Executive Board

John Erickson

President

John is a Ph.D. Candidate in American Religious History and holds two MA’s from Claremont Graduate University.  John serves as a commissioner on the California Commission on the Status of Women, having been appointed by Governor Jerry Brown in 2017.  In addition to the commission, John serves as the President of the Hollywood Chapter for the National Organization for Women, a Boardmember for the City of West Hollywood’s Lesbian and Gay Advisory Board, a Boardmember for the ACLU of Southern California, and the Legislative Action Chair for Stonewall Democratic Club.  He co-founded the digital publication the Engaged Gaze and contributes regularly to a number of online publications on the topics of LGBTQ history, feminism, masculinity studies, and American religious history.  John was one of the main organizers of the Women’s March Los Angeles on January 20, 2017, that brought together 750,000 people to Downtown Los Angeles as well as in 2018.  He was also a coordinator for the #ResistMarch on June 11, 2017, that brought together 100,000 people to the City of West Hollywood. 

Karen Eyres

Intem Vice President

Karen serves on the Executive Board of the Hollywood NOW Chapter and California NOW.  She is also Chair of the Women’s Advisory Board of the City of West Hollywood and an unabashed supporter of the city’s cultural programs.  She recently became a Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) for a foster youth.  She facilitates career and life skills workshops for the Women In Transition Project, based in San Pedro.  She was a member of the alternative comedy scene in New York City in the 1980s-1990s, performing at Surf Reality, Nada, the Comedy Cellar and the First Amendment Theatre.

Jerilyn Stapleton

Public Policy

Jerilyn has been a feminist since age 5 and was already a union activist working on wages, working conditions and the image of women and minorities in film and TV as Co-Chair of the AFTRA Women’s Committee when I joined NOW. NOW Member since 1978. Immediate past President of California NOW, Officer of CA NOW last eight years and CA NOW PAC member. Four years on National NOW Board, last 2 years as SW Regional Director. Convenor/Co-founder of the Hollywood Now Chapter. Served on the Los Angeles Chapter Council. On the front lines fighting for ratification of the ERA (Equal Rights Amendment) and preserving Reproductive Rights. Chair of the Labor Task Force: Organized Sunkist Lemon Demonstration/Grape Boycott for Farm Workers. Chair of the Media Committee: Lead national letter writing campaign to keep Cagney & Lacey on TV. Written about in the book “Defining Women: Television and the Case of Cagney & Lacey on (pages 44, 87 & 88) by Julie D’Acci. As a student at Los Angeles Valley College, established the Commissioner of Women’s Concerns seat on the student council, organized rallies and “teach ins” for the ERA and Reproductive Rights. Los Angeles delegate to the California NOW Board and served on the CANOW PAC. Convened (founded) the Hollywood Chapter of NOW, served as acting President, Former Executive Vice President, Hollywood NOW and Vice President Action, chapter delegate to the CANOW Board and Chair the CANOW Media Reform Committee. CA State Coordinator for a campaign for a US Department of Peace and Nonviolence. Former Chair, CA NOW Peace and Safety Committee.

Yvonne Najera

Communications Officer

Yvonne is a 20 year veteran of the Army and Army National Guard where she served in the Public Affairs office. As a result, she has earned six overseas medals to include two combat tours in Iraq. She is an Alumni of Art Center College of Design and Cal State University, Fullerton, holding Masters degrees in Film and Communications studies. She has created websites and videos for non-profits dealing with domestic violence and is currently a member of the National Organization for Women, Hollywood Chapter. She currently works as a civilian graphic designer for the Army and is stationed in the California desert at Fort Irwin.

Sara Ivy

Membership

Sara received her Masters in Social Work from Arizona State University and has been advocating for our countries most vulnerable populations since graduating in 2008.  She currently serves on the board for Hollywood’s chapter of the National Organization for Women, as their New Membership Coordinator and believes without doubt that the answers to our nations inequality are women persisting until equality has reached all of humanity.  Her grassroots involvement includes co-facilitating a bi-weekly women’s community action group, which serves to create instant political action and advocacy steps, as well as long-term community service opportunities.  She is a fierce advocate of LGBTQ peoples! 

Reinita G. Ducielle

Board Member

Reina (Reinita) is born and raised in Los Angeles. She is a Feminist,  Survivor of Domestic Violence, passionate about social justice issues and overall a DEFIANT LATINA. she graduated from Mount Saint Mary’s College with a BA in Political Science with Minors in Pre-Law and International Relations and was recipient of the Ronald J. Oard Award from the Political Science Department; and in 2011, she received her Master’s degree in Humanities- History. Aside from being an advocate against domestic violence, her passion for social justice issues is also dedicated to empowering women, Transgender women and young girls to become fearless leaders that embody GIRL POWER!