Board of Directors

Ilene EisenIlene Eisen, CPA, CITP, MPA – 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, MPSCarol Greenwald, MSW, MPS – Carol Greenwald is a retired social worker having worked as a senior administrator for a public social services agency providing protective services to vulnerable adults and children, many of whom were homeless. She also 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. Currently, Carol is employed as a chaplain at Community Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula. She holds a master’s degree in social work and a master’s degree in pastoral studies. Carol was one of the founding members of Gathering for Women – Monterey.

Christine Haska, Ph.D.Christine Haska, Ph.D. –  Christine has been a senior administrator in higher education for 30 years.  Most recently, she served as Vice President of Information Resources at the Naval Postgraduate School (NPS) in Monterey. Her portfolio of responsibilities included Information Technology and Communication Services, the Office of Institutional Research and Planning, and Institutional Advancement.  At NPS, she established the Office of Institutional Research and Planning, and worked with colleagues at the U.S. Naval Academy and Naval War College to set up the Navy Higher Education IT Consortium. Christine oversaw the Monterey Peninsula DoDNet, (a regional infrastructure linking five local Department of Defense organizations). She was a member of the EDUCAUSE/Internet2 Network Council, the Access Monterey Peninsula Advisory Board, and the Monterey College of Law Executive Board. Christine has taught at four different colleges and universities in the following areas: quantitative research methods, social stratification, sociology of media, sociology of education and sociology of women.  She currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Corporation of Education Network Initiatives in California and the Community Health Innovations Board (a board of the Community Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula).

Kelly KerrKelly Kerr, JD – Kelly is an attorney and newcomer to the Monterey Peninsula. She recently retired from the active practice of law after twenty-five years in the private and public sectors, primarily as a civil litigator. Kelly now works as a legal consultant on a part-time basis. Since arriving in the area, Kelly has put her longtime interest in social justice issues into action. In addition to her work with Gathering for Women, Kelly volunteers regularly with the food pantry at St. Mary’s By-the-Sea Episcopal Church and is an active volunteer with Sustainable Pacific Grove. Kelly holds a BA in political science from UC Irvine and a JD from Loyola Law School in Los Angeles.

Mary Eileen Kiniry, RN, MSN, ANPMary 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 work 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 was one of the founding members of Gathering for Women – Monterey.

Flo Miller, MPAFlo Miller, MPA – Flo’s volunteer ‘career’ began 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.

Sandy Robeson – Sandy is a retired Software and Solutions Engineer. She worked for McGraw-Hill in various capacities for over 35 years designing and building test scoring and data analysis systems for large scale mainframe computers and small scale microcomputers. She taught Computer Science and Information Systems at Monterey Peninsula College for 20 years. As a longtime resident of the Monterey Peninsula, Sandy has been active in various local organizations including serving on the Board of Directors for the Monterey History and Art Association and membership in the Data Processing Management Association and the Monterey County Genealogical Society. She currently is a volunteer for the Monterey Bay Aquarium and the Monterey County Elections Department. Sandy holds a BS in Organizational Behavior from the University of San Francisco.

Amy Sands -Dr. Amy Sands 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.

Leslie Sonne, MPALeslie Sonne, MPALeslie was born and raised in Monterey. She learned about public service at an early age as her father, the late Jerry Fry, served on the city council and then as mayor from before she was born until she was a freshman in college. Leslie recently retired from the Monterey Police Department after serving almost 30 years in law enforcement, the majority of them in her home town. Leslie was the first police liaison to Gathering for Women and helped establish an ongoing liaison program with the police department. Leslie has a BS in Criminology from California State University at Fresno and an Executive Master of Public Administration from Golden Gate University.