Board of Directors
YWCA Monterey County Board of Directors 2014-2015
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:
Judy Garrison, M.Ed., President
Judy Garrison has managed numerous health care organizations including oncology social work, home health, rehabilitation and hospice. She has co-authored two books on coping with cancer. She has been Project Director for the Every Woman Counts Breast and Cervical Cancer Screening Program for underserved women and Coordinator of the Maternal, Child and Adolescent Health program of Monterey County. She currently presents training in communications and end of life care. As a Board member, she contributes her organizational and development skills to build the success of the YWCA Monterey County.
Anne Sanchez, Vice President
Anne Sanchez recently retired as a Psychology instructor at Hartnell Community College after teaching there for over a decade. Currently, she is an instructor at California State University, Monterey Bay Osher Lifelong Learning Institute. She was also the Regional Director for a successful early intervention alcohol and other drug program for young people and a Human Services consultant. Anne chaired the Monterey County Commission on the Status of Women and has served on several other boards and commissions. She was a founding member of Women Supporting Women at Hartnell and the Association of California State Commissions for Women. Anne brings extensive experience working with women and youth.
Karen D. Kadushin, Secretary
After practicing as a Family Law Specialist in San Francisco, Karen came to Monterey County to be the Dean of the Monterey College of Law. After retiring from the law school she became the Executive Director of COTA and the Women’s Fund of Monterey County. Locally she has served on the Board of Directors of Monterey County Women Lawyers, Pacific Repertory Theater, MPC Foundation, Sunset Cultural Center and The Women’s Fund of Monterey County before joining the Board of YWCA Monterey County. Karen has a B.A. from UCLA and a J.D. from Golden Gate University School of Law. She is the author of Law Practice Management, published by The Rutter Group and has written drama reviews for the Carmel Pine Cone and the Monterey Herald.
Anne Reeves, R.N., B.S.N. is a Supervising Public Health Nurse for Monterey County Health Department. She was formerly Lead Clinical Coordinator for the Every Woman Counts Breast and Cervical Cancer Screening Program. Anne’s commitment to health for underserved families and knowledge of Health Department Programs will be invaluable to the YW’s mission.
Krista Hanni, Board Member
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, Board Member
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.
Stephanie McMurtrie, Board Member
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.
Teri Scarlett, Board Member
Teri Scarlett received
her Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science from CSU, Chico and her Juris
Doctorate from Monterey College of Law. She practiced law in Monterey County
for twenty five years and was a Directing Attorney at California Rural Legal Assistance
where she specialized in domestic violence, guardianships, and landlord/tenant
cases. She has been the Chief Deputy at
the Monterey County Public Guardian office since February of 2012. Teri is a part-time professor at Monterey
College of Law and is one of the supervisors of the Family Law Clinic. She also
taught Real Property law in the past. She has served on several non profit
Boards in Monterey County. At the Public Guardian office, she is responsible
for oversight of the county’s public administrator, representative payee
program, probate conservatorships, and LPS conservatorships.
Erica Valdez, Board Member
Erica Valdez is the newest member of the Board of Directors for the YWCA Monterey County. She
holds a position as Payroll Supervisor at Scheid Vineyards, Inc. Erica
brings 11 years of experience in nonprofit financial and human resources
management. She is
currently full-time student at University of Phoenix pursuing her degree
in Business Finance, along with serving as Communications Chair for the
Gonzales Music Program. She lives in Gonzales with her husband and four