The Monarch Team

Monarch Services has a talented and diverse staff who are deeply committed to our mission of lives free of violence. To reach any of our staff, please email us at admin@monarchscc.org

Laura Segura : Executive Director

Laura Segura

Executive Director

Laura is a first generation immigrant with deep roots in the Pájaro Valley. She has dedicated her professional career to issues of social justice and equity. Laura has served on numerous commissions, boards and councils ranging in issues from land use to preschool access to gender equity. She is a two-time Fellow with the Women’s Policy Institute and is very active in legislative work across California focused on gender equity, immigration and violence prevention. Laura graduated from San José State and completed an Executive Program at Harvard Business School. She has worked for the Cities of San José and Watsonville, First 5 Santa Cruz County and has served as Monarch’s Executive Director since 2006.  Laura currently serves on the Board of Directors of Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Monterey focused on poverty, immigration and tattoo removal.

Laura is a proud Watsonville girl who grew up in a large close-knit family and has two daughters. She is a recent breast cancer survivor and stays active in sports, including running and cycling and loves the beach life.

Kalyne Foster Renda : Associate Director

Kalyne Foster Renda

Associate Director

Kalyne has spent the past 25 years advocating for social justice and equity for historically marginalized individuals and communities through community organizing, policy advocacy and direct services. As the Associate Director at Monarch Services – Servicios Monarca, Kalyne leads a team of 35 direct service staff in providing prevention and intervention services focused on domestic violence, sexual assault and human trafficking serving over 5,500 community members each year.

Kalyne is a Blue Shield Foundation Strong Field Project Leadership Development Program Alum and is active in several state and local task forces and organizations promoting equity and non-violence. Kalyne is a mom to five girls and when not in the office can be found with her husband Dominic playing in the outdoors.

Maria Barranco : Program Manager

Maria Barranco

Program Manager

Maria has been with Monarch Services for over 17 years in different capacities. She currently oversees the agency's 24-hour crisis response program, the confidential shelter, sexual assault program and prevention program. In her role, Maria oversees over 20 On-Call Advocates, whom she admires for their work and dedication. Maria enjoys mentoring and supporting new incoming volunteers and staff. Additionally, in her role, Maria provides state-certified training to new staff and volunteers to ensure they are well equipped and ready to provide services to survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault and human trafficking.

Maria is a first-generation immigrant who comes from the indigenous roots of Oaxaca, Mexico. She has dedicated her professional career and life to issues of social justice and equity. She has served on the Santa Cruz Women's Commission and currently serves on the Board of Big Brothers Big Sisters. Maria graduated from the University of California, Santa Cruz, with a B.S in Social work and Psychology. Maria loves helping others and hopes to continue to be involved in social change.

Maria is happily married for 13 years but has been with her high school sweetheart for over 20 years.  Maria has two beautiful children, 13 and 7, and two lovely puppies.

Lastly, Maria stands for Dignity, Equity, Justice, Love, and Compassion for all.

 

Leeann Luna : Program Manager

Leeann Luna

Program Manager

Leeann is a program manager for Monarch Services, overseeing the Crisis Intervention and Child & Youth Programs. Leeann has been with the organization since 2009, beginning as a Crisis Intervention Advocate. She has worked within different departments of the agency aside from direct services, including Human Resources, Grants and Contracts Management and Fund Development.

Leeann received her B.A. from California State University, Fresno in 2007. Leeann lives in Salinas with her husband and two small daughters, Ryann and Brooklynn.

 

Briana Longoria :  Human Resources Manager

Briana Longoria

Human Resources Manager

 

Briana began working with Monarch as in intern back in 2014, assisting in the administration department. She then graduated from CSU Monterey Bay with a bachelors in Collaboratives and Human Services.

Upon graduating, Briana began her journey as a full time employee with Monarch Services leaving the school setting behind. Briana has worked in the prevention program and is now working in the administration department. She grew up in Watsonville and is now raising her three kids there.

