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The Empower Yolo Board of Directors

NameRoleOccupationMember Since
Cathy FarmanBoard ChairAttorney, RetiredMarch 2014- December 2019
January 2022 (Rejoined)
Evan SchmidtPast ChairCEO, Vision ValleyJanuary 2018
Mayra Llamas, Ed.DVice ChairExecutive Director, UC DavisDecember 2021
Stuart A. Starkweather, M.D. TreasurerInternal Medicine Specialist, RetiredMarch 2020
Susan GefterSecretaryAttorney, RetiredDecember 2012-2018
May 2021 (Rejoined)
Magalean MartinBoard MemberFormer Student Support Specialist & Community AdvocateAugust 2018
Jessica MurrayBoard MemberSenior Manager, Quality Assurance, Pro Farm GroupJanuary 2021
Robbie MurphyBoard MemberRetired, Business Manager, Surgery, Dignity Health December 2022
Elizabeth StevensBoard MemberSocial Worker, RetiredJanuary 2023
Celeste SantoniBoard MemberDignity Health, Critical Care Nurse ManagerJanuary 2023
Eric CendejasBoard MemberExecutive Project Assistant, Ramar FoodsJanuary 2023
Denise RochaBoard MemberAttorney, Retired January 2023

In December of 2015 the Board of Directors of the Yolo Family Resource Center dissolved when the agency merged with Empower Yolo. At the time of the merger, many of those Board Members joined the Empower Yolo Board of Directors. 

Join us around the table in service and community:

Empower Yolo, promoting safe, healthy and resilient communities, is an impactful nonprofit in Yolo County providing 24-hour crisis intervention, resource centers, community outreach, and more.

The Empower Yolo Board currently consists of 13 community members. The Board’s role is to support the mission of the organization through providing leadership, oversight, guidance, and fundraising support. In recruiting new members, we are seeking:

  • A commitment to the mission of Empower Yolo
  • Representation from diverse communities in Yolo county – including young people, rural areas, people of color, and other groups who are underrepresented on the Board
  • An orientation towards social justice and commitment to empowerment of survivors of sexual assault and domestic violence

Board members are expected to attend a monthly meeting, serve on a subcommittee, and seek ways to contribute positively to the advancement of Empower Yolo’s mission. The Board of Empower Yolo is committed to conducting business in a manner that appreciates, enhances, and utilizes the strengths of Empower Yolo’s clients and honors their cultural practices and traditions.

If you are interested in becoming a Board member and have any questions contact Susan Gefter at [email protected]; or for a board application apply here: Empower Yolo Board Application

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