Jane Calbreath, M.A. Organizational Development Consultant Founder ~ Board President
Jane is a social activist, consultant, and entrepreneur. Born in Tehama County, California; she grew up living around the world, which provided her a with broad perspective on the diversity of world cultures, politics and social issues.
Her consulting practice, Collaborative Solutions, focuses on accessing and engaging group and organizational wisdom to build common ground, address challenges, and expand effective results. Her work is driven by deeply held spiritual values and a determination to help build a “world that works for everyone”. She values authentic relationships, builds community with inclusive organizational and governance models, and balances traditional business norms with feminine leadership qualities such as trusting her highly developed intuition.
Jane was a pioneer in the natural foods movement of the early 70’s in Marin County and partnered with others to open the first natural food store in Santiago, Chile in 1980. She imported Berkenstocks and became a distributor for other natural foods from the US and Europe. She also worked in the residential design-build industry in Chile and later in La Jolla and Palo Alto with her husband, which centered around the use of natural building products and the importation of slate stone from Spain.
In her early 40’s, she returned to Sonoma State University to complete a degree in Transpersonal Psychology and continued to the California Institute of Integral Studies where she received a master's degree in Organizational Development and Transformation. This period of her life also coincided with a significant personal transformation.
In 2003 Jane received training in the art and principles of feng shui and has since advised clients on how to enhance personal and business environments to create greater harmony, prosperity and well-being in their lives.
Her greatest joy and satisfaction has been her 25-year career in administrative, leadership and consulting roles in Montessori and Waldorf schools in the Bay Area. Observing the natural unfolding of children in beautiful and nurturing environments has inspired Jane to develop spaces for adults to connect, explore, discover, and grow together. The Positive Impact Center holds that vision for Nevada City / Grass Valley.
She continues to seek and enjoy new challenges that support her growth as a person and further develop her professional skills. When Jane moved to Nevada County in the Fall 2014 she was ready to get out of the fast lane of life. As she became familiar with the rich, local community the vision for the P.I.C. took shape.
With a desire to connect and contribute to our community, she has founded the Positive Impact Center. The P.I.C. is a multi-layered community center that brings together the intergenerational and diverse socioeconomic resources in our community in service to all.
Rita Casey, Ph.D., Human Resource Consultant Vice President For twenty years, Rita’s area of focus was financial and production management, but the issues always seemed to be people related. She began to notice the difference that just one or two people would make on team performance, the motivating power of setting goals, and perhaps most critical of all — hiring the right people for the job.
She began her consulting practice in Marin County in 1993 to provide services as a HR consultant for small organizations undergoing change or to those with special needs. She bring tools and perspectives to coach people and organizations toward high performance as well as knowledge of employment law, HR best practices, policies, and procedures.
Virginia Ryan, J.D., Law Attorney Secretary
Virginia Ryan is a business law and estate planning attorney located in Grass Valley, California. She works with clients to start and operate businesses, including nonprofits, or planning for their family’s future. For 20 years she has counseled clients on complex business law and intellectual property matters, as well as estate planning matters.
While in the Bay Area, Virginia loved representing a range of business in various industries and in various stages, from entrepreneurs and startups to fortune 100 companies. However, in 2011, she and her husband moved to Grass Valley seeking more time to enjoy the scenic outdoors.
Virginia’s passion for learning started earlier than most. She grew up in Sacramento and at the age of 18 received her B.S. in Mathematics with honors from the University of California, Davis. She went on to law school and received her law degree from the University of California, Berkeley School of Law at the age of 20, making her the youngest graduate of Boalt Hall and the youngest lawyer in California from 1998 to 2007.
Virginia currently serves on the Board of Directors of Community Legal in Nevada City and The Nest Family Resource Center and has served on the Board of Directors of United Way of Nevada County. Virginia has taught Business Law at Sacramento City College and has served as a Pro Tem Judge for the Small Claims Division of the Sacramento County Superior Court.
Jan-Michelle teaches clients to make informed judgements and to take effective actions regarding the current and future use of one’s skills, talents, time, resources and the management of money. Her trainings include helping clients develop the ability to understand financial choices, identify plans for the future, spend wisely, and manage the challenges associated in building financial health.
She studied Psychology at San Francisco State and has a M.A. in Communications from the University of Hawaii. Her Ph.D. is in Transformative Learning and Human Systems Change from the California Institute of Integral Studies.
As a talented sculptor, she sculpts and casts in bronze commemorative sculptures of memorable figures who have had an impact on the lives of people. Many of here works on permanent display in Hawaii: http://www.jan-michellesculptures.com/ Jan-Michelle lives in Nevada City.
CMA Medeiros, M.A. R & D Consultant Co-Creator
Born in Quebec with dual citizenships, CMA has an English Degree from Fayetteville State University in North Carolina and a M.A. in Public and Business Administration from University of Denver.
She began her career coaching virtual collaboration for globally dispersed teams for a multinational company. Then relocating to England she taught Information Technologies to refugee families at local Community Learning Centers. After a stint at the Smithsonian’s Center for Conservation Education improving workflows for research teams in Africa and Peru, she circled back to Quebec where she helped to launch a foundation aimed at improving vitality and well-being in the mostly rural and isolated English-speaking minority communities by diversifying partnerships to include private sector funding and community philanthropy. Since moving to Nevada County in early 2017 she has been working on the front lines with the P.I.C. board and development team, she also serves on the board of Full Circle Living and Dying Collective. Her bright mind and organizational skills support their mission to bring new options and rights in death & dying. Those including end-of-life and after death care, home funerals and green burial, creative dying process, ceremony, and grief rituals. CMA assists people who are actively building their end-of-life plan, because in order to live well while dying, we need to plan for dying well while we're living.