Our Team

Get to know the staff that makes up Coastal Kids’ compassionate, professional team.

Margy Mayfield, RN, BSN, Co-founder, Executive Director, began her nursing career in 1986 at UCSF Hospital where she discovered her love of pediatric nursing. In 1991 she joined Pediatric Home Health and has been supervising pediatric nursing programs in the home health setting ever since. In June of 2005 Margy co-founded Coastal Kids Home Care, a labor of love and her proudest accomplishment. Margy has been honored with the Award of Excellence from The End of Life Nursing Consortium for her work with terminal children, and in 2007 Coastal Kids was recognized by “Mbay Kids” as an outstanding non-profit. Margy’s other “labors of love” are her 2 daughters, her husband and the cheerleading team she has coached since 2005.

Ruth Emerson, LCSW, Director of Palliative Care and Bereavement, received her undergraduate degree from U.C. Davis in Sociology and a master’s degree in Social Work from California State University, Sacramento, specializing in medical social work, death/dying, and grief. She joined Coastal Kids Home Care in 2010 after working with adult hospice patients in Monterey County for seven years. She obtained a Licensed Clinical Social Worker degree in 2015. She is passionate about her work with Coastal Kids and food, chocolate and celebrating birthdays!

Nan Ferrell, RPT, has a B.A. from the University of California Berkeley and an M.A. in Physical Therapy (specialty in Pediatrics) from Stanford University. She has worked in a variety of pediatric physical therapy settings since 1975, including CCS (Alameda County), Early Intervention (S.F. State & Portland OR), VNA (Central Coast) and Coastal Kids Home Care since it’s inception in 2005. Her passion is working with infants and toddlers and their families, while her other loves include travel, art, literature and film.

Kelli Mullen Brown, MA, Development Director, has twenty years of experience working in non-profits in the United States and internationally. After graduating from the University of Notre Dame she volunteered as a child advocate and later pursued her MA in Conflict Management from Johns Hopkins, SAIS. Her subsequent work for international organizations involved designing conflict prevention and disaster response programs in Europe and Asia. As a mother of three young children, including a son with special healthcare needs, Kelli is honored to work with the dedicated Coastal Kids team.

Cassondra Gonzalez, Community Engagement Officer, received her bachelor’s degree from CSU Monterey Bay in Human Communications in 2009. Following college, she worked as a Pre-K Teacher at the Monterey Road Child Development Center for five years where she grew to love children. She moved on to be an Events Coordinator for at the Presidio of Monterey. A new member to the Coastal Kids family and ready to put her event planning experience to work!

Judy Modderman Marshall, MOT, OTR/L, SWC, Clinical Specialist, received her undergraduate degree from UC Santa Barbara in Developmental Psychology and her master’s degree in Occupational Therapy from Samuel Merritt University.  She has nearly 20 years experience as a pediatric occupational therapist including more than 13 years at Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital @ Stanford University Medical Center. Her specialties include oncology, feeding & swallowing disorders, palliative & end of life care and program development. Judy is passionate about working with seriously ill children and believes children thrive well in their natural home environment.

Pamela Way, RN graduated from Massachusetts General Hospital School of Nursing and worked for 25 years in Pediatrics/PICU at Santa Clara Valley Medical Center in San Jose before joining CKHC in 2010. She adores working with children. Pamela lives in Santa Cruz where she gardens and is active in her church. She loves to swim, and go to the beach to walk her two wonderful dogs, Kleo and Buckley.

Lupe De La Fuente, RN, migrated to the U.S. from Mexico as a young girl and worked in the fields with her parents from 18-22 years old when she began nursing school. She has been a bilingual nurse educator in Watsonville, Salinas and the Monterey Peninsula for over 20 years. She helped to establish all the Primary Care Clinics for the Monterey County Health Dept. including the Student Health Center at CSUMB. She also helped co-ordinate the CPSP program at the Seaside Family Health Center where she discovered her forte, women’s health. She taught CPR, first aid, parent education, childbirth, and certification classes for nurses’ aides at Salinas Adult School for over 15 years. Lupe loves to teach and empower Hispanic women and their families.

Maria Ceja, Office Manager, joined Coastal Kids in 2009. She is a Certified Tax Preparer with a bachelor’s degree in accounting, and is currently pursuing her CPA license. Prior to joining Coastal Kids she managed a chiropractic office for eight years. As a mother of three, her passion is to see the organization grow, enabling it to serve more children and families in need.

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