Maria started her career with the Monterey County Rape Crisis Center thirteen years ago. 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.
Elizabeth began her journey in the sexual assault services field in 2011 as a volunteer in Santa Cruz County. Hired by MCRCC in 2012, as a part-time Outreach Coordinator, she has filled several positions including Campus Advocate. She has now returned where her heart truly lies, in prevention work. As a Rape Prevention Specialist she facilitates 3 of our weekly rape prevention education clubs in high schools.
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.
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.
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.
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, supportive partner, 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.
Outreach Coordinator/Administrative Assistant
Prior to working for the Monterey County Rape Crisis Center, Esmeralda was a volunteer advocate for the organization. Throughout the years Esmeralda has worked within the social service field for employers such as the County of Monterey and Interim Incorporated.
My Strength Facilitator
Carl is the My Strength Club facilitator whose passion is to inspire young men throughout Monterey County towards ending sexual violence. The clubs that Carl facilitates helps young men recognize and challenge the rigid gender stereotypes and social norms that allow sexual violence to exist in any community.
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.