Dorothy's Place

co-operating out of poverty

Board / Staff

  • Dorothy's Place, Salinas CA

Board of Directors

William Warne, President
Board President Bill Warne

I was a public school teacher for 32 years in the Salinas area. Since retirement I have been self-employed as a commercial handyman in the Monterey Peninsula.

I became involved with Dorothy's kitchen 35 years ago when our church made sandwiches to hand out at lunch on Soledad St. I became a board member because I want to be more involved in helping the homeless of the Salinas Valley.

Shawnell Thompson, Vice President
Board Vice President Shawnell Thompson

My name is Shawnell Thompson. For the past 25 years I have worked for MCOE. I worked as an aide for the severely handicapped and about 13 years ago I moved into the Deaf/HH Program. I am an Educational Interpreter and I love my job, it's a privilege.

I serve on the Board of directors for Dorothy's Place because I love what the Franciscan Workers Stand for, "Love Without Exception." This is the first board I have served on and it has truly been a learning experience for me. One thing I have learned is that as a board member I become the voice to many for the organization and it's my job to be the most excited person I know about it! That's my favorite part about it, raising awareness and teaching people that together we can make a difference in our community.

Daniel Griffee, Secretary
Board Secretary Daniel Griffee

Daniel E. Griffee is a local attorney who has worked in Salinas and Monterey County since earning his Law degree in 2003. Prior to 2003, Dan worked in the commercial insurance and agricultural industries for 15 years.

In the past Dan served in legal aid clinics, but over time observed the increase in homelessness in and around Salinas. Dan was moved to assist Dorothy’s Place not only by its goal to provide for the immediate needs of homeless individuals but also addressing homeless individuals’ long-term needs to help elevate these individual up from homelessness and returning them to a sustainable permanent housing situation.

Edward Moncrief, Strategic Planning
Board Strategic Planning, Edward Moncrief

Mr. Moncrief retired from a forty-one-year career in nonprofit housing development and finance. During most of those years, he held the position of Chief Executive Officer. His responsibilities included assisting his Boards of Directors in strategic planning, fundraising, program development, administrative oversight, and public relations. Since retiring, Mr. Moncrief has embarked on a second career as an author.

As a young man, I spent ten years in seminary, studying to be a Franciscan priest. During those years, I was surrounded by loving professors, brothers, and fellow students, all of whom were striving to follow the spirit of the Gospels as reflected in the life of Francis of Assisi. After leaving seminary, I resolved to continue my commitment to the poor and dispossessed. My career focused on the shelter needs of low-income—primarily minority and working—families. My involvement with the Franciscan Worker is another expression of this life-long pledge.

Ronnie Thompson, Resource Development
Board Resource Development Ronnie Thompson

My name is Ronnie Thompson and I live and work in Salinas. I am the assistant plant manager at Cool Pacific Cooling. I have worked there for 27 years.

I serve on the Board because I care about the homeless and people who are down on their luck. I believe that what Dorothy's stands for and the good work done through the organization is something that need to endure in our community for a long time to come.

Martin Vonnegut, Facilities / Finance
Miriam Little
Board Member Miriam Little

I am a former Federal attorney, having worked for the United States Department of the Interior and the Food and Drug Administration. Currently, I am a registered marriage and family therapist intern with the state of California.

I chose to serve on the Board as I believe in what the Franciscan Workers are working to accomplish in providing a compassionate and loving presence, alongside practical resources, for those who have the greatest needs and the least support in our society. For many years I've been part of a team providing dinner for the women alive program. Service on the board is a natural extension of those efforts.

Steve Nejasmich
Board Member Steve Nejasmich

I have been involved in education as a teacher or as an administrator for over forty years. During that time I served as principal of three high schools. In Monterey County I was the Director of Alternative Programs, Assistant Superintendent and Deputy Superintendent for the Monterey County Office of Education.

I am serving on the board at Dorothy’s because I believe in Dorothy’s mission and find it as a wonderful opportunity to share my time and resources with those who are in greater need.


Jill Allen, Executive Director
Carol Dougherty, Assistant to Executive Director
Carmen Lombardino, Bookkeeper


Javier Rodriguez, Property Maintenance Supervisor
Javier Moreno, Property Maintenance
Juan Ortiz, Property Maintenance

Women Alive!

Dollie Pope, Women Alive! Team Lead II / Case Manager
Virginia Chavez, Women Alive! Team Lead / Case Manager
Laura Cortez, Women Alive! Case Manager

Dorothy’s Kitchen

Nic Bianchi, Dorothy’s Kitchen Director
John Newkirk, Dorothy’s Kitchen Manager

Drop-in Center

Adam Aguirre, Drop-in Center Advocate
Eva Zambrano, Drop-in Center Advocate