Nia House Board of Directors 2016-2017

Thank you to all the Board Candidates and to the Nia House community for taking the time to consider and vote for Nia House's Board of Directors for 2016-2017. 

Each candidate that ran brought so much heart, commitment and their unique skill sets to serve our community. Thank you for this.

It was a very close race! I am happy to announce the folks you have all elected to serve Nia House!

Parent Representatives

  • Loris Mattox
  • Jeff Vincent
  • Miriam Persley
  • John Marshall

Community Representatives

  • Jolie Coursin
  • Cindy Tsai-Schultz

Staff Representative

  • Nicole Dixon


Thank you, Wholehearted Chef!

Saturday's celebration of Nia House was beautiful. We will slowly savor the celebration over the next week with pictures and expressions of gratitude to the many people that helped make it all come together.

On the topic of savoring- let's start with the dessert! Meet Christina Sachs, The Wholehearted Chef, and the baker of the delicious cake served on Saturday. When I contacted Christina initially, her quote was outside of our budget. Christina lowered her cost by more than half to support Nia House. The cake you enjoyed was organic, GMO free, and so good! Christina has been so gracious throughout the process. Please read more about her and consider her for your catering and baking needs. Christina has generously offered to continue supporting Nia House. Let's support her in return!


Meet Chef Christina Sachs owner and operator of The WholeHearted Chef, and your baker for the Grand Opening ceremony.  She was raised in a health and food conscious family and started learning to cook with her mom as early as five years old.  She has lived and cooked professionally in the Bay for nearly ten years and is joyfully committed to the farm to table and slow foods movement.  The mission of the WholeHearted Chef is to create beautiful, delicious and nutritious food that celebrates local abundance, supports the local community and can bring family, friends and communities together.  The WholeHearted Chef offers a variety of culinary services including private chef, event catering and specialty baking. Chef Christina Sachs has extensive, though not limited to, experience with vegetarian, vegan, raw, gluten and refined sugar-free cooking and can easily work with any dietary requests. 

Thank you for including The WholeHearted Chef in your celebration and we look forward to serving you in the future.

Find Chef Christina Sachs on Facebook at The Wholehearted Chef.  By email at or call (805) 407-7010.




The Party is Soon!

Happy Friday everyone!

We are so excited that the Grand Opening Ceremony and Silent Auction are just a week away! If you haven't already, please make a donation and reserve your space. We want to celebrate with you. Simply click on the words "Grand Opening Ceremony..." and you will find everything you need to make it.  

Nia House has been blessed by very generous donations from the community. Here is a sneak peak at some of the exciting donations:

Harry Best and Shebang will be providing live Calypso Steel drum music. Harry Best is a long time family friend to the Wood Family (Atticus) and has agreed to kick the party off from 5-6pm. Don't miss it! 

Scotch Bonnet will be catering the event with traditional Jamaican food. Chef OB (father to O'Brien and Evan) has prepared a delicious menu for the event.

 The Wholehearted Chef, Christina Sachs, will provide dessert- a Jamaican Toto Coconut cake. It is going to be amazing. Save room! 

Thank you all for your giving hearts and support of Nia House. 

Click on the names above to visit their sites and learn more.