YWCA Board of Directors

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  • Anne Marie Hickambottom

    Anne Marie Hickambottom

    Manager, Strategic Plan Developm

  • May Chen Tham

    May Chen Tham

    Special Projects Manager

  • Eleanor Beasley

    Eleanor Beasley

    Elected Member

  • Tracy Clark

    Tracy Clark

    Director of Development

  • Lisa Cagnolatti

    Lisa Cagnolatti

    Elected Member

  • Maria L. Garcia

    Maria L. Garcia

    Elected Member

  • Donna Crowder

    Donna Crowder

    Director of Human Resources

  • Belinda A. Heard

    Belinda A. Heard

    Elected Member

  • Elaine D. Moore

    Elaine D. Moore

    Chief Administrative Officer

  • Patrica Keane

    Patrica Keane

    Elected Member

  • Ruth Lopez-Novodor

    Ruth Lopez-Novodor


    Beverly Oncology & Imaging Medical Group, Inc.

  • Elsa Luna

    Elsa Luna

    Chief Financial Officer

  • Karen Mayeda

    Karen Mayeda

    Private Consultant

  • Faye Washington

    Faye Washington

    Cheif Executive Officer

  • Gloria Rice

    Gloria Rice

    Accounting Manager

  • Mauria McPoland

    Mauria McPoland

    Elected Member

  • Maria Robinson-Glover

    Maria Robinson-Glover

    Manager Annual Programs

    California Institute of the Arts

  • Janie Barreto

    Janie Barreto

    Director, Child Development

  • Ruby Brown

    Ruby Brown

    LA Job Corps Center Director

  • Sharon Shelton

    Sharon Shelton

    Senior Director, Program Service


  • Eleanor Beasley

    Eleanor Beasley

    Chairman of the Board

    Eleanor Beasley, CPT

    Business Banking Consultant

    Eleanor Beasley is an entrepreneur and financial services professional with 34 years’ experience in the industry specializing in Treasury Management Senior Level Management, Sales, Service, Training, and Projects; Branch and Account Analysis Operations, Consumer and Commercial Lending.  Eleanor is also a Small Business Advisor with a focus on start-up.

    Eleanor is a community servant and has consistently volunteered her expertise to non-profit organizations for more than 20 years. She received the 2007 Los Angeles Business Journal Volunteer of the Year Award.  Her primary focus has been on women and children’s needs in the low-to-moderate income neighborhoods of Greater Los Angeles.  She volunteers over 150 hours per year to improving the lives of women and children.

    She is currently serving the community as the Vice President & President-Elect of the Board of Directors for the YWCA Greater Los Angeles, a non-profit focused on eliminating racism and supporting women and youth.  She also serves as board member and Personnel Committee Chair for Crystal Stairs, a non-profit that subsidize child care cost for low income families. Eleanor is a founding member and active board member of the Bloom Again Foundation, a non-profit that supports women in need who experienced a recent medical emergency.  Eleanor recently joined her first national non-profit board with the National Women’s Hall of Fame organization that recognize women trailblazers and host historical women’s museum in Seneca Falls, New York.

    Eleanor previously served the community as follows:  Union Bank Foundation – Board Member; Susan G. Komen for the Cure – Executive Board Officer & Komen Pink Sunday Founder; Motivating Our Student Through Experience (MOSTE) – Past Executive Board President & MOSTE Advisory Board Founder; California Women’s Foundation Los Angeles Donors Circle – Founding Member; Emma Bowdry Scholarship Fund – Advisory Board Member; United Children’s Fund – Fundraiser; Junior Achievement of America – Corporate Liaison

    Eleanor is a mother of one daughter and grandmother to one grandson.


  • Lisa D. Cagnolatti

    Lisa D. Cagnolatti

    Vice President

    Southern California EdisonV.P. Business Customer Div. Lisa Cagnolatti is vice president of the Business Customer Division of Southern California Edison's (SCE) Customer Service Business Unit. Elected to the position on November 1, 2007, she oversees the company's relationships with its major industrial, commercial and government customers as well as SCE's efforts to stimulate business development in the 15 counties it serves.

