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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
AT&T External Affairs
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.
CA Department of Health
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.
CA Department of Managed Health Care
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.
Richard K. Uno
CA Bureau of Real Estate
As one of the most experienced hearing counsel for the Bureau of Real Estate, Richard “Rick” Uno has prosecuted hundreds of real estate license discipline cases in which a licensee has committed crimes, mishandled their clients’ trust account or through misrepresentation or fraud, harmed a member of the public in a real estate transaction. Before coming to the Bureau, Rick was managing attorney for Court Programs administered by the Sacramento Region Human Rights/Fair Housing Commission. Rick, at the beginning of his legal career, established his own law practice, focusing on business law and estate planning. A graduate of UC Davis, BA in History and UC Hasting College of the Law, Rick has been an attorney for over 30 years.
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.
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 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.
Meagan Harris is a seasoned finance professional, with a diverse background in commercial and residential real estate lending, in both the public and private sectors. She has spent much of her career fostering affordable housing for low-to-moderate income earners, community development, and improving the financial condition of consumers. Her current role in the Consumer Lending Group as a Senior Mortgage Underwriter for Wells Fargo is to manage credit and regulatory risk, improve the financial situations of its clients, and execute sound lending decisions. Ms. Harris has bachelor’s degree in business, as well as a master’s degree in business from Drexel University, and is a member of the Sacramento Metro Chamber of Commerce’s Metro Edge and Leadership Sacramento professional associations. Ms. Harris feels especially compelled to champion the quality of life for abused women and children, and believes she can serve as model of hope, help, and inspiration. Ultimately, she endeavors to live a life of purpose, make a meaningful difference in the community, and live a peaceful, happy life among family and friends.
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.
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
Toni N. Hoang, MSBA, Esq.
Sacramento Municipal Utility District
Toni Hoang is responsible for maintaining and managing an integrated enterprise-wide risk framework for the Sacramento Municipal Utility District (SMUD). She is responsible for identifying, assessing, managing, coordinating and prioritizing organizational wide risks to maintain early warning signals, changes in and emerging risks and prioritizing risks to allow for strategic allocation of resources. In her role, utilizing industry best practices, she has established a quantitative method for prioritizing the various risks of the organization. This is important in focusing resources on efforts which optimize the achievement of the organization’s goals.
An expert in contractual & project risk mitigation, a Certified Public Procurement Officer, law school graduate with admittance to the California State Bar, an MSBA in International Finance & Business Management, she has over 10 years of experience mitigating risks in leadership and non-leadership roles utilizing both quantitative and qualitative methods.
An active member of SMUD’s Community Service and Career Ambassador Programs. Born in Stockton, CA, Toni has always been passionate about serving the community. Toni believes in advocating for and fighting for justice and individual rights of the most exploited communities in our society (human trafficking, underprivileged, and aging population). She lives out her core values in her commitment to the community under the notion of “equal justice for all.” As an active member of the California State Bar, Toni utilizes her legal expertise to provide pro bono services to the community.
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.
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.
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.
CA Probation- Retired
Carr’s Insurance Solutions
The New Home Company
Asian Pacific State Employees Association- Retired
Murphy Austin Adams Schoenfeld LLP
California Department of Managed Health Care
Gaurav Bobby Kalra, Esq.
Veda Counsel, Attorneys at Law
Kikumoto Real Estate
Angela M. Lai, Esq.
Asian Pacific Bar Association
Maharlika Lions Club
Murphy Austin Adams Schoenfeld LLP
California State Senate
California State University Sacramento
Farmer’s Insurance Group
Best Best & Krieger LLP
Hai Nguyen, CPA
Corrine Yee Joe
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.