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


Bryan Cruz, Board President

Kaiser Permanente

Bryan currently serves as a Managerial Consultant for Kaiser Permanente South Sacramento Hospital’s Strategy and Portfolio Management Office. Prior to his role at Kaiser Permanente, he served as a Senior Lean/Six Sigma Specialist and Business Process Engineer for Blue Shield of California (BSC), preceded by work at Genentech/Roche Inc. Bryan earned his Master’s Degree in Business Administration from UC Davis, preceded by a Bachelor of Science in Biological and Clinical Lab Sciences from Sacramento State University. While in academia, he displayed his passion for creative and meaningful change by teaching Six Sigma and Change Management concepts as a Graduate Teaching Assistant in UC Davis’ School of Management. Bryan is also a CORO Leadership Fellow as a member of Nehemiah Emerging Leader’s Program Class X.

Chris Gee Schoon-Tong, Board Vice-President

Beach Hut Deli Owner

Chris Gee Schoon-Tong is a local business owner. His roots are based out of Scramento as both his mother and father grew up in the area along with Chris being a 2nd generation Sac State alum. Chris studied Business Administration with an emphasis in International Business. Chris is 5th generation on his mother’s side and 2nd generation on his father’s.

Susan Granzella, Treasurer

VISA (Retired)

Susan Granzella currently serves as Treasurer on the Board of Directors for My Sister’s House.  Ms Granzella retired from Visa Inc. in 2014 as Vice President and Senior Director for Technical Publications, and managed Global Development Audit and Compliance.  She was responsible for Visa’s international technical publishing efforts, distributing content to global banks and processors, and managing staff and contractors in the US, Singapore and India.  In addition, she coordinated compliance of federal, state and industry regulations for Global Development management and staff.  Ms Granzella also serves on the Board of Directors for the California Contractors State License Board (CSLB), appointed by Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. in October 2014.  She was reappointed to CSLB by Governor Gavin Newson in 2020.

Kao Saephanh, Secretary

Sacramento Municipal Utilities District (SMUD)

Kao holds a Bachelor’s of Science in Business Administration, with an emphasis on Marketing from Sacramento State University. He’s been with SAFE Credit Union for over 10 years. Kao is an active member of the community and seeks engagement that exercises his 14+ years of banking experience, along with marketing/communications expertise – especially to bring resources to underserved communities. He is currently serving on the Iu-Mien Community Services Board, as the Vice President of the Board, Kao has also served as the Chair of Iu-Mien Student Conference committee. He is an active ambassador with the Asian Chamber of Commerce and the 2015 Asian Chamber of Commerce Ambassador of the Year Award Recipient.

Kao is motivated to help others and impact lives, all while serving with a positive attitude.

Yen Marshall

Professional Management Consultant

Yen plans, coordinates and implements strategies to support AT&T strategic initiatives statewide, with the focus on API and education segments for California. She establishes relationships and participates in maintaining contact with key government, community and business leaders, and coordinates programs that promote good corporate citizenship and enhance community good will. Yen is active in the community and passionate about giving back and helping others; especially the underserved. She serves on the Board of Directors for My Sister’s House, Greater Sacramento Urban League, and leads an annual initiative to promote STEM careers for middle school students. Yen is the current President of the AT&T’s Employee Resource Group, APCA (Asian Pacific Islanders for Professional and Community Advancement). She is also very engaged with other internal employee resource groups, supporting career development and mentoring for all. Yen lives in Sacramento with her husband. They have a daughter and a son.

Charles Panadero, M.D.

Psychiatrist, Private Practice

Monica Patel

Bank of the West

Monica Patel was born and raised in Fiji. After completing her high school, she moved to New Zealand where she studied commerce at Auckland University.  She later joined her brother in USA on a student visa and attended College of San Mateo. She soon began what would become a lifelong career in banking.  She is currently a Vice President with Bank Of The West. Monica is a Past President and longtime member of the Rotary Club of Laguna Sunrise. She has served on the Elk Grove Chamber Board Of Directors and is currently serving as Vice President of her local chapter of BNI, an international business networking organization. In her free time Monica enjoys watching shows on Netflix and Amazon Prime. She is helping chair My Sister’s House Advisory Muslim Committee along with our 20th Anniversary Gala.

Moira Sharma, PsyD

Kaiser Permanente

Stefanie Cruz

Cole Pro Media

Stefanie Cruz has been an advocate for My Sister’s House for more than a decade. She served on the Friends Committee, and was twice named a Hero of Hope. She has also emceed numerous MSH events. Currently, Stefanie is a Media Consultant for Cole Pro Media. She has also worked as a Public Information Officer for the CA Employment Development Department. For 12 years, she served as news anchor and reporter for several Sacramento TV stations. Stefanie lives in Sacramento with her husband and two children.

Sharon Gonzalves

Townsend Public Affairs

Trish Higgins

Shaw Law Group

Chelsea Pham

San Joaquin Delta College

Anh Phoong

Phoong Law Corp. 

Ayanna Yonemura

U.C. Davis, Asian American Studies Department

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

Angela Lai, California Department of Managed Health Care

Carla SB Carr, Financial Committee

Darrel Woo, Board of Education 

Denise Suen, CLS

Derek Ledda, Department of Education (Retired), Maharlika Lions

Elaine Chiao, Child Protective Services

Ellen Yin-Wycoff, Cal Casa

Gary Kikumoto, Kikumoto Real Estate

Heidi Pyle, Sacramento Municipal Utilities District (SMUD)

Jean ChongAsian Pacific State Employees Association (Retired)

Kathryn Doi, Hanson Bridgett Law Firm

Nancy P. Lee, Office of Aids

Ophelia RiegoRiego Insurance

Rosie Dauz, Golden1

Sharon Ito, California State University, Sacramento – Communications/Public Affairs

Sonia Fernandes,  California of Managed Health Care

Stephanie Tom, Oracle

Sujatha Moni, California State University, Sacramento – Professor

Zima Creason, Mental Health America


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.