My Sister's House is the first and only non-profit organization to specifically identify
and address the unique needs of women and children impacted by domestic violence 
in the Central Valley's highly diverse Asian and Pacific Islander community.
Help Line:
(916) 428-3271

Board of Directors

The Board of Directors has monthly meetings on the third Wednesday of each month. If you are interested in becoming a Board Member, please contact (916) 868-7820, or send an e-mail to


Darrel "H" Woo, Esq.
CA Dept. of Insurance
Recently elected school board member for Sacramento City Unified School District, Darrel Woo is a Senior Attorney at the California Department of Insurance. An active member in the Sacramento community, he serves in a couple of Sacramento County appointed capacities. He is a hearing board member of the Sacramento County Air Quality Management District, and a member of the Locke Management Association, as well as serving as a board member of the ABAS Law Foundation and as General Counsel to the Organization of Chinese Americans of Greater Sacramento.

Vice President

Dr. Michelle Dang
Sacramento State
Dr. Michelle Dang is an Associate Professor in the School of Nursing at Sacramento State where she teaches community health and human sexuality. She holds a master's degree in nursing and a PhD in human development. Dr. Dang was born in Vietnam and grew up in California. For over 20 years, Dr. Dang has had the privilege of providing health services to clients across the lifespan and in diverse settings such as hospitals, home health, public health agencies, and schools. Her commitment to community service stems from a conviction that everyone should have the opportunity to live in a healthy community.

Vice President

Jessica Heskin
Sacramento State
Jessica is the coordinator for the Violence and Sexual Assualt Support Services at California State University, Sacramento. She has a B.A., Double Major—English and Women's Studies and a M.A. Behavioral Sciences in Education—Women's Studies Option from the California State University, Sacramento. She had worked in the area of domestic violence and sexual assault for almost fifteen years. Ms. Heskin is a consultant and presenter for various agencies regarding issues of violence, conflict resolution, and victim's rights.


Corrine Yee Joe
Sacramento Children's Home, Retired
Corrine Yee Joe was a member of My Sister's House's first full board of directors 10 years ago. She stayed on the board until about 6 years ago, joined My Sister's House Friends Committee, until asked to serve on board again in late 2010. Prior to her retirement from the position of Chief Operating Officer at Sacramento Children's Home, Corrine had over 30 years in Healthcare Management. Her former board memberships include Health for All, Asian Community Center, Sacramento Children's Home, Sacramento Chinese Community Service Center and Sorpotimist International of Sacramento.


Yen Marshall
Technical Manager - AT&T
Advisor & Past President – Women of AT&T Sacramento
Yen manages the company’s bill and document printing environment nationwide. She analyzes, develops, and provides strategic technical solutions. Yen has over 20 years of experience in software management and development: working as Analyst, Sr. Database Administrator, and Technical Architect. She also develops, leads, and connects AT&T employees to serve local community and to mentor local youths. Yen serves as the Ambassador for AT&T Aspire Mentoring Academy. She established an AT&T Mentoring program with the City Year Sacramento AT&T sponsored school, and facilitates monthly mentoring sessions for AT&T employees and corps members during each school year. Yen represents AT&T at community events and serves on the Boards of Directors for My Sister’s House and the Greater Sacramento Urban League. She helped build the annual STEM conference Expanding Your Horizons at Sacramento State University in 2007, and currently serves as the conference’s Director. Yen earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science from Sacramento State University. She is a Nehemiah Emerging Leaders Program (NELP) fellow. Yen is trilingual and is passionate about serving the community, especially underserved women and children.


Jennifer Ablog

Kaiser Permanente
Jennifer Ablog works for Kaiser Permanente South Sacramento Medical Center as the Community and Government Relations Manager. Ablog is responsible for fostering a strong governmental, political & community network in South Sacramento and Elk Grove.

