, and is now the Senior Program Director. Kamiko is a certified Group Home and STRTP Administrator. As Senior Program Director, Kamiko is responsible for the overall operations of the campus, including the Mental Health Department, the Mountain Valley School, Residential Care, and Community Based Services. Kamiko oversees all Residential/School program admissions as well.

TERESA PETRIE, Director of Contracts – Teresa was born and raised on the Nevada City ranch. She officially joined the MVCFS staff in 1988. She has spent her life and career working with children and has held many positions at Mountain Valley from kitchen crew to administrative positions over 30 years. The growth and expansion of Mountain Valley have provided Teresa with increasing opportunities to put her education and skills in Business Administration to excellent use.

BRIAN MILHOUS, Director of Operations/Facilities (U/R) – Brian moved to Nevada County in the l960’s along with other members of the Milhous family and was raised on the Nevada City ranch.  He was attracted early on to the maintenance side of the business and holds a Class B contractor license. Brian feels that along with other MVCFS staff, helping clients to have a safe, supportive family environment is the best part of his work. He gets much satisfaction from helping others redirect their lives for more self-reliance and a better future.

AL PETRIE, PH.D., Director of Program DevelopmentAl is a graduate of the University of California. He has been with Mountain Valley since 2007. He began his career as a mental health worker in the Outdoor Program. He later worked as the Outdoor Coordinator and Mental Health Worker Supervisor. Al has been the Director of Program Development since 2015.

MICHELLE MILHOUS, Director of Human Resources – Michelle has worked for MVCFS since 1990. She began working in staffing support and later became the Director of Office Administration. She now serves on the Safety Committee and has recently been promoted to Director of Human Resources.

TARA SILAFAU, Program Director / Nevada City (Ranch) & Sacramento – Tara has more than 15 years of experience in residential treatment. Tara began on the graveyard shift and was promoted to Supervisor and Program Manager. She is currently the Program Director. Tara is a certified STRTP Administrator and is responsible for overseeing the Residential Treatment Programs in Sacramento and Nevada City (Ranch).

MICHELLE BONNER, Psy.D., LMFT, Clinical Supervisor / Nevada City (Ranch)  – Michelle has more than 15 years of experience in the field of mental health and over 11 years in residential. Michelle started as an MFT trainee and was promoted to residential clinician, Clinical Supervisor, and Director. Michelle is currently serving as Clinical Supervisor and is responsible for overseeing all mental health services on the Ranch. Michelle facilitates all ranch admissions as part of our Admissions Team.

RENE VAN DER MEER, Program Manager / Nevada City – Rene has over 14 years of experience in residential treatment. Rene started as a Mental Health Worker, Assistant House Supervisor, and House Supervisor. She is currently a Program Manager. Rene is also a certified STRTP and Group Home Administrator. Rene is responsible for overseeing the Nevada City (Ranch) Residential Program.     

MISTY JACKSON, B.S., Program Manager, Sacramento –  Misty has over 17 years of experience in residential treatment. Misty started as a House Supervisor and was promoted to her current position as Program Manager. Misty is a Certified  STRTP Administrator and is responsible for overseeing the Sacramento Residential Program.   

ANTOINETTE STALLWORTH, LMFT, Clinical Manager (Concord) – Antoinette has over 10 years of experience in the mental health/residential field. She started her tenure with MVCFS as an MFT trainee and served as a clinician in our residential program.  Antoinette was later promoted to Therapeutic Behavioral Services Coordinator (TBS). She is now Clinical Program Manager for community-based services in Concord, California. She oversees the Concord TBS Program along with our community-based therapeutic services.