Our Staff

Nina Machado, Executive Director
Nina has resided in Amador County since 1990.  Nina was hired as the Executive Director of First 5 Amador in March 2002.  Prior to this, she worked in the area of Public Health for ten years.  For five of those years, Nina assisted Amador County Public Health Nursing with the Child Health and Disability Prevention Program and eventually moved into a health education position with Tobacco Reduction of Amador County.  Nina worked closely with the community and local governments to gain policies and ordinances regarding youth access to tobacco and environmental tobacco smoke.  Nina has two grown children and serves as a board member of a local non-profit that provides support to cancer patients and their families.

Nina Machado as a child

Tracy Carlton, Project Coordinator
Tracy came to work for the Commission in 2001 after completing her Master's Degree in Social & Cultural Anthropology. She has experience in both the non-profit and private sectors, including skills in strategic planning, database management, and business planning. Tracy has lived in Amador County since 1999. She has a strong commitment to children, regenerative agriculture and ecology, the creative arts, and working towards a more compassionate and just society.

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Tassie Earnest, Welcome Baby Coordinator

Tassie grew up on a farm in Kentucky with her 9 siblings and parents that loved reading, learning and the land. She moved to Amador County in the spring of 2015 with her family. Tassie enjoys the beautiful landscape and agriculture of the area. She has a Bachelors of Science degree in Health Promotion with a lifelong love of children and education. With a variety of work experiences with children and families, including her own 5 children, she thoroughly enjoys the opportunity to know and support the families in our community through the Welcome Baby program, First 5 events, and community collaboration. 

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Shannon Puente, Early Learning Coordinator

Shannon grew up in Amador County and has always had a passion for the Early Childhood years.
Shannon has a Bachelor's degree in Early Childhood Education and was a licensed family child care
provider for 6 years. She has worked in various Early learning settings including 8 years in Early
Childhood Special Education, working with preschool-age children with special needs. She came to
work for First 5 Amador in 2022 and resides in Amador County with her husband and two children.