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First 5 Solano Commission, October 2019
Erin Hannigan, Chair
(Term: January 1, 2022- December 31, 2022)
Erin is a life-long resident of Solano County. She was raised in Fairfield where her passion for volunteer work was fostered. As newlyweds, Erin and her husband Randall made Vallejo their home and soon became an active member of the community, joining the Vallejo Architectural Heritage Neighborhood Association and fundraising for the St. Basil School Parents Club while her children Connor and Hannah attended the school. As a mother, Erin understands the importance of the health and well-being of families. She is seeking solutions to ensure those in need in our community are connected to essential services.
As a businesswoman, Erin understands the value of having good paying jobs in her community, and she is focused on growing the opportunities of local employment for residents. In 2004, Erin facilitated relocating the call center of a national insurance company and 220 jobs to the Vallejo Waterfront. She has served on the Vallejo Chamber of Commerce Economic Development Board. Through her involvement in the Vallejo Education and Business Alliance, Erin is focused on improving the graduation rates from Vallejo’s high schools. As a County Supervisor, Erin is continuing her work to retain our existing employers, attract new businesses and industry, and connect employers with job seekers who have the right skills for a vibrant economy.
Erin’s public service career began when she served on the Vallejo Community Development Commission, distributing Community Development Block Grant funds to neighborhoods and organizations in Vallejo. In 2007, Erin was elected to the Vallejo City Council and led Vallejo through extremely tough economic times. She supported a balanced approach to the budget deficit, striving to provide necessary services. She was influential in creating a citywide communication strategy, which gave the employees and the community transparency on the important information facing Vallejo’s leaders. Erin also worked to develop SolTrans, the consolidated bus system for Vallejo and Benicia, which has been a reliable and convenient mode of transportation since its inception.
Tyffany Wanberg, Vice Chair
(Term: September 24, 2019 - September 22, 2023)
Tyffany was raised throughout California as a child of a US Navy veteran. Tyffany’s family has deep ties to Solano County through their decades of work at Travis Air Force Base, Mare Island and California Medical Facility. Tyffany graduated from Will C. Wood High School in Vacaville and went on to receive an Associates Degree in Liberal Arts from Solano Community College, a Bachelors Degree from Brigham Young University in Sociology and a Masters in Psychology from Chapman University.
Tyffany has worked in Social Services for almost 20 years throughout Solano County. Tyffany and her husband of 15 years are the parents of 3 boys, all of whom are adopted. She is a Resource (foster/adoptive) parent and a caregiver for her special needs child. Tyffany currently uses her education and experience to provide trainings for the Foster Kinship Care Education Program-Solano & Los Medanos Community Colleges and as a Triple P Parent Education Coach.
(Term: December 14, 2021 - December 14, 2022)
Jennifer Barton is the Chief of Staff for Assemblymember Jim Frazier, managing two district offices and one Capitol office. Jennifer is an experienced policy and campaign manager, having worked for Assemblywoman Helen Thomson, Assemblywoman Lois Wolk, and Congresswoman Ellen Tauscher and served as campaign manager for several Assembly races and several bond measures in Solano County. She also spent three years at BART as the Executive Manager for External Affairs, managing 50 employees and 4 departments.
Jennifer is an active community volunteer, having served three years on the Solano County Planning Commission, past President of Soroptimists International of Central Solano County, past President of the Solano County Library Foundation, past President of the Girl Scout Council of Napa Solano and she is a Lifetime member of the Girl Scouts of the USA. She is also active in the Fairfield/Japan Sister City Program and spent three weeks in Japan as the chaperon for six Fairfield high school students who participated in the exchange program. Jennifer is the founder of the Solano County Woman’s History Month Luncheon and managed that event for the 10 years of its existence.
Jennifer graduated from Cupertino High School, received her A.A. from Santa Rosa Junior College, and her B.A. from San Francisco State University. Jennifer has one daughter who was raised in Solano County, graduated from public school, Solano Community College, and San Francisco State University, ultimately receiving her Master’s degree in Psychology from Palo Alto University. Jennifer also has a 7 year old grandson, whom she thinks is the most handsome, smartest second grader in California.
