Board Of Directors & Advisory Board

Helping guide and improve our organization.

Verity Board Of Directors

Carla Rodriguez

Carla Rodriguez

President

Carla Rodriguez is a Chief Deputy District Attorney working for the Sonoma County District Attorney’s Office. She has been a prosecutor for over 23 years handling a wide variety of caseloads and assignments including adult and child sexual assault.  Carla currently supervises the Elder Protection Unit as well as the mental health caseload.  She is an active member of Sonoma County Women in Law and the Sonoma County Bar Association.

Kate McCoy

Kate McCoy

Vice President

Kate McCoy is currently the Vice President of Verity’s Board of Directors after joining the board in 2018. Kate has been the Management Analyst for the Petaluma Police Department since January 2017.  Prior to working for the Police Department, she was a due diligence investigator conducting open source research on foreign companies for violations of the FCPA/ U.K. Bribery Act.  Kate has developed a strong passion for working with survivors of crime, especially survivors of sexual assault. In her spare time, Kate is an avid cook, baker, jam maker, and want to be amateur homesteader. She lives in Petaluma with her husband, sons, and several chickens and ducks.

Tamara Gilman

Tamara Gilman

Secretary

I have been an active board member since March of 2017. I was first introduced to VERITY’s commitment and work in the community, by way of my assignment as the Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Detective, where I served for 6 years. VERITY’s mission to eliminate all forms of violence, sexual assault and abuse was demonstrated by the advocates I worked with, on a daily basis. The care compassion and guidance that was shown to survivors and their families, made my role as a detective better, knowing my victims were in good hands. VERITY’s work in the community in the prevention and education department is a key component in the deterrence of sexual violence. I am proud to serve my community and this amazing organization by my continued involvement as a committed VERITY board member.

 

Eddie Engram

Eddie Engram

Treasurer

In October of 2002, Eddie joined the Sonoma County Sheriff’s Office.  As a Deputy Sheriff II, he was assigned to the Main Office, the Valley Substation, and the Sonoma Police Department.  Eddie served two stints as a Domestic Violence Sexual Assault Detective, from 2006-2009 and again in 2013, before he was promoted to Sergeant in 2014.  In 2017, Eddie was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant.  Eddie is a recipient of the Sheriff’s Office Distinguished Service Award and a Gold Medal of Valor. Eddie was promoted to Captain in April 2019.   Eddie joined the Verity Board in April of 2020 and serves as the Board Treasurer.  In his free time, Eddie enjoys playing soccer and obstacle course racing.

Fred Kusin

Fred Kusin

Board Member

My passion for Verity comes from my Grandmother Aminthe Nungesser, who started the first women’s krewe in the city of New Orleans in 1915, which has now the largest krewe in New Orleans Mardi Gras. She was a pioneer of women’s rights at a time where women could not vote and were expected to stay home, raise children and not cause trouble. I started my own software development company with 150 analysts, programmers, and engineers. Around the year 2000, I moved into sales and fell in love with Real Estate, got my broker’s license and have been a top Realtor for close to 20 years. I live in Sebastopol, am married to the greatest woman I’ve ever met, and have two kids one in Marin County and one in Munster, Germany.

 

Deborah Klein

Deborah Klein

Board Member

My name is Deborah Klein and I consider myself a change agent and have served that personal mission in many different venues as: entrepreneur, professor, AODS counselor, executive coach, learning coach, instructional designer, program director, and volunteer. I am proud to be serving Verity’s exceptionally critical mission as a member of the board.

Evelyn Munguia

Evelyn Munguia

Board Member

My name is Evelyn Munguía and I am a first generation, fourth year, Women’s and gender studies major at Sonoma State University. My involvement with Verity started my first year of college through the Vagina Monologues club. It has been a pleasure being involved with Verity knowing that Verity has a huge impact on our community. I am grateful that we get to have important conversations and that we are able to spread positive information on our social media. 

Jennifer Pritchard

Jennifer Pritchard

Board Member

Jennifer Parsons Pritchard currently serves as the Community Engagement Liaison at the Petaluma Police Department and is a board member on the Sonoma County Human Trafficking Task Force.  Having witnessed the prevalence of violence and human exploitation in society through the law enforcement environment,  She is especially proud to be a member of the Verity Board of Directors supporting survivors needs and the mission to eliminating sexual assault -human trafficking in our community.

 

 Join Us

Do you want to be part of a strong and engaging movement?  We need you now more than ever and encourage you to join our board of directors! Verity, Sonoma County’s rape crisis, trauma, and healing center, is looking for passionate people of all backgrounds to join our board of directors. We need compassionate members of our community to step up and help guide our agency as we continue to grow in our 45th year of services. We are looking for people of all backgrounds and with any level of experience to join our team.

 

Qualifications

Anyone can be a board member. Whether you are completely new to the realm of sexual violence or you know the intricacies of it all, we could use your insight and dedication.

We currently have experienced nonprofit professionals, dedicated members of law enforcement, and passionate businesspeople on our board. We are always looking for new members whose attributes and experiences would complement those of our current members.

Commitment

Members of Verity’s board of directors are expected to attend the monthly board meeting. The date and time of the meeting are dependent on members’ schedules. Currently the board meets one Tuesday morning a month. Board members are also required to make a financial contribution once a year; the amount doesn’t matter. Even $5/year helps us achieve our mission.

The overall mission of the Board of Directors is to improve and guide the agency while making sure that the agency is reaching all the corners of our community and truly serving everyone who needs us.

How To Join

If you are interested in joining the board, please email Christine Castillo, our executive director. Christine will connect you to the current nominating committee within the board of directors and invite you to a board meeting.

Current Board Members

Officers:

Carla Rodriguez, President

Kate McCoy, Vice President

Eddie Engram, Treasurer

Tamara Gilman, Secretary

Board Members:

Fred Kusin

Evelyn Munguia

Deborah Klein

Jennifer Pritchard

Advisory Board Members

Judy Coffey
Christopher Pennock
Debbie Raike
Katie Sanchez
Carmen Bay
John Snetsinger
Deanna Schutz
Bernita McTernan

 

Visit our Facebook page for information about upcoming community events, support groups, and volunteer opportunities.

Update:

Due to Covid-19, we are working remotely.  We are still operating within our normal business hours.  Please keep this in mind when contacting us, as we may not be immediately  available via our office numbers, but will get your call soon.  Our crisis line is fully operational so if you have an emergency, please call our crisis line.

Immediate Crisis

If you have an immediate crisis, please call our rape crisis intervention hotline at (707) 545-7273 or call 911 for emergency services. 

Other Inquiries

For all other inquiries about Verity, including the services we provide, upcoming events, or volunteer opportunities, please call (707) 545-7270 or fill out the contact form on this page. We will reply within two business days.

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