Adriana Caldera, MPA is the Chief Program Officer for YWCA Silicon Valley. She received a BA in Sociology (with an emphasis on law and society) and a BA in Political Science from the University of California, Davis. In 2006 she received her Master’s in Public Administration from San Diego State University. Adriana has been working in the non-profit sector for the past 14 years.
Sarah Khan is Project Specialist at the Asian Pacific Institute on Gender-Based Violence. She most recently was the Executive Director at Maitri, a non-profit established to empower South Asian survivors of domestic violence, cultural alienation, family conflict and human trafficking. She joined Maitri in 2004 as their first full time Coordinator with a longstanding passion for grassroots activism, domestic violence advocacy, and community education and empowerment. She then was promoted to the Program Director and subsequently Executive Director Positions.
Pamela Mejia, MPH, MS, is the Senior Media Researcher at Berkeley Media Studies Group, a public health organization based in Berkeley, California that works with community groups, journalists and public health professionals to use the power of the media to advance healthy public policy.
Germaine Omish-Lucero is a tribal citizen of the Rincon, Band of Luiseno Indians. She has two children and a stepson with her husband, tribal citizen of Taos Pueblo, New Mexico. Originally from California, Germaine lives in New Mexico and works remotely for her job in CA while traveling back and forth.
May Rico has spent the majority of her life in the Central Valley. She was raised in Merced County and moved next door to Stanislaus County to attend California State University, Stanislaus. While attending college, she began volunteering at Haven Women’s Center of Stanislaus. She was hired as a part time Legal Advocate in 1994 after graduation, and she currently holds the position of Executive Director. May has a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology with a concentration in Human Services and a Certificate in Paralegal Studies.
Maricela Rios-Faust has worked for more than 20 years with high-risk populations and communities. Maricela holds a Master’s Degree in Social Work, is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, and has an extensive background in strategic leadership, nonprofit management and fundraising. Maricela is passionate about this work and is recognized as a leader in domestic violence field.
Rachel Saldana (formerly Navarro) is the Response Team & Shelter Services Program Manager at Interface Children & Family Services (ICFS) in Ventura County. Her relationship with ICFS began when she became a volunteer in 1999 and later an employee in 2001. Prior to working in ICFS’s Family Violence Interventions Services (FVIS) Department, she worked with homeless and runaway youth as well as in the fiscal and mental health departments. Since 2006, Rachel has held many different roles within the FVIS department including; data specialist, emergency and transitional
Rabeya Sen is Director of Policy at Esperanza Community Housing Corporation. She has worked in the social justice movement for over 18 years, addressing the complexity of experiences that shape the lives of individuals, families, and communities. Prior to joining Esperanza, Rabeya worked in related fields, addressing immigration, racism, structural violence, and gender-based violence. She also serves on the Board of California Partnership to End Domestic Violence.
Alison Tudor is the Executive Director of the Alliance for Community Transformations based in Mariposa and Merced Counties, CA. The Alliance is made up of six programs: Valley Crisis Center (domestic/sexual violence organization), Mountain Crisis Services (domestic/sexual violence organization), Ethos Youth Center, CASA of Mariposa (foster youth advocacy), Mariposa Heritage House (substance abuse recovery, homeless community services), and CORE (program for individuals exiting incarceration).
Nilda Valmores has had the honor of serving as the Executive Director of My Sister’s House for the past 12 years. My Sister’s House is the Central Valley’s domestic violence shelter that focuses on helping Asian and Pacific Islander victims of domestic violence and human trafficking. My Sister’s House provides outreach and education to help prevent domestic violence and human trafficking, a 24/7 multi-lingual help line, a 6 bed shelter and a 6 bed transitional house, and a Women to Work Program to help domestic violence survivors get back on their feet financially. My Si