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Gold Country Community Services

Established December 10, 1976 to provide for a wide range of programs and services that builds a sense of community for all ages.

Our Mission

Gold Country Community Services, Inc. provides essential programs that meet the basic needs of seniors living in Western Nevada County. GCCS ensures older adults have nutritional meals, warm homes, social interaction and a greater sense of security. 

Our Services

Gold Country Community Services, Inc. was incorporated in December 1976 as the Senior Citizens Foundation of Western Nevada County (SCFWNC). After constructing a Senior Center in 1982, we became the primary provider of seniors services. Today, with a small staff and more than 100 dedicated volunteers, we provide activities, classes and events to enhance the health and well-being of our participants. We provide hot nutritious meals by means of our Gold Country Senior Cafe & Meals on Wheels, we warm many senior homes through our firewood program and much more...

Board of Directors:

Tom Brown, President

Tom Brown was born in Tulsa, Oklahoma and raised in Detroit, Michigan. He attended and graduated from Duke University in Durham, North Carolina with a BA in English Literature. Tom has 37 years of experience in Underwriting and Executive Management positions at national property and casualty insurance carriers, including Fireman’s Fund, Harford and Kemper.

Tom’s community involvement includes being President of the Board and a Volunteer Driver with Gold Country Community Services and is Vice President for the Lincoln Hills Senior Softball League. He also has been involved with the Grass Valley Planning Commission, Nevada County Grand Jury, Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital/Dignity Health Board Member/Finance Committee Chair, and a Volunteer Grant Writer at Animal Save.

Keith Overbey, Vice President

Keith Overbey has lived in Grass Valley for 14 years. He graduated from Ripon High School, attended Modesto Junior College and graduated from the California State University, Sacramento.

Keith retired in 2009 as a Special Agent Supervisor with the California Department of Justice. His community involvement includes Gold Country Community Services, the Nevada County Civil Grand Jury, the Nevada City Lions Club, the Elk Grove Lions Club, the Boy Scouts of America and the Northern California Officials Association.

“My motivation in being involved with Gold Country Community Services was due to my experience with the California Department of Justice’s Elder Abuse Prosecution Unit for 15 years. During this time, I developed an interest in protecting and serving the elder and dependent adults in our community.  Now retired, I wish to continue this endeavor.”

Gabriel Lenhart, Secretary

Gabriel Lenhart is a native of Nevada County. After graduating from Bear River High School, Gabriel earned his Juris Doctorate Degree with Distinction from University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law. Before law school, Gabriel also earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Criminal Justice Administration from San Diego State University, an Associates Degree from San Diego State University and a Teaching Certification from The American Language Institute at San Diego State University.

Gabriel is currently an Attorney and Founder of The Law Offices of Gabriel Lenhart. He previously served as Director of Professional Services and General Counsel for Stone Cobra, Inc. In his spare time, Gabriel serves his community as the President of the Nevada County Bar Association, Certified Speaker with the State Bar of California, and as a Veteran’s Advocate/Certified Attorney.

Gabriel has a tremendous amount of respect for older adults and veterans and considers his involvement with GCCS as a show of respect and appreciation for the opportunities he has enjoyed that have been provided by a generation of people that made those opportunities possible. Gabriel currently serves as our Board Secretary.

David Caddy, Treasurer

David Caddy is a third generation Nevada County native. For the past 17 years he has worked in senior management at his family’s business Hills Flat Lumber Company. A strong supporter of local business groups, schools, and community, David spends as much time as he can in the outdoors. Together with his wife Deborah and their three daughters, the family enjoys fishing, diving and kayaking plus all of the other benefits of life in Nevada County.

“I first got involved with GCCS about 11 years ago with an interest in helping our local senior population to stay in their homes as long as possible. I saw the work being done by GCCS as critical to that effort...providing some of the basic human needs like food, warmth and recreation, allowing their clients to continue to live independently. Independent living is what our rural lifestyle in Nevada County is all about.”

Janis Bumgarner, Director

Janis Bumgarner was born in Hawaii and has lived in Penn Valley for 5 years. She obtained her Juris Doctorate Degree at the Golden Gate School of Law and received her Bachelor of Education at the University of Hawaii. Her experience includes being a Senior Director of Labor and Employee Relations for Hawaiian Airlines, a Union Representative for the Association of Flight Attendants and also an Attorney of Labor Law for Thierman, Cook, Brown & Prager in San Francisco.

Janis enjoys being involved in the community and is currently serving on the Board for Gold Country Community Services. She has also been involved with the Community Asian Theater Society, Conflict Resolution Center, Lake Wildwood Dog Club, Interfaith Food Ministry, and Scooters Pals.

“My interest and motivation in serving on the board is my desire to serve the elderly and also to participate in the community”.

Jedidiah Watson, Director

Jedidiah Watson is a fifth-generation Californian with family roots in Nevada County dating back to the 1850s.  Jedidiah attended and graduated from the University of Arizona in Tucson with a BA in Business Management.  He has been working in the Healthcare IT field since 2006 which has allowed him to work on projects in over 15 different countries.  Additionally, he owns and operates a small spice company from his home in downtown Grass Valley.

Since moving back to Grass Valley in 2014, Jedidiah’s community involvements have included the Kiwanis, Native Sons of the Golden West, the Greater Grass Valley Chamber of Commerce, and the Rough and Ready Chamber of Commerce.

“Being involved with Gold Country Community Services is a way for me to say thank you to a population that has given so much to me and my family.  When my grandfather was diagnosed in the late 90s with Alzheimer’s things were rough, but one thing that always brought a smile to his face was dancing.  What we do here does more than assist the senior population; it affects families and I want to make sure these services continue to be available.”

Staff:

  • Sandy 'Jake' Jacobson, Executive Director
  • Nicole Grimes, Executive Assistant
  • Cynthia Martin, Admin. Assistant/Marketing
  • Courtney Ferguson, Activity Coordinator
  • Mike Kinsella, Facility Supervisor
  • Jon Hess, Project Assistant
  • Charity Bryson, Nutrition Program Manager
  • Vicki Burckhardt, Senior Support Specialist
  • Kim Sewell, Food Service Manager
  • Shane Miller, Food Service Assistant
  • Cheryle Spangler-Kinslow, Line Dance Instructor
  • George Dean, Tai-Chi Instructor
  • Gabriel Harrison, Yoga Therapy Instructor

The Board of Directors meets the 3rd Thursday of the month at 4:00 p.m.