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Board Officers

Audrey Pierson

President

Audrey Pierson is Vice President of Sales with First Alarm in Monterey, having been involved in electronic security for almost 30 years. She brings her expertise and love of sales, marketing, training and sales management to the MCRCC board. A previous MCRCC board member and president, she is our Together With Love Run/Walk emcee. Audrey and her husband, Hugh, built an electronic security company, Pierson Security, (donating the Monterey office’s alarm to MCRCC), which they sold to First Alarm 15 years ago. Audrey served 12 years on the board of the Professional Women’s Network of Monterey, including two terms as president, and was named a Woman of the Year. Audrey lives on the Carmel River in Carmel Valley with her husband, Hugh, and their three Australian Shepherds, whose favorite pastime is herding their two grandsons during their weekly sleepovers.

 

Karen Hagman

Vice President

As a Financial Advisor with Edward Jones, Karen's professional mission is to uplift women and their families to own their financial future. Karen is a passionate advocate for community-centered movements and their power to change the world. Karen's passion for improving her community began at her first job at the YWCA Monterey County. Before joining the Monterey County Rape Crisis Center, she served on the boards of IMPOWER, Hartnell College's Women's Education & Leadership Institute, and the Alzheimer's Association. When Karen is not busy helping others plan for retirement, she enjoys hiking with her two dogs and husband on California's central coast.

Board Secretary Kevin Cahill

Kevin Cahill

Secretary

Kevin Cahill is the Director of the Communication Design program in the School of Computing and Design at California State University Monterey Bay. Kevin has a MFA degree from Cranbrook Academy of Art and has taught Graphic Design, Communication Criticism, Multimedia, Ethics and Current Issues in Communications Technology and Web Design. Most recently, he was the Art Director for CalStateTEACH, the California State University system's first statewide, online teacher credential program. Kevin was also a key instructor in the Imagine College Summer Institute where he taught multimedia and web design to at-risk high school students. Kevin lives in Salinas with his husband and Pacific Grove native, Chip Lenno.

 

Board Member Elizabeth Ramírez

Elizabeth Ramírez

Treasurer

Elizabeth L. Ramírez is a Spanish bilingual, bicultural family psychotherapist with a Marriage and Family Therapy license. She currently has a private practice offering counseling services to individuals, children and families. She has been providing counseling services in the Monterey County community for 16 years with various community agencies, and the most recent 9 years in private practice. She also focused on academic counseling at the Community College level, holding a position with the Educational Opportunity Programs & Services (EOPS) at Hartnell College. She has enjoyed creating a home in the Monterey Bay through professional activities and exploring the surrounding natural beauty. She has experienced the natural beauty while participating in a favorite pastime – running and training for races.

Caroline Diaz

Advocate Representative

Caroline Diaz is a Customer Alliance Specialist in the medical device manufacturing industry where she specializes in collaboration and advocacy support for health challenged patients.  Caroline is a lifelong resident of Seaside, CA and has a true passion for advocacy, restorative justice and healing within the community. Caroline began her career in community service work volunteering for the YWCA, supporting domestic violence prevention education focusing on resiliency with the safe house program. Caroline is an advocate for the Monterey County Rape Crisis Center (MCRCC) and provides victim support on the helpline. Caroline is also a Victim-Offender Restorative Justice Mediator who provides support and education to those affected by conflict, to encourage accountability, reparation and empathy.  In 2018, Caroline earned her Associates Degree in Human Services from Monterey Peninsula College.  She is currently attending California State University Monterey Bay (CSUMB) majoring in Psychology. Outside of work, school and volunteering, in her free time Caroline enjoys spending time with family, watching movies, working out and meditating.

Yoka van Woerden

Advocate Representative

Yoka van Woerden has worked internationally in business in the fashion industry, coordinating and supervising the work of many workers in getting products from factory to market. While in Italy she acted as a Business Developer, traveling and working abroad in France, China, Canada, and the United States. She has launched start-ups and managed the logistics and financial side of various businesses. Her experience in budgeting and capital allocation optimized the functionality for each business at which she worked. As an advocate for MCRCC, Yoka provides support to survivors via the helpline and forensic exams. Currently serving as one of the advocate representatives to the Board, she is also the business manager for her husband's law firm.  
 

