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


Angela Borman  Accounting Assistant


OPEN Housing First Manager
Jael Currie Housing Director
Andrea Gaines Family Housing Stability Coordinator/Case Manager
OPEN Evening Shelter Case Manager/Housing Locator
Rachel Hernandez Residence Counselor
Briana Hutton Housing First Coordinator/Case Manager
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
Carmin Valerdi Empower Home Case Manager
Amy Wilson Children’s Program Coordinator

Human Resources

Rhonda Schemm Human Resources Director


April Elvington Property Manager
Isaac Gomez Facilities Manager
Darnell Jackson Building Maintenance Technician
OPEN Receptionist
Richie Morales Maintenance Technician
Carly Sobye Operations Director
Jillian Stacey Front Desk Supervisor

Empowerment Center

Phone: 608-257-1436, option  3


Saul Cortes 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

Race & Gender Equity

OPEN Race & Gender Equity Practitioner (Apply Here)
OPEN Race & Gender Equity Practitioner (Apply Here)
Libby Tucci Race & Gender Equity Lead Practitioner
Gery Paredes Vásquez Race & Gender Equity Director

Restorative Justice

Bill Baldon Restorative Justice Manager
Kiana Burnette Restorative Justice Community Program Manager
Andria Chatmon Community Restorative Justice Intake Coordinator
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
Asly Warren Community Restorative Justice Coordinator (Bilingual)
Orion Wells Restorative Justice Coordinator

YW Transit

Jamie Adams Scheduling Lead
Ashley Moncrief
Employment Services and Transit Director