STAFF

Joanne Bell, Executive Director
Cheri Kerr, Administrative Assistant
Stephanie Koop, R.N., Assessment Nurse, Davis
Susan McGibbon, R.N., Assessment Nurse, Woodland
Ellie Slaven, Volunteer Director
Kathryn Skrabo, MSW, Senior Peer Counseling Program Director
Hyasmin Espiritu, Saturday Club Director



Executive Director

Joanne Bell joined the staff of Citizens Who Care as Executive Director on February 1, 2010. She has helped guide and grow nonprofit organizations in Yolo County for many years and formerly served as executive director of the Yolo County Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) program, the Woodland United Way, and the Heidrick Ag History Center. She was also the Yolo County Regional Director of the California Capital Region United Way. Joanne and her husband are residents of Woodland.


Administrative Assistant

Cheri Kerr is our Administrative Assistant. Cheri has had 10 years of experience in the non- profit sector having worked for Yolo Hospice prior to coming to Citizens Who Care. Cheri who grew up and lives in Woodland has two grown boys. Cheri is excited to be working for CWC and feels she has 'found her niche'.

Assessment Nurse for Davis

Stephanie Koop is a northern California native and 22 year resident of Davis. Stephanie received her bachelor’s of nursing from San Francisco State University and her master’s in public health from the University of Chicago. Her early nursing career included medical-surgical nursing in Chicago, Woodland, and Davis. Following that, she worked for a few years in home health nursing and as a case manager at Sutter Davis Visiting Nurses Association where she saw clients all over Yolo County. Additionally, she worked as a per diem nurse in Sacramento County before putting her nursing career on hold while raising her two children. During the past 18 years, while her children were growing up, she kept busy swimming with Davis Aquatic Masters, gardening, raising chickens, biking, walking, and traveling. Stephanie’s new job with Citizens Who Care feels like a good match for her with her home health background, her deep roots in Davis, and the aging of her own parents and in-laws.

 


Assessment Nurse for Woodland

Susan McGibbon joined the Citizens Who Care staff as Assessment Nurse in 1989. She hails from Montreal, Canada, where she graduated from the McGill University School of Nursing with a degree in Public Health Nursing Administration and Supervision in 1971. Married in 1968, she and her physician husband settled in Woodland in 1974, where he practiced Ob-Gyn for 28 years with her steadfast support.

In addition to raising their 4 children, she has been past President of the Yolo County Medical Society Auxiliary and Woodland GATE PTA, past Captain of the Yolo Fliers Club Niners, and member of numerous Woodland education committees. She has also managed to maintain her hobbies, including music, gardening, swimming, reading, skiing, cooking, and travel.

She and her husband delight in following the careers of their children, in-laws, and grandchildren in Los Angeles, Atlanta, New York, and Madrid, Spain.

 


Director of Volunteers

Ellie Slaven says: Prior to having children, Ellie worked in the insurance industry. She returned to the work force in 1997 and became the Volunteer Coordinator for Citizens Who Care's Woodland Convalescent Hospital Visiting program. She has been with CWC ever since and her duties have expanded to become the Director of Volunteers for all CWC's programs. Ellie enjoys reading, socializing, basketball - Go Kings!! - and spending time with her family.


Senior Peer Counseling Program Director

Kathryn Skrabo, MSW recently retired from Sacramento County Division of Behavioral Health Services where she was a Program Planner with the Mental Health Services Unit. In addition to working for Sacramento County for 16 years, she worked in policy, program development and direct service for the California Association of Children’s Homes, California Institute for Mental Health and some of you may have known her when she worked as the former executive director of the Yolo County Mental Health Association, the organization Citizens Who Care originated from. “After retiring I knew I wanted to use my skills in a way that could make a difference, I look forward to working with the new and existing volunteers and helping to strengthen the program.”

Hyasmin


Saturday Club Program Director

Hiyasmin Espiritu's passion and enthusiasm for the elderly and caregivers lights up the Davis Senior Center twice a month. Since this spring Saturday Club has flourished under her direction as evidenced with new clients and activities. "Working for Citizen Who Cares, is a blessing. My heart truly lies in providing individuals with encouragement, support, and wisdom to live a life to the fullest. I enjoy the opportunity to impact clients' lives and make a difference to them. I appreciate the chance to get to know clients and their families and become an integral part of their lives. When I took care of my grandmother three years ago, I realized that caring for seniors is my passion. It provided me with an opportunity to give back and to provide peace of mind to seniors."

Volunteer work has always been a part of her life in some form or another; a parent volunteer at her son's school, serving dinner to the less fortunate. "For me, volunteering is a way of life. It was how I grew up, and it defines me. My goal in life is to inspire others to give back in any way they can, not because they have to, but because they want to."

Hiyasmin resides in Dixon with her teenage son, is also a design consultant for an engineering company, and in her free time enjoys photography. "When I look at the photos I take I am reminded how life is beautiful and the point of happiness is to have little to no expectation."