The Democratic Women of Monterey County Board meets the second Wednesday of each month. The meetings are open to the public. For more information, please email Kate Daniels.
Kate Daniels Kurz was born and raised on the Monterey Peninsula. Recently retired as Chief of Staff to Monterey County 5th District Supervisor Mary Adams, she currently serves as the Interim Executive Director of Gathering for Women. Kate received her B.A. from Sarah Lawrence College and her M.A. from Columbia University. Prior to working in politics and county government, Kate taught at Monterey Peninsula College and ran the international news publication The Women’s International Perspective at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies. Kate serves on the Board of Trustees of the Monterey College of Law and on the Leadership Council of the Women’s Fund of the Community Foundation for Monterey County.
Originally from the East Bay Area, Nicole Hollingsworth graduated from Cal. State Monterey Bay (CSUMB) in 2009 with a B.A. in Communications and opted to stay in the Monterey area. Shortly after she graduated, she began working for then Assemblymember Bill Monning and is currently Senator Monning’s District Director—managing the Senator’s district offices, staff, and operations. In her spare time, Nicole serves on the Board of Directors for the CSUMB Foundation and was appointed to the the 7th District Agricultural Association, Monterey County Fair Board of Directors in 2018. Additionally, she is a former member of the Executive Committee of the Sierra Club, Ventana Chapter. Nicole has a strong passion for public service and commitment to social justice.
In 2017, Nicole graduated with Highest Honors from Golden Gate University with a master’s degree in Public Administration. In 2018 Nicole and her husband, Daniel Hollingsworth, welcomed their daughter, Harper Grace, into the world. They all currently reside in Marina with their two Scottish Terriers.
Dawn Alva is a proud feminist, mother, wife, and Democrat. Her passions are centered on health, education, and women’s rights. Dawn founded Rumina, a company devoted to empowering new moms with solutions, which allow them to continue to be ALL they want to be while providing the best possible nutrition for their babies. Prior to focusing on Rumina, Dawn worked for 20+ years in business development. Last of which was for a not-for-profit futures research firm that informed the world’s largest organizations on health, education, employment and governance.
Dawn is an active community member that is focused on her community and children. She currently sits on the Economic Development Commission and previously sat on the City of Marina’s Downtown Vitalization Ad-hoc Committee; she is also an appointed member to the Monterey Peninsula Unified School District (MPUSD) Citizen Oversight Committee.
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.
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.
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.
Prior to joining DWMC, Sue was a member of the Rotary Club of Los Gatos Morning 2006-2016 serving in various committees; as club president 2013-14; fundraising co-chair for Claws for a Causein 2014 and 2015. In 2016, Sue and her husband moved to Carmel Valley. After the outcome of the 2016 election, Sue was compelled to do something, anything, to make a difference. She and a girlfriend looked around the Carmel area and found the DWMC.
Sue worked in the housewares industry for twenty years representing numerous manufacturers in both sales and product training. She grew up and went to school in the Pasadena area of Southern California; received a BA degree in Technical Theatre Arts from CSU Los Angeles; has lived and worked (and learned to sail) in New England and New York.
Sue enjoys golf, walking/hiking, traveling, sailing, cooking/baking, cosmology and following weather forecasts. Her favorite saying is: “You can’t change the direction of the wind, but you can adjust your sails.”
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.
Regina M. Gage, Executive Director, has been with Meals on Wheels of the Salinas Valley since November 2014. Prior to this position, she was the Executive Director of the Monterey County Bar Association. She has worked in the non-profit sector for almost twenty years, including foster care, being a legal advocate for domestic violence victims, and now homebound seniors. She graduated Magna Cum Laude with a BA in Humanities and Political Science from SJ State University and has a Juris Doctor from the Monterey College of Law.
In 2018 she was elected to represent District 1 as a Trustee for the Salinas Valley Memorial Healthcare District. She is the 2016-2018 past President of the Democratic Women of Monterey County and a primary committee member on the Monterey County Democratic Central Committee. She is a member of the Steinbeck Rotary club and serves on the Board of Directors for St. Andrews Residential Programs for Youth, Inc.
Lisa A. Berkley is the Founder and President of the Institute for Inner Economy. She serves as a Councilwoman for the City of Marina as well as is on the board of the Housing Resource Center of Monterey County.
With a BA in Economics and Environmental Studies, an MA in International Relations, specializing in Counter Terrorism and Transitional Justice, and working on her doctorate in Leadership and Change, Ms. Berkley’s work as a peace facilitator and activist stems from more than 25 years of experience in alternative medicine and education, stress management, and mediation. Dedicated to furthering peace and security in the world, she integrates psychological understanding, emotional, spiritual, somatic, cultural, and creative intelligences into the public, private and not-for-profit sectors of society. She co-founded and directed an NGO that pioneered peace-building education and training programs in Israel/Palestine and has developed groundbreaking programs for the development of self-awareness and personal empowerment in the midst of conflict. Her work has been written about in a number of Israeli/Palestinian, U.K. and U.S. publications with worldwide distribution. Ms. Berkley has been a global advocate for women and girls for more than 20 years. She is the former president of Women In International Security’s U.S. West Coast Chapter (WIISWest) and and has co-authored the book chapter “Female Leadership for Peace and Human Security: A Case Study of Israel/Palestine," which can be found in Women and Leadership Around the World, Vol. III (Information Age Publishing, 2015).
Josie Wilson, PhD, retired from the Department of Psychology at Southern Oregon University, Ashland, after 29 years of teaching undergraduates and graduate counseling students and serving as Dean in SOU administration. She devoted much of her professional life to multicultural issues, work with the Latino culture and Mexico, children and women, and professional ethics. Since moving to Pacific Grove in 2017, Josie has focused on learning about the area, developing a rich friendship network, and political involvement with the Women Democrats. She and her husband Michael enjoy international travel and an active health oriented life-style.
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.
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.