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


Jessica Heskin, Board President

California Department of Public Health

Jessica is the coordinator for the Violence and Sexual Assault 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.

Yen Marshall, Board Vice President

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.

Elisha Choi-Panadero, Treasurer

Sutter Health

Elisha has been an accounting professional for 15 years in Sacramento area. Currently, she performs all receivables accounting and reconciliation responsibilities for East Bay Hospitals for Sutter Health. It is very important for her to establish and maintain strong, collaborative working relationships with her customers to identify additional ways to be of service and ensure customer satisfaction. Previous employers include Franklin Templeton, Perry-Smith LLP, and Xerox.

She was born in Seoul, Korea and moved to United States to study abroad at the age of 14. In addition, she received her MBA from University of California, Davis and is a Certified Public Accountant in California. Elisha moved to Sacramento from Chicago in 2002 with my husband, Charles Panadero.  They have a 17 year-old daughter, and an 8 year-old son.

Michelle Dang, Treasurer

California State University, Sacramento – School of Nursing

Latika Sharma, Secretary

State of California, 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.

Chris Gee Schoon-Tong

Beach Hut Deli Owner

Kao Saephanh

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.

Mary McCune

California Dental Association

Moira Sharma, PsyD

Kaiser Permanente

Robert Abelon

California Secretary of the State

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.

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.

Toni N. Hoang, MSBA, Esq.

Sacramento Municipal Utility District (SMUD)

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.

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.