Board of Directors
The Board of Directors oversees the YWCA San Francisco & Marin’s operations, ensuring that programs and policies are consistent with the mission of the YWCA. The Board also assumes responsibility for ensuring the fiscal stability of the association by seeking funding to support programs and by governing the efficient and responsible management of resources.
Sherry Geyer has been on the Board of Directors of YWCA of San Francisco and Marin for seven years. She is currently a vice president of lending services of First Republic Bank in San Francisco, providing departmental leadership in connection with the bank’s commercial real estate portfolio. Prior to joining First Republic Bank, she was a real estate and finance lawyer most recently with the international law firm of Reed Smith. While attending law school at night, Sherry was the associate director of a non-profit organization providing services to high-risk youths in Los Angeles. Sherry first became acquainted with YWCA of San Francisco and Marin when she represented the organization on a pro bono real estate transaction. Based on this experience she happily accepted the invitation to join the Board of Directors.
Heather Cameron has held senior executive positions in the publishing industry both in the US and abroad, most recently with Thomson Reuters. She has been deeply engaged in the non-profit sector for many years and has a particular interest in educational equity and women’s empowerment issues. She has served as president and board chair of several organizations in addition to YWCA, including the Belvedere-Tiburon Library Foundation and Friends of Libraries USA. She has been actively involved as a director or committee member at Marin Women’s Hall of Fame, CORO Center for Civic Leadership and Summerbridge San Francisco.
Erin Bradrick is Senior Counsel at NEO Law Group, a law firm that focuses on corporate, governance, and tax matters for nonprofit and exempt organizations. She is also a contributor to the Nonprofit Law Blog (http://www.nonprofitlawblog.com/). Prior to joining NEO, Erin was a litigation associate with Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP, where she worked on a broad range of complex commercial litigation matters, including antitrust actions, foreign sovereign debt disputes, and securities litigation. In addition, Erin clerked for the Honorable Dana M. Sabraw in the United States District Court for the Southern District of California. Erin graduated from UCLA, with majors in Women’s Studies and Political Science, and Yale Law School, where she was a Submissions Director and Symposium Coordinator for the Yale Journal of Law and Feminism and a Director of the Temporary Restraining Order Project. She is very excited to be serving on YWCA’s board.
Ingrid Ramsey-Plock has over twenty-six years of experience in the financial services industry. She is currently with Carlisle and Gallagher Consulting Group as a Manager in their Wealth Management Practice. Prior to serving as a consultant in the Banking and Wealth Management space, Ingrid was CFO for Genworth Financial Wealth Management here in the Bay Area.
Rolinda is proud to say that she was born and raised in San Francisco. An alumna of Lowell High School and Cal Berkeley, Rolinda wound up spending her entire career at the University of California, San Francisco, where she is a Senior Systems Engineer. It doesn’t get too much more local than that! She treasures the Bay Area community and is honored to be a part of YWCA, where the FiftyPlus program in particular resonates with her. She feels fortunate and thankful to be associated with such an incredible group of people to move this program forward.
Melissa Cadet, PhD
Melissa is the Executive Director of the Marin City Community Development Corporation. She is an outstanding business and fund development manager and expert grant writer. She has written and secured over $500,000,000 worth of funded grants and proposals. She was the former Executive Director of the Nehemiah Community Foundation, Executive Director of the California Small School District Association, Assistant Superintendent of the Sacramento City Unified School District, Executive Director of the YWCA of Sacramento, and Vice President of River West Developments, a multi-million real estate and land development company. She worked as an executive manager for several multi-million dollar corporations and has formidable business development experience. She established the State of California’s Surplus Food Program which distributes millions of dollars of food products to needy families in the state. In 2005, she played a critical role in replicating the Sacramento Parent Teacher Home Visit Program she helped create to 18 states by securing a $1,100,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Education. In 1992, she was featured in the bestselling Prentice-Hall Publications book, A Few Good Women, along with 11 other Fortune 500 female executives. Dr. Cadet holds a B. A. degree in economics from Stanford University, a Master’s Degree in international affairs from California State University, Sacramento, and a Ph. D. degree in educational economics from the University of California, Davis. She enjoys hiking and helping people build their personal and financial assets.
Laurie E. Deaton, CFA
Laurie Deaton is a Principal at Hall Capital Partners LLC focusing on Business Development.