Alma Mendoza : Housing Manager

Alma Mendoza

Housing Manager

Alma has been part of the Monarch team for over 14 years. She began her tenure as a volunteer in the Children and Youth Program and after completing the 65-hour peer counselor training in the summer of 2005,  she was hired as a children and youth advocate. In this role, Alma provided one-on-one peer counseling to children and youth and led the children and youth support groups, including family workshops for families working in the fields.

In January of 2007, Alma transitioned to working with the shelter program, where she gained most of her experience working with adult survivors. In 2010, Alma was trained in "A Window Between Worlds’ Children’s Leadership" therapeutic art program to work with families staying at the Mariposa Shelter.

In 2012, Alma participated in an 18-month experiential course to further enhance her advocacy skills, aiding her in obtaining her position as shelter case manager. Alma was also trained through NAMI Santa Cruz County Provider Education Course in order to best serve survivors experiencing mental illness.

In 2018, Alma graduated with honors from Cabrillo College with an Associate Degree in Sociology and Liberal Arts. Since February 2019, Alma has served as Monarch's  Housing Program manager.

Sydney Rogers : Project Manager

Sydney Rogers

Project Manager

Sydney was born and raised in Los Angeles before coming to Santa Cruz to attend UC Santa Cruz. Sydney has lived in Santa Cruz for ten years and has been involved with Monarch since 2015, when she began as a volunteer.

When Sydney isn't at work or at school she enjoys spending time hiking in the Santa Cruz Mountains with her partner or spending quality time at home with their cat.

 

Delphine Burns : Communications Manager

Delphine Burns

Communications Manager

Delphine's professional background is in journalism, public relations and advocacy. She earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Political Studies and Sociology with a minor in Italian language from Pitzer College in 2017. After earning her degree, Delphine worked as a reporter for the Santa Cruz Sentinel and then at a local public relations firm, while also working part-time at Monarch as an on-call advocate.

From a young age, Delphine has been passionate about issues of equity and justice. She believes advocating for survivors of violence and other marginalized communities is her life’s work. Delphine serves as a commissioner on the City of Santa Cruz's Commission for the Prevention of Violence Against Women, volunteers for Women’s March and is engaged in anti-racist activism. 

Cassie Gazipura : Fund Development and Grants Manager

Cassie Gazipura

Fund Development and Grants Manager

Cassie began working with Monarch in October 2019. For the previous four years she worked as an attorney at the Santa Cruz County Public Defender’s Office. There she represented clients, participated in local and state level justice reform efforts and created the Clean Slate Program, which continues to help clients obtain post-conviction relief and navigate the consequences of a criminal record.  She remains active in local-level taskforces focused on restorative justice practices and addressing the needs of justice-impacted women and their children.

Cassie also serves on the board of the Santa Cruz Women Lawyers Bar Association and Encompass Community Services. She grew up in Santa Cruz County and attended Aptos High School, eventually graduating from Santa Clara University in 2009 and Loyola Law school in 2013.  Cassie is a newlywed and resides with her husband in the Seabright neighborhood.

Jarrod Gibbons : Director of Finance and Operations

Jarrod Gibbons

Director of Finance and Operations

Board of Directors

Board Login

Monarch Services Board of Directors guides the agency to fulfill its mission and purpose and provides financial oversight. The Board of Directors are committed volunteers who dedicate their time and resources to serve as ambassadors of Monarch Services and violence prevention work. Our current board members are the following:

Jasmine Nájera : President

Jasmine Nájera

President

Jasmine Nájera is a life-long Santa Cruz County resident and the Forensic Services Program Manager for Santa Cruz County Adult Behavioral Health Services. She has worked with the Santa Cruz Health Services Agency for over 20 years, serving both in the Children and Adult Behavioral Health Divisions. Jasmine is responsible for collaborations with local law enforcement jurisdictions, Probation Department, County Jail and the Superior Court. She helped develop and implement the Mental Health Liaisons to Law Enforcement Team, the Crisis Intervention Team training and helped establish the Santa Cruz Behavioral Health Court. Jasmine manages the Forensic Assertive Community Treatment team in partnership with Probation. She oversees multi-year grants funding  these innovative projects and has earned several awards for her leadership. She is looking forward to transitioning into a supervisor role in Children’s Behavioral Health overseeing collaborations with Juvenile Probation, as her true passion lies with affording young community members the opportunities they need and deserve.

