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 : Acting Executive Director

Kalyne Foster Renda

Acting Executive Director

Jarrod Gibbons : Director of Finance and Operations

Jarrod Gibbons

Director of Finance and Operations

Briana Longoria :  Human Resources Manager

Briana Longoria

Human Resources Manager

Leeann Luna : Program Manager

Leeann Luna

Program Manager

Maria Barranco : Program Manager

Maria Barranco

Program Manager

Alma Mendoza : Housing Manager

Alma Mendoza

Housing Manager

Cassie Gazipura : Fund Development and Grants Manager

Cassie Gazipura

Fund Development and Grants Manager

Cassie Gazipura began 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.

Sydney Rogers : Project Manager

Sydney Rogers

Project Manager

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:

Angela Cline : President

Angela Cline

President

Keisha Frost : Vice President

Keisha Frost

Vice President

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.

Amy Ivey : Board Member

Amy Ivey

Board Member

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.

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.

Sharon Kluger : Board Member

Sharon Kluger

Board Member

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.

Jasmine Najera : Board Member

Jasmine Najera

Board Member

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.

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 : Acting Executive Director

Kalyne Foster Renda

Acting Executive Director

Jarrod Gibbons : Director of Finance and Operations

Jarrod Gibbons

Director of Finance and Operations

Briana Longoria :  Human Resources Manager

Briana Longoria

Human Resources Manager

Leeann Luna : Program Manager

Leeann Luna

Program Manager

Maria Barranco : Program Manager

Maria Barranco

Program Manager

Alma Mendoza : Housing Manager

Alma Mendoza

Housing Manager

Cassie Gazipura : Fund Development and Grants Manager

Cassie Gazipura

Fund Development and Grants Manager

Cassie Gazipura began 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.

Sydney Rogers : Project Manager

Sydney Rogers

Project Manager

Delphine Burns : Communications Lead

Delphine Burns

Communications Lead

Delphine Burns never knows how to answer the question, “Where are you from?” She grew up in New Mexico, Maryland, New Jersey, Maine, Kansas and California, and graduated from Pitzer College with a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Studies and Sociology and a minor in Italian language. That Fall, she began working with Monarch as an On-Call Advocate and with The Santa Cruz Sentinel as a reporter. 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. In her free time, Delphine volunteers for Women’s March, watches documentaries, daydreams about alligators and crocodiles, runs, sings and (occasionally) does stand-up comedy.

Nancy Arroyo : Office Manager - Watsonville Office

Nancy Arroyo

Office Manager - Watsonville Office

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

Maria Campa : Case Manager

Maria Campa

Case Manager

Josephine Salgado : Paralegal

Josephine Salgado

Paralegal

Laura Garcia : Advocate

Laura Garcia

Advocate

Alicia Gaytan : Advocate

Alicia Gaytan

Advocate

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