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

Elaine Chiao

Cooperative Personnel Services

Elaine Chiao has been involved with My Sister's House since its inception in 1999. She is retired from State government, but is currently a consultant with Cooperative Personnel Services, providing human resources services to State agencies, local governments and non-profits. Elaine has been active in numerous Asian/Pacific Islander organizations including Asian/Pacific State Employees Association and Asian Community Center. 

Vice President

Gloria M. Ochoa, Esq.

Senate Judiciary Committee, Retired 

Gloria Megino Ochoa recently retired as the Deputy Chief Counsel to the California Senate Judiciary Committee. She has been involved in the drafting of legislation on domestic violence prevention and shelter funding since the 1970’s, when 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.
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.
Jessica Heskin
Jessica is the coordinator for the Violence and Sexual Assualt Support Services at California State University, Sacramento. She has a B.A., Double MajorEnglish and Women's Studies and a M.A. Behavioral Sciences in EducationWomen'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.


Jennifer Ablog
Kaiser Permanente

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.

Michelle Dang California State University, Sacramento

Frank Fernandez
FCF General Contractor

Sharon Ito

Chantel Johnson
California State Assembly

Katherine Maestas

California Health and Human Services Agency

Yen Marshall

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.

Chelsy Pham

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. He currently is Of Counsel to the firm of Governmental Advocates, and "largely retired."

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

Kiyomi Burchill
California Health and Human Services Agency

Carla Carr
Carr's Insurance Solutions

Bonnie Chiu
The New Home Company 

Jean Chong
Asian Pacific State Employees Association

Stefanie Cruz

Kathryn Doi
Murphy Austin Adams Schoenfeld LLP

Sonia Fernandes
California Department of Managed Health Care

Ligaya Hattari
California State University Sacramento

Gaurav Bobby Kalra, Esq.
Veda Counsel, Attorneys at Law

Gary Kikumoto
Kikumoto Real Estate

Angela M. Lai, Esq. 
Asian Pacific Bar Association

Thuong Le

Derek Ledda
Maharlika Lions Club

Lisa Lee
Mechanics Bank

Nancy Lee
Murphy Austin Adams Schoenfeld LLP

Susie Lui

Tam Ma
California State Senate

Nancy Mao
Law Office of Nancy Mao
Immigration and Nationality Law

Sujatha Moni
California State University Sacramento

Ophelia Riego
Farmer's Insurance Group

Moira Sharma
Kaiser Permanente

Genevieve Shiroma
Sacramento Municipal Utility District

Glenn Takeoka

Kara Ueda
Best Best & Krieger LLP

Paula Winn

Alice Wong
Law Offices of Jerry Chong and Alice Wong

Hach Yasumura
Retired, Sacramento County Department of Human Assistance

Ellen Yin-Wycoff
California Coalition Against Sexual Assault 

Financial Committee

Al Lee

Sue Ann Kashiwagi
Union Bank

Hai Nguyen, CPA
McClatchy Corporate

Other Staff:

My Sister's House paid staff also includes: Deputy Director, Program Managers for the Women to Work Program, Human Trafficking Specialist, Outreach and Volunteer 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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