Leadership & Board

Michele Gehr, MSSW
Executive Director

A long-time resident of the Reno/Carson City area, Michele earned her Bachelor’s  degree in Psychology from the University of Nevada, Reno and a Master’s of Science in  Social Work from Columbia University in New York City.  While at Columbia, Michele  was accepted into the Management Fellows Program (MFP), an exclusive course of  study that focused on high-impact non-profit management.  Michele has spent many  years working with young people, most recently at Wediko Children’s Services in the  South Bronx where she taught social and emotional skills to over-age, under-credited  middle and high school students.


Mariana Dubose, MSW
Crisis Manager

Mariana Dubose recently graduated with an MSW in International and Community Development from Monmouth University. “During my senior year in the social work program at the University of Nevada, Reno, I interned at The Eddy House.  I really enjoyed connecting with the youth, hearing their experiences reminded me of growing up in a single parent family, moving multiple times, and sometimes wondering where our next meal would come from.  I am at The Eddy House because of the compassion and determination Michele Gehr, Lynette Eddy, Board Members, and staff have towards providing the youth with the resources they need to reduce their chances of remaining on the streets. “
I am humbled and honored to be a part of this community as their Crisis Manager.


Michael Rose
Floor Supervisor

Michael is currently a senior at the University of Nevada, Reno, studying Criminal Justice and Sociology. Michael is originally from Davis, CA, and went to high school in Sacramento. He is looking forward to starting a career in law enforcement after college. Michael hopes to focus on community-public relations within the law enforcement field and community.


Meredith Tanzer
Bio Coming Soon

Alexis Kranovich
Youth Advocate

Alexis is a recent graduate from the University of Nevada, Reno with a Bachelor’s degree in Human Development and Family Studies and a minor certificate in Addiction Treatment Services. She intends to pursue a Master’s in Marriage and Family Therapy, specializing in human sexuality. Currently, she is working toward her Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor Internship. Alexis has experience with adolescents in a counseling and group therapy setting. After volunteering at the Homeless Youth Count with Our Center, she became interested in working with homeless and at risk youth by providing support within this population.

Paulina Huynh, BSW
Youth Advocate

Paulina is currently a graduate student at the University of Nevada, Reno. She recently graduated with a Bachelor of Social Work, Minor in Psychology degree. Paulina’s work experience consists of serving the elderly, adolescents, and people with mental health disorders.  She is passionate in serving our youth, has been with us as an intern, and is now a staff facilitating the young adult life skills group in addition to her floor staff duties at the Eddy House.

Brandon Gaeta
Youth Advocate

Brandon is currently a junior at the University of Nevada-Reno studying Criminal Justice. He is originally from Las Vegas, Nevada and moved to Reno to attend University Nevada Reno (UNR). Brandon aspires to pursue a career in corrections with a focus on community-based corrections. He joined the Eddy House to provide assistance and guidance to youths, while investigating and reducing recidivism among the youthful offender population.


Eddy House Board of Directors

Lynette Eddy, Founder, MSW

Lynette has a Master’s Degree in Social Work from the University of Nevada, Reno. She has years of experience in working with teens in crisis. She founded and developed The Eddy House program model along with her son, Brian Eddy as a legacy for her late husband and Brian’s Father, Robert Eddy.

Mike Capello, President

Mike is the former Director of the Department of Social Services. He has made a huge contribution and commitment to serving individuals and families in Washoe County.

Dave Stockman, Vice President

Dave Stockman is the board president and director of the Stillwater Foundation. Over the last 10 years, he has volunteered his services to several non profits, and grantees of the foundation. Dave spent 18 months attending NYU to achieve a certificate in Foundation Management and Grant Making. Dave has spent time on several initiatives here in Reno including a Financial Literacy Community Council with the United Way and the Circles Initiative and Bridges Out of Poverty group administrated by the Food Bank of Northern Nevada. Most recently, he is an ongoing participant of the YOU N I Steering Committee at the Community Foundation of Western Nevada. Dave has a passion for philanthropy and is committed to the community that he calls home, Reno.

Ryan Cuddy, Treasurer

Ryan is the founder and CEO of Circle 8 Games Inc., a leading 3rd party producer of casino and social games. He has an BA in Secondary Education from UNR, is a Reno native, and has a passion for the progress of our youth. Ryan has a rich history of working with youth of all ages, educationally as well as coaching, and has a great appreciation for how volunteerism and nonprofits evolve the quality of life for our entire community.

Kevin Frausto

Kevin moved to Reno, NV in 1991 from Grants Pass, OR and has seen Reno as his home ever since. He has been a Nevada Realtor for 5 years with Keller Williams Group One Inc. Kevin also served as director of Project 150, a charitable organization founded in Las Vegas that helps keep high school kids in school by supplying necessary food, clothing and hygiene products. His goals are to give back to this community which has unseen needs.

JD Drakulich, Secretary

J.D. Drakulich was born and raised in Reno, NV. As a nephew to 8 aunts and uncles, and cousin to 22, his strong ties to the community run deep. J.D. has played sports all his life and the team mentality has followed him into Real Estate. He is a strong leader as it shows through his constant efforts to better himself as a professional Realtor.

Marci Spearman

Marci Spearman serves as Banking Center Manager III at Mutual of Omaha Bank. She attended the University of Maryland, University College Asia. Spearman moved to the Reno area in 2015 from Palm Springs, California. She served as an Ambassador to the Palm Springs Chamber of Commerce and as a volunteer for the Palm Springs Athena Committee, Friends of the Palm Springs Animal Shelter and Palm Springs Festival of Lights Parade. Spearman was also on the Business Development committee of the Children’s Discovery Museum.

Dennis Hellwinkle
Bio Coming Soon

Steve Shell
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Kristi Finney
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Janel Walsh
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