Carolina Aparicio

Communications Manager

Carolina manages all of YWCA Glendale’s community engagement efforts, including communications, private fundraising, volunteer programming and community education. Prior to joining YWCA Glendale, she spent five years at Just Detention International working on the issue of sexual abuse in detention. While there she worked in online communications and donor development, and provided training and technical assistance to victim services providers and corrections officials.

Anie Aton

Director of Administration and Finance

Anie oversees all administrative functions of the organization including finance, operations, human resources and organizational development. Prior to joining YWCA Glendale, Anie worked as a Human Resources Manager in both the corporate and non-profit sector. She most recently served as the Program Administrator for a non-profit dedicated to the freedom of information in developing countries.

Tara Peterson

Executive Director

Tara manages all of YWCA Glendale’s work, and serves as the organizations primary spokesperson. She has more than 15 years of experience addressing domestic violence, youth violence, sexual assault, and reproductive rights. Tara spent a decade working at the California Partnership to End Domestic Violence, including five years as its Executive Director. While there, she led statewide policy, legislative, and budget advocacy efforts and represented the organization at the state and national level.

Elizabeth Sahagun

Domestic Violence Services Manager

Elizabeth oversees YWCA Glendale’s Domestic Violence Services and Emergency Shelter. She supervises all residential and non-residential case management peer counselors, oversees the Children’s Program, and provides consultation on residential and supportive services. Elizabeth has a strong commitment to promoting healthy communities. Prior to working with YWCA Glendale, she worked as a traveling program supervisor and program coach with L.A.’s BEST for 12 years. There she supported low-income families through positive engagement, serving as a liaison between school administrations, community agencies and families.

Vanessa Soma, Esq.

Legal Services Manager/Staff Attorney

Vanessa manages YWCA Glendale’s Legal Services Program, primarily assisting victims and survivors of domestic violence with family law and immigration matters as staff attorney. Prior to joining YWCA Glendale, Vanessa worked at Community Legal Services as a staff attorney and self-help center attorney. She has also worked in solo practice and immigration firms, serving victims and survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault, human trafficking, persecution and torture. Vanessa received a Bachelor of Arts in African American Studies, Master of Public Policy with a concentration in Gender Studies and Juris Doctor with a specialization in Critical Race Studies, from University of California Los Angeles.