Staff & Board Members

The Board and volunteers of the YWCA Berkeley/Oakland represent a great variety of employment fields, academic majors, and interests. The diversity of the Board of Directors, volunteers and staff reflects that of our community. The Board members range in age from the 20s to the 90s, with many religions and most ethnic, racial, and socio-economic groups represented. This diversity in all areas is reflected in our volunteer and staff groups as well.


  • Ineda Adesanya
  • Folasade Adesanya
  • Cherisse Baatin
  • Sharon Bettinelli
  • Marilyn Cleveland, President
  • Jennifer Farnstrom
  • Kate Earle Funk, Treasurer
  • Amy He
  • Mary Huang, Vice President
  • Kate Ireland
  • Angela Jackson-Castain, Recording Secretary
  • Denise Jeffrey
  • Laura Kirkwood-Datta
  • Michele LeProhn
  • Treacy Malloy
  • Judy Martin
  • Mary Stewart McCosker
  • Jennifer Mitchell
  • Sarah Knox Miyazaki
  • Linda Oliver
  • Dia Penning, Corresponding Secretary
  • Mary Remy
  • Jasmine Smith
  • Jennifer Meux White


The YWCA Berkeley/Oakland staff is hard-working, well educated, and extremely committed to social service and the goals outlined in our mission. Each staff member is uniquely qualified for their position and all of our programs benefit from the diversity of our staff.

Jenny DeRuntz – Executive Director

Rena Guidry – Associate Director: TechGYRLS, Wellness, and Communications

Maria Guillen – Director of Programs & Empowerment: Financial Literacy and Racial Justice

Liz Atkins-Pattenson – Program Director: Advocacy and Student Leadership Board

Karen Lei and Marilyn Watson – Program Directors: English in Action

Claire Marchiano – Career Counselor and Coach

Dohee Kim – Office Manager

Allison Peck – Accounts Bookkeeper

Ana Rivas – Housekeeper

Felix Tsai – Caretaker