Campus Advocacy Program Manager
Lorelei Ahlemeyer is the Campus Advocacy Manager at CSU Monterey Bay, where she enjoys empowering survivors of sexual assault. She previously worked for the Kansas Attorney General as a System-Based Advocate under the Sexual Assault Kit Initiative. She served on a statewide multi-disciplinary team to improve the lives of sexual assault survivors and worked on a committee to develop new investigative model policies for law enforcement. She received a Distinguished Service Recognition Award from the Kansas Bureau of Investigation for her work with survivors.
Lorelei is a graduate of the University of Nebraska-Kearney, where she received a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice and a Master’s in Education in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. In her free time, she enjoys hiking, reading, and spending time with her family.
Maria started her career with the Monterey County Rape Crisis Center in 2004. She began as a volunteer before becoming the Administrative Assistant for the Monterey office. Maria is bilingual, a certified self-defense instructor, and a child abuse prevention educator.
Lauren was hired as the Deputy Director after earning a Master of Public Administration from the Middlebury Institute of International Studies where she focused research and course work on sexual violence and organizational capacity building. Lauren’s passion in life is rooted in MCRCC’s vision to end sexual violence, and all forms of violence. Though this passion may sometimes appear singular, she also deeply loves the natural beauty of Monterey County, her three-legged dog, family, friends, cooking, growing dahlias, and her co-workers at MCRCC who amaze her with their brilliance and dedication everyday.
Prevention Program Director
Nicole is a graduate of CSU Monterey Bay, where she earned her Bachelors of Science in Communication Design. While her degree is technology centered, her true passion is the empowerment of women and girls worldwide and is a passionate advocate for social justice and equality.
Erin McLaughlin Ortiz
Community Engagement Director
Erin joined MCRCC in 2016 as an Outreach and Event Coordinator. She graduated from Michigan State University with a Bachelor's of Communication in 2007 in her home state of Michigan, where she also volunteered as a sexual assault crisis advocate. Her background includes working at various non-profits providing outreach and direct services, and as an administrator for an AmeriCorps tutoring program serving Monterey County schools. She enjoys taking advantage of the beautiful scenery and activities in Monterey County.
Jessica joined us in 2021 as our Child Abuse Prevention Educator. Before beginning this role, Jessica volunteered for MCRCC and worked as a counselor at an eating disorder recovery center. She graduated from UC Santa Cruz in 2020 with degrees in Literature and Fine Arts and since then has continued school studying psychology. Jessica is deeply fulfilled by her role as a prevention educator because her passion is centered in providing survivors the tools and resources they need to feel cared for and empowered in their everyday lives. Outside of work, she loves running, painting, writing, and printmaking.
Diana V Beltran is a graduate of San Jose State University where she earned her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology. She plans to continue school to receive her Master’s and become a licensed professional clinical counselor and Marriage and Family Therapist.
Diana is passionate about giving back to her community, and as a Prevention Educator, she aspires to empower individuals by encouraging them to find and use their voice.
Along with this work, one of her ambitions is to generate and implement new ideas to improve and advocate for various populations.
Clinical Services Director
Cindy is a licensed clinical social worker. She received her BA from Vassar College in New York and her MSW from Simmons College School of Social Work in Boston. Before coming to Monterey County Rape Crisis Center, she worked for 11 years at the D’Arrigo Children’s Clinic at Kinship Center, providing therapy to children and their families, as well as providing a myriad of other supportive roles within the clinic. She is very excited to be part of MCRCC.
Crisis Intervention Specialist
Leslie Donato-Ramirez is proud to have been raised in the Salinas Valley and has a great love and appreciation for her community. One of her great passions in life is to help people on the road to recovery, and to help underserved populations. It is her hope to be the guiding light for survivors of abuse so that they may feel safe and to find strength, healing, and peace once again. Leslie’s educational background includes a B.S from the University of Phoenix in Human Services with a concentration in Family and Child Services. She plans to continue her education to ultimately earn an M.S in Counseling/Marriage, Family and Child Therapy. In her free time you can find her reading about psychology and spending quality time with her husband, two precious little girls and extended family. She is overwhelmed with excitement to be part of the MCRCC team.
Robyn is a 2015 graduate of CSU Monterey Bay, where she earned her Bachelors of Arts in Collaborative Health and Human Services with a concentration in Public Administration. While she attended CSUMB, she interned for three semesters with MCRCC’s outreach program.
Community Engagement Specialist
Bianca attended San Jose State University for her undergraduate and graduate degrees, where she earned a Masters in Sociology. Much of her research was done on the topic of sexual consent in high school sex education curriculums. Her background includes working at various non-profits such as CASA of Monterey County and our local Planned Parenthood Mar Monte. Outside of work, she enjoys hiking, running, grabbing an iced coffee while reading feminist literature or simply taking care of her plants. She is very excited to work with the community and be a part of the MCRCC.
Crisis Intervention Services Director
Paola moved to Monterey from Sacramento to attend school, where she obtained her B.A. in Psychology at CSU Monterey Bay. She started volunteering at MCRCC in Fall 2016 as an Advocate. She plans to continue school and obtain her Master's in Social Work with hopes of one day working as a therapist with survivors of trauma. She is beyond excited to be a part of the team at MCRCC. In her free time, she loves to go back to Sacramento and spend time with her family and Maximo her dog.
Human Trafficking Outreach Specialist
Rita graduated from CSU, Monterey Bay with a B.A. in Spanish Literature and Culture, after which she decided to focus on serving her community in Salinas as an ESL instructor and working with non-profits like the Central Coast Citizenship Project. She also attended graduate school at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies and plans to eventually finish her M.A. in Translation and Interpretation. She began her journey with MCRCC in 2019 so that she could continue to serve and advocate for her community by teaching children about safety and empowerment. Though her degree focuses on language studies, Rita is passionate about spreading awareness of social justice issues and encouraging empowerment within her community.
Carl is the My Strength Club facilitator whose passion is to inspire young men throughout Monterey County towards ending sexual violence. The clubs that Carl facilitates helps young men recognize and challenge the rigid gender stereotypes and social norms that allow sexual violence to exist in any community.
Lydia is a graduate of Kalamazoo College in Michigan, where she earned her Bachelors of Arts in Psychology and Spanish. In 2019, she moved across the country to pursue her passion for comprehensive sex education and sexual violence prevention. Lydia spent two years as a sexual and reproductive health educator, and now runs the Our Voice prevention clubs with high school students in Monterey County. Outside of work, her passions include hiking, playing ultimate frisbee, dancing, and spending time with loved ones!
Child Abuse Treatment Program Manager
Prior to Rosa’s position as the Child Abuse Treatment (CHAT) Program Manager for The Monterey County Rape Crisis Center, she was in Child Abuse Prevention for seven years. She graduated from CSUMB with a BA degree in Collaborative Health and Human Services with a concentration in social work.