Kathleen Davis Bowman, Executive Director
Ms. Bowman holds an MBA from the University of Pennsylvania, Wharton School of Finance and Commerce. Following a successful corporate career spanning over twenty-five years, Kathi joined the YWCA South Orange County as Executive Director in 1996 and saw the facility through its transition to WISEPlace in 2000. For more than twenty years prior to joining the YWCA, Ms. Bowman contributed her time and talents to numerous non-profit and church organizations in advocacy of women and children. She brings her considerable corporate expertise and business acumen to the position of Executive Director of this community based social service agency. Kathi has worked with the Board to bring fiscal accountability to the agency, and upgraded the office systems and equipment as well as made many capital improvements to the facility.
Demona Barlow, Program Manager
Demona Barlow is a seasoned program management professional with over 16 years of experience in the nonprofit sector. She has been an integral part of WISEPlace since 2009. As Program Manager, she ensures that the organization's activities reflect WISEPlace's mission to serve the community by providing programs that inspire, support and empower women to become positive contributors to the community. Before joining WISEPlace, Demona assisted ACCORD Community First in improving the employment outcomes for at-risk and adjudicated youths in Los Angeles as the Workforce Case Manager.
Demona is a lifelong Southern Californian who is an active community member. She believes that a healthy community depends on healthy members to thrive and works hard to help people reach their potential. She is passionate about empowering her community and supports many causes related to abuse such as domestic, child, and substance. Her family has spent many holidays under WISEPlace's roof rather than in their own. This active choice demonstrates their support of Demona and shared commitment to ensure that the women in the program feel at home during the transition toward independence.
Demona received her education from Golden West College with emphasis in Criminal Justice and has also completed professional enrichment in Human Services at Cypress College.
Tiffany Tabares comes to us with 20 years of experience in the Human Services field. Her passion in life is to help women in crisis and WISEPlace is the perfect place to fulfill this purpose. She has worked as a Domestic Violence Advocate, Drug and Alcohol Counselor and Program Manager here at WISEPlace. She has recently returned to WISEPlace as our Case Manager. Tiffany is a double major at CSUF and shall complete her Bachelor's Degrees in Human Services and Psychology this year. When not at work she loves to spend time with family and friends. She plans to gratefully celebrate 20 years of sobriety this September.
Ana Hernandez Bower, Financial empowerment Manager
Ana joined the WISEPlace staff in late 2006. Ana is a CalState University Fullerton graduate with a B.A in Sociology. Her objective is to service the women and adolescent population. Service those who are physically or mentally different in the community by making a positive impact through working with them and helping them overcome challenges. As Financial Empowerment Manager, Ana provides the primary support for the homeless women in obtaining employment, providing financially focused counseling, and coordinates next-stage housing.
Geo Sanchez, Office Manager
As office manager at WISEPlace since 2011, Geo directs the organization to operate smoothly. She assists staff and oversees the WISE Beginnings, Student internship & Volunteer Program at WISEPlace. She is also the facilities rental coordinator who assists clients with event needs.
Geo is involved in the planning and execution of key fundraising events at WISEPlace: For the Love of WISEPlace and A Home for the Holidays. She is responsible for designing and creating promotional material, and assists in answering questions about partnerships, sponsorships and donations.
Geo graduated from California State University, Long Beach earning a B.A. in Sociology. Geo’s life is blessed with many strong women – some family, some friends, and many from WISEPlace. She strives to be a strong role model for her 17-year-old sister.
Gloria Ruiz, Facilities Manager
Gloria was promoted to the full-time position of Facilities Manager in November 1996 after having worked part-time for the YWCA since January of the same year. She worked for Marriott Corporation for a number of years and has had her own catering business. Her experience includes Banquet Captain, Certified Server, ROP Trainer-Restaurant Training, and she has worked at the Center Club for over three years as a Server/Bartender, training bartenders for the Club. Her gift for catering is evident everywhere at WISEPlace, from festive buffet tables at events to floral arrangements in every room. Gloria handles the challenges posed by a 50-year-old building well.