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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:

Anne Sanchez, 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.

Anne Reeves, Vice President

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, Treasurer 

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.

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 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 children. 


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