Board Members

Dennis J. Alexander

Dennis Alexander grew up in Milwaukee, WI and received his Bachelor of Business Administration degree from the University of Wisconsin, Madison. He moved to the Monterey area in 1990 to study at the Middlebury Institute of International Relations at Monterey, where he received his MBA. A resident of Seaside since 1996, he was elected to the Seaside City Council for two terms, ending in 2018.  Dennis is a retired teacher and reserve police officer. He served in the U.S. Peace Corps in the Philippines, and his local community volunteer experience includes Rebuilding Together Monterey-Salinas, the American Red Cross, Monterey County Sheriff’s Search and Rescue Team, Monterey County AIDS Project, and Monterey County Rape Crisis Center.

Ana Ibarra-Castro

Ana Ibarra-Castro is Executive Director and Co-Founder of Xinampa, a local non-profit focused on developing an equitable bioeconomy for the Central Coast. Ana graduated from UC Berkeley with a degree in Public Health and throughout her career, she has worked as a researcher in the fields of plant pathology, cognitive neuroscience, public health, and most recently, social capital. She is passionate about leveraging her interdisciplinary experience and passion for social justice to foster community health & wellness with a focus on prevention. 

Vanessa Lopez-Littleton, Ph. D, RN

Dr. Vanessa Lopez-Littleton is an Associate Professor in the Department of Health, Human Services, and Public Policy at California State University, Monterey Bay (CSUMB) where she teaches public administration, research methods, and capstone courses. Dr. Lopez-Littleton’s teaching and research interests include health inequities, the social determinants of health, and social equity. Dr. Lopez-Littleton graduated from the University of Central Florida with a Ph. D in Public Affairs with an emphasis in health services management. She is a U.S. Army veteran and registered nurse who enjoys dancing, comedy, and traveling.

Alysia Morales

Alysia Morales is a Senior Paralegal and works at the Law Office of Maija West, PC in Monterey. Alysia enjoys volunteering in her community and has continuously volunteered as a board member for the parent teacher association at her daughter's school for over four years. As a survivor, Alysia believes in ongoing advocacy, and support for all. Alysia and her husband, Luis have an incredibly sweet 9 year old daughter, and live in Pacific Grove. Outside of work, Alysia enjoys exercising, writing children's books and spending time with her family in nature.

Board Member Jeannine Pacioni

Jeannine Pacioni

Ms. Pacioni received her Bachelor of Science degree from Northern Arizona University. After receiving her Juris Doctorate Degree from the University of San Diego, School of Law in 1990, she became licensed to practice law in the states of California and Arizona. She worked as a Deputy District Attorney for the Kern County District Attorney’s Office in 1990 and joined the Monterey County District Attorney’s Office in 1992 as a Deputy District Attorney. She is now serving as Monterey County's District Attorney. Ms. Pacioni is involved in the Monterey County Bar Association, the California District Attorneys Association, Monterey County Peace Officers Association and currently serves as a member to the Board of Directors of the National Charity League, Monterey Bay, Monterey County Rape Crisis Center, Monterey County Children’s Council and the Child Abuse Prevention Council.

Marcia Parsons

Marcia Parsons is a retired Chief Probation Officer for Monterey County.  Prior to that, she was the Assistant Chief for 11 years. Marcia started her career in Probation in 1964 while attending San Jose State University.  Upon graduation with a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology with an Emphasis in Corrections, she became a Deputy Probation Officer for the County of Santa Clara, moving shortly thereafter to Monterey County where she served as a Deputy Probation Officer until 1970.  Following a 20 year hiatus from the workplace, during which she played a lot of tennis, raised a beautiful daughter, and received her Juris Doctorate Degree from the Monterey College of Law, she returned to the field of Probation in Monterey County. Over the years, she worked her way up through the ranks to the position she holds today.

Marcia has always appreciated the very valuable work performed by the Monterey County Rape Crisis Center. She is looking to provide support in any way possible and will continue to enter the annual Together with Love Run.  As an avid runner, she runs many races every year but TWL is her absolute favorite!