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.
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.
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.
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.
Lisa currently serves as Executive Director at AAMA (Asia America MultiTechnology Association), leading the association’s efforts to accelerate ideas and best-in-class collaboration with high-tech venture capitalists, successful entrepreneurs, and up-and-coming innovators in Silicon Valley and Asia. Prior to AAMA, Lisa was Manager with The Hongkong and Shanghai Hotels, Ltd. responsible for operational development and planning for the Group’s portfolio Peninsula Hotels in Asia, the United States and Europe, which include the opening of The Peninsula Shanghai in 2009 and the opening of The Peninsula Paris in 2014.
Lisa grew up in San Francisco and received her bachelor of arts degree in Legal Studies from U.C. Berkeley and spent one year with the Associate Kyoto Program at Doshisha University, Japan. As a lifelong learner, Lisa recently completed the Venture Capital Executive Program at Haas School of Business and a Certificate in Hotel Revenue Management from Cornell University. She is trilingual with a love of Cal serving as the President of the Berkeley Club of Hong Kong and as Board Member of the Haas Silicon Valley Alumni Chapter.
Lisa Roberts is a Managing Director and National Private Wealth Management Executive for The Private Bank, an exclusive part of Union Bank. In that role, Lisa leads a team of Private Wealth Advisors located across Northern California and the Pacific Northwest region. The team builds consultative client relationships by providing wealth management advice centered around the client’s unique goals and dreams.
Lisa joined Union Bank in 2016 and has over 28 years of banking and wealth management experience. Prior to joining Union Bank, she worked for Wells Fargo, Bank of America, and Citigroup. Lisa has a Bachelor of Science degree in Finance from Indiana University, Bloomington, and a Master of Business Administration from Capital University. She also holds Series 7, 24, and 66 securities licenses. In 2015, Lisa was named one of the Bay Area’s “Most Influential Women in Business” by the San Francisco Business Times. In her free time, she enjoys hiking and playing tennis.
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.
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.