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
Andrea Hastreiter Grants and Compliance Coordinator
Jill Pfeiffer Development and Marketing Director
Jay Young Marketing and Development Manager


Joelle Frye Accounting Assistant


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

Human Resources

Rhonda Schemm Human Resources Director


Danielle Dieringer Operations Director
Jillian Stacey Front Desk Supervisor
Isaac Gomez Maintenance Technician
Darnell Jackson Building Maintenance Technician
Chris Luther Receptionist
Christopher Ognibene Facilities Manager
Erin Quesnell Compliance Specialist
Keith Wilkins Building Maintenance Housekeeper

Empowerment Center

Phone: 608-257-1436, option  3


Andria Chatmon Empowerment Center Receptionist/Program Assistant

Employment Services

Mary Carrasco-Schoer Employment Services Coordinator
Aneesha Mitchell Driver’s License Recovery Coordinator
Ashley Moncrief Employment Services and Transit Director
OPEN Scheduling Lead

Race & Gender Equity

Gloria Castillo Race and Gender Equity Coordinator
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 Restorative Justice Community Program Manager
Samantha Clausen-Ruppert Restorative Justice Outreach Liaison
Eugenia Highland Restorative Justice Director
Alyssa Ivy Restorative Justice Coordinator
Kyra Johnson Community Restorative Justice Coordinator
Shirin Kestin Restorative Justice Coordinator
OPEN Community Restorative Justice Intake Coordinator
Asly Warren Community Restorative Justice Coordinator (Bilingual)
Orion Wells Restorative Justice Coordinator

YW Transit

Ashley Moncrief Employment Services and Transit Director
OPEN YW Transit Manager