Our Staff


Vanessa McDowell CEO

Downtown Madison

101 E. Mifflin Street
Suite 100
Madison WI 53703
(608) 257-1436, option 2
Fax (608) 257-1439


Angela Borman Accounting Assistant
Kate Perleberg Chief Financial Officer


Jael Currie Housing Director
Andrea Gaines Family Housing Stability Coordinator/Case Manager
Emily Daniels – Family Housing Stability Coordinator/Case Manager
Rachel Hernandez Singles Housing Coordinator
Briana Hutton Housing First Case Manager/Coordinator – Rapid Re-Housing
Cortney Kallenberger – Third Street Case Manager
Lucia Ledesma Internal Housing Manager
Katey Nelson Steps to Stability Coordinator
Jessica Oswald Housing First Coordinator
Tamaha Shepherd-Jones Shelter Case Manager
Mai Thao Third Street Coordinator/Case Manager
Carmin Valerdi Empower Home Case Manager
Skyler Van De Weerd Community Housing Manager
Olivia “O” Clark Youth’s Program Coordinator


April Elvington Property Manager
Isaac Gomez Facilities Manager
Darnell Jackson Maintenance Technician
OPEN Receptionist
Angie Kier Front Desk Manager
Ricardo Morales Maintenance Technician
OPEN Operations Director

Empowerment Center

2040 S. Park Street
Madison WI 53713
(608) 2571436, option 3
Fax (608) 395-2598


Rhonda Schemm Human Resources Director
Andrea Zea Grants Management & Strategic Initiatives Director

Development and Marketing

Sami Clausen-Ruppert Advocacy & Grants Coordinator
Erin Farrar Development & Volunteer Coordinator
Jill Pfeiffer Development & Marketing Director
Jay Young Development & Marketing Manager

Employment Services & Transit

Jamie Adams YW Transit Manager
Saul Cortes Employment Services Coordinator/Case Manager
Aurelia Johnson Employment Services Coordinator/Case Manager
Aneesha Mitchell DLRP Coordinator
Ashley Moncrief Employment Services & Transit Director
OPEN Scheduling Lead


Lexus Anderson-Carter EC Receptionist/Program Assistant

Race and Gender Equity

Geraldine Paredes Vasquez Race & Gender Equity Director
Faith Stevenson Race & Gender Equity Practitioner
OPEN Race & Gender Equity Practitioner
Libby Tucci Race & Gender Equity Practitioner – Lead

Restorative Justice

Bill Baldon Restorative Justice Manager
Kiana Burnette Restorative Justice Community Program Manager
Raiden Edseth-Griffin Restorative Justice Associate – LTE
Eugenia Highland Granados Restorative Justice Director
Alyssa Ivy Restorative Justice Coordinator
Mya Williams Community Restorative Justice Coordinator
Shirin Kestin Restorative Justice Coordinator
OPEN Restorative Justice Intake Coordinator (Bilingual) 
Asly Warren Community Restorative Justice Coordinator (Bilingual)
Orion Wells Restorative Justice Curator
Qwantese Winters School Restorative Justice Coordinator