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Meet Our Team

Dr. Tiffany Tyler-Garner

Executive Director

Dr. Tiffany Tyler-Garner’s personal and professional achievements reveal a visionary leader committed to transforming the conditions that impact children and families. Currently serving as the executive director of Children’s Advocacy Alliance, a 23+ year child policy advocacy organization, Dr. Tyler’s professional journey includes serving as a member of the Nevada Governor’s cabinet, CEO of an affiliate of the nation’s largest dropout prevention organization and the COO of a White House-recognized workforce development nonprofit organization.

Dr. Tara Raines

Director of Kids Count Initiative

Dr. Tara C. Raines is a licensed psychologist with a history of research promoting equity and access in the areas of education and mental health. She has spent the last decade implementing and supporting a number of grants to improve outcomes for youth at highest risk for mental health disorders. She has partnered with large school districts including Clark County School District to do this work. Tara has been active in the Las Vegas My Brother's Keeper Alliance and sits on the Board of Directors for Democracy Preparatory Academy. She believes in the value of using data to identify and implement supports for Nevada's most vulnerable youth.

Ben Douglas

Director of Finance and Operations

Ben Douglas joined Children’s Advocacy Alliance the summer of 2020. With over a decade of experience with non-profits as a board member, serving as President and Treasurer, Mr. Douglas has finally been able to give back by assisting CAA as their Director of Finance and Operations. Ben comes with a great deal of experience from for-profit business serving as the executive in charge of finance, operations and administration. Mr. Douglas has spent the last 15 years facilitating accounting and management classes at the university. Ben loves helping students obtain their dreams by obtaining their bachelors and/or masters degree. Mr. Douglas graduated with his MBA in 2003 and then obtained his Masters of Science in Accountancy in 2010. Ben’s main joy is his family, including his wife of 25 years, three boys, one daughter-in-law and grandson. He is excited to continue fighting for the children of Nevada and beyond.

Kendall Lyons

Director of Health Policy

Kendall Lyons has always been motivated by her personal mission of advocating for justice and equity in the systems that impact our daily lives. Before joining Children’s Advocacy Alliance, she worked in Cancer Control at the American Cancer Society, partnering with Nevada health systems on prevention, early-detection, and quality-of-life initiatives. She also managed volunteer-led, grant-funded programs that provided access to healthcare for Nevadans undergoing cancer treatment. Kendall holds her Master of Public Health, with dual certificates in Epidemiology and Health Management & Policy, and a Bachelor’s in Psychology. She has performed research on the policy impacts of school-based requirements on childhood vaccination compliance, as well as the impacts of culture on auditory cognition. Having previously worked as a child caregiver, Kendall experienced first-hand how important a systems approach to education and healthcare is to the development and well-being of children and families.

Annette Dawson Owens

School Readiness Policy Director

Annette Dawson Owens is a lifelong education advocate who believes in equity and access to an excellent education for all students. She has worked in both district and charter schools and has studied high performing schools and leaders across the country. She has seen first hand, quality outcomes that are possible with effective school design. Annette serves on many community and education advisory boards. Annette attended K-12 in the Clark County School District and went on to earn an undergraduate degree in Zoology, a Masters in Education from UNLV, and a Masters in Administration from Sierra Nevada College. She completed Georgetown's Executive Leadership through the Public Education Foundation and is grateful to be a current Jameson Fellow. In her free time she enjoys exploring the great outdoors. Annette looks forward to working together with the community and improving outcomes for all students and families in the great state of Nevada.

Jamelle Nance

Strong Start Prenatal-to-Three Director

Jamelle Nance enthusiastically joins the Children’s Advocacy Alliance Nevada team to serve as the Director of Strong Start Initiatives. Jamelle brings vast experiences in the field of Human Services, Education, and Organizational Leadership. Her personal and professional experiences are centered around public service to empower, educate, and provide opportunities for families to thrive not just in her community, but across the nation. She has led similar initiatives in her home state of Maryland to provide equitable educational opportunities to those who need it most. Jamelle earned a bachelor’s degree in Behavioral Science with a concentration in Child Advocacy Studies and a master’s degree in Administration of Human Services both from Wilmington University in New Castle, Delaware. Jamelle is passionate about providing access to essential resources and opportunities that strengthen families and level the playing field. She wholeheartedly believes that a strong start provides children and families with a solid foundation to build a strong and promising future.

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Jacob Jones

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