ABOUT US: Our Team
Thaïs Mazur, PhD
Growing up in a farming community and living on the north coast for over 20 years, I have first hand experience of the challenges facing rural areas. I believe communities who are connected through collaboration and a shared vision create healthy systems that support people of all ages and cultures. I hold a doctorate in Human Science and my work has been focused in the fields of organizational systems change, community wellness, and social transformation. I am grateful to be part of the Action Network team who is dedicated to fostering personal wellness, strengthening families, empowering youth, and supporting a healthy community.
Youth Programs Manager
I appreciate Action Network's strong commitment to ensuring a healthy way of living and I hope to see families in our community build healthy and sustainable lives. I am inspired by youth who choose to think critically, act as social change agents and I dream that together we can create a community where families can find safety, hope and success in life. In my position, I strive for youth to have the opportunity to express themselves and feel comfortable and confident enough to create positive change in the world around them.
Youth Family Advocate
I am a young Native American woman from the Manchester Band of Pomo Indians and Round Valley Indian Tribes. I am a first year college student majoring in business association. I take pride in my cultural practices and traditional ways that I was taught by my great grandmother. I have lived on the coast of Point Arena my whole life and reside on the Manchester Point Arena Reservation. My goal for the path that I walk is to help and give back to the teens and adults in my community. To show the younger generation that there is help here for them and that they do have a purpose.
I joined the Action Network team in December 2020 and have lived on the coast for about 10 years. I moved here to follow my heart, live sustainably, and care for the Earth and our community while living in tune with nature. I have a BFA in Fine Arts, with a focus in Photography and am also a certified yoga teacher. My art and yoga background encourage me to stay present, to slow down, breathe and respond accordingly to life’s challenges. My intention is to create programs based in wellness, mindfulness, and awareness practices that can positively affect our community by empowering individuals, youth, and families.
Bookkeeper & Grants Administrator
I moved to the area about 10 years ago after a career at the University of California, San Diego. There I worked in the School of Medicine, Department of Pediatrics in grants development and management. I had a special interest in training junior faculty in the skills necessary to craft competitive applications that would advance their careers. I also worked with identifying and securing funding for programs that address the development and retention of faculty from underserved groups. Additionally, I worked closely with the Community Pediatrics group whose focus was health and wellness in the community. The mission of Action Network and its staff aligns with my interest in having community that is fair and representative with access and opportunity for all its members.
Community Outreach Advocate
I am a Native woman, a mother, a student of life, an artist, and more. I am an enrolled member of Fort Bidwell Northern Paiute and also Tohono O'odhom/Omaha/Mexican. I have been on the coast since 2012 with my husband and family. I earned my BA in Liberal Studies from Sonoma State and am currently finishing a multiple subject teaching credential. I started working with Native youth in 2002 and in our public schools since 2014. I love art. Mediums I use include paint, beads, drawing, graphic design, sporadic poetry, and creative writing. I enjoy working with youth of all backgrounds and ages. During the school year, I teach 1st-8th grade art and I am the Native Liaison for k-12, as well as art for the after-school program. My goals as a youth advocate and educator are to share, create, and encourage youth and adults alike to explore their cultural identity, creativity, and build their self-confidence through art and engagement.
I've been working with Action Network since March of 2021 and love being a part of this team! I have always had a passion for being of service to others and I have always dreamed of working in a non-profit setting. Action Network is a place where I feel like I am a part of something bigger than just myself, where I feel supported to use my talents and help to make a difference and impact in our community. I am a Massage Therapist by trade, ESL teacher and aspiring Doula. With Action Network I serve as a Youth Programs Assistant, Teen Health & Bilingual Advocate, and Community Outreach Support. You'll find me in the Community Garden with the youth, at the Front Desk in Action Network or driving the Outreach Van around Point Arena & Gualala.
I have worked many years in arts education, digital publishing and writing; glass work; organic farming, ethical foraging and landscaping; and am a true foodie too. I care deeply about the environment and how it intersects with social justice issues. I wish to support ecological and economic recovery in our community as well as to help create a future for our youth that is full of opportunity and well-being. My first contribution to Action Network was redesigning the logo as well as the website, while also rebuilding the site for easier access to information and resources.
Marriage Family Therapy Intern
As I am working towards my licensure as a marriage and family therapist, my current role involves working with couples, parents, kids, and families, under guidance of a licensed professional. I believe that in order to understand individuals, we must also understand the systems in which they live, such as their family, school or work, community, as well as historical and sociopolitical context. Rather than pathologize individuals and individual problems, I try to apply a multicultural lens and incorporate a strengths-based, trauma-informed approach. I also believe that social justice work is an important part of my profession, and strive to be an advocate for my clients and community here on the coast.
Legal Services Advocate
Marutzzella Castro Norwood
I have been a paralegal for the past 20. At Action Network I assist community members with referrals and filling out legal paper work related to domestic violence/sexual assault issues; human trafficking; immigration; DACA and more. Please call the Action Network office or email me directly to make an appointment firstname.lastname@example.org. I offer bilingual Spanish/English services.
I have been Living in the community on the coast for over 13 years. As a mother of an 11 year old, Action Network has been a great service provider to our life in different ways. I am so honored to work with Action Network to give back to society. Working as the Administrative Assistant allows me to support families, children and adults. I am passionate to be part of a non-profit organization to provide service for the needs of the community.
Clinical Director/Therapist/Behavioral Health Coordinator
I am a licensed marriage family therapist, LMFT, and part of the Action Network Counseling Team. I also have a certificate degree in conflict resolution from Sonoma State University and specialize in collaborative problem solving. With 15 years working as the behavioral health counselor in the Point Arena Schools, I have extensive experience working with students and their caregivers to navigate the academic and behavioral health support systems to help young people feel successful in social and academic settings. I particularly like working with couples to help them communicate and problem solve in ways that lead to satisfying relationships.