    Cagnolatti joined SCE in 1996 as commercial segment manager in the Business Customer Division. In the Transmission and Distribution Business Unit, she held the positions of Rurals Manager, and Orange Region Manager, Construction and Maintenance where she was responsible for electricity distribution services to more than one million customers in Orange County and on Catalina Island. She also previously served as director of the Revenue Services Organization. Most recently, Cagnolatti served as director of the Customer Communications Organization where she was responsible for call center operation, which annually fields more than 12.7 million customer calls.

    Cagnolatti began her professional career as a production team manager with Procter and Gamble in Oxnard, Calif. where she managed two operating teams in the Paper Manufacturing Division. She then joined Southern California Gas Company as an account executive in 1985. During her 11 years with the Gas Company, she held positions of increasing responsibility in Environmental Affairs, Regulatory Affairs, Marketing and Sales. While there, Cagnolatti helped develop deregulation and open access programs for the company's largest customers and managed relationships with the natural gas marketing firms.

    Cagnolatti holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemical Engineering from UCLA and a Master's degree of Business Administration from Pepperdine University. In addition to her formal education, Lisa has several certifications including: Chartered Industrial Gas Consultant from the Institute of Gas Technology; Certified Energy Manager from the Association of Energy Engineers; and Certified Leadership and Team Building Facilitator.

  • Alva P. Adams-Mason

    Alva P. Adams-Mason


    Manager, Strategic Dealer Representation
    Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A. Inc.

    Alva Mason is Manager, Strategic Dealer Representation, Diversity and Inclusion for Toyota Motor Sales. Mason is respons¬ible for development and implementation of strategies that enable Toyota and Lexus field offices to increase the number of minority dealers. Alva also has responsibility for a broad range of community outreach programs.

    In her previous position, Mason was Operations Manager for Retail Market Development, with responsibility for develop¬ment, launch, training and ongoing support of the Strategic Planning Model. She also administered all aspects of the annual Market Representation National Conference.

    Prior to joining Toyota Motor Sales, USA, Inc., Mason worked successfully on the retail side of the automotive industry for thirteen years as a Secretary-Treasurer solely responsible to the corporation for all financial aspects of the business.

    Mason received her Bachelor's Degree in Accounting from Howard University in Washington, DC. She has also completed a certificate program for Diversity Management at the University of Houston.

    Mason is a member of the board of directors for the YWCA of Greater Los Angeles and the Millennium Momentum Foundation. She is a former member of the Los Angeles Girl Scout Council Board of Directors and past Chairman of the Fund Committee, President Emeritus of Howard University Alumni Club of Southern California, and a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority.

    Mason is the recipient of the 2007 Woman of the Year Award for the National Association of Minority Automotive Dealers, and in the Toyota Driver's Seat publication in September 2007. Mason was featured in The Lovick Career Journal in February 2009 and Who's Who in Black Los Angeles publication 2009 and 2010. She is a member of Toastmasters International.

    Mason resides in Inglewood, Ca. with her three daughters.


  • Patricia Keane

    Patricia Keane


    Deputy County Counsel
    Office of the County Counsel

    Patricia Keane is a Deputy County Counsel for the Office of the Los Angeles County Counsel, which serves as attorney for and provides legal advice and representation to the Board of Supervisors of the County of Los Angeles, County departments, and other public offices and agencies. Ms. Keane's practice focuses on the various aspects of land use and planning law. She represents the Regional Planning Department regarding wide-ranging land use and planning matters.

    Prior to working for the Office of County Counsel, Ms. Keane clerked for the U.S. District Court and spent 6 years in private practice advising clients regarding the requirements of the California Environmental Quality Act and other environmental laws related to private and institutional development projects.

