Beth Kahiga holds a Master’s Degree in Rehabilitation Administration from the University of San Francisco. She has worked with Napa Valley Support Services (NVSS) since 1976, becoming Executive Director in 2003. Her approach in management and service delivery is one of teamwork and hands-on involvement with each of the programs NVSS offers. Beth is fully committed to the agency’s mission and believes that each individual with a disability should have a quality of life that can be defined and determined only by that individual. She can be found most weekends on the hiking trails of Napa Valley.
Katy Vanzant began working for Napa Valley Support Services (NVSS) in 1993. In 2013 she became the Associate Director after holding various positions throughout the agency such as Program Director for Napa Personnel Systems, Instructor and Assistant Program Director in the Imperial Way Program, and Instructor with the self-directed team in the earlier Calistoga Program (now Brown Street Gallery). She graduated from Mary Washington College with a degree in International Affairs. At NVSS, Katy has been fortunate in finding a career that lets her celebrate the human spirit while allowing her to continue to be a student of human
Human Resources/Administration Director
Anita Pomeroy joined the Napa Valley Support Services Management Team in 2015 where she holds the position of Human Resources/Administrative Director. Her career in HR began in the late 80’s, in a skilled nursing facility. After exploring other industries such as manufacturing, retail and other service related industries, she has found her niche working at NVSS.
Shelby Terhorst started working with adults with disabilities when she was 18 years old. She quickly realized that she had found her calling. Shelby has worked hard to develop skills to expand her knowledge in the field by attending many trainings and on-the- job training throughout the years. Shelby was blessed to find Napa Valley Support Services when she returned to work after having her daughter in 2015. She was initially hired as a Program Specialist at the IW program. In June 2017, Shelby was promoted to the Program Director. She finds excitement and joy to not only be apart of an organization that promotes equal opportunities and growth to the individuals we serve but to be a part of a team that rocks at their job everyday. NVSS has truly been a blessing in her life and she is so happy to be apart of its growth.
Emmy Lesko is a native of the Napa Valley. She has enjoyed working with people with disabilities since 1991. Emmy began her career as an Instructor for NVSS, where she worked for five years before leaving to become Community Support Facilitator and later Director of Supported Living Services for a partnering agency. She returned to NVSS in 2003 and is currently running the Brown Street Gallery.
Jeannie Smith has worked for NPS/NVSS since 2006 as a Job Coach, Employment Specialist and became NPS Program Director in 2013. She graduated from the William Paterson College of New Jersey with a degree in Anthropology. After travelling the globe and working in a vast array of jobs, Jeannie finally found a career which grounded her in the Napa Valley. Working at NPS has meant empowering people through successful employment. Jeannie considers herself very fortunate to work with the disabled population and finds inspiration in them every day.