Melanie Dodson became the Executive Director of the Community Child Care Council of Sonoma County (4Cs) in 2008. She has been an advocate for and worked with Sonoma County children and families for over twenty years. Ms. Dodson joined 4Cs in 2001 as the Child Care Resource & Referral Director, moving into the Assistant Executive Director role in 2004. She previously worked as the Director of the after school program at Kenwood Elementary School and as an elementary school teacher in the Roseland Elementary School District. Ms. Dodson holds a BA in Liberal Studies from Sonoma State University and a Multiple Subject Teaching Credential. She is a member of the Child Care Planning Council of Sonoma County and the Maternal Child and Adolescent Health Board, as well as the Chair for the SRJC Child Development Advisory Board and Chair of the First 5 Professional Community Advisory Committee. Early childhood development has always been a personal passion and being the mother of two young children continues to inspire her commitment to the field and our community’s investment in our children.
Human Resources Director
Emily Peterson joined the 4Cs leadership team as the Human Resources Director in 2018. She holds a BS in Managerial Economics from UC Davis. She began her HR career in 2012 working in the biotechnology industry, and after returning home to Sonoma County in 2017, she joined the world of non-profits. As a certified Human Resources Professional (PHR), she brings a wide range of knowledge and expertise to the agency, and is passionate about creating an exceptional employee experience through building a strong organizational culture. She is particularly inspired by the staff at 4Cs, and notes that their dedication and commitment to supporting the early education of children in our community motivates her every day. Outside of work, Emily enjoys traveling, running, and spending time with family and friends.
Maya joined the 4Cs Leadership team as the Finance Director in 2001. She enjoys the particular challenges of non-profit accounting and budgeting, and she especially appreciates the opportunity to work with staff and community partners to meet the mission of 4Cs. Maya holds a B.A. from UC Davis. She is currently enrolled in the Masters of Public Administration program at Sonoma State, where she is able to further explore her interest in budgeting, policy and politics. Maya believes that access and availability to high-quality early education and child care is one of the most importan factors to improving the lives of children and families. She is thrilled that the issue of early education has risen to the forefront in our local community and beyond. Maya lives in Sebastopol with her husband and two daughters, and greatly appreciates the family-friendly policies of 4Cs, which has allowed her to maintain a work/life balance. Maya loves to be outdoors in beautiful Sonoma County, and she especially cherishes spending time with friends and family.
Child Health & Nutrition Director
Suzette began working at 4Cs as a Program Assistant with the Child Care Food Program in February of 1986, while attending Santa Rosa Junior College. In November of 2000, she became the Fiscal Coordinator for the Food Program and worked in that role until July 2015, when she became Program Manager of the department. Suzette has dedicated many years working with the Child Health and Nutrition department building relationships with child care providers and the community. She feels the program plays a vital role in children’s lives and positively influences the communities we serve by encouraging healthier choices for children and their families. In her off time, Suzette enjoys cooking, traveling, and spending time with her family.
Centers Program Director
Amy McIntyre earned her B.A. in Human Development and Psychology from the University of the Pacific. She completed her Master’s in Education with an Early Childhood emphasis and cognate in Counselling at Sonoma State University. She holds an Infant/Child Mental Health Certificate. She is a member of the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) and is a former board member of the Sonoma County Association for the Education of Young Children (SCAEYC). She has worked professionally in early childhood education since 1979 and opened Childkind Schools in 1986. Amy worked with the Behavior Consultation Project supporting teachers and directors to learn and utilize positive behavior supports and strategies for children with challenging behaviors. Additionally, Amy is a certified Triple P Parent educator, and holds an Infant/Child Mental Health Certificate..
Amy joined 4Cs Sonoma County as Director of Center Programs after a sabbatical to Charlottesville, Virginia, where she trained with Teachstone to become a Classroom Assessment Scoring System (CLASS) mentor and rater for the Virginia Star Quality Initiative (VSQI). Amy is passionate about improving the quality of early childhood education programs and supporting the growth and development of children. She strives to build an effective work force of early childhood educators and to increase the capacity for quality teaching practices in all programs.
Amy has two daughters who fill her life with joy and laughter, and who inspire her to continue to work on behalf of children and families.
Community Relations Director
Tiffani joined 4Cs in August of 2016. She has over 15 years of marketing and development experience and has worked in the non-profit and private sectors. She has an A.A. in Administration of Justice from Santa Rosa Junior College and is a graduate of Leadership Santa Rosa Class 31. Tiffani is actively engaged in the Sonoma County community and serves on the board of Community Matters, is a member of the Active 20-30 Club #1029 and currently serves as President, is on the Leadership Santa Rosa Steering Committee for the Santa Rosa Metro Chamber and is the President of Leadership Santa Rosa Alumni Association. In 2013, she received the Forty under 40 award and in 2015 the Nonprofit Leadership award. Tiffani is also a mother of a high schooler, which inspires her to work and advocate on behalf of families in Sonoma County.
Client Services Director
Julie Swanstrom started working with 4Cs in 2001. She has a B.A. in Communication and a B.A. in Psychology from the University of California, Davis. She has worked in the 4CS Early Care and Education Services Department as an Administrative Assistant, Case Manager and Coordinator. Julie enjoys advocating for families and child care, being active in her community and spending time with friends and family.
Resource & Referral Director
Lorie joined 4Cs in September of 2005. She was originally hired as a case manager, before moving to the Resource and Referral (R&R) Department as the Parent Voices Organizer in October 2006. Since joining the R&R team, Lorie has been the Eligibility List Administrator and the Assistant R&R Director before becoming the R&R Director in October 2016. She has a B.S. in Physics from Sonoma State University. Lorie has a daughter currently working toward a Master’s Degree in Education, and two sons who are still at home. Inspired by many of life experiences with her own family, she is passionate about supporting children and families through her work at 4Cs.