    Ms. Keane graduated from Wittenberg University, in Springfield, Ohio, with a B.A. in English and German in 1998. She graduated Order of the Coif from UCLA School of Law in 2001. At UCLA, Ms. Keane was Editor-in-Chief of the UCLA Law Review.

    In addition to her membership on the YWCA-GLA Board of Directors, Ms. Keane is active in the local community. She is a member of the Board of Directors of the Arroyo Food Co-Op, a grassroots, community-based effort to bring a member-owned, local and sustainable grocery store to the Altadena and Pasadena communities, and she is also a Commissioner on the City of Pasadena's Recreation and Parks Commission. In her spare time, Ms. Keane is an avid distance runner.

  • Margaret Leong Checca

    Margaret Leong Checca

    Elected Member

    Current Organizations/Personal:
    • Board of Directors and member of Leadership Circle Committee, Planned Parenthood of Pasadena San Gabriel Valley (Pasadena)
    • Board of Directors and Chair of Development Committee, Descanso Gardens (La Canada Flintridge)
    • Board of Directors and Co Chair of Budget Finance Committee, Cornerstone Theater Company (Los Angeles)
    • Former Board of Directors and President, YWCA Pasadena- Foothill Valley
    • Former Board of Directors and Treasurer, YWCA Pacific Region of the National YWCA
    • Former Board of Trustees and Chairperson of Board and Interim Executive Director, Pacific Asia Museum (Pasadena)

    Organizations/Professional Designations:
    American Institute of Certified Public Accountants; California State Society of Certified Public Accountants; American Society of Women Certified Public Accountants; American Society of Women Accountants

  • Dr. Annalisa Enrile

    Dr. Annalisa Enrile

    Elected Member

    Clinical Associate Professor
    USC School of Social Work

    One of the few Filipina PhD's in social work, having chosen the field as a way to bring to light important social issues in the Filipino-American community, the fastest-growing Asian immigrant population. She frequently speaks out against sex trafficking, anti-militarization and exploitative migrant labor.

    A voice for equity and global justice, the clinical associate professor has been recognized as one of the 100 Most Influential Filipinas in the World (FWN Global 100) for her efforts to stop violence against women. She has worked with students, communities and academic partners to create social change through innovation and collaboration.

    Enrile, who leads the Philippines immersion program at the school, developed the experiential learning opportunity as a more tangible means to study and chronicle human rights violations. Her goal is to help students understand how social work theory is put into practice on a global scale using hands-on skills that transfer to their work in the U.S.Capstone projects involve the collaboration between students and Filipino grassroots organizations working to address pertinent social issues within the country through sustainable partnerships. Enrile uses these techniques of engagement in her teaching, developing and facilitating unique pedagogies for online and on-campus students.

    Enrile is active in community organizations, including serving on several anti-trafficking task forces, and is on the board of the Mariposa Center for Change, an organization that serves women and children of color. She consults with organizations such as the Coalition to Abolish Slavery and Trafficking (CAST), YWCA Greater Los Angeles, and Search to Involve Pilipino Americans (SIPA).

    Enrile teaches in the school's Virtual Academic Center and City Center, and at the USC University Park Campus. Enrile currently serves as the chair of the Community Organization, Planning and Administration (COPA) Concentration, the co-chair of the foundation-year Human Behavior sequence, and the lead instructor of several courses.
  • Gerald M. Ford

    Gerald M. Ford

    Elected Member

    Sr. Vice President
    Union Bank

    Mr. Ford graduated from UCLA in 1992 with a B.A. in Political Science and a minor in Business Administration. He joined the Union Bank Management Training Program in January 1993 to become a Financial Services Officer in the Community Bank. After graduating from the 16-month program he accepted a position in the Bank's Quality Assurance and Sales group in San Diego.