Ms. Deaton has more than twenty years of experience working in the investment management industry. Prior to joining Hall Capital in 2011, Ms. Deaton was Vice President of Institutional Services with Loomis, Sayles & Company in San Francisco. Her role involved working with investors to determine how Loomis, Sayles could aid in the implementation of their investment agenda. Previously, she spent eight years with Wellington Management Company as a Vice President and Associate Partner, representing traditional and alternative investment strategies to institutions and family offices. She also worked with institutional investors and their investment consultants at Oppenheimer Capital and Barrow, Hanley, Mewhinney and Strauss. Ms. Deaton began her investment career at Pacific Enterprises in Los Angeles where she oversaw the management of a $2 billion pension fund and also invested a large portfolio of operating assets.
Ms. Deaton is a board member of the Girl Scouts of Northern California as well as a member of the Investment and Finance Committees. She also serves on the board and Investment Committee for YWCA of San Francisco and Marin. She holds both a B.S. in Business and an M.B.A. from Pepperdine University. She is a member of the CFA Institute.
Erica Demster is Chief of Staff to the Finance & Administration Department within Kaiser Permanente’s, where she develops programs supporting communications, operations, change management and talent development.
Prior to joining Kaiser Permanente, Erica held various positions in Marketing, Communications and Program Development with companies including Bank of Marin and the Marin YMCA. She received a Master of Science in Organization Development from the University of San Francisco and a undergraduate degree in Psychology from San Francisco State University.
Erica has been a long-time volunteer with local community organizations, including Sunny Hills Services, Marin Literacy Program, the San Rafael Chamber of Commerce and Dominican University’s Women Leadership & Philanthropy Council.
Carol has over 24 years of experience in the financial services industry. She joined Wells Fargo in 2005 in Palm Beach, Florida. Prior to her current role as Senior Regional Fiduciary Manager for the San Francisco Region, Carol acted as Senior Trust Team Manager in the California Trust Center in Long Beach, California and a Managing Director for Personal Trust in Dallas Texas. Before joining Wells Fargo, Carol was a Fiduciary Manager for JP Morgan Private Bank in Palm Beach, Florida for 13 years.
Carol received her B.S. in Human Resource Management at Palm Beach Atlantic University. She has served on the Board of Directors of Hearing the Ovarian Cancer Whisper and the Board of Directors of the Young Friends of the Kravis Center.
Lieff Cabraser partner Sarah R. London is a skilled and experienced advocate for the injured and consumers, distinguishing herself as an active member of fourteen trial teams, currently an active member of the Zofran Plaintiff Steering Committee.
A Super Lawyers Rising Star for five consecutive years and 2015 finalist for CAOC Streetfighter of the Year, Sarah has held CAOC leadership positions including her current position as Women’s Caucus Education Co-Chair. She has served on the Board of Governors and was membership chair of the New Lawyers Division.
Victoria Weatherford is a Deputy City Attorney in the Neighborhood and Resident Safety Division of the San Francisco City Attorney’s Office, where she enforces California consumer protection laws and coordinates the efforts of the Building, Health, Planning, Public Works, Fire, and Police Departments to identify and respond effectively to health and safety threats and other public nuisance issues in San Francisco’s neighborhoods. As part of her civil law enforcement practice, Victoria combats criminal nuisance activity such as illegal gambling and entertainment venues, drug dealing, and gang violence. Before joining the City Attorney’s Office, Victoria was a litigation associate with O’Melveny & Myers, LLP, where she worked on matters in areas including white collar defense, corporate investigations, antitrust, and consumer class actions, and maintained a robust pro bono practice representing indigent victims of civil rights abuses. In addition, Victoria clerked for the Honorable William B. Shubb of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of California and for the Honorable Edward C. Prado of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit. Victoria’s volunteer work outside YWCA has included helping victims of domestic abuse obtain temporary restraining orders against their attackers and volunteering with at-risk teens to develop their leadership skills and teach them about the environment. Victoria currently also serves on the Board of the San Francisco Opera Bravo! Club.
Victoria received her Juris Doctorate from Yale Law School, and received degrees in Economics and Political Science with highest honors from the University of California, Los Angeles. She is proud to come from a family of strong, empowered women, and deeply believes in YWCA’s mission and commitment to empowering women of all ages.