Our Team at MVRC
The Mattole Valley Resource Center is staffed and directed by longtime local residents.
Our staff are not just here to serve the Mattole Valley; we are also members of the Mattole community.
Dulce Wickham-Doane is employed as a Community Liaison for the Mattole Valley Resource Center. She was instrumental in the MVRC planning process and has worked for the MVRC since it opened its doors in 2014. She coordinates many of the MVRC programs including our 0-5 Playgroup, After School Program, Food Pantry Program, and other special events. She also works with individual clients at the MVRC office and through our home visiting program. Dulce is a Petrolia resident who is raising three school-age children and runs an organic vegetable farm with her husband. She is an active community member who serves on the Mattole Elementary School Site Council, as an EMT and Chief Medical Officer for the Petrolia Volunteer Fire Department, and as a member of the Mattole Grange. She is pursuing her Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work.
LaNita Littleton has worked for the MVRC since the fall of 2015 as a Community Liaison. Her focus is on the Senior Services, Holiday Programs, special events and is currently the lead teacher of Playgroup. She also works with individual clients at the Resource Center’s office and through the home visiting program. LaNita has pursued many courses in Early Childhood Education and works with preschool age children. She is a mother of two boys who keep her busy. She enjoys the wild beauty of the Mattole Valley where she has worked and lived for the last decade.
As MVRC Assistant Director, Emily’s efforts include increasing the capacity of existing services as well as supporting the development of new programs. She earned her B.A. in Government and Sociology on the east coast, taught preschool in various locations, is a board member of the Mattole Valley Preschool and is busy raising two school aged children.
Julie Simpson, LCSW, PPSC
Julie Simpson, LCSW, PPSC is the Executive Director of the MVRC. She has worked as a Social Worker in various capacities in Humboldt County, including as a School Social Worker, an Adoptions Specialist, and as a Family Resource Center Director for Orick, Arcata, and the MVRC. She has lived in Petrolia off and on since 1990 and has two grown children. The amazing community in Petrolia has instilled in Julie the importance of community support and collaboration, which led her to help found the MVRC.