    In 1996 Mr. Ford was given the opportunity to join the Bank's Commercial Credit Training Program. Upon graduation in 1997 he joined the Bank's Syndication & Placements group within Specialized Lending, assisting in the syndications of Energy, Oil & Gas, Entertainment, General Corporate, Communications Media, Real Estate and Equity Sponsor transactions. He later I took over as the lead syndicator for Oil & Gas, Entertainment, and Equity Sponsor Finance transactions.
    In 2007 Gerald left Syndications to manage the Equity Sponsor Finance group (later called Structured Finance) which was part of National Banking. His responsibilities included managing business development officers, underwriters, and portfolio managers.

    Currently, Mr. Ford manages the portfolio management team for Government Lending and the underwriting and credit management team for GTM Credit Management which includes financial institutions, Labor Union, HOA, and other credits. Responsibilities include managing the Bank's $8 Billion in exposure in GTM, with nine direct reports in Los Angeles, Walnut Creek, and Atlanta.

    Mr. Ford has served on the Board of Directors of the Urban Financial Services Coalition (formerly Urban Bankers)- LA Chapter and the fundraising golf committee for the Children's Bureau in support of abused children in Los Angeles. I've been married over seven years and have two children, a six year old girl and three year old boy.

  • Maria L. Garcia

    Maria L. Garcia

    Elected Member

    Regional Manager/First Vice President
    FVP, District Manager-Los Angeles
    JPMorgan Chase, Retail Banking

    Maria Garcia who joined JPMorgan Chase through several mergers and acquisitions, will be celebrating her 25th year anniversary with JPMorgan Chase in November 2011. Throughout her career with JPMorgan Chase, Maria has held various positions within the retail branch system. Working with bank clients to meet their everyday banking needs, has always been the motivating factor for Maria.

    In July of 2007 she was presented with the opportunity to become a district manager in the Greater Los Angeles area and manage one of the most complex and diverse districts for the company. Currently, Maria is managing two districts, located in metropolitan Los Angeles/ San Gabriel Valley area. She is responsible for twenty branch offices and her team consists of 20 vice president-branch managers, and over 280 branch employees. In addition to helping her teams serve the needs of Chase clients, she is responsible for the development of her team, and representing Chase in the Los Angeles community, creating job opportunities in the marketplace as the retail branches continue to grow.

    Maria also sits on the boards of the YWCA of Greater Los Angeles, St. Thomas Aquinas School, Monterey Park and St. Turibius School, Los Angeles. She has served as a bank spokesperson on Spanish language media, providing information on various bank products and services, for the benefit of the community.

    Maria was born and raised in Los Angeles. She currently resides in Whittier, California with husband of twenty years, Gilbert and children, Victoria Christine 16 and Andrew Julian 12.


  • Vivian D. Howell

    Vivian D. Howell

    Elected Member

    President, YWCA Board of Directors

    Vivian D. Howell began her association with YWCA Greater Los Angeles in 2004 as a volunteer in the capacity of the Chair of the Society of Benefactrix and as a member of the Fund Development Committee, particularly in support of the Annual Benefactrix Ball. In 2006, she was Chair of the Benefactrix Ball. Her commitment to the vision and mission of the YWCA GLA was evident as she consistently supported its programs and development. Vivian was recruited to the Board of Directors in 2007. She has a reputation of dotting the "i's" and crossing the "t's" and was instrumental during aligning the By-Laws and Board Procedures with the Five-year Strategic Plan. Vivian is dedicated to and has an extensive history of community and professional volunteerism. She is an active life-member of the California Women Lead that works to empower California's future women leaders. Since 1996, she has been a volunteer mediator and facilitator with the Dispute Resolution Program of the City of Los Angeles Office of the City Attorney. She also was a volunteer with the Rosa Parks Sexual Assault Center in Los Angeles, a member of the Board of the Youth Motivation Task Force and an appointee to the Affirmative Action Advisory Council of the Department of Water and Power.