Prior to joining Kaiser Permanente, Ablog was Executive Director of Cover the Kids and Healthy Kids, Healthy Future, a regional non profit serving Colusa, El Dorado, Placer, Sacramento and Yuba counties. She has worked in local government for more than 17 years, seven of those years in the health care arena. She has supported and provided leadership in a multitude of statewide organizations and agencies to address system changes within children’s healthcare.
She currently serves on the Elk Grove Chamber of Commerce and My Sister’s House Board of Directors, and is proud to be a part of the Metro Chamber’s Leadership Sacramento Class of 2012.

Mike Belote, Esq.

California Advocates, Inc.
Mr. Belote is presently a legislative advocate with the firm of California Advocates, Inc. in Sacramento. His responsibilities include representing a variety of association and corporate clients before the California Legislature, providing counsel to clients on legislative and regulatory issues.
Prior to joining California Advocates, Mr. Belote was Vice President-Legislative Counsel for the California Land Title Association. He has also served as Legislative Advocate for the California Association of Realtors. Mr. Belote's career also includes representation of certified public accountants in Sacramento.

Mr. Belote is a graduate of the University of California at Berkeley and the McGeorge School of Law in Sacramento. He has been involved with efforts to support the delivery of legal services to public interest clients. He lives in Granite Bay, outside of Sacramento with his wife and son.

Delia Estrada

Sutter Health
Delia Estrada works in community benefit for Sutter Health, a not-for-profit health care system that serves over 100 communities in Northern California. She is responsible for working with colleagues across Sutter Health's five regions on developing sustainable partnerships and programs that enhance the health and well-being of the communities we serve. Delia attended California State University, Chico and is past member of the Sacramento Metro Chamber's Leadership Sacramento program. She also volunteers her time with the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Northern California, Volunteers of America, Sacramento Food Bank and Family Services and the Boys and Girls Club of Greater Sacramento. Delia lives in Sacramento with her husband, Russ, and their 11 (and counting) koi fish.

Frank Fernandez

FCF General Contractor
Frank Fernandez is the Owner of FCF General Contractor, a public-works commercial construction firm. Native to Sacramento, Frank attended college locally at Cosumnes River College and Sacramento State University. Frank is a veteran of the U.S. Navy, where his 12 years combined Active and Reserve service included deployment abroad during “Operation Desert Shield/Storm.” Frank currently lives in Roseville, with his wife and four children.

Sharon Ito

Sharon Ito, a longtime journalist, joined the board of directors of My Sister's House in 2012.She spent more than 25 years in the news industry as a TV news anchor and an online host and producer in Sacramento, and as a TV reporter in Los Angeles. She is now a member of the strategic communications and marketing team at Sacramento State's College of Continuing Education.

Sharon has emceed numerous community events over the years, and she continues to work with young people through the California Scholastic Journalism Initiative and the girls' leadership organization Strive for Strength.

Sharon is a graduate of the University of the Pacific in Stockton. She is married to reporter George Warren, and they have a teenage daughter, Samantha.

Erin Maurie

First 5 Sacramento
Ms. Maurie is the Communications and Media Officer for First 5 Sacramento. Her strategic communications and community development experience has spanned more than 15 years working in private, government, and non-profit organizations. For the past seven years, Erin has focused on publicizing children's health, development, and
safety programs at First 5 Sacramento, a commission of Sacramento County. During her career, Erin has developed effective working relationships with various businesses and
community leaders with Sacramento County. Erin's communication, event planning and marketing campaigns have earned international, statewide and local awards and recognition. She is an avid volunteer throughout the community, including works for homelessness, animal shelters, special needs, women's mentoring, and child literacy.

Gloria M. Ochoa, Esq.

Senate Judiciary Committee, Retired
Gloria Megino Ochoa retired as the former Deputy Chief Counsel to the California Senate Judiciary Committee. She has been involved in the drafting and passage of legislation related to domestic violence, sexual assault, and civil reights, over the past 30 years, since she graduated from UC Davis Law School. She has served in various capacities in local, state and federal government, and has maintained a private law practice over the years. Gloria has also served on the governing boards of many nonprofit community organizations. She has been on My Sister's House Board of Directors for the lat 10 years, was a past president, and still resides as a board member.