Jasmine received her M.S.W. from the University of Texas, Austin in 2005 and her B.A. in History from the University of California, Santa Cruz in 1997. She is married and is a proud mother of two children who keep she and her husband busy and their hearts full. Jasmine is proud to serve on the Board of Directors for Monarch Services, and looks forward to working alongside staff and community to support programs for some of Santa Cruz County’s most vulnerable community members.

Amy Ivey : Vice President

Amy Ivey

Vice President

Amy Ivey is the Vice President, Marketing and Development at Bay Federal Credit Union. Amy joined the organization in 2005, and has over 20 years of experience in marketing financial services and medical industry. Amy’s areas of responsibility are marketing, public relations, corporate communications, events, employee education and development, financial education, and community development. Prior to joining Bay Federal, Amy was the Public Relations Coordinator for Mad River Community Hospital, where she handled the hospital’s marketing, public relations, and community outreach activities. Amy is a Certified Marketing Specialist (CMS) and a 2014 graduate of Western CUNA Management School. She is currently pursuing a bachelor's degree in Business Administration and Marketing from California Southern University. She is an Emeritus Trustee of Second Harvest Food Bank of Santa Cruz County, serves on the Board of Directors for the Volunteer Center of Santa Cruz County, is a past member of the Santa Cruz Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, and is a Committee Member for CalCPA Attorneys, Bankers and CPAs Santa Cruz.

Doug Fischer : Treasurer

Doug Fischer

Treasurer

As senior vice president at Santa Cruz County Bank, Doug Fischer specializes in business lending and oversees the business development team. Doug attended the University of California, Santa Barbara for his undergraduate work and Pacific Coast Banking School for his master’s level education. Doug is a third generation “Santa Cruzian” and is proud to work for an organization that is devoted to giving back to its community. Doug’s wife, Claudia, is a nurse and they have two adult children together named Kendall and Maikely. Fischer also serves on the board of Watsonville Rotary and has served for nearly eight years as a CASA advocate.

Sharon Kluger : Secretary

Sharon Kluger

Secretary

Sharon Kluger moved to Aptos in 2015 and works as a physician assistant at Dermatology Surgical and Medical Group in Santa Cruz.  She began her healthcare career at Planned Parenthood, where she worked as a clinic educator.  She has volunteered as an advocate for survivors of sexual assault at rape crisis intervention programs in New Mexico and Virginia.

While working in Northern Virginia in a family medicine practice, she collaborated with local psychotherapists to ensure that their clients, many of whom were survivors of sexual assault and domestic violence, received compassionate and supportive health care.  She transitioned to the field of dermatology in 2013.

Sharon received her BA in French from UC Berkeley and her Master of Health Sciences and Physician Assistant Certificate at Duke University.  She is thrilled to have joined the board at Monarch Services and is excited to work to make a difference in her local community.

Keisha Frost : Board Member

Keisha Frost

Board Member

Keisha Frost joined United Way of Santa Cruz County in 2012 and serves as the Associate Executive Director. Keisha brings an extensive background in fund development, communications/marketing, and organizational management. Keisha is responsible for the overall impact of United Way on the community, with emphasis on increasing its capacity to invest in youth success, family financial stability and access to health. Additional responsibilities include leading the digital strategy as well as statewide and local policy advocacy.

