Dr. J.D. Lopez

Vice Chairman

JD is a practicing Medical Hematolgist/Oncologist at NorthBay Cancer Center.  Dr. Lopez is triple board certified in Internal Medicine, Hematology and Oncology.  He retired as a LtCol after 27 years of service in the US Air Force.  JD has  been married to Margret for 27 years and they have two college age sons.

Christopher Sweeney


Elizabeth Capp


Randy Dawson

Kelley Hanson

Board Member

Kelley Hanson, Executive Director of Pace Solano, graduated with a BA in Economics from the University of California, Davis. Following college, Kelley became a Buyer for the Emporium in the Young Men’s Department. She left the Emporium in 1992 to join Levi Strauss & Co. where she became the Business Planning Manager of the Men’s Jeans and Women’s Teleservices Divisions.

In 2003, Kelley was recruited to be the Operations Manager for Connections for Life, a non-profit agency providing living services for individuals with developmental disabilities. In this role, she was also responsible for the total operation of Transportation Connections, a transportation service that scheduled transportation to and from day programs for nearly 1200 developmentally disabled adults in Napa, Solano, and Sonoma Counties. Kelley is the second generation in her family to enter the social services field. In 1987, her mother, Carolyn Dillard, founded Pace (Positive Approach to Consumer Education), a non-profit providing training, education, and work opportunities to individuals with developmental disabilities. Pace merged with USARC, a Fairfield non-profit providing similar services, and is known as Pace Solano today.

In 2006, Kelley became the Chief Financial Officer of Pace Solano where she transitioned into the role of Executive Director in 2007. Pace Solano has an annual budget of nearly $9 million and provides support services and transportation to over 400 individuals at 7 program sites through-out Solano County. Pace is one of the largest employers in Solano County with approximately 200 staff and has been in business for nearly 60 years.

Kelley resides in Vacaville with her husband John and their two children.

Sara Jones

I’ve been a resident of Solano County for 39 years and have worked for the Superior Court of California, County of Solano for 20 years. As the Operations Manager over Civil, Family Law & Adoption, Probate, Juvenile and Family Court Services, I work on several different collaborative groups in an effort to better serve the public and most important the children of Solano County. As a member of the board, we advocate for the best interests of abused and neglected children within the court system. I strive to speak up for the needs of children to ensure they grow up in a safe and secure home.

Esther Lane

Board Member

I’m inspired by CASA Solano’s mission to improve the quality of life for the foster children of Solano County. As a paralegal, my career has focused on helping others. My work has inspired me to develop a strong sense of dedication to the nonprofit sector for many years. I am passionate about channeling my energies to raise funds for the children in my own community all while having fun.

Julia Lopez

Carol Pruett

Carol has been the Chief Administrator at the Dixon Chamber of Commerce for nine years. Carol is in the Dixon Rotary Club and a board member as well as a board member for Travis Regional Armed Forces Committee. (TRAFC) She has been married to her husband Keith for 24 years, has a son Richie 38 & daughter-in law Connie as well as a blended family with Keith & 8 grandchildren. In her spare time she & Keith enjoy time with their friends, playing golf & the occasional get away in their Motor Home.

Nancy Shopay

Nancy has been a CASA board member since March 2018. She lives in Benicia. Nancy earned a BS in Elementary Education specializing in Early Childhood from Central Connecticut State College, a MS in Educational Administration, Supervision and Curriculum Development from Southampton College and Sam Houston State University. She taught kindergarten and was a school administrator for 15 years. Most recently, Nancy was the Executive Officer for a trade association until 2015. Nancy was a member of the Benicia Rotary, and is a Solano County LAFCO commissioner where she serves as the Public member.  Nancy is also involved in the Tim and Jeannie Hamann Foundation, a non-profit organization that assists local cancer patients during their treatment.

Dr. Steve Wilkins

Director Emeritus

Steve Wilkins is a member of the Board of Directors of CASA of Solano County and is a Past Chair of the CASA Board. CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) advocate for youngsters in Foster Care. Steve has served on the CASA Board since 2005. Dr. Wilkins is a consultant in the field of Public Safety Systems. He and his wife Marybeth have lived in Vacaville since 1983. Steve is an active member of the Vacaville Sunrise Rotary Club. He served on the Vacaville Planning Commission for almost 14 years and was the Chairman for five terms. Steve served on the Vacaville City Council for six years. Dr. Wilkins served as the Chair for the Committee Supporting Measures I and M that were successfully passed by Vacaville voters in 2012. Steve is a retired California Highway Patrol Chief. He holds a Doctorate in Public Administration from the University of Southern California. He is also a graduate of the California Peace Officers Standards and Training, Command College focusing on Leadership and Strategic Planning.