Monica Patel

First Citizens Bank
Born and raised in Fiji, Monica moved to USA in 1986 as an international student. She settled in the Bay Area and started her banking career with Glendale Federal Bank in 1988. Monica joined First Citizens Bank as Financial Sales Manager in 2013. Married to Mukesh Patel, Monica has two children, Max Akash, 20 years old and Sydney Kajol, 14 years old. She enjoys spending time with friends and family as well as volunteering in the community.

Chelsy Pham

Born in Vietnam, came to the US as a refugee post Vietnam war, was sponsored by The Scott's in Garden City, Kansas.
Currently employed at VSP Global Optics Division focusing on Product and Technology Development. Chelsy currently is a Doctoral Student, focusing on Management & Information Technology

Latika Sharma

Wilke, Fleury, Hoffelt, Gould, & Birney
Latika Sharma works as an attorney for WIlke, Fleury, Hoffelt, Gould, & Birney, LLP and is a member of the Women Lawyers of Sacramento, South Asian Bar Association and ABAS Law Foundation. Latika has a passion for serving the community and also volunteers her time with Big Brothers Big Sisters as a mentor for youth. She received her Juris Doctorate at the University of California, Davis School of Law.

Ron Tom

Governmental Advocates
Ron Tom was a practicing pharmacist for 16 years prior to going into the state legislature, where he was consultant on numerous health committees. For the past 29 years, he has been a lobbyist representing a diverse and varied list of clients in practically every business, profession, and industry represented at the state legislature. Currently, he is retired from the lobbying firm of Governmental Advocates.

Advisory Director

Deputy Chief Brian Louie
Sacramento Police Department
Deputy Chief Brian Louie is a 27-year veteran of the Sacramento Police Department, and currently heads the Office of Technical Services, which consists of Personnel/ Backgrounds, Public Safety Information Technology, Records, Dispatch (Comm Ctr), Fleet and Training Divisions. Brian is one of the founding members of the Asian Peace Officers Association.

Executive Director

Nilda Guanzon Valmores
Nilda Valmores has had the honor of operating My Sister's House, the Central Valley's only shelter for battered Asian/Pacific Islander women and children since September 2004. Prior to joining My Sister's House, Nilda served as the Community Development Director for Mercy Housing California for 5 years. For more than 15 years, Nilda has worked with non-profit organizations on a statewide level addressing issues affecting children and the poor in the education, social services, and housing arenas.

Friends Committee

Willie Bulda

CA Probation- Retired

Carla Carr

Carr's Insurance Solutions

Bonnie Chiu

The New Home Company

Elaine Chiao

Jean Chong

Asian Pacific State Employees Association- Retired

Stefanie Cruz

FOX40 News

Kathryn Doi

Murphy Austin Adams Schoenfeld LLP

Sonia Fernandes

California Department of Managed Health Care

Gaurav Bobby Kalra, Esq.

Veda Counsel, Attorneys at Law

Gary Kikumoto

Kikumoto Real Estate

Angela M. Lai, Esq.

Asian Pacific Bar Association

Derek Ledda

Maharlika Lions Club

Al Lee


Nancy Lee

Murphy Austin Adams Schoenfeld LLP

Alice Lytle

Tam Ma

California State Senate

Sujatha Moni

California State University Sacramento

Ophelia Riego

Farmer's Insurance Group

Moira Sharma

Kaiser Permanente

Kara Ueda

Best Best & Krieger LLP

Paula Winn


Alice Wong

Ellen Yin-Wycoff

Financial Committee

Al Lee

Hai Nguyen, CPA

McClatchy Corporate

Monica Patel

Latika Sharma

Corrine Yee Joe

Other Staff:

My Sister's House paid staff also includes: Deputy Director, Program Managers for the Women to Work Program, Human Trafficking Specialist, Volunteer and Communications Coordinator, Employment and Immigration Advocate, Shelter Assistant, Data Evaluator/Administrative Assistant, Financial Officer, and to support its efforts, My Sister's House relies on its wonderful volunteers.

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