Program Director: Family Preservation
Danielle Vanaman joined Stanford Sierra Youth & Families in 2022 as director of the Nevada County Family Preservation program. Prior to joining SSYAF, Danielle served as Program and Clinical Director of a school-based Counseling Enriched Classroom program that works to ensure special-education students receive the mental health support needed for them to succeed on mainstream public school campuses.
Danielle is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT) with over 16 years of experience across residential, community-based, and school-based settings, all focused on empowering youth and families with the tools and support they need to successfully navigate their most challenging moments and circumstances. In addition to her Master of Science in Marriage and Family Therapy, Danielle also holds a Master of Arts in Psychology and Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and English. She is also certified in several therapy styles, including Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy.
Danielle is dedicated to addressing barriers to equity and inclusion in the systems that support youth and families, and she is passionate about elevating family voice and choice. In her free time, she enjoys hiking, yoga, and paddling in the many beautiful trails, lakes, and rivers nearby.