Our Staff

Our Staff

Jaimee depompeo, Executive Director

Jaimee De Pompeo has worked in the area of community development for over a decade. Before coming to Monterey County she was a Peace Corps Volunteer in Paraguay, an experience that started her on her path of equity and human development work. Jaimee has worked as an ESL instructor all over the Salinas Valley as well as a childbirth educator, lactation counselor, placenta encapsulationist, and birth doula. She has been with PCMC since 2022, first as a Program Director and now as the Executive Director. Outside of work, she enjoys traveling with her daughter Romee, wandering through Big Sur, and connecting with her amazing friends and family.

Bianca Nava, Program coordinator

Bianca Nava is the Peer-to-Peer Program Coordinator and Associate Clinical Social Worker at Parenting Connection of Monterey County (PCMC). Bianca was born and raised in San Diego, CA, and moved to Monterey County in 2012. She received her Associate’s Degree at Monterey Peninsula College (MPC) in 2015. She then transferred to CSU Monterey Bay (CSUMB), where she obtained her Bachelor’s in collaborative health and human services (CHHS) in 2019.  Through her undergrad journey, Bianca found her passion for advocacy in 2017 when she gave birth to her son.

As a first-generation Latina Mother pursuing higher education, Bianca experienced firsthand the challenges and barriers of navigating motherhood and finding herself again while being a student going through Postpartum Depression (PPD). Her eagerness to allocate support as a new mother, a sense of belonging in the campus community, and learning about off-campus resources inspired her to Co-Found the Family Friendly Club at CSUMB. Her resiliency and determination followed her through the accomplishment of her Master of Social Work (MSW) Degree in May 2023. Bianca’s experience as a first-time mom, first-generation student, and low-income Latina raised in an underserved community led her to pursue employment with PCMC in 2022 to continue supporting underserved parents going through postpartum depression in the community. Bianca feels honored to engage with the community parents, learn about their needs, and be a voice through PCMC programming implementation. She recognizes the unique needs of each parent and the importance for providers to come together to support our community best. 

Daisy Godoy Hernandez, Program coordinator

Daisy Godoy Hernandez is the Family Circles Program Coordinator at The Parenting Connection of Monterey County. Daisy is a mother of three ages 17, 12, and 9, and resides in South County. As a single parent,  Daisy has had first-hand experience on the impact community, education, resources, and services have on a family’s well-being. Daisy has worked in a variety of settings serving children ages 0 to 12 and their families as well as working with communities. In addition to her role at PCMC,  Daisy is also a  Positive Discipline Facilitator for Positive Discipline Community Resources and a Facilitator for Partners for Peace. Daisy is currently pursuing her Master’s Degree in Human Development with a Specialization in Leadership in Education and Human Services at Pacific Oaks College. Daisy received a Bachelor’s in Liberal Studies from California State University Monterey Bay and an Associate Degree in Early Childhood and Family Relations from Bakersfield College. Daisy is a Dr. Beatriz Maria Solís Policy Institute (SPI) local alumni and has completed three years of Infant-Family and Early Childhood Mental Health training. 

Juanita Valenzuela, Communications Coordinator

Juanita Valenzuela is the Communications Coordinator at The Parenting Connection of Monterey County. Despite moving in and out of cities and states from ages 0 to 9, Juanita was ultimately born and raised in Salinas, Ca. She received her Associate’s Degree in Arts with an emphasis in Natural Sciences from Hartnell Community College in 2016. While 5 months pregnant Juanita took on a non-traditional educational approach and attended Spiritual Psychology School in 2022 where she received her education in Spiritual Psychology and training as a Trauma Facilitator. It was through overcoming Post-Partum Depression that she knew she needed to share this work with the world and when she founded her Private Coaching Program. She has worked one-on-one with stepmoms and moms to help them bridge the gap between their mindset, emotions, and spirituality. She is currently attending The Institute for Coaching Mastery to further develop her skills as a Spiritual & Motherhood Mindset Coach.

Juanita’s first-hand experience as a stepmom of three ages 21, 15, and 10, and first-time mom to a 2-year-old is what pushes her to further develop herself so she can serve other mothers in similar situations for the highest good. It is her honor to be a guide to members of the community and to be a Program Facilitator for PCMC. She holds a safe space for all walks of life so that they are heard, supported, and validated.

Angie Sonrode, Program Facilitator

My drive is supporting families; helping them identify their needs while meeting them where they are at, then helping to guide them to where they want to be. My journey to birthwork started after my first was born in 2003 when I gave birth with the invaluable help of my doula. A spark was planted and shortly after my second was born I completed my doula training and found that I was where I was supposed to be. two more kids and 16 years later I still have the same passion for supporting families and I have added Postpartum support (I LOVE overnights), Lactation support, Tuck-In services (to make sure you are all settled in after the birth) and Parent Coaching to the list of ever-growing ways I can help serve families. Being a mother to 4 kiddos does not mean I have all the answers, but it does mean I can be creative in problem-solving, multi-tasking and provide a non-judgmental ear (and that while haven’t seen it all, I have seen a LOT). I believe in shared experiences and laughter and will help you process all of the emotions and feelings that come along with the territory. Even though parenting can be one of the most incredibly gratifying things you will ever do, it can also push you to limits you didn’t know you had. Additionally, along the way I discovered a deep-rooted passion for postpartum parents and together with my partner started a 501 c3 non-profit dedicated to changing the conversation around postpartum bodies and expectations, called Mid Drift Movement. We are one episode complete in our ongoing Docu-series that addresses things like body image, postpartum changes and society’s expectation that people “bounce back” after having a baby. I have spent the last 4 years conducting workshops, holding screenings of the Episode and helping people to love their postpartum bodies. While I do not have a website for my own doula business, you can see what I do with my crew on our Mid Drift Movement pages. Being able to play a small role in a family’s journey is an incredible honor and one that I do not take lightly. I am here to support you whatever your path may look like and I look forward to connecting with you.

Joyfully serving families and people of all kinds: LQBTQIA, adoptive, surrogate, parents of multiples, and choice parents. All are welcome here.

Cecily Salazar, Program Facilitator

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