Mary-Jo Gagliardi


Mary-Jo is a Senior Human Resources Business Partner and leads Human Resources for Wells Fargo Capital Finance (WFCF). She is based in Santa Monica, California. Mary-Jo joined Wells Fargo in 2002 as an HR Consultant in the Boston office and in 2003 moved to New York to support the Eastern Regional offices of WFCF. She was promoted into the HR Director role in January, 2006. During her 15 year career with Wells Fargo, highlights include leading the HR Learning functions of WFCF through multiple acquisitions such as Wachovia, Castle Pines, GMAC, Burdale and most recently, the GE Capital CDF business.Prior to her time at Wells Fargo, she was a senior associate at Korn/Ferry International in Boston, and from 1993 to 1999 she was a human resources manager at Fidelity Investments, working in Boston and in London. Before her financial services career, she was a social worker in the educational and health care services field. She earned a bachelors degree from Providence College and a masters degree from Boston College. She participates on the Providence College Career Education Center Advisory Committee and is an active parent at Center Street Elementary School. Mary-Jo lives in the south bay with her husband and two children.

Sharrie Wunder


30 years ago, as a new college graduate from University of California, Santa Barbara, Sharrie began her career in Los Angeles residential social service agencies. A few years later she added a M.A. degree from Pepperdine University in Clinical Psychology and this past year, a certificate in College Counseling from UCLA Extension. Throughout her career, she has worked in non-profit organizations serving a wide age range of foster youth; elementary, high school and transition aged. In her multi faceted roles, she has gained experience in direct client services, program development and assessment, budgeting, grant writing and fundraising and effective stewardship. She understands and appreciates the challenges, constraints and cultures of non-profits. She and her husband live in Los Angeles with their high school aged son and family pets.

Sally Young


While attending Cal State Northridge, Sally worked as Assistant Director for an outdoor education program for girls in the Hollywood hills. Upon earning her Bachelor’s of Arts Degree in Outdoor Education with a minor in business, Sally’s career path shifted to the nonprofit arena where, at age 22, she became the Executive Director of the Girls Club of North Orange County with the main branch in Buena Park. During her 10 year tenure, she developed successful branches in Cypress and Fullerton where a new clubhouse was built. Leaving the Girls Clubs of North Orange County with an endowment fund in the bank, Sally headed for the YMCA of Orange County where she was employed in their corporate office raising funds for their many branches throughout Orange County. In 1985 Sally became the Executive Director of the YWCA Santa Monica/ Westside where she worked with staff, volunteers, and the community to create needed programs and raise funds to address the many unmet needs for young girls and working mothers. Sally served as President of the National Association of YWCA Executives and served on many local committees during her 24 years at the YWCA Santa Monica/Westside. In 2008, Sally retired and now lives with her husband on a small hobby farm in Topanga California. Still an advocate for young women, Sally continues to host events and activities at the farm.

Rachel Guerra


Rachel started her career working for the Imperial Valley Coordinated Housing Authorities (IVCHA) while still attending Imperial Valley College. She worked for IVCHA for seven years, where she held several positions in the Accounting and Occupancy departments. While working for IVCHA, Rachel earned her Business certificate from Imperial Valley College. Rachel and her family relocated to Santa Monica in 1984 she worked for the Santa Monica Family YMCA until 1988. She also attended Santa Monica College, where she found her passion for Accounting. UCLA came calling in 1988 and Rachel took a job as a receptionist for the Conference Office. While at UCLA she took advantage of all the training and development courses that UCLA had to offer. This gave her the opportunity to advance within the Housing Department. She held several managerial positions and her last position with UCLA was the Accounting Manager for the Luskin Conference Center. After 30+ years with UCLA, Rachel retired on February of 2019. She is now enjoying being a “nana” and exercising. Rachel has been married to Juan for over 40 years and has three sons and three grandchildren. She is still active as a volunteer fitness instructor at the Santa Monica YMCA and she hopes to travel and see this wonderful world!

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