(Term: February 26, 2019 - March 2, 2023)
Lisette was raised in Solano County having come here as a child in a military family stationed at Travis Air Force Base. She now lives in Vacaville with her husband of nearly 30 years and her daughter who is a senior in college. Lisette has served as an Educator in Solano County for over 31 years. Her career began in the Dixon Unified School District where she worked for over 20 years in a variety of capacities including bilingual classroom teacher, English Learner Program Coordinator, Reading Specialist, Mentor Teacher, site Principal, and Director of Interventions.
Lisette has taken on the role of Superintendent of Schools with the Solano County Office of Education (SCOE), her previous position being Associate Superintendent of Student Programs and Educational Services. Lisette led the Special Education Programs for students with moderate to severe disabilities and directed a diverse array of educational services such as professional development, district and school support, school readiness, youth development, programs serving foster and homeless youth, and Juvenile Court and Community School Programs at SCOE’s Fairfield campus and the Solano County Juvenile Detention Facility.
Lisette’s broad knowledge, experience, and leadership abilities have gained statewide respect, and she proudly represents Solano County public education as an active member of several leading educational and community organizations.
Lisette earned her Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of California, Davis, and a Master’s degree in Education from the California State University, Sacramento. In addition to her California Teaching Credential, she also holds her Bilingual Specialist and Administrative Services Credentials and is a certified leadership coach.
(Term: June 4, 2019- June 30, 2023)
Gerald Huber has been involved with health and human service programs at county, state, and federal levels of government for more than 30 years in Minnesota, Wisconsin, and New York.
Before joining Solano County in November 2014, Mr. Huber worked to help transform the Medicaid program in New York as Deputy Commissioner for the Office of the People with Developmental Disabilities. He has been honored by the Commissioner of Health and Human Services for outstanding contributions in the prevention of child abuse and neglect, received lifetime achievement awards for accomplishments in the non-profit sector and crafted welfare reform programs that have shaped national policy.
Mr. Huber holds a master’s degrees in public administration, social work and human services administration, and public health administration; and a bachelor’s degree in behavioral science. He has been married to his wife Debbie for 34 years and has two children, Dianna and Dan.
(Term: December 15, 2020 - December 15, 2024)
Marla has dedicated 35 years in public service to promoting social justice and ensuring individual and community wellbeing. She started her career in Rockford, IL where she served as a probation officer at a youth detention center and a case manager at an outpatient mental health services clinic. These experiences motivated her to earn a Masters Degree in Social Work with an emphasis on community organizing and planned social change. .
In 1993, Marla moved to the Diné Nation where she worked for the Indian Health Services, taught at Diné College, served on the local school board, and led Girl Scout troops. In 2007, she moved to California and served at the Sonoma County Human Services Department leading planning, research, and evaluation activities. This work included launching a community-wide initiate (Upstream Investments) to create a public-private shared priority to fund prevention and early intervention services, including early childhood supports. During this time she also volunteered as the editor of a monthly high school newsletter which she ensured was distributed, for the first time, in Spanish and English.
In 2013, Marla joined the School of Social Welfare at University of California Berkeley to earn a PhD and learn more about community wellbeing, public-private partnerships in the delivery of health and social services, complex systems, and data science. During this time, she participated in a project in Guiyang, China supporting local officials in their efforts to improve supports for left-behind-children – children who remain with grandparents or other caregivers when their parents move to large cities for work.
In 2019, Marla joined the Solano County Health & Social Services Department as the Deputy Director for Employment & Eligibility Services Division where 365 dedicated employees administer public assistance programs (CalFresh, CalWORKs, Medi-Cal, and General Assistance) designed to help community members alleviate trauma, counteract oppression, and mitigate poverty. Each month the Division serves over 125,000 Solano community members including 45% of all children. In 2020, the county distributed $120 million in public assistance benefits which help individuals and families achieve healthy, safe, and stable lives.
Marla and her spouse of 35 years, who also works in public service at the VA, are proud parents of two grown daughters who are now adding their public service contributions to the wellbeing of children as a primary school teacher and a pediatric nurse.
(Term: May 4, 2021 - May 4, 2025)
Amy Fabi was born in the Philippines and came to the U.S at the age of 4. As an immigrant, Amy knows the challenges of adjusting to a new culture and learning a new language. Her early work experience was working with Asian American Pacific Islander, Latinx, and African American families in the East Bay providing advocacy and academic support. Through her work with diverse communities Amy espoused the belief that all young people should have access to opportunities to achieve their fullest potential and work towards a just and caring multicultural society.
