Hello MCRCC Supporter! 
MCRCC greets new & returning staff and board members!
Prevention Educators Rita Mora (left) and Diana Beltran (right) recently joined our Child Abuse Prevention Program. They will be presenting to elementary school students. Photo credit: Kim Birdsong
Introducing our newest Prevention Educators, Rita and Diana
Rita Mora graduated from CSU, Monterey Bay with a B.A. in Spanish Literature and Culture, after which she decided to focus on serving her community in Salinas as an ESL instructor and working with non-profits like the Central Coast Citizenship Project. She also attended graduate school at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies and plans to eventually finish her M.A. in Translation and Interpretation. She began her journey with MCRCC so that she could continue to serve and advocate for her community by teaching children about safety and empowerment. 
Diana Beltran is currently attending San Jose State University and will graduate with her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology in the Fall of 2019. She also plans to continue school to receive her Master’s and become a Licensed professional clinical counselor. Diana is passionate about empowering individuals and encourages them to find and use their voice. 
Welcome back, Carl!
We are very pleased to have Carl Mucha back on our team! He will continue on in his role as Prevention Educator, facilitating the MyStrength clubs. Carl will be running the prevention groups for young men at four high schools in Monterey County. It's good to have you back, Carl!
Karen Hagman
Dennis Alexander
Announcing our New Board Members
As a Financial Advisor with Edward Jones, Karen Hagman's professional mission is to uplift women and their families to own their financial future. Karen is a passionate advocate for community-centered movements and their power to change the world. Karen's passion for improving her community began at her first job at the YWCA Monterey County. Before joining the Monterey County Rape Crisis Center, she served on the boards of IMPOWER, Hartnell College's Women's Education & Leadership Institute, and the Alzheimer's Association. When Karen is not busy helping others plan for retirement, she enjoys hiking with her two dogs and husband on California's central coast.

Dennis Alexander grew up in Milwaukee, WI and received his Bachelor of Business Administration degree from the University of Wisconsin, Madison. He moved to the Monterey area in 1990 to study at the Middlebury Institute of International Relations at Monterey, where he received his MBA. A resident of Seaside since 1996, he was elected to the Seaside City Council for two terms, ending in 2018.  Dennis is a retired teacher and reserve police officer. He served in the U.S. Peace Corps in the Philippines, and his local community volunteer experience includes Rebuilding Together Monterey-Salinas, the American Red Cross, Monterey County Sheriff’s Search and Rescue Team, Monterey County AIDS Project, and of course, Monterey County Rape Crisis Center. Dennis has both taken MCRCC's Advocate Training and has taught the law enforcement component of the training. He has a 20+ year track record of volunteering at the agency's Together with Love Run/Walk every February.
Help answer our crisis line!
Don't miss out on the opportunity to join our team and become a certified Sexual Assault Counselor. Our volunteer Advocates make a huge difference in the community by answering the crisis line, accompanying survivors during forensic exams, assisting at events, and more. Apply now - training begins September 14! Click here for more information about volunteering.
Board member Elizabeth Ramirez and staff member Lorelei Ahlemeyer share a smile while working the ticket desk.
Automobilia - our biggest year yet!
Many thanks to all of our staff, Advocates, and Board members for helping to run our fundraiser at Automobilia this year during Monterey Car Week. Between entry fees, silent auction sales and donations, MCRCC raised over $14,500. That's an increase of over $2,000 from last year, making it our biggest year yet! We especially want to thank Automobilia's founder and organizer, Tony Singer, for partnering with us for this event for the past 17 years.
Save the date! Together with Love 5/10K
Our 35th Annual Together with Love Run/Walk will be held at Lovers Point on Sunday, Feb. 9, 2020! Registration is now open - click here!
As always, thank you for supporting MCRCC!
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