    Vivian's career includes over 28 years of leadership roles of increasing responsibility at the City of Los Angeles, where she was recruited as the Director of Property at the Port of Los Angeles and is currently the Manager of Business Solutions and Space Planning with the Los Angeles World Airports' (LAWA) Commercial Development Group. Administratively, she has been engaged in real estate and land development projects with political, inter-agency and department undertones in the areas of appraisals, negotiation, acquisition, relocation and subdivision planning. On behalf of LAWA, Vivian accomplished the largest single commercial acquisition of $125Mil, previously staffed the Mayor of Los Angeles' Economic Development Cabinet and is executing the largest subdivision in the County of Los Angeles of 17,750 acres. While serving on the Bank of California's High Technology Industry Business Development Team, she pioneered the Tax-Oriented Lease Transaction. Vivian instructs courses in real estate, conflict resolution and mediation. She has accepted numerous speaking and presentation engagements at community venues, public entities, educational seminars and conventions.

    Vivian holds a Master of Business Administration from Loyola Marymount University's Executive MBA Program and a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration - Finance from California State University, Los Angeles and holds numerous professional licenses, designations and certifications. She maintains an active membership and the highest certification with the International Right of Way Association, as Region 1 Vice Chair, which includes 12 Chapters located throughout California, Arizona and Nevada.


  • Amanda J. Lee

    Amanda J. Lee

    Elected Member


    Learning Tree Academy


    Amanda J. Lee is currently the Director of Learning Tree Academy located in Fullerton, CA. This center provides educational services to elementary- high school students from the surrounding Orange County community. She is also working at a nonprofit organization called Far East Broadcasting Company in the Korea Department as their Community Relations and Social Media Coordinator.

    Ms. Lee has worked as a Research Assistant to build a massively distributed collaborative learning experiment with FemTechNet-a network of hundreds of U.S and international students and experts whose work is in and/or who work in the women's studies and/or technology field. Furthermore, Ms. Lee was employed as a Teaching Assistant for the Director of the Applied Women's Studies program at Claremont Graduate University.


    In her previous work, Ms. Lee worked as a Technical Writer and Editor developing formal website content that represented the marketing plans of various companies located in the Silicon Valley of Northern California.


    Ms. Lee holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in English (Writing) from Biola University. In addition, she earned her Master's degree in Applied Women Studies with a concentration in Business from Claremont Graduate University. In 2011-2012, she was the recipient of the Pacific Life Foundation Award, the Fernandez Prize and multiple fellowships.

    Ms. Lee was born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area. She currently resides in
    La Mirada, CA.



  • Patricia Reed-Cunningham

    Patricia Reed-Cunningham

    Elected Member

    Mrs. Reed-Cunningham has maintained a long relationship with the YWCA GLA using the Angeles Mesa site for recreational activities and classes and years later at the Compton site. The Deltas Chapter a non-profit partner working with the Compton Committee on Administration, are visible volunteers of the YWCA. Three past Presidents served on the site board, one was the representative who attended the YWCA Board of Directors meetings. Delta participation with the YWCA's Program Committee included working with the Child Care Center, the Take Your Daughter To Work Project and other programs.

    In 1997 she joined as a general member of the YWCA at the Compton site. In 2009 she became a member of the "Society of Benefactrix" at the Club level and 2011 at the Presidents level. One of the very special memories was the Deltas hosting the President of the Nigeria YWCA at the Compton site. I have the Nation pin and dress she gave me.

    Mrs. Reed-Cunningham is a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., a past President of the Compton Alumnae Chapter. She has served as the Farwest Region Social Action Coordinator and member of the National Social Action Commission. She is a member of the National Program Planning & Development Committee.

    She established an impressive record as Regional Social Action Coordinator. In 2005 she was one of the Commissioners assigned to assist with the development and writing of the Social Action Tool Kit for State Coordinators and Chapter chairs. A Certified Social Action Trainer; her experience included training members in political awareness, advocacy and the art of Legislative Lobbying and conducting workshops. She has coordinated eight Delta Days, Legislative Conferences in California. Currently she serves as the Region's Political Awareness & Involvement Committee Chair. As such she is responsible for the publication of the newsletter "Voice" and its regional distribution. The newsletter is published quarterly.