YWCA is dedicated to eliminating racism, empowering women and promoting peace, justice, freedom and dignity for all.


Cheri Kilty - Executive Director

Cheri Kilty recently moved to Yakima to lead the YWCA. She has been involved with nonprofit agencies helping women and children since 1984. Cheri grew up going to the YWCA in her hometown attending swimming, tennis, dancing, leadership classes offered for young women. It was during this time that Cheri learned the value of making a difference in her community. Never did she dream that would lead her to a life of service in different communities including 4 other YWCA’s before landing at the Yakima YWCA. Cheri moved to Washington State in 1999 from Indiana and immediately went to work with nonprofit agencies providing programs and services to women and children impacted by domestic violence and homelessness. Cheri moved to Yakima in August 2017 bringing with her 2 Sphynx cats. She loves connecting people together that have likeminded interests, and mentoring young women as they navigate their work worlds. She also loves late night talk radio when all the mysteries of the world are discussed.

Ashley Brown - Director of Finance and Human Resources

Miriam Saavedra - Housing Advocate

Daniela Aguilar - Bilingual Family & Children's Advocate

Regina Joiner - Crisis Advocate

Nancy Marnin - Legal Advocate

Quinn Dalan - Director of Fund Development and Community Outreach

Heather Hoffman - Lead Crisis Advocate

Lori Serna - Bilingual CSO Advocate

Sergio Fernandez - Maintenance Technician

Chaquira Flynn - Crisis Advocate

Jo Ann Garcia - Program Director

Melissa Kimble - Care Coordinator

Amber Ingersoll - Outreach Coordinator

Daisy Martinez - Crisis Advocate

Patti Larsen - Crisis Advocate