Larry Dunn

Larry Dunn

Ministry Director

Larry is a veteran of the United States Marine Corps (rifleman) & the U.S. Navy (hospital corpsman).  After military service, he worked as an ICU nurse, and later as an Histologist for Humana Corporation. In 1986 Larry returned to school, earning a Bachelor’s degree in Public Administration from CSU Chico. He then went to work in the public criminal justice sector, where his responsibilities included legislative implementation, policy development, grant management, as well as staff training & development. In 2012 Larry retired after serving 23 as a peace officer for the State of California.  Larry & his wife Tina live in the Oroville area.

Inspiring quote:

“How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world.” –Anne Frank

Megan Reyes

Megan Reyes

Licensed Case Social Worker

I grew up in Oroville, went to Oroville schools and spent 6 years away while I attend Point Loma Nazarene University followed by Sacramento State to obtain my Master’s in Social Work. I moved back to Oroville because even when I was away God was drawing me back to this town and the people who gave so much to me while I was growing up. I have worked for Youth For Change in a number of capacities over the last 7 years and completed the necessary requirements for my LCSW in March 2012. I look forward to serving God, my church and the community through this exciting new ministry.

Angie Merino

Angie Merino

Case Coach Coordinator

My family and I moved to Oroville in 1990 when I was three years old. We not only found Jesus but a community at Oro Naz that we soon called family. Without much extended family or support, we relied on families from our community. After attending Point Loma Nazarene University I returned to Oroville with new eyes and saw a need for the hope I had in Jesus to shine into the community I came from. I decided to move back to Oroville and pursue a career in social services. In my work as an in home case manager for pregnant and parenting teens and a group facilitator in Butte County Juvenile Hall, I got to know the needs and resources in our community. The Lord has called me to give hope and encouragement to families in the Oroville area. This calling fits perfectly within the Safe Families ministry.

Shane Heldman

Shane Heldman

Pastoral Lead / Family Friends Coordinator

In 2001 our family moved to Oroville to find a community that is rich in resources, with Lake Oroville surrounded by the foothills of the Sierra Mountains, yet there was something that broke our hearts for Oroville. We knew without a doubt that God was calling us to a life of ministry here. My husband has a Garage door and gate business in Oroville and I have served as the Children’s Pastor at OroNaz for 13 years now. I love working with children and young families who have tasted the bitter side of life, because I see so much potential in every life. Safe Families fits so well with seeing these families have a fighting chance at changing a legacy for generations to come. I am here to serve young families through Safe Families, and I believe God is going to use this ministry to change the community of Oroville one life at a time!

Dale Marsh

Dale Marsh

Assistant Pastoral Lead / Recovery Advocate

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Deborah Martinez

Deborah Martinez

Host Family Advocate

Dave and I have been married 32 years. We moved to Oroville early 1992 with our 3 young children. Those youngsters are now grown and have given us 6 beautiful grandchildren. Dave works at Oroville Hospital as a RN and I worked in school bussing for 20 years but after becoming foster parents June 1992 I left that job to be at home. I have had the desire to help children since I was a child myself. I learned about Safe-Families a few years ago at a children’s conference and came away thinking the Safe-Families approach to helping families was very loving and supportive and it would meet a need in community of Oroville. I’m very excited to be part of this ministry.