Ilene Eisen, CPA, CITP, MBA – Ilene is an accountant, specializing in technology and has spent most of her 40-year career training other CPAs and business owners how to efficiently organize and manage their accounting records. She has also taught both Information Systems and Accounting at Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, Cal State University Monterey Bay, and Chapman University. She has been active in working with the American Institute of CPAs, (AICPA), and is a Board Member of the California CPA Society (Cal CPA). Ilene has also served on numerous boards, including The Monterey Peninsula Unified School District (MPUSD) and the American Cancer Society.
Carol Greenwald, MSW, MPS – Carol is a social worker with over 38 years of experience in public social services. She held positions as line caseworker, supervisor, manager, and senior administrator, providing protective services to vulnerable adults and children. After retiring from public service, Carol worked as a consultant and trainer for a national foundation promoting safe communities and safe families, providing technical assistance to government agencies across the United States. Carol holds a Master’s Degree in Social Work and a Master’s Degree in Pastoral Studies. Carol is one of the founding members of Gathering for Women – Monterey.
Mary Eileen Kiniry, RN, MSN, ANP – Mary Eileen has been a nurse for almost 50 years, advancing from a bed-side nurse to a masters-prepared mental health nurse practitioner. She worked in all aspects of nursing, including serving as the director of the Maine Nurse Recruiters’ Association. For many years, Mary Eileen worked for the City of Portland’s Homeless Healthcare Program serving homeless individuals in a clinic setting, on the streets, and in shelters. With the cooperation of the City of Portland, she worked with others to found the Oxford Street Garden project (modeled after the Santa Cruz Garden program). Mary Eileen was a commissioner with the Portland Housing Authority for ten years, and is co-chair of the Association for the Advancement of Psychosynthesis. Mary Eileen is one of the founding members of Gathering for Women – Monterey.
Flo Miller, MPA – Flo began her volunteer ‘career’ in high school and has continued throughout her adult life. She currently volunteers with several local non-profit organizations. She has been the Vice-President for the Board of Directors of the Interfaith Outreach of Carmel, and past Board President for the Monterey County Rape Crisis Center. In addition, she has been a member of the Institutional Review Board at California State University Monterey Bay (CSUMB). Flo retired from CSUMB after serving as the Campus Health Center Administrator and the Campus Privacy Officer. She was previously employed by Pacific Gas & Electric Company. Flo holds a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from St. Mary’s College and a Master’s in Public Administration from Golden Gate University. Flo is one of the founding members of Gathering for Women – Monterey.
Ann Packer – Ann has worked for the Monterey County Health Department promoting healthy eating practices to children in Monterey and Salinas schools (Project LEAN) and also worked in Development on the capital campaign for MY Museum, a local children’s museum. Ann has been a member and chair of various committees at Congregation Beth Israel and was President from 2003-2005. In addition, she has served on committees for Community Hospital’s Women’s Forum for Health, Monterey County Reads, Robert Louis Stevenson Schools, Kinship Center, Monterey’s Art in the Adobes, United Way and ACTION Council. Ann has also served on Gathering For Women’s Capital Campaign steering committee. Ann has a Bachelor’s degree in English and a Master’s degree in Public Administration.
Amy Sands – Ann recently retired from the Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey (formerly the Monterey Institute of International Studies). Her last position at the Institute (MIIS) was as the Executive Director for Research Centers and Initiatives; before assuming this position, Dr. Sands had been Provost of MIIS for 8 years. She had also served for three years as the Dean of the Graduate School of International Policy Studies at MIIS. Previous to this appointment, she was the Deputy Director of the James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies for seven years. From August 1994 to June 1996, she was Assistant Director of the Intelligence, Verification, and Information Management Bureau at the U.S. Arms Control and Disarmament Agency (ACDA). Upon leaving the government, Dr. Sands received ACDA’s Distinguished Honor Award and the On-Site Inspection Agency’s Exceptional Civilian Service Medal. Before joining ACDA, she led the Proliferation Assessments Section of Z Division (Intelligence) at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. She is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and in August 2014 she was appointed to the Secretary of State’s International Security Advisory Board, and in 2015 she joined the Argonne National Laboratory’s National Security Advisory Board.
Dee Steiner – Dee is a retired interior designer and retail manager. She began her 35-year career in New York City. While there, she studied at the Art Students’ League, and the New York School of Interior Design. She created her own highly successfully art manufacturing company in the early 1970’s, and later managed the two largest volume Laura Ashley Stores in the U.S. After moving to San Francisco, Dee continuing in management and buying for Laura Ashley, Bullock & Jones, Aquascutum of London, and Bassett Furniture. Early in her varied career, she worked as an actress and spokesperson in film, stage, and television for 10 years for clients including AT&T, J C Penney, and Clairol. She is currently a board member for the Central Coast Art Association and exhibits her work locally.