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Our Staff

YWCA Madison / Our Staff

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Vanessa McDowell Chief Executive Officer

YWCA Downtown

Phone: 608-257-1436, option 2

Empowerment Center

Phone: 608-257-1436, option 3

Development and Marketing

Erin Farrar Development and Volunteer Coordinator
Maggie Porter Kratz Development and Marketing Director
Jay Young Marketing and Development Manager


Joelle Frye Accounting Assistant
LuAnn Quella Chief Financial Officer


Shannon Ash Housing First Program Manager
Betsy Berry Housing First Coordinator
Kayalyn Broy Housing First Coordinator/Case Manager
Jael Currie Support Services Manager
Roberto Godinez Evening Shelter Case Manager/Housing Locator
Melissa Kidau Housing Locator
Lucía Ledesma Empower Home Case Manager
OPEN Rapid Rehousing Case Manager
Jessica Oswald Tree Lane Case Manager/Supervisor
Olivia Rico-McKeen Housing First Coordinator
Jillian Stacey Third Street Coordinator/Case Manager
Lucy Williams Shelter Case Manager
Nancy Wrenn Bauch Third Street Program Coordinator
Lisa Xiong Children’s Program Coordinator

Human Resources

Rhonda Schemm Human Resources Director


Kiana Brown Front Desk Supervisor
Danielle Dieringer Operations Director
Darnell Jackson Building Maintenance Technician
Chris Luther Receptionist
Myeesha Mitchell Compliance Specialist
Christopher Ognibene Facilities Manager
Keith Wilkins Building Maintenance Housekeeper


Adanze Okoronta Empowerment Center Receptionist/Program Assistant

Employment Services

Rasheid Atlas Director of Employment Services & YWeb Career Academy Instructor
Jasmine Banks YWeb Career Academy Program Coordinator
Yaminique Brown Placement and Retention Coordinator
Tory Latham Employment Services Manager
Aneesha Mitchell Driver’s License Recovery Coordinator

Race & Gender Equity

Colleen Butler Racial Justice Director
Naomi Takahashi Race and Gender Equity Manager
Libby Tucci Race and Gender Equity Coordinator

Restorative Justice

Bill Baldon Restorative Justice Manager
Kiana Burnette Community Restorative Justice Coordinator
Samantha Clausen-Ruppert Restorative Justice Outreach Liason
Eugenia Highland Restorative Justice Director
Shirin Kestin Restorative Justice Coordinator
Hannah Lenzo Community Restorative Justice Intake Coordinator
Ali Treviño-Murphy Restorative Justice Manager
Orion Wells Restorative Justice Coordinator
Asly Warren Community Restorative Justice Coordinator (Bilingual)

YW Transit

Kirk Vetterkind YW Transit Manager
Amanda World YW Transit Manager