Executive Leadership

Nancy Jane Atkinson

Executive Director

As CEO, Nancy oversees seven child care centers, serving 300 families, and implemented an innovative mental health program for children who have been abused, experienced trauma or have attachment issues. Recently, she was responsible for the acquisition of the YWCA of Sacramento and their many programs, which is now a branch office. Nancy is responsible for the YWCA’s $3.5 annual million budget and supervises a paid staff of 65 and 25 volunteers.

Nancy holds bachelor and master’s degrees in recreation administration and youth leadership from Michigan State University, as well as a master’s degree in agency counseling. She has a master’s in counseling psychology from National University of Sacramento.

In addition to her work as CEO of YWCA of Contra Costa / Sacramento, Nancy serves as the Clinical Director for the YWCA Mental Health Program supervising interns as Marriage, Family and Child Counselor (MFCC), with specialties working with families, including gay and lesbian traumatic-stress issues; and with adopted children. She holds a number of certificates, including Therapy®, the International Play Therapy Association, and the National Attachment Association.

Board Officers

Marsha Vacca


Marsha is currently owner of her consulting firm, Vacca Associates, providing care management to older adults and their family members as well as supporting younger families with monthly budgeting and bill pay support. She also serves as part time office manager for a large insurance brokerage office and is a professor at Epic Bible College. Marsha pursued her undergraduate studies at the University of California, Irvine, in Biological Sciences, and received her Master’s Degree in Theology from Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, California. She has also served as Youth Pastor at Elim Presbyterian Church and worked in the insurance industry. She is an active member of the Rotary Club of East Sacramento and the American Association of Daily Money Managers.

Brooke Frances

Brooke has served on several nonprofit Boards for organizations ranging from membership associations to funded arts outreach programs. Various nonprofit positions held include Chairman, President, Secretary/Treasurer, and At Large positions. Her nonprofit experience spans over 20 years with a focus on strategic and operational planning and management. Ms. Frances previously ran her own small business specializing in corporate, marketing, and employee communications. She held several positions at Visa International over 16 years including Director, Management Communications, responsible for employee communications, an executive speaker’s bureau, and community relations.



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