YWCA Monterey Board of Directors
Krista Hanni, President
Krista Hanni has been with the Monterey County Health Department since 2002. Her first role there as an epidemiologist and most recently she serves as the manager of the Department’s Planning, Evaluation, and Policy Unit. She has a Ph.D. in Epidemiology from UC Davis. Krista is a member of several local coalitions, including Impact Monterey County Network and Bright Beginnings. She is very committed to local community empowerment as a means of reducing health inequities. Krista brings science and policy leadership, experience and passion to our Board of Directors.
Rosemary Soto, Vice President
First of all, Rosemary Soto is a Salinas native with 14 years of experience in violence prevention and intervention. Her efforts address gender-based violence, child abuse, and gang violence in our county. Likewise, she is a Management Analyst for the Office of Community Engagement and Advocacy in the Monterey County Administrative Office. There she leads the County’s violence prevention initiatives with a focus on addressing root causes to achieve equity. Hence Rosemary has served as a volunteer on the Commission on Status of Women and Domestic Violence Coordinating Council. Similarly, Rosemary also participates in National Political Women’s Caucus and Latino Network of Monterey County. Additionally, In the arts, she volunteers with the Hijos Del Sol Arts Productions and Urban Arts Collaborative. Furthermore, as a writer, she contributes to a monthly column for El Sol.
Finally, Rosemary has served Building Healthy Communities (BHC) since its early planning stages in 2009. She continues to work on related initiatives including, Ciclovia, Adelante Con Orgullo Mujer Inmigrante, and MILPA. Most noteworthy, Rosemary 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. We are extremely lucky to have her breadth of experience in education and politics and strong sense of purpose with us on our Board of Directors.
Stephanie Mason, Treasurer
Stephanie Mason moved to Salinas in 1999 with her husband David. He supported and encouraged her to go back to school and take classes at Hartnell College in 2000. After attending Hartnell, she transferred to Cal State University Monterey Bay. She graduated in 2005, receiving her Bachelor of Arts degree in Social and Behavioral Sciences with a concentration in Sociology. While attending college, she also worked part-time at Monterey County Employees Credit Union while also raising her young son. Hence she continued to work at Monterey County Employees Credit Union after graduating and was employed there for 17 years. She is currently working at Central Coast Federal Credit Union as a Loan Officer.
Besides being part of the Board of Directors of the YWCA for almost three years she is also part of the Community Involvement Committee at the Credit Union to assist in their volunteer work with local organizations, such as the United Way Foundation, Relay for Life, Alzheimer’s Association walk and others.
Hortencia Jimenez, Secretary
Hortencia Jiménez earned her Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of Texas, Austin. Dr. Jiménez is a faculty member in the Sociology Department at Hartnell College. Her writing has appeared in Latinos Studies, Social Problems, Community College Moment. She is also featured in Chicana/Latina Studies: The Journal of Mujeres Activas En Letras y Cambio Social. Most noteworthy is Hortencia’s authorship of the book Challenging Inequalities: Readings in Race, Ethnicity, and Immigration. Furthermore, Dr. Jiménez’ more recent collaborative work centers on the experiences of student parents at the community college level. Her forthcoming co-authored chapter will be featured in The Chicana M(other)work Anthology: Porque Sin Madres No Hay Revolución (University of Arizona Press). Her sociology expertise and passion for equality make her an invaluable member of our Board of Directors.
Clementina Macias, Director
Clementina Macias was born and raised in King City, CA. She has a Bachelor’s of Arts in Collaborative Health and Human Services with a concentration in Social Work from CSU Monterey Bay and a Master’s in Education with a concentration in Counseling and Student Personnel from San Jose State University. Since 2007, she has worked as an administrator in higher education promoting educational equity and college access for individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds. As a result she has had the opportunity to give back to her community by providing opportunities for low-income and first-generation students in Monterey and Santa Cruz counties by helping them graduate from high school and pursue a college education.
Clementina has specialized in program management, leadership, academic and educational counseling. She is professionally affiliated with the Council for Opportunity in Education (COE), the Western Association of Educational Opportunity Personnel (WESTOP), and the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators (NASPA). Due to her expertise and passion for education, she is an asset to developing paths of recovery for the populations we serve. We are incredibly lucky to have her on our Board of Directors.
Connie Hong-Smith, Director
Connie is one of our newest directors at the YWCA. She was born in San Francisco, CA and now resides in Carmel, CA. Since 2011 Connie has served as the Vice President for the Carmel Valley Women’s Club Foundation. She is also a Co-Chair on the Fundraising Committee for Max’s Helping Paws Foundation, since 2017. In addition, she is a member of the San Ramon Valley Kiwanis Club, since 1989. Connie graduated from San Francisco State University obtaining her California Life Time Teacher’s Credential. She currently works as the President and Owner of The Mortgage Connection in Pleasanton and Carmel, CA.
Elizabeth Causey, Director
Elizabeth Causey received her bachelors’ degrees in Sociology and Spanish from UC Davis, followed with a Masters Degree in Nursing from Yale University. She has been working as a Family Nurse Practitioner in Salinas since 2009, first with Clinica de Salud del Valle de Salinas and currently with the Monterey County Health Department. Additionally, Elizabeth is passionate about empowering women as an avenue for strengthening families and investing in youth. Born and raised in Monterey County, she is very pleased to be back to serving her community. In her free time, she enjoys being outdoors with her husband and three sons. Certainly, we are overjoyed to have her on our Board of Directors where she steers us the direction of strong relationships and families and empowered youth.