Keisha began her career with United Way in 2010 as the Resource Development Director for Trident United Way in South Carolina. Prior to her service with United Way, Keisha led fund development, communications and program development efforts for national nonprofit organizations such as Girl Scouts, YMCA as well as worked with a team to create the nation’s first citywide model for afterschool, the Providence After School Alliance in Rhode Island.

Keisha serves on several board of directors including Dignity Health Dominican Hospital Community Advisors, Girl Scouts of California’s Central Coast, and Your Future Is Our Business (coalition with the Santa Cruz County Office of Education and local colleges). She has earned numerous awards such as, 2017 Mentor of the Year - Santa Cruz NEXTIES, Athena Awards – Nonprofit Leader with the McLean County, Illinois Chamber of Commerce, Top 30 Under Thirty, and Top 40 Under 40 for various cities throughout the nation.

Keisha is a native of Los Angeles and a graduate of University of Washington where she was a standout track & field student-athlete Keisha and her husband reside in Silicon Valley with their children, including a set of twins.

Angela Chestnut : Board Member

Angela Chestnut

Board Member

Angela has lived in the community for over 20 years, and has served most recently as a prolific fundraiser and community organizer for a myriad of non-profit organizations. Helping most notably with the Tannery Arts Center, Save our Shores, and the Museum of Art and History (MAH). Angela also has an extensive public sector history serving with the Department of Justice combating human trafficking in Washington, DC and the mid-Atlantic as well as ensuring trust and safety for victims of cybercrime at eBay, Inc. in Silicon Valley.  She is able to further her collaborative work amongst the public and private sectors in our community by serving on Supervisor Leopold’s staff in the First Supervisorial District.

Katie Mayeda : Board Member

Katie Mayeda

Board Member

Katie Mayeda is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who has over 15 years of clinical experience working with people struggling with severe mental health and co-occurring disorders. She currently manages the clinical aspects of specialty courts in Santa Cruz. Katie has an extensive clinical background in complex trauma, co-occurring services to persons of all ages and has experience in residential and outpatient levels of care. She has a private practice providing therapy and support for clients and non-profit agencies through training, coaching and consulting. Katie is experienced in clinical systems of care, quality improvement protocols and counselor supervision in best practices. In addition to her clinical background as both a therapist and a supervisor, Katie also provides professional development trainings in motivational interviewing, federal privacy protections laws, dual relationships and best practices in the treatment of substance use and co-occurring disorders. Katie has a passion to advocate for survivors of human trafficking and sexual assault through focusing services that address survivors needs and bring awareness to the magnitude of the problem.

Theresa Cariño : Board Member

Theresa Cariño

Board Member

Theresa M. Cariño, M. Ed., is the co-founder and Executive Director of Salud y Cariño, a local nonprofit with programs that inspire girls to be confident, resilient and healthy in all ways. This includes their social emotional well-being, physical development, power over their own bodies and the resources to make healthy and informed decisions in middle school and beyond.

Cariño is involved in various community organizations including the Santa Cruz Women’s Commission, and United Way’s Women in Philanthropy and Positive Discipline Community Resources. She has a Master’s degree in Multicultural Education and is a former high school administrator, teacher and public health educator.

Before moving back to Santa Cruz in 2013, Cariño worked as a public health consultant serving tribes and tribal organizations throughout the country. Previously, she was the principal of a charter high school for the Pascua Yaqui Tribe. Cariño’s 20 years of work in educational leadership and public health serve as a foundation for her ongoing work in this community. When she is not doing the work she loves, Cariño enjoys working out, reading, learning new skills and spending time with her family. She believes women are the corazón (heart) of thriving communities and she is honored be a part of the Monarch familia.

 

Celeste Gutierrez : Board Member

Celeste Gutierrez

Board Member

Celeste Gutierrez is the Student Leadership and Engagement Coordinator at the Santa Cruz County Office of Education. Gutierrez joined the organization in 2009 and has over 10 years of experience working with youth across a variety of fields including education, employment and the criminal justice system. Gutierrez studied philosophy at the University of California, Santa Cruz. Formely, she also served on the California Association of Youth Courts Board of Directors.

