Who We Are ~ Meet the Team

Meet the Team

Founder, President & CEO Inez Whitlow

It was life experiences and a passion for helping others that fueled the driving force to create an organization that specialized in the mental, physical and emotional healing for teens or women facing one of the most difficult choices – an unplanned pregnancy. Inez Whitlow is the “chick in charge” – the glue and the face of the organization. She offers hope for the many teens and women she meets daily and collaborates with other agencies to make sure all our clients’ needs are met. She is a licensed and bonded adoption facilitator in Sacramento, CA, with a BS in Paralegal Studies On any given day, you can find her taking several clients to a doctor’s appointment, lab work completed, counseling, court, grocery shopping, being a labor coach and looking for a place to live! She can average 5000 miles a month taking our clients’ to their appointments. She currently lives in Elk Grove California, is the mother of 4 amazing children and a grandmother to 2 beautiful babies.

Director, Marya Cooley

With over 30 years of experience in customer service, sales, marketing, employee management and training, Marya joined Chicks in Crisis in September of 2019. She is highly energetic and feels a deep connection with the mission and purpose of CiC. Marya oversees the daily operations and program, formulates and submits grant proposals, oversees fundraising and drives new directives for organizational growth and prosperity. On a personal note, Marya has 3 little girls, loves to cook, bake and travel and is a concert/music festival junkie.

Event Assistant, Michaela Graves

Michaela has been with Chicks in Crisis since October of 2020. She ran Amber’s Closet and was our Client Coordinator for two years before returning to school full-time in August 2022. Michaela still helps out with events and spends most of her free time dancing. She enjoys helping others and being part of an organization that strives to make a difference.