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YWCA Monterey Board of Directors

In an effort to maintain a balanced Board of Directors, we collect applications on a continual basis. To find out more information and apply, please click here! Upon submitting an online application we also request that a resume be emailed to Elizabeth Causey, Board of Directors Secretary eccausey@gmail.com.

Judy Tschirgi, President of the Board of Directors

Judith Tschirgi is retired after a 30 year career in technology, most recently as Chief Information Officer for SEI Investments, Inc. outside Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  A California native, she has only recently returned to California to reside in the Monterey Peninsula.  She has a long history of non-profit leadership in Philadelphia serving on boards related to education, homelessness and civic engagement.  She also was active during her corporate years starting and supporting women’s networks, and providing training on sexual discrimination and sexual harassment in the workplace.


Krista Hanni, Vice President of the Board of Directors

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.

Stephanie Mason, Treasurer of the Board of Directors

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.

Elizabeth Causey,  Secretary of the Board of Directors

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.

Kimberly Crossman, Director

Kimberly Crossman, a native Floridian, moved to the Monterey peninsula in 2017. She earned her M.S. and Ph.D. in Human Development and Family Studies from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Kimberly is an assistant professor at California State University Monterey Bay where she teaches courses on intimate and family relationships, family risk and resiliency, and research and writing within her discipline. Her research examines gender-based violence and promotes safety and support for women leaving abusive relationships. Kimberly is also passionate about educating young adults about healthy relationships, helping them to identify, understand, and prevent abuse.

Tsunami Turner, Director

Tsunami Turner received her B.A. in Human Development at The University of Chicago, her M.A. in Early Childhood Education at Fresno State and her Psy.D at The Chicago School of Professional Psychology, Los Angeles. She has been working as a Psychological Assistant in Monterey since 2017. Dr. Turner works to advocate for those without a voice. She specializes in trauma therapy and psychological assessment with children, adolescents, and families. We are grateful for the clinical perspective she brings to the Board of Directors.

Liana Shapiro-Lee, Director

Liana Shapiro-Lee is a California native, growing up in the San Francisco East Bay. She obtained her B.A. in Psychology and Social Behavior from the University of California, Irvine in 2003. Worked her way through college in varying roles including administrative, Human Resources, Sales, Staffing, and Office Management. She then received her M.A. in Counseling Psychology from Argosy University, San Francisco Bay Area in 2012. Since then she has worked the non-profit, Pajaro Valley Prevention and Student Assistance in Watsonville as a Mental Health Clinician and Referral Triage Coordinator. She currently has a Private Practice in the Monterey Lighthouse District treating PTSD and LGBTQ+ adolescents.
Christine Duncan and Board of Directors