The principle of nonviolence is very near and dear to Gutierrez’ heart. She uses this principle to motivate and align herself with agencies that embody it. When Gutierrez is not saving the world, she is playing momma to her dog Ceres and enjoys hiking with friends and family. Gutierrez is a first-generation Mexican-American woman who is actively educating and nurturing youth with the hope that her message will continue to spread and be shared with the youth’s family and community.

Monarch Services has a talented and diverse staff who are deeply committed to our mission of lives free of violence. To reach any of our staff, please email us at admin@monarchscc.org

Laura Segura : Executive Director

Laura Segura

Executive Director

Laura is a first generation immigrant with deep roots in the Pájaro Valley. She has dedicated her professional career to issues of social justice and equity. Laura has served on numerous commissions, boards and councils ranging in issues from land use to preschool access to gender equity. She is a two-time Fellow with the Women’s Policy Institute and is very active in legislative work across California focused on gender equity, immigration and violence prevention. Laura graduated from San José State and completed an Executive Program at Harvard Business School. She has worked for the Cities of San José and Watsonville, First 5 Santa Cruz County and has served as Monarch’s Executive Director since 2006.  Laura currently serves on the Board of Directors of Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Monterey focused on poverty, immigration and tattoo removal.

Laura is a proud Watsonville girl who grew up in a large close-knit family and has two daughters. She is a recent breast cancer survivor and stays active in sports, including running and cycling and loves the beach life.

Kalyne Foster Renda : Associate Director

Kalyne Foster Renda

Associate Director

Kalyne has spent the past 25 years advocating for social justice and equity for historically marginalized individuals and communities through community organizing, policy advocacy and direct services. As the Associate Director at Monarch Services – Servicios Monarca, Kalyne leads a team of 35 direct service staff in providing prevention and intervention services focused on domestic violence, sexual assault and human trafficking serving over 5,500 community members each year.

Kalyne is a Blue Shield Foundation Strong Field Project Leadership Development Program Alum and is active in several state and local task forces and organizations promoting equity and non-violence. Kalyne is a mom to five girls and when not in the office can be found with her husband Dominic playing in the outdoors.

Maria Barranco : Program Manager

Maria Barranco

Program Manager

Maria has been with Monarch Services for over 17 years in different capacities. She currently oversees the agency's 24-hour crisis response program, the confidential shelter, sexual assault program and prevention program. In her role, Maria oversees over 20 On-Call Advocates, whom she admires for their work and dedication. Maria enjoys mentoring and supporting new incoming volunteers and staff. Additionally, in her role, Maria provides state-certified training to new staff and volunteers to ensure they are well equipped and ready to provide services to survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault and human trafficking.

Maria is a first-generation immigrant who comes from the indigenous roots of Oaxaca, Mexico. She has dedicated her professional career and life to issues of social justice and equity. She has served on the Santa Cruz Women's Commission and currently serves on the Board of Big Brothers Big Sisters. Maria graduated from the University of California, Santa Cruz, with a B.S in Social work and Psychology. Maria loves helping others and hopes to continue to be involved in social change.

Maria is happily married for 13 years but has been with her high school sweetheart for over 20 years.  Maria has two beautiful children, 13 and 7, and two lovely puppies.

Lastly, Maria stands for Dignity, Equity, Justice, Love, and Compassion for all.

 

Leeann Luna : Program Manager

Leeann Luna

Program Manager

Leeann is a program manager for Monarch Services, overseeing the Crisis Intervention and Child & Youth Programs. Leeann has been with the organization since 2009, beginning as a Crisis Intervention Advocate. She has worked within different departments of the agency aside from direct services, including Human Resources, Grants and Contracts Management and Fund Development.

Leeann received her B.A. from California State University, Fresno in 2007. Leeann lives in Salinas with her husband and two small daughters, Ryann and Brooklynn.

