Ms. Marilynn Dunn Gustafson, Chair (Area 4)
Marilynn Dunn Gustafson is a graduate of Oregon State University and has lived on the Monterey Peninsula since 1975. Her background includes both the volunteer as well as the professional sector. In the process of raising 2 children, she became very active in the Pacific Grove schools, serving as president of various PTA’s, President of PG Pride, and member and President of the Board of Education.
Professionally, Marilynn has taught 1st grade, sold real estate and enjoyed a fulfilling 20-year career in non-profit. She worked for the Monterey Commercial Property Owners Association as their first Executive Director doing government affairs and community relations. She has worked as the Interim Executive Director of the United Way of the Monterey Peninsula, Interim Executive Director for the American Heart Association and as staff assistant to the Monterey County Mayors’ Association. From 2001 until her retirement, she worked as the Executive Director of the Monterey Peninsula College Foundation in charge of all external fundraising. Current volunteer activities include the MPC Governing Board of Trustees, World Affairs Council Board of Directors, Junior League of Monterey County and Monterey Rotary.
Dr. Loren Steck, Vice Chair (Area 5)
Loren Steck has been an MPC Trustee since 2003. A psychologist by training, he received his PhD from UCLA, and has been involved in higher education for most of his adult life. He is a Fellow of Porter College at UC Santa Cruz, where he taught for 16 years. He was also president of the UC Santa Cruz Alumni Association, and spent a decade as chair of the UCSC Foundation’s Investment and Finance Committee. For most of his career, Loren conducted public opinion research primarily for clients in the entertainment industry.
During his tenure as an MPC Trustee, Loren has served as Board Chair and Vice Chair several times. He chaired each of the three Presidential searches that have occurred in that period. As the Board’s liaison to the MPC Foundation, Loren wrote the Foundation’s investment and expenditure policies. Working with the Bernard Osher Foundation, he significantly expanded the number of endowed scholarships available to MPC students, as well as to students throughout California’s Community College system. Loren is a member of the statewide California Community Colleges Trustees board, where he has focused on issues related to funding and student success. Loren and his wife Annette live in Carmel, and you will often see them driving their 1941 woodie to the beach and to various events around town.
Ms. Yuri Anderson (Area 2)
Yuri Anderson represents residents in MPC's Trustee Area 2, which includes the City of Marina, former Fort Ord communities, and a portion of the Seaside Highlands. Yuri’s family has lived in Monterey County for nearly 60 years. She is a graduate of North Monterey County High School. Yuri earned a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the University of Southern California and a Master of Arts in Educational Administration from New York University. Her career has also included programmatic and organizational leadership roles in human service organizations in Monterey County, New York City, and San Francisco.
Yuri currently serves as Policy Advisor to Monterey County Fifth District Supervisor Mary Adams where she focused on issues related to Health and Human Services, Economic and Workforce Development, Education, and Regional Transportation & Traffic. As of January 2, 2019, Ms. Anderson’s position with the County will be Chief of Staff to Monterey County Fifth District Supervisor Mary Adams. She previously held the position of Vice President, Community Investments for United Way Monterey County, and is a founding member of the Bright Futures for Monterey County Educational Partnership. Yuri is a wife and mother of two young children.
Mr. Rick Johnson (Area 3)
Rick attended MPC in the 1970’s, is a graduate of the Defense Language Institute, and has a Bachelor Degree and a Master Degree from the University of San Francisco.
Rick is a Vietnam era veteran, and has been Executive Director of the Old Monterey Business Association for the past 18 years. Among many civic, professional and educational memberships, he is a former member of the Institutional Review Board at the United States Naval Postgraduate School, served on California’s 20th Congressional District Selection Board for Military Academies, is a Silver Life Member of the NAACP, and is a member of the National Trust for Historic Preservation.
He was first elected to the MPC Board of Trustees in 2011, after serving on the MPC Citizen’s Bond Oversight Committee. Rick is married to Christene Johnson. They have two wonderful grown sons.
Ms. Natalia Molina (Area 1)
Natalia Molina is deeply committed to making the world equitable, happy, and and just. For over 20 years, she has served in administrative roles in non-profit organizations serving marginalized communities. With the various non-profits she has served, in both volunteer and paid roles, Natalia has empowered communities through: HIV/AIDS prevention and education services, training and implementation of language access services to Limited English Proficiency (L.E. P.) people in hospital settings, providing and overseeing Spanish medical interpretation and translation services, oversight of a food banking program, and management and operations of senior services and life-long learning programs. Natalia’s success is due in large part to the relationships she cultivates with a wide array of stakeholders including: local community advocates, government leaders, county health departments, businesses, religious leadership, volunteers, and more.
Natalia graduated with a B.A. in Political Science from Saint Joseph’s University in Philadelphia, PA. She earned an M.P.H. from Drexel University’s School of Public Health. Natalia brings a robust cultural and socio-economic perspective to organizations she serves. Born the daughter of Guatemalan working-class immigrant parents, she is the first in her family to obtain a college education. Natalia is a volunteer with a variety of non-profit organizations that support diversity and inclusion, non-profit advocacy, and Latino empowerment. She also serves on a committee to address affordable housing and homelessness in Seaside.
Ms. Ellise Kittrell, Student Trustee
I grew up in the beautiful coastal city of Santa Cruz, California. As a kid, I surfed, swam, played volleyball, and trained many years in SC Junior Lifeguards. In my spare time, I enjoy creating art, floral design and reading/collecting books. I've also lived in Lake Tahoe and Maui, Hawaii.
Being a grandchild of immigrants, I was fortunate enough to enjoy backpacking around Europe with my mother through Spain, Portugal, France, Belgium, & the UK. The first of many trips abroad. As a mother of two bright beautiful girls, I feel lucky because they keep me grounded and focused.
This is my fourth semester as a full-time student at MPC and am majoring in Anthropology. I serve as the President of the MPC Anthropology Club and now I have the privilege to serve as our Student Trustee. Once I transfer, I will pursue my baccalaureate, as a dual major in Archaeology and Art History, with a minor in Museum Studies. I then plan to move to the United Kingdom to pursue my Masters and PHD in Egyptology. I would love to specialize in an area that relates to the life and experience of royal Egyptian women.