BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Kent Glenzer joined the board of Gathering for Women in the Fall of 2018. Kent is an Associate Professor at Middlebury Institute of International Studies. He holds a PhD from Emory University, an MA in Communication from Cornell University and BA in Journalism, from Northwestern University. He’s been teaching at the Institute since 2011. Kent has extensive work and research experience in sub-Saharan Africa, having spent 28 years prior to coming to the Institute with international NGOs such as Oxfam America, CARE, PATH, and also with Peace Corps. His work, teaching, and research focuses on the intersections of culture, organizational behavior, monitoring and evaluation, decision making, and strategy. He specializes in understanding how power dynamics, identity politics, and structural exclusion influence organizations, public policy, philanthropy, and the relationships between public, private, and nonprofit actors. He’s passionate about transforming higher education so as to better prepare young professionals to work on complex, wicked problems. This requires us to rethink and reinvent relationships between public, private, and nonprofit enterprises to connect disciplinary silos and expertise in new ways, and adopt transformative andragogical approaches in our programs. What the world doesn’t need is more competent, obedient, rule-following technocrats. What it does need is feral professionals who can transform systems and reconfigure long-standing relationships of power.
Carol Greenwald, MSW, MPS
Carol is a social worker with over 38 years of experience in public social services. She held positions from line case worker to senior administrative manager, 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. In 2014 Carol launched a program providing comprehensive services to homeless women on the Monterey Peninsula. This effort grew into Gathering for Women – Monterey. Carol holds a master’s degree in social work and a master’s degree in pastoral studies.
Cyndy Hodges joined the Board of Directors as Treasurer of Gathering For Women in the summer of 2019. For 35 years she practiced as a Certified Public Accountant in her own firm in Fresno, CA, specializing in building construction and development. While in Fresno, she served on the board of directors of We Hear You, an organization committed to providing financial and emotional support to families and their children born with hearing loss. Retirement to the Monterey Peninsula in 2017 has allowed Cyndy to volunteer at Gathering for Women, as well as for the Carmel Chamber of Commerce. Cyndy has a degree in Business Administration with an emphasis in accounting from California State University, Fresno. She has a strong interest in helping the homeless and less fortunate women on our Peninsula.
Yjohanan (Hana) Kong
Hana joined the board of Gathering for Women in the summer of 2021. Hana is the Donor Services Officer at the Community Foundation Santa Cruz County. However, she has deep connections locally, especially with the nonprofit community. Hana currently serves on the IMPOWER board of directors; and she has also served on committees for the Association of Fundraising Professionals (Monterey Bay Chapter), National Philanthropy Day for the Central Coast, United Way Monterey County, and others. Hana can be found handing out bags or directing traffic (carefully) at a food bank distribution site; helping local groups develop creative marketing material to tell their story and mission; or simply walking along the scenic trail or Del Monte Beach with her partner and rescue pups Dylan and Ozzy. Hana holds a Juris Doctorate and Masters of Legal Studies from the Monterey College of Law; and a Master of Public Administration and Master of International Education Management from the Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey. She has no plans to stop learning.
Bio to come
Thomas Muir is a licensed clinical social worker affiliated with the Emergency Department at the Community Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula where he serves as Community Outreach Program Lead, as well as a member of the Monterey Police Department’s Multidisciplinary Outreach Team. He has nearly 30 years of experience in medical, mental health, and addiction treatment, and holds a Masters of Social Work degree from Arizona State University. He also is a Veteran of the United States Armed Forces where he served as a Navy Corpsman attached in different roles with the Marines Corps and the Navy.
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.
Abdel Seck joined the Gathering for Women board with extensive experience leading initiatives that fight injustice and promote peace. Most recently, Abdel co-founded the Jews, Christians, and Muslims United (JCMU) with the mission to promote social justice, while developing tolerance, unity and peace among these communities. He co-founded Community One World Enterprise (COWE), a marketing and commercial diplomacy consulting firm through which he leads the effort to turn the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) into a Free Trade Agreement between the United States and eligible African countries. Prior to that, Abdel was a Managing Partner and V.P. for Africa at Abundant Biofuels Corporation, the first Californian firm to develop renewable energy from Jatropha Curcas. He is an owner and operator of multiple businesses on Monterey’s Old Fisherman’s Wharf, and the sitting President of the Islamic Society of Monterey County. Abdel holds a B.A. in International Relations, and a Master’s in International Policy Studies with a focus on Trade, Investment, and Development from Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey (MIIS). He is an expert in U.S./China trade relations. His lifetime commitment is to support disadvantaged women battling breast cancer in his native Senegal: “this is a personal vow,” he says, as he lost his beloved mother to breast cancer.
Jason Warburg joined the board of Gathering for Women in July 2022. He is a writer and communications consultant who was the executive director of communications at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies for more than 10 years. Prior to moving to Monterey in 2009, Jason served in senior communications roles for a national non-profit in the higher education arena, as well as for public officials including Lt. Governor Leo McCarthy, Rep. Mel Levine, and State Senator Gary K. Hart. Jason holds an MS in foreign service from Georgetown University and a BA in political science from UC Davis. He completed Leadership Monterey Peninsula in 2012, served on the communications committee for Rancho Cielo’s 2014-16 capital campaign, and has been a volunteer consultant for Gathering for Women since 2019.
Ellen joined the board of Gathering for Women in the summer of 2018. She has been a registered nurse and employed with Community Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula for over 25 years. After working as a clinical nurse for a few years, Ellen made the switch to health education. Her current position is Community Health Coordinator. She is especially interested in older adults and the underserved. Her first experience with Gathering for Women was in 2014 when she was involved with finding healthcare professionals to come speak at the weekly lunches. Ellen was very impressed with the amazing work of the volunteers and the sense of community and support created for the homeless women. Her other volunteer commitments include active participation in the RotaCare Clinic in Seaside. She attended Samuel Merritt and Saint Mary’s College where she received a Bachelor’s degree in Nursing.
Board Member Christine Haska passed away on July 26, 2017 at home with her family by her side. Christine was an original board member whose vast experience and thoughtful guidance were critical to the successful growth of our organization. Her keen insight and gentle elegance will be truly missed. We all have fond memories of Christine to hold in our hearts. “…..I’ve really had a great life and have enjoyed participating in every part of it… I’ve had blessings and opportunities that most people don’t have, and I’ve been keenly aware of those every step of the way. And the people who have crossed my path — amazing people….”
Christine July 15, 2017 email to Board President
Christine July 15, 2017 email to Board President