Maggie Melone-Echiburú is the Director of K-12 STEM Programs at Hartnell College. Maggie is honored to be part of a leading educational organization that has had the wisdom of making K-12 STEM education an important stepping stone for the youth in the community. Having one of nine NASA MAA programs in the country here in Salinas is such an honor and creating a pathway for young students to pursue careers in Computer Science through Coder Dojo Steinbeck County is an opportunity for all our community. Maggie is married to Brett Melone and together live with their three children, Caetano, Vinicius and Stella in Prunedale, CA.
Audrey Pierson is an Engineered Systems Sales Manager 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 11 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. She is also a member of the Salinas Valley Business Women’s Network. 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.
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.
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.
A native Californian by birth, Tracy moved back to the state in 1990 to begin her career as an atmospheric scientist with the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory. She has enjoyed living in and being surrounded by the natural beauty of the Monterey Bay area: hiking, biking, camping, and beach combing all along the Central CA coast. Ms. Haack served as an advocate for the MCRCC dating back to the Fall of 2013 and considers her volunteer work with the Center one of the most rewarding experiences. She, her husband, and teenage daughter truly appreciate visiting the country's National Parks and taking road trips in all the western states.
Chief Adele Fresé
Chief Adele H. Fresé joined the Salinas Police Department in 2016 after more than 20 years with other law enforcement agencies. She began her career of public service in the United States Marine Corps, serving from 1985 until 1992. In 1994 she joined City of Corpus Christi Police Department as a Patrol Officer and was promoted to Senior Office in 1997. Between 2008 and 2014 Chief Fresé served as a Police Commander/ Deputy Chief for the City of Corpus Christi. From 2014 until becoming the Salinas Chief, she served as the Chief of Police for the city of Greenfield, California, where she worked to foster an environment of accountability, collaboration, and safety. Chief Fresé holds a Master of Science in Public Safety Degree, as well as a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice Degree and numerous additional certificates.
Karen Kamachi, MD
Karen Kamachi attended Northwestern University Medical School. She subsequently completed her Pediatric Residency and Adolescent Medicine Specialty training. She practiced pediatrics in Salinas until six years ago when she retired.
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.
Maija West, Esq.
Immediate Past President
Maija West is a licensed attorney and the owner of the Law Office of Maija West and Moxie Lab Leadership. Professionally, she has a strong background in non-profit operations and board governance. Outside of her work, she is very involved in community issues, especially related to the issue of human trafficking. She is married and the mother of an entertaining middle school girl.
Dionne Ybarra is a second generation Mexican-American, who was raised in East Salinas. She is the founding Executive Director of The Wahine Project, a 501(c)3 nonprofit that has served over 10,000 girls and women. It is responsible for bringing the diversity of Monterey County's young women into a relationship with the ocean and with one another. She also works for The Nature Conservancy, the worlds largest environmental nonprofit. There she works on the Indigenous Peoples & Local Communities Team as an Operations Manager, as well as being on the Global Lands Finance team. The Global Lands Finance team is responsible for a variety of projects and financial accountability that assists work in 22 countries. Dionne holds two appointed Monterey County Commission Seats, Commission on the Status on Women & the Equal Opportunity Advisory Board where she sits as a chairperson. Dionne is married, the mother of 4 sons, 1 adopted daughter, ages 3-27 and a Pacific Grove resident for 23 years. In her previous career as a Parent Educator, she attended over 150 births assisting women in childbirth. Her passion has been serving women and families throughout her career.