Maria started her career with the Monterey County Rape Crisis Center in 2004. She began as a volunteer before becoming the Administrative Assistant for the Monterey office. Maria is bilingual, a certified self-defense instructor, and a child abuse prevention educator.
Bookkeeper and Office Manager
Lyne Farrington-Cellars started working at MCRCC in 2017 as our Bookkeeper and Office Manager. Originally from Canada, she is a Price Waterhouse Coopers Alumna in Computer and Financial Audit. She has provided training in non-profit accounting to numerous CPA firms and has been a university professor in Canada and the U.S, including at the Monterey Peninsula College.
Child Abuse Prevention Program Coordinator
Katelyn started her journey with MCRCC as an Advocate. She now holds the position of Child Abuse Prevention Coordinator. She enjoys talking to children about safety and guiding them in finding their own voice and feeling empowered to speak out.
Nicole is a graduate of CSU Monterey Bay, where she earned her Bachelors of Science in Communication Design. While her degree is technology centered, her true passion is the empowerment of women and girls worldwide and is a passionate advocate for social justice and equality.
Clare Mounteer has been the Executive Director of the Monterey County Rape Crisis Center since 1986. Clare is a Certified Sexual Assault Victim Counselor; Past Chairperson and current member of the Child Abuse Prevention Council; a member of the Domestic Violence Coordinating Council, a member of the Sexual Assault Response Team Steering Committee, a member of the multidisciplinary team for juvenile sex offenders (JSORT), and a past board member of United Way. She is also a past community representative of the Committee for the Protection of Human Subjects at CSUMB.
She was a recipient of the Talcott Bates Award from the Child Abuse Prevention Council in 2007, and in 2011 was one of six Executive Directors Statewide to receive a sabbatical award from the California Wellness Foundation.
A native of England, she moved to the United States in 1977 and received a BS in Organizational Behavior in 1987 from the University of San Francisco.
Erin joined MCRCC in 2016 as an Outreach and Event Coordinator. She earned her BA in 2007 from Michigan State University, where she also volunteered as a sexual assault crisis advocate. Her background includes working at various non-profits providing outreach and direct services, and as an administrator for an AmeriCorps tutoring program serving Monterey County schools. She enjoys taking advantage of the beautiful scenery and activities that Monterey has to offer.
Derek is originally from South Carolina and moved to Monterey in 2017 following three years as a Peace Corps volunteer in Panama. The positive role models in Derek's life led him to his position at MCRCC, where he works to provide youth with the skills to challenge unhealthy masculine attitudes and behaviors. He hopes that his contribution to the powerful work of so many people before him will one day lead to a world free of sexual violence.
Client Services Manager
Amber was a volunteer with MCRCC for four years prior to becoming a staff member in February 2016. Amber also served on the Board of Directors for a year and a half. She is now the Client Services Manager and oversees the advocate program.
Campus Advocacy Program Manager
Lorelei Ahlemeyer is the Campus Advocacy Manager at CSU Monterey Bay, where she enjoys empowering survivors of sexual assault. She previously worked for the Kansas Attorney General as a System-Based Advocate under the Sexual Assault Kit Initiative. She served on a statewide multi-disciplinary team to improve the lives of sexual assault survivors and worked on a committee to develop new investigative model policies for law enforcement. She received a Distinguished Service Recognition Award from the Kansas Bureau of Investigation for her work with survivors.
Lorelei is a graduate of the University of Nebraska-Kearney, where she received a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice and a Master’s in Education in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. In her free time, she enjoys hiking, reading, and spending time with her family.
Clinical Services Director
Cindy is a licensed clinical social worker. She received her BA from Vassar College in New York and her MSW from Simmons College School of Social Work in Boston. Before coming to Monterey County Rape Crisis Center, she worked for 11 years at the D’Arrigo Children’s Clinic at Kinship Center, providing therapy to children and their families, as well as providing a myriad of other supportive roles within the clinic. She is very excited to be part of MCRCC.
Child Abuse Prevention Program Coordinator
Herminia graduated from CSU Monterey Bay in 2014 with a degree in Human Communication with an emphasis in Pre-Law. She previously worked at our center as the Outreach Coordinator/ Administrative Assistant for the Salinas office and now holds the position of Child Abuse Prevention coordinator where she enjoys working with children across Salinas and South County.
Lauren was hired as the Deputy Director after earning a Master of Public Administration from the Middlebury Institute of International Studies where she focused research and course work on sexual violence and organizational capacity building. Lauren’s passion in life is rooted in MCRCC’s vision to end sexual violence, and all forms of violence. Though this passion may sometimes appear singular, she also deeply loves the natural beauty of Monterey County, her three-legged dog, family, friends, cooking, growing dahlias, and her co-workers at MCRCC who amaze her with their brilliance and dedication everyday.
Robyn is a 2015 graduate of CSU Monterey Bay, where she earned her Bachelors of Arts in Collaborative Health and Human Services with a concentration in Public Administration. While she attended CSUMB, she interned for three semesters with MCRCC’s outreach program.
Devan began her work at MCRCC in spring 2017 as a volunteer Advocate, after earning her BA in Global Studies from CSUMB. She became a staff Prevention Educator in February 2018 as the MyStrength club facilitator. She now facilitates the My Life clubs. In addition to being committed to ending sexual violence, she is a staunch activist for social justice and racial equality. She enjoys relaxing with her pup and supportive partner, and of course, smashing the patriarchy. She is thrilled to be part of the fantastic MCRCC team!
Crisis Intervention Specialist
Paola moved to Monterey from Sacramento to attend school, where she obtained her B.A. in Psychology at CSU Monterey Bay. She started volunteering at MCRCC in Fall 2016 as an Advocate. She plans to continue school and obtain her Master's in Social Work with hopes of one day working as a therapist with survivors of trauma. She is beyond excited to be a part of the team at MCRCC. In her free time, she loves to go back to Sacramento and spend time with her family and Maximo her dog.
Maria is a local resident of Monterey County who graduated from CSUMB in 2018. Maria earned her B.A in Collaborative Health and Human Services with a concentration in Social Work. Maria has collaborated with local agencies to address domestic violence, child abuse, and illicit substance dependency. Maria one day hopes to earn her Masters in Social Work in order to further help underrepresented communities.
Deborah has many years’ experience in the anti-human trafficking and anti-violence movement. As Outreach Advocate for the Monterey County Rape Crisis Center, Deborah conducts outreach in our community on human trafficking and the Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA).
Crisis Services Manager
Martamaria is the Crisis Services Manager based out of our Salinas office and has been with the agency since 2012. She earned her Bachelors of Arts in Collaborative Health and Human Services with a concentration in Social Work from Cal State Monterey Bay. She is proud to be part of the movement to end sexual violence and through her work she hopes to inspire others to make a change.
Child Abuse Treatment Program Manager
Prior to Rosa’s position as the Child Abuse Treatment (CHAT) Program Manager for The Monterey County Rape Crisis Center, she was in Child Abuse Prevention for seven years. She graduated from CSUMB with a BA degree in Collaborative Health and Human Services with a concentration in social work.