Our Staff

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Vanessa McDowell Chief Executive Officer

YWCA Downtown

Phone: 608-257-1436, option 2

Development and Marketing

Erin Farrar Development and Volunteer Coordinator
OPEN Grants & Compliance Coordinator
Jill W. Pfeiffer Development and Marketing Director
Jay Young Marketing and Development Manager


Joelle Frye Accounting Assistant


Katey Nelson Housing First Coordinator
Kayalyn Broy Housing First Coordinator/Case Manager
Jael Currie Housing Director
Roberto Godinez Evening Shelter Case Manager/Housing Locator
Rachel Hernandez Residence Counselor
Melissa Kidau Housing Locator
Lucía Ledesma Empower Home Case Manager (Bilingual)
OPEN Rapid Rehousing Case Manager
Jessica Oswald Tree Lane Case Manager
Carmin Valerdi Housing First Coordinator/Case Manager
Tamaha Shepherd-Jones Tree Lane Case Manager
Jillian Stacey Third Street Coordinator/Case Manager
Mai Thao Children’s Program Coordinator
OPEN Shelter Case Manager

Human Resources

Rhonda Schemm Human Resources Director


Kiana Brown Front Desk Supervisor
Danielle Dieringer Operations Director
Darnell Jackson Building Maintenance Technician
Chris Luther Receptionist
Myeesha Mitchell Compliance Specialist
Christopher Ognibene Facilities Manager
Keith Wilkins Building Maintenance Housekeeper

Empowerment Center

Phone: 608-257-1436, option  3


Andria Chatmon Empowerment Center Receptionist/Program Assistant

Employment Services

Rasheid Atlas Employment Services and Transit Director
Mary Carrasco-Schoer Employment Services Coordinator
Aneesha Mitchell Driver’s License Recovery Coordinator

Race & Gender Equity

Jasmia Hamilton Race and Gender Equity Coordinator
Libby Tucci Race and Gender Equity Coordinator
Gery Paredes Vásquez Race and Gender Director

Restorative Justice

Bill Baldon Restorative Justice Manager
Kiana Burnette Community Restorative Justice Coordinator
Samantha Clausen-Ruppert Restorative Justice Outreach Liaison
Eugenia Highland Restorative Justice Director
Shirin Kestin Restorative Justice Coordinator
Hannah Lenzo Community Restorative Justice Intake Coordinator
Alí Treviño-Murphy Restorative Justice Manager
Orion Wells Restorative Justice Coordinator
Asly Warren Community Restorative Justice Coordinator (Bilingual)

YW Transit

Rasheid Atlas Employment Services and Transit Director
Ashley Moncrief YW Transit Manager