Amy graduated from UC Berkeley and received her Master’s in Social Work from San Francisco State University. She worked for the Department of Children and Family Services in San Mateo County, Alameda County, and Orange County as a Child Welfare Worker. This work enabled her to see the impact of trauma on childhood development and the importance that support services have on building resiliency.
As a military spouse and mother, she knows the importance of the first 5 years of a child’s life. Moving young toddlers cross country and locating resources in each new city was challenging. Each toddler had vastly different needs, personalities, and developmental stages. Amy understands the stress of providing stability during uncertain conditions.
Currently, Amy Fabi serves as a board member for the Vacaville Police Activities League, scholarship chair for Chinese American Association of Solano County, and the internship chair for the Asian American Pacific Islander American Public Affairs Association (APAPA) Solano Chapter. Her awards include: San Francisco Giants Foundation Willie Mac Award Winner, Travis Air Force Base Hometown Hero, Vacaville PAL Volunteer of the Year, and Vacaville People's Forum 31 Inspiring Women of Vacaville 2021.
| Tiffanee Jones |
(Term: August 3, 2021 - August 3, 2025)
Tiffanee Jones is a lifelong Vallejo resident who attended Vallejo public schools. She is a graduate of Dr. James J. Hogan Senior High School.
She received her Bachelor's degree from Morris Brown College in Atlanta Georgia where she majored in Business Administration-Organizational
Management and minored in Education. She holds certifications in Dropout Prevention, Restorative Justice and Kimochis S.E.L.
Miss Jones is a former Correctional Officer and Probation Officer with the State of Georgia turned Educator. For the last 14 years,
she has served in various roles of student support in the cities of Oakland and Vallejo. She is currently an Academic Support Provider
with the Vallejo City Unified School District and the current Associate Director of the Willie B. Adkins Scholars Program formerly known
as the Tanner Project.
Miss Jones serves actively in the community. She is currently one of the Directors of the
Community Democratic Club of Vallejo and serves as the clubs alternate on the Solano County
Democratic Central Committee. She is a member of California Democratic Parties African
American Caucus,Children’s Caucus, LGBT Caucus, BWOPA (Black Women Organized for Political Action) Napa Solano Chapter and the
Solano County Black Chamber of Commerce Executive Board.
Tiffanee has dedicated time and resources to ensure that students and families thrive no matter what their circumstances are. Her favorite
quote is “Children are the message we send to a future we shall not see”. Her life’s work is to continue to send positive messages through our youth to the future. “Commitment, Community, Collaboration”
| ||Nimat Shakoor-Grantham |
(Term: October 05, 2021 - October 05, 2025)
Nimat Shakoor-Grantham was born in Nashville, Tennessee and grew up in East Palo Alto, California. She obtained a Bachelor's degree in Urban Studies, a Master's degree in Public Administration, and a Master's degree in Counseling Psychology. Nimat worked for 30 years for local governments, and now works as a Therapeutic Behavioral Clinician working with traumatized youth and their families in Oakland, California. Nimat is the co-founder of Benicia Black Lives Matter, and NAACP member, and a member of the City of Benicia's Committee for Unity and Racial Equity (CURE). She has been a resident of Benicia for 20 years.
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(Term: May 05, 2022 - December 15, 2024)
Neely McElroy was born in Des Moines, Iowa and grew up moving every few years throughout her childhood to states like Illinois, Ohio, Wisconsin and Pennsylvania. Once she visited California and experienced its grandeur (and warmth), she knew she had to relocate and has been settled in the Bay Area since 1990. She currently resides in Concord, California with her husband. They have two young adult children, one a rising college Junior and the other a rising freshman. She credits the outstanding Montessori preschool education they received for their love for learning.
Neely serves as the Deputy Director of Child Welfare Services in Solano County. Neely is a social worker by profession, receiving her Bachelor’s degree from Northwestern University in Human Development and Social Policy and her Master’s in Social Worker from UC Berkeley. In addition to her 25 years working in Child Welfare for Santa Barbara, Contra Costa and Solano Counties, she has experience in foster care, adoptions, and child care.
Neely strives to create a trauma-responsive organization that serves the children and families of Solano County with respect, dedication and empathy.
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