Former Oakland Women's Center Staff


Patrice Johnson

Center Coordinator


Ms. Johnson is Founder and CEO of Whole Energy. Perviously she was Senior Clerk at San Francisco Municipal Transit Authority.  A graduate of City College of San Francisco, she is responsible for managing the programs at Oakland Women's Center.

Patrice joined the staff in July 2017.



Regina Shipman

Member Services and Outreach Coordinator


Regina has twenty years of experience in child education, and three years as an advocate for teen sobriety at Thunder Road. She studied Liberal Arts at New College, San Francisco, and is devoted to the study of women's spirituality.  

Ms Shipman joined the Oakland Women's Center staff in June 2015; she's is responsible for designing and supporting community outreach initiatives, and coordinating services to individual members.


Sheila Cotton

Counselor and Case Manager


Sheila has over twenty year of experience in social services including Senior Advocate/Case Manager at A Safe Place Domestic Violence Shelter; Trauma Center Director at the Family Institute of Richmond; and Case Manger III and Assistant Mgr at Episcopal Community Services in San Francisco. 

Sheila joined the staff at Oakland Women's Center in September 2016.

Volunteers and Interns

Caitlin Culiman, Administrative Assistant - 2017


Carolyn J. Woodson,  Meditation Guide - 2017


Holly Morris, Computer Trainer – 2017


Tamara Paiva, Certified Massage Therapist  – 2017


Julie Twichell, Job Works Consultant –  2016


Fatima Almaweri, Housing and Job Coordinator, Fall 2015 to August 2016


Ashleigh Edelsohn, Internship, Summer 2015


Laura Cook,  Administrative Support, Summer 2015