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YWCA Monterey County Board of Directors, FY 2015-2016

YWCA Monterey County Board of Directors guides the YWCA in pursuit of our mission to eliminate racism and empower women. Our current board members are:

Krista Hanni, President

Krista Hanni has been with the Monterey County Health Department since 2002, first as an epidemiologist and most recently as the manager of the Department’s Planning, Evaluation, and Policy Unit. She has a PhD in Epidemiology from UC Davis. She is a member of several local coalitions, including East Salinas’ Building Healthy Communities and the Early Childhood Development Initiative. She is very committed to local community empowerment as a means of reducing health inequities.

Debbie Howitt, Secretary

Debbie Howitt is the Leadership Gift Officer at CSUMB. Prior to joining higher education, she was involved with the medical community as the Public Relations Coordinator at Natividad Medical Center and then as the Senior Development Officer at CHOMP. Debbie brings with her 12 years of experience and knowledge in development and fundraising.

Maribel Roque, Treasurer

Maribel Roque has over 19 years of experience working in radio and television and is currently working as a Marketing Consultant for Clear Channel Media and Entertainment. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Marketing Degree from the University of Phoenix. She has served on other boards and as a volunteer to many local organizations and schools (such as Adelante Mujer Hispana, Everyday Latina, Gil Basketball Academy, Sacred Heart School Walk-a-thon, CA Rodeo Stick horse). She was born and raised and holds strong roots in the Salinas Valley and is eager to give back to her community. 

Willette Jones, Director

Since 1999, Willette Jones has been the owner of Willette Jones State Farm in Salinas. She holds a BS in Business Administration at the University of Arkansas. She currently serves as a board member for the Emmanuel Church of God in Christ in Seaside and is Treasurer forMonterey Bay Links. Willette is also a member of the Salinas Valley Chamber of Commerce and serves as Treasurer for Monterey Bay Links. She is committed to the belief that all women should have the opportunity to achieve success in life without the hindrances of abuse, inequality and racism. Willette believes in women’s empowerment through education, a higher spiritual belief and guidance to achieve the visions, goals and dreams that they set for themselves.

Stephanie McMurtrie, Director 

Stephanie McMurtrie received her Bachelor’s Degree in Finance from California Polytechnic State University at San Luis Obispo, and her Master of Health Science Degree from the Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health in Baltimore. Most recently she was the Regional Program Manager for Planned Parenthood Mar Monte directing the evidence-based community health education programs in Monterey, Santa Cruz, and San Benito counties. She has been involved in numerous community collaborations and partnerships, including on the Monterey County Teen Pregnancy Prevention Practitioner Advisory Board and the Girls’ Health in Girls’ Hands countywide initiative through the Women’s Fund of the Community Foundation for Monterey County. Previously she has held positions at the Population Council Mexico City office, the Bill and Melinda Gates Institute for Population and Reproductive Health, the Guttmacher Institute, and the UCSF Bixby Center for Global Reproductive Health. She brings both a domestic and international perspective to her role on the Board, having traveled and worked abroad, where she focused primarily on women and children. Additionally she has co-authored several publications on women’s health. 

Clarissa Perez, Director 

Clarissa Perez works for Heald College as a Career Services Advisor. She is a life-long resident of Greenfield, CA, and a graduate of Fresno City College. Clarissa enjoys networking throughout Monterey County and building professional relationships. Having had two close friends who experienced abusive intimate relationships, she has witness first-hand the long-term impacts of domestic violence on women and children. Although one friend eventually left her abuser, the second friend was ultimately killed at the hands of her partner. Clarissa herself was involved in an abusive relationship for a short period of time, but ultimately empowered herself to change her life and her decisions – for herself and the sake of her children. She feels deeply connected to and passionate about the YWCA Monterey’s mission to eliminate racism and empower women.


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