Across the Globe, We Are United in Our Dedication to Children’s Rights

Our Approach

— Our Mission

Our mission is to support parents and caregivers in developing their ability to nurture young children. 

— Our Vision

PCMC has a vision that families in Monterey County thrive because children are parented well.  

— Our Story

Parenting Connection of Monterey County (PCMC) was originally founded in 2001 as Friends of Parents’ Place to accept charitable donations on behalf of the Pacific Grove Unified School District Adult School Parents’ Place program.  In 2014, the non-profit decided to broaden its scope of impact by directly offering parent-education programs to more parents and families in Monterey County.  We changed our name to The Parenting Connection of Monterey County and announced our new mission.

Senior Staff-

Melissa Lomeli, Executive Director

Melissa graduated from Santa Clara University with a double major in Political Science and French. After graduating she worked for political campaigns in Ohio. Subsequently, she traveled through Mexico where she studied the language and culture. After her travels abroad, she came to Monterey County and worked as Program Manager at the Elections Department. She then obtained her Masters in Public Administration from the University of Southern California. Through a non-profit client she had during her postgraduate studies, Melissa became interested in non-profit work to serve her community. She became well acquainted with play and learn programs and their benefits,came across PCMC, and has been with us since July of 2017.
Melissa was born and raised in Salinas. After her studies and travels, she returned to Monterey County and is passionate about serving the community that raised her. Melissa has a precious 5 year old son who has benefited from all of the programs PCMC has to offer and is very glad that mommy works for PCMC.

Board Members-

Claudia Santora.

After graduating from the University of California at Santa Cruz in 2001 with a Bachelors of Art degree in Sociology I attended John F. Kennedy University in Campbell where I pursued in Master of Arts degree in Counseling Psychology with an emphasis on Holistic Studies. Since 2013 I have worked as a licensed bilingual marriage and family therapist in private practice and I serve individuals, families, children, couples, and groups. I see my role as a guide for my clients to facilitate growth. The psycho-therapeutic process is sacred to me and it is an honor to witness my client’s journeys.

My husband, Phil, and I are native to Monterey County. I was born and raised in Salinas and he was raised in Monterey. My husband works at Monterey High as a PE and Health teacher. He and I have been married since 2005. We have been blessed with two wonderful sons; Blaise, our eldest is 8 ½ years old, and Landon, our youngest, will turn 2 in July. I attended Parent’s Place with Blaise and felt it was a great resource in supporting me as a new Mom. With Landon I attended the Parenting Connection and enjoyed meeting new parents and their babies as well as discussing the joys and challenges of parenting. In my spare time I enjoy crafting, spending time with family and friends, being outdoors, and reading.

Molly Jansen, M.A., Salinas

(Faculty Director of Hospitality Program at MPC)

Molly Jansen has served on the board for PCMC since January 2014.  Molly served as President of the board from July 2014 – January 2019.  Molly Jansen is the Department Head for the Hospitality Department at Monterey Peninsula College.  Having a passion for the hospitality industry and for education, Molly has been working with PCMC to ensure parents and families are supported from Pregnancy to 5 years old in Monterey County.  Molly is dedicated to helping build a positive, supportive community for families and children. 

Molly serves on multiple boards and committees within the Hospitality Industry.  She has a Bachelor’s Degree in Hospitality Management from Cal Poly Pomona and a Masters Degree in Organizational Leadership from Gonzaga University. 

Caitlin Richardson

Caitlin grew up on the Monterey Peninsula from middle school through high school. She graduated from California State University, Chico in 2001, with a Bachelor of Arts in Social Sciences. After graduating she traveled through South America for three months before moving to New York to work for the Frost Valley YMCA as an environmental education instructor. Following her year in New York, Caitlin moved to San Francisco and other parts of the bay area and worked as a nanny and substitute teacher until moving back to Monterey in 2008. She worked for five and half years for the Department of Defense at the Naval Postgraduate School before her son was born in 2014. Since then she has primarily focused on raising her son and is currently a certified substitute teacher for the Monterey County Office of Education. She has volunteered in past years with PCMC for their annual Fall Festival held at Parent’s Place, and has occasionally substitute taught in the Parent’s Place and PCMC age related classes.

Rene Montori, Monterey​

(Community Volunteer / Teacher) 

After graduating from the University of California at Santa Cruz in 2001 with a Bachelors of Art degree in Sociology, Claudia attended John F. Kennedy University in Campbell where she pursued a Master of Arts degree in Counseling Psychology with an emphasis on Holistic Studies. Since 2013 she has worked as a licensed bilingual marriage and family therapist in private practice serving individuals, families, children, couples, and groups. Claudia sees her role as a guide for her clients to facilitate growth. 
She has two sons, ages 12 and 5. She attended Parent’s Place with her oldest and felt it was a great resource in supporting her as a new Mom. With her second, she attended the Parenting Connection and enjoyed meeting new parents and their babies as well as discussing the joys and challenges of parenting. In her spare time, Claudia enjoys crafting, spending time with family and friends, being outdoors, and reading.