Board of Directors
YWCA Monterey County Board of Directors 2013-2014
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 County Herald.
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.
Anne Reeves, Treasurer
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.
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
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 2012.
Teria 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.