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Board Officers

Board President Maija West, Esq.

Maija West, Esq.

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.

Tom Berg, MFT

Vice President

Thomas Berg received his Master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy in 1983. Since that time, he has specialized in the field of sexual abuse and assault, with a particular focus on understanding and treating childhood sexual abuse.

He was the co-founder of the Chesapeake Institute, a center devoted to treatment, research and training regarding sexual abuse and assault, and served as clinical and executive director for ten years. During his tenure there and in the years since, Mr. Berg has provided training throughout the U.S. and to U.S. military throughout Europe to therapists, law enforcement, social workers, judges and attorneys, physicians and others on the many diverse topics related to sexual abuse and assault.

In 1985, Mr. Berg wrote the grant proposal that established the first National Resource Center on Childhood Sexual Abuse (funded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services) and also served as its first Director of Clinical Programs for three years. In 1987, he also received the Distinguished Service Award from the U.S. Army for his work in providing training and program development.

In 2001, Mr. Berg moved to Monterey and became the Behavioral Health Services Manager with Monterey County Children’s Behavioral Health, developing and overseeing all mental health services provided to County children, youth and families in foster care due to severe abuse and neglect. In addition, he is the founder of Monterey County’s Juvenile Sex Offender Response Team, providing expert assessment, treatment, and support to offenders and their victims. Mr. Berg retired from Monterey County in July 2016 but remains dedicated to supporting the work and staff of the Monterey County Rape Crisis Center.

Board Treasurer Maggie Melone-Echiburú

Maggie Melone-Echiburú

Treasurer

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.

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 Members

Board Member Karen Kamachi, MD

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 four years ago when she retired. 

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 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.

Board Member Chief Adele Fresé

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.

Audrey Pierson

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.

Board Member Elizabeth Ramírez

Elizabeth Ramírez

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.