Regina Gage is the Executive Director of Meals on Wheels in Salinas. Regina has a BA from San Jose State University and graduated with a JD from Monterey College of Law. She lives in Prunedale (PruneTuscany) with her husband Steuart, their 7 dogs and 2 cats. Of course who could forget Mr. Kevin Bacon, the ornery pot-bellied pig she adopted from the SPCA a few years ago.
Karen Max Kelly moved to Monterey in 2014, became a DWMC member in 2015, and joined the DWMC Board as Treasurer in 2016. She has worked in fundraising and executive leadership at progressive non-profits; as campaign staff for progressive winning candidates; and in Democratic Party leadership positions in Alaska and Virginia. Those experiences have taught her about the value of managing money well and using it strategically to make good things happen in the world--like the election of progressive women to political office! When she's not being the DWMC Treasurer, Karen spends her energies working in accounting at a Monterey non-profit, running the hills of the Central Coast, or reading novels and eating bonbons.
Erica Parker had the fabulous opportunity to work in Vancouver for the 2010 Olympic Games, running the Event Services Department of the curling venue. She worked in animal welfare in Chico for the following year. Returning to Monterey, she managed Supervisor Jane Parker's successful reelection campaign as well as working for State Assemblymember Mark Stone on his campaign. Currently Erica is the Field Representative in Monterey for Assemblymember Mark Stone.
Rosalie Pinkert is new to the Monterey Bay Area, having moved here two years ago from Modesto, California. She has a B.A in Literature and three teaching credentials from Stanislaus State University. She also earned a Masters in Educational Administration from Chapman University. With a total of 33 years in education, primarily teaching special education in grades K12, she retired to pursue other interests and move to an area with fresh air and less heat. She enjoys tennis with her husband, the many beautiful hikes in the area, and playing with her grandchildren.
Alicia has reintroduced herself to the Monterey Peninsula as a striving political trainee. Before embarking on the politics in this community, Alicia attended the two local Junior Colleges and graduated from both, studying dual diagnoses. She is currently working on a degree in Addiction Studies. Alicia has been involved with several organizations such as the IHELP Program for Women, where she held the position as program coordinator for the first year. Alicia has served as a volunteer treasurer for two organizations on the Peninsula: VFW Post #811 Marina, CA (where she was also the president for a brief moment), and the retired Men’s Social Club in Seaside. She is a member and past Chaplin of the American Legion Post 591, and a member of Moose Lodge. She sits in a District 4 seat for the Monterey County Democratic Central Committee, and is Membership Chair for the Democratic Women of Monterey County. She is the Executive President for the IHSS Supervisor’s Advisory Executive Board, representing Jane Parker’s District 4 on the IHSS Advisory Committee. She is also the President of the E.T. Price Social Club, and an active member of the Order of the Eastern Carmelita #38, and also a Daughter of the Shriners Menelik Court #53.
Her most precious position is being a caregiver for her mother (aged 88) with Alzheimer’s. Alicia says she enjoys the opportunity she has gained as a Board member, serving her 2nd year as Membership Chair. The issues that most concern Alicia are: Freedom of Choice, care for the elderly, and health and education for all. She hopes to become a politician in her community of Seaside, CA, perhaps as a councilwoman to start the process.
A San Francisco native, Ann Flower earned her BA at Mills College and MLIS (Masters in Library and Information Studies) at UC Berkeley. She is the Assistant Director of the Library at Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey. Ann earned her political activism merit badge working on the Kerry campaign and both 2008 and 2012 Obama campaigns. She is an avid hiker, dressage rider and longtime advocate for the performing arts.
Anne Sanchez is a lifelong Democrat and strong advocate for women’s issues. Since moving to Monterey County in 1990, she served in a leadership position on several boards: the Monterey County Commission on the Status of Women, National Coalition Building Institute, Monterey County Film Commission, and YWCA.
Previously, Anne had an extensive career in Los Angeles County government as a Social Worker, Probation Officer, and Administrator. In Monterey County, she was a human services consultant and Regional Director for an innovative program that provided services to court-referred young people involved with alcohol and other drugs, as well as a psychology instructor at Hartnell College. Anne has a Master’s degree in Counseling Psychology from the University of Southern California and currently is an instructor at CSUMB’s OLLI program. Her passion is travel, reading and dancing.
Lauren Virshup is a partner at the Stone Door Media Lab, a media analysis firm based in Monterey. Her research and editorial experience includes a decade as VP/GM of database publisher Professional Desk References, Inc., and four years as a lead researcher for Arbitron/Nielsen Audio’s national reports on radio listening.
Lauren began her career working in reproductive rights. After earning an MBA in Non-profit Management from Yale’s School of Management, she served as an adjunct professor at Webster University, Leiden, in the Netherlands, teaching courses in organizational behavior and women in management. Lauren also holds a Master of Public Health degree from Columbia University. Her studies have focused on gender and reproductive health.
Lynne Weatherman, Creative Director and Partner at Boots Road Group, a media marketing agency in Monterey, brings a deep knowledge of branding and web design to the DWMC Board. Lynne's experience includes software reviewer at COMPUTE! Magazine and manuscript editor at ABC / Cap Cities, as well as digital media teacher, graphic designer, and Principal at Digital Studio Monterey Bay. When not volunteering for democratic causes, she creates art.
Priscilla Walton, PhD, is a retired professor of education from University of California Santa Cruz and consultant for the California Commission on Teacher Training and the California Department of Education in Sacramento, California. She has been active over the years in numerous political and service organizations both in Davis and Carmel. She is a former Davis Planning Commissioner, former board member on the Monterey League of Women Voters, past president of the Democratic Women of Monterey County, and president of the Carmel Valley White Oaks Home Owner's Association. She is a member of the Monterey County Democratic Central Committee.
Hetty Eddy has been a life long Democrat. She has been actively involved in promoting women’s rights and political issues since before she moved to Salinas in 1977. After moving to Salinas, she became involved with the Salinas Child Abuse Prevention Council and Planned Parenthood. She returned to teaching as an elementary school teacher in the City of Salinas. She taught for 32 years and during that time she was also on the Board of Trustees for the Washington Union School District for 20 years. She was active in the Salinas City Elementary School District teachers union as a negotiator and President.
After retirement, Hetty was able to devote her time to local political issues in the Toro Area, by serving on the board of LandWatch and the Toro Area Sewer Coalition. She continued to work with children as a volunteer and a board member with Girls Inc. of the Central Coast. In her free time she teaches bridge at the Monterey Bridge Center, reads, knits and loves to hike.