Board of Directors

Jane V. Lee

CRC President, M.A. LMFT

Jane V Lee MA LMFT is a local psychotherapist and mediator. She has worked with CRC as a volunteer since 2008 and presently serves as President of the Board. She became a certified mediator in 1997 through the Sacramento Mediation Center. With a B.A. in Conflict Resolution and a M.A. in Psychology with Marriage Family emphasis, she works with children, adolescents, parents, couples, and individuals, utilizing concepts of conflict resolution and non violent communication in her practice.

Diane Helms

CRC Vice President, Realtor Owner Broker, Sierra Gold Network RE

Diane is passionate about mediation and restoring relationships. She has been a Certified Mediator for CRC since 2000, specializing in Real Estate Disputes. She is also a Real Estate Broker/Owner of Sierra Gold Realty Group, and Realtor with ERA Cornerstone Realty Group, with 30 years of negotiating experience. Master Club Charter and lifetime member of NCAOR. President of Nevada County Association of Realtors in 2011. NCAOR Profession Standards Chairperson, California Association of REALTORS Director. California Association of REALTORS Ombudsman/Mediator: Member of ACR: Member of Twin Cities Church. Volunteer and certified lay counselor of A New Day of Nevada County. Mediator, trainer, coach and public speaker. Team Leader and Mediator for Twin Cities Church Conflict Resolution Team.

Kathy Foster

CRC Treasurer, Certified Mediator

Kathy Foster has a professional background in business administration and project management in both small business and corporate settings. She served as a Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) for Alameda County, as well as a staff member or volunteer for numerous non-profit organizations. Her quiet demeanor and natural ability to listen and see multiple sides of situations has contributed to her success in the various roles and environments in which she has worked.

Kathy took the CRC mediation training in October 2015 and has been mediating with CRC since then. She joined the Board of CRC in June 2016.

Thomas Lambie (Rio)

CRC Secretary, Builder, Blue Mountain Builders

Rio has been a free-lance builder for more than 30 years, formerly specializing in rammed earth construction. He is also a gold miner and general hunter/gatherer. He has served on the CRC Board of Directors since completing his basic mediation training in early 2007 and is a former Board President and current Vice-President. Rio is co-director of CRC’s court mediation program. Like his fellow board members, he loves to mediate and has participated in more than 300 mediations in his 7 years of practice. In addition to his involvement with CRC, Rio is a CASA volunteer and a member and former board member of Nevada County’s Peace and Justice Center.

Aaren Bryars

Business Owner, Certified Mediator

Long time Nevada County resident, and owner of a landscape maintenance business for over 2 decades, Aaren is passionate about simple wholistic practices that can transform to our potential, living in harmony with the natural resources and each other on this beautiful planet. He is highly knowledgable of the mechanics and powerful healing process of Compassionate/Non-Violent Communication since 2002. Aaren took the CRC mediation training in October 2014 and has been mediating with the CRC court program since 2016. He joined the board in May 2017.

Barbara Camarena

Attorney, Certified Mediator

Barbara has been an attorney for 35 years, working in the public sector (juvenile dependency and child support) as well as in private practice (criminal defense). She has volunteered as a judge pro tem for traffic and small claims courts, taught Criminal Law, Evidence, and Ethics for ten years at an evening law school, and has been a speaker at various legal seminars and trainings. Barbara retired as a Supervising Attorney for Santa Clara County Department of Child Support Services in 2015 and moved to Grass Valley in 2017.

Aaron Casteel

Entrepeneur, Certified Mediator

Aaron comes to mediation from a 30 year career as a technology executive. His roles ranged from startup founder to corporate product manager. He has negotiated multimillion-dollar contracts, resolved complex customer satisfaction issues and collaboratively driven high performance with global teams. From these experiences, he has developed a mediator’s skillset of active listening, interest-based negotiation and turning conflict into opportunity. In 2018, Aaron took the CRC meditation training and completed a certificate program in conflict resolution through U.C. Davis. He has been meditating in both the CRC court program and its community-based meditation program since then. He joined the CRC board in September 2019.