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Board Officers

Board Treasurer Maggie Melone-Echiburú

Maggie Melone-Echiburú


Maggie Melone-Echiburú is the Director of K-12 STEM Programs at Hartnell College. Maggie is honored to be part of a leading educational organization that has had the wisdom of making K-12 STEM education an important stepping stone for the youth in the community. Having one of nine NASA MAA programs in the country here in Salinas is such an honor and creating a pathway for young students to pursue careers in Computer Science through Coder Dojo Steinbeck County is an opportunity for all our community. Maggie is married to Brett Melone and together live with their three children, Caetano, Vinicius and Stella in Prunedale, CA.

Audrey Pierson

Vice President

Audrey Pierson is an Engineered Systems Sales Manager with First Alarm in Monterey, having been involved in electronic security for almost 30 years. She brings her expertise and love of sales, marketing, training and sales management to the MCRCC board. A previous MCRCC board member and president, she is our Together With Love Run/Walk emcee.  Audrey and her husband, Hugh, built an electronic security company, Pierson Security, (donating the Monterey office’s alarm to MCRCC), which they sold to First Alarm 11 years ago. Audrey served 12 years on the board of the Professional Women’s Network of Monterey, including two terms as president, and was named a Woman of the Year. She is also a member of the Salinas Valley Business Women’s Network. Audrey lives on the Carmel River in Carmel Valley with her husband, Hugh, and their three Australian Shepherds, whose favorite pastime is herding their two grandsons during their weekly sleepovers.

Board Secretary Kevin Cahill

Kevin Cahill


Kevin Cahill is the Director of the Communication Design program in the School of Computing and Design at California State University Monterey Bay. Kevin has a MFA degree from Cranbrook Academy of Art and has taught Graphic Design, Communication Criticism, Multimedia, Ethics and Current Issues in Communications Technology and Web Design. Most recently, he was the Art Director for CalStateTEACH, the California State University system's first statewide, online teacher credential program. Kevin was also a key instructor in the Imagine College Summer Institute where he taught multimedia and web design to at-risk high school students. Kevin lives in Salinas with his husband and Pacific Grove native, Chip Lenno.


Board Member Elizabeth Ramírez

Elizabeth Ramírez


Elizabeth L. Ramírez is a Spanish bilingual, bicultural family psychotherapist with a Marriage and Family Therapy license. She currently has a private practice offering counseling services to individuals, children and families. She has been providing counseling services in the Monterey County community for 16 years with various community agencies, and the most recent 9 years in private practice. She also focused on academic counseling at the Community College level, holding a position with the Educational Opportunity Programs & Services (EOPS) at Hartnell College. She has enjoyed creating a home in the Monterey Bay through professional activities and exploring the surrounding natural beauty. She has experienced the natural beauty while participating in a favorite pastime – running and training for races.

Tracy Haack

Advocate Representative

A native Californian by birth, Tracy moved back to the state in 1990 to begin her career as an atmospheric scientist with the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory. She has enjoyed living in and being surrounded by the natural beauty of the Monterey Bay area: hiking, biking, camping, and beach combing all along the Central CA coast. Ms. Haack served as an advocate for the MCRCC dating back to the Fall of 2013 and considers her volunteer work with the Center one of the most rewarding experiences. She, her husband, and teenage daughter truly appreciate visiting the country's National Parks and taking road trips in all the western states.

Board Members

Lea Barber

Lea Barber is an Employment Litigation Paralegal with local firm Noland, Hamerly, Etienne & Hoss. Lea is a life-long learner and community advocate, having volunteered in youth sports and school administration programs. She has also spoken publicly at women’s classes, retreats, and conferences; specifically on the intrinsic value of women. She strongly encourages mentorship. Lea believes participating in mentorship both as a mentor or mentee, emboldens the sharing of experience, knowledge, community, and ideals; all in the pursuit of enduring success. Lea and her husband Jeff were born and raised here on the Central Coast. They understand the importance of giving to your community and being part of its success. Lea and Jeff live in Prunedale, California where they have raised three incredible young women and a son who proudly serves in the United States Marine Corps.

Chief Adele Fresé

Chief Adele H. Fresé joined the Salinas Police Department in 2016 after more than 20 years with other law enforcement agencies. She began her career of public service in the United States Marine Corps, serving from 1985 until 1992. In 1994 she joined City of Corpus Christi Police Department as a Patrol Officer and was promoted to Senior Office in 1997. Between 2008 and 2014 Chief Fresé served as a Police Commander/ Deputy Chief for the City of Corpus Christi. From 2014 until becoming the Salinas Chief, she served as the Chief of Police for the city of Greenfield, California, where she worked to foster an environment of accountability, collaboration, and safety. Chief Fresé holds a Master of Science in Public Safety Degree, as well as a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice Degree and numerous additional certificates.

Board Member Jeannine Pacioni

Jeannine Pacioni

Ms. Pacioni received her Bachelor of Science degree from Northern Arizona University. After receiving her Juris Doctorate Degree from the University of San Diego, School of Law in 1990, she became licensed to practice law in the states of California and Arizona. She worked as a Deputy District Attorney for the Kern County District Attorney’s Office in 1990 and joined the Monterey County District Attorney’s Office in 1992 as a Deputy District Attorney. She is now serving as Monterey County's District Attorney. Ms. Pacioni is involved in the Monterey County Bar Association, the California District Attorneys Association, Monterey County Peace Officers Association and currently serves as a member to the Board of Directors of the National Charity League, Monterey Bay, Monterey County Rape Crisis Center, Monterey County Children’s Council and the Child Abuse Prevention Council.

Board President Maija West, Esq.

Maija West, Esq.

Immediate Past President

Maija West is a licensed attorney and the owner of the Law Office of Maija West and Moxie Lab Leadership. Professionally, she has a strong background in non-profit operations and board governance. Outside of her work, she is very involved in community issues, especially related to the issue of human trafficking. She is married and the mother of an entertaining middle school girl.