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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. 

Mary Kay Hamilton, Director

Mary Kay Hamilton has a BA in Psychology and a MEd in Counseling. Other education background is in non-profit management and women’s studies. She is also a Certified InterPlay Leader. Mary Kay retired in 2014, most recently from the past 12 years as Senior Women’s Therapist and Intern Supervisor at Genesis Women’s Shelter and Support in Dallas, Texas. She also worked for the YWCA of Metro Dallas briefly administering a counseling program. Mary Kay Hamilton comes to YWCA with a passion for helping women and their children recover from abusive relationships. Her interests are mainly in the knowledge, skills and support that will help them be safe and successful.

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.

Jaime Schrabeck, Director 

For more than 20 years, Jaime Schrabeck, Ph.D., has worked as a licensed manicurist and owner of Precision Nails in Carmel, CA. Beyond the salon, she serves as Competition Director for Global Beauty Masters, teaches extensively at major beauty shows, writes savvy articles, consults with leading manufacturers and other salon owners/manicurists and advises California's Board of Barbering and Cosmetology. Jaime earned her Ph.D. in Education from the University of California at Davis and uses her academic experiences to advocate for greater opportunities, both educational and vocational.

Rosemary Soto, Director 

Rosemary Soto is a Salinas native with 14 years of experience in violence prevention and intervention efforts addressing gender-based violence, child abuse and gang violence. She isa Management Analyst for the Office of Community Engagement and Advocacy in the Monterey County Administrative Office, leading the County’s violence prevention initiative with a focus on addressing root causes to achieve equity. Rosemary has served as a volunteer on the Commission on Status of Women, the Domestic Violence Coordinating Council, Monterey County Chapter of the National Political Women’s Caucus, Latino Network of Monterey County, Salinas Graffiti Task Force, and the Salinas Neighborhoods Council. She volunteers with the Hijos Del Sol Arts Productions, Urban Arts Collaborative, and writes a monthly column for El Sol, highlighting the positive stories of Salinas and Monterey County residents and groups. Rosemary has served Building Healthy Communities since its early planning stages in 2009, and continues to support various BHC supported initiatives including, Ciclovia, Adelante Con Orgullo Mujer Inmigrante, and MILPA. She is a member of La Colectiva de Mujeres, a women’s collective committed to policy and systems change for equity through a healing informed approach.

 Sara Sturtevant, Director

Sara Sturtevant, DirectorLead Attorney & Mediator, is a licensed California attorney specializing in mediation and family law. Until August 2015, she was Associate Dean at Monterey College of Law and created and directed the school’s Practical Lawyering Program. Sara continues to serve as adjunct faculty at MCL. Before joining Monterey College of Law, Sara worked at the court’s Self-Help Center in Monterey County. As an attorney and mediator, Sara believes that people have their own best solutions to any problem they face. This has led her to help create programs in community mediation and self-help legal education to provide resources for people to access when facing legal problems. Sara was educated at New College of California’s School of Law, University of Houston, and Modesto Junior College. Sara lives in Salinas, CA with her spouse Cathy, five dogs and three cats. Sara is known for her love of all things sci-fi, including Doctor Who, Star Trek, and Firefly. An avid reader, she is always searching for new fiction or non-fiction material to read.




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