 

Briana Longoria :  Human Resources Manager

Briana Longoria

Human Resources Manager

 

Briana began working with Monarch as in intern back in 2014, assisting in the administration department. She then graduated from CSU Monterey Bay with a bachelors in Collaboratives and Human Services.

Upon graduating, Briana began her journey as a full time employee with Monarch Services leaving the school setting behind. Briana has worked in the prevention program and is now working in the administration department. She grew up in Watsonville and is now raising her three kids there.

Alma Mendoza : Housing Manager

Alma Mendoza

Housing Manager

Alma has been part of the Monarch team for over 14 years. She began her tenure as a volunteer in the Children and Youth Program and after completing the 65-hour peer counselor training in the summer of 2005,  she was hired as a children and youth advocate. In this role, Alma provided one-on-one peer counseling to children and youth and led the children and youth support groups, including family workshops for families working in the fields.

In January of 2007, Alma transitioned to working with the shelter program, where she gained most of her experience working with adult survivors. In 2010, Alma was trained in "A Window Between Worlds’ Children’s Leadership" therapeutic art program to work with families staying at the Mariposa Shelter.

In 2012, Alma participated in an 18-month experiential course to further enhance her advocacy skills, aiding her in obtaining her position as shelter case manager. Alma was also trained through NAMI Santa Cruz County Provider Education Course in order to best serve survivors experiencing mental illness.

In 2018, Alma graduated with honors from Cabrillo College with an Associate Degree in Sociology and Liberal Arts. Since February 2019, Alma has served as Monarch's  Housing Program manager.

Sydney Rogers : Project Manager

Sydney Rogers

Project Manager

Sydney was born and raised in Los Angeles before coming to Santa Cruz to attend UC Santa Cruz. Sydney has lived in Santa Cruz for ten years and has been involved with Monarch since 2015, when she began as a volunteer.

When Sydney isn't at work or at school she enjoys spending time hiking in the Santa Cruz Mountains with her partner or spending quality time at home with their cat.

 

Delphine Burns : Communications Manager

Delphine Burns

Communications Manager

Delphine's professional background is in journalism, public relations and advocacy. She earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Political Studies and Sociology with a minor in Italian language from Pitzer College in 2017. After earning her degree, Delphine worked as a reporter for the Santa Cruz Sentinel and then at a local public relations firm, while also working part-time at Monarch as an on-call advocate.

From a young age, Delphine has been passionate about issues of equity and justice. She believes advocating for survivors of violence and other marginalized communities is her life’s work. Delphine serves as a commissioner on the City of Santa Cruz's Commission for the Prevention of Violence Against Women, volunteers for Women’s March and is engaged in anti-racist activism. 

Cassie Gazipura : Fund Development and Grants Manager

Cassie Gazipura

Fund Development and Grants Manager

Cassie began working with Monarch in October 2019. For the previous four years she worked as an attorney at the Santa Cruz County Public Defender’s Office. There she represented clients, participated in local and state level justice reform efforts and created the Clean Slate Program, which continues to help clients obtain post-conviction relief and navigate the consequences of a criminal record.  She remains active in local-level taskforces focused on restorative justice practices and addressing the needs of justice-impacted women and their children.

Cassie also serves on the board of the Santa Cruz Women Lawyers Bar Association and Encompass Community Services. She grew up in Santa Cruz County and attended Aptos High School, eventually graduating from Santa Clara University in 2009 and Loyola Law school in 2013.  Cassie is a newlywed and resides with her husband in the Seabright neighborhood.

Jarrod Gibbons : Director of Finance and Operations

Jarrod Gibbons

Director of Finance and Operations

Nancy Arroyo : Office Manager - Watsonville Office

Nancy Arroyo

Office Manager - Watsonville Office

Nancy has been at Monarch Services since 2015, beginning as an administration coordinator in the Santa Cruz office and now working in Watsonville as the office manager. She has over ten years of customer service experience. Nancy received her Associate Degree from Heald college in 2005.

