Board of Directors
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
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
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.
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
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, Director, Lead 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.