Alexandra Rincon : Office Manager- Santa Cruz Office

Alexandra Rincon

Office Manager- Santa Cruz Office

Alexandra Rincon, also known as Gaby, is a Watsonville native. Growing up, she always knew she wanted to be in the helping profession and dreamed of being able to give back to her community. Alexandra graduated from California State University Monterey Bay in Fall 2015 with a Bachelor's degree in Collaborative Health and Human Services, with a concentration in Public Administration, and has worked at Monarch since 2015.

Esmeralda Torres : Senior Case Manager

Esmeralda Torres

Senior Case Manager

Maria Luna Bjur : Case Manager

Maria Luna Bjur

Case Manager

Marisol Lopez : Case Manager

Marisol Lopez

Case Manager

Marisol has a BA in Sociology and Chicano studies and has been working with youth in our community for the past 5 years. Her passion for working with youth comes from her experiences as a teen and child with sexual assault as well as a very unhealthy adult relationship. She feels relatable and empowered to share her story  and grow and learn from her clients. Marisol feels so blessed to work in a place that promotes healthy relationships, self care and awareness.

Dalia Ochoa-Navarro : Case Manager

Dalia Ochoa-Navarro

Case Manager

Dalia grew up in wonderful Watsonville and was excited to come back to her community after she graduated from CSU Stanislaus. Her educational and professional background has revolved around the criminal justice system. Working as a case manager with Monarch Services has given Dalia the opportunity to work with both survivors outside of custody and those incarcerated at the county jail. While Dalia enjoys being able to provide resources for survivors, she enjoys leading survivors toward empowerment most of all.

Dalia is transitioning to Monarch's prevention team, which will allow her to educate and work with our community, including children and youth, to live violence-free lives. It has always been Dalia's passion to work with youth because she believes they are our future. Dalia is grateful to be on the Monarch team.

Maria Campa : Case Manager

Maria Campa

Case Manager

Maria is a new local to the Santa Cruz area. Born and raised in McFarland, California, a small farm-working town, Maria knew from an early age that she wanted to build a career around advocating and supporting survivors of all forms of violence. Maria graduated from UC Santa Cruz with a Bachelors in Intensive Psychology in 2018 and started her post-graduate career as a residential counselor for foster youth and transitional-aged youth. Maria started with Monarch in February 2018 as an On-Call Advocate and soon after joined the team as a full-time Case Manager.

Josephine Salgado : Paralegal

Josephine Salgado

Paralegal

Laura Garcia : Advocate

Laura Garcia

Advocate

Laura, a Watsonville native, began working with Monarch as an intern in 2014 and transitioned to working as a Crisis Intervention Advocate in 2015. Most recently, Laura began working as a Case Manager and serves as a 'Windows Between Worlds' Liaison and 'Triple P' practitioner. In her free time, Laura enjoys working out and spending time with friends and family. Laura is passionate about giving back to her community, advocacy and providing empowering resources to survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault and human trafficking.

Alicia Gaytan : Advocate

Alicia Gaytan

Advocate

Alicia graduated from UC Santa Cruz in Spring 2017 with a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology. She knew throughout college that she wanted to work somewhere where she could give back to the community.

After graduating, Alicia went on to serve a year in an AmeriCorps program, City Year, in East San Jose where she worked with youth at a local K-8 school. There, she provided support to students as a part of the solution to educational equity, specifically working toward changing the narrative for student outcomes and mentoring students to meet their full potential. Alicia joined the Monarch Crisis Intervention team working with adults in August 2018. Her favorite part about her job is connecting with survivors and seeing them be empowered throughout their journey.

Angelica Perez : Advocate

Angelica Perez

Advocate

Maria Campos : Advocate

Maria Campos

Advocate

Connie Carillo : Family Support Specialist

Connie Carillo

Family Support Specialist

Gabriela Onesto : Family Support Specialist

Gabriela Onesto

Family Support Specialist