Board of Directors

New Beginnings Board President Jacqueline Kurta

Jacqueline Kurta

Jacqueline Kurta is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist specializing in work with adolescents, college-age young adults and families, particularly focused on challenges involving alcohol, drug and other addictive behaviors. She is the Director of the UC Santa Barbara Alcohol and Drug Program and maintains a private practice in Santa Barbara. She provides clinical supervision services for Casa Serena, a Santa Barbara residential treatment program for women, and also serves as adjunct faculty for Antioch University’s Santa Barbara campus.

Kurta has B.A in English from Tufts University in Boston; an MA in Clinical Psychology from Antioch University in Santa Barbara; and a Psy.D in Marriage and Family Therapy from Ryokan College in Los Angeles. She was awarded Outstanding Chapter Leader for the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists (CAMFT) in 2009 while serving as Co-President of CAMFT Santa Barbara Chapter. She has also been a guest lecturer for Pacifica Graduate Institute, offering presentations on crisis management and response for the clinical and counseling programs.

New Beginnings Board Member Dan Engel

Dan Engel
Vice President

Dan Engel has been a B2B and B2C software entrepreneur since 1997. He was formerly CEO & Co-Founder at FastSpring, a leading e-payment platform and 4-time winner of The Silver Stevie Award for “Customer Service Department Of The Year”. Prior to FastSpring, Engel led online customer acquisition/advertising for Google during its IPO phase. He has appeared in various publications, including Entrepreneur Magazine, Forbes & The Wall Street Journal. He graduated Tulane University in 1998 with a degree in Finance.

Engel has been an active angel investor, advisor, and/or board member at Apeel Sciences (food waste), SafeGraph (geospatial data), Blue Triangle Technologies (performance optimization), Rincon Venture Partners, TechStars, TrackStreet, Mobile1st, Directional Cue, Allergease (natural medicine) and others. Locally, Engel also works with Home For Good to help place homeless people from Santa Barbara into permanent housing. He spends much of his free time with his beautiful wife and two children.

Board Member Ziad Elkurjie Santa Barbara New Beginnings Counseling Center

Ziad Elkurjie

Ziad Elkurjie has been a technology executive and entrepreneur in Santa Barbara and Silicon Valley for 20 years. He attended the University of Toronto for his training in Computer Science and Economics.

Elkurjie has been involved in numerous startup companies from inception through mergers and acquisition phases.  He brings a pragmatic and structured approach to business development and market opportunities.

Elkurjie has lived in Santa Barbara for 14 years with his wife and 3 kids.  He is a Math Enrichment coach at Mountain View Elementary School and serves on the Advanced and Gifted Learning Committee with the Goleta District Board of Education.


Mark Cardona


Mark Cardona

Mark Cardona is a commercial transactions attorney with a private practice based in Santa Barbara. He enjoys volunteering in the Central Coast community to support causes that offer services for mental health, education, and under-served populations. Cardona received his undergraduate degree from UCSB and law degree from the University of La Verne College of Law. He enjoys spending his free time with his wife and dogs.

Lloyd Dallett

Lloyd Dallett
Board Member

Lloyd Dallett is an accomplished Artist and Interior Designer with a strong passion for our mission due to her own personal experiences. Her brother’s death from homelessness has impacted her deeply. Dallett operates her own freelance interior design business and has formed many business partnerships with a wide range of clients. She has also worked as an Art Instructor and has lived and practiced in Russia, France, New York City, and Boston. Dallett has been in many solo and group exhibitions, and her work has been featured in many art galleries in numerous cities. Dallett achieved her Bachelors of Fine Arts from Tufts University and was an MFA Candidate with Pratt Institute in New York.


Steve Baird, Board Member

Steve Baird
Board Member

Based in Santa Maria, Steve Baird is a Marine veteran and former client of our Supportive Services for Veteran Families (SSVF) Program. After being housed through our program, Steve went on to become Operational Director of Camp Flores, a home for veterans in Santa Maria, and has helped to house more than 20 of our veteran clients over the years. For this achievement, Steve was honored as our first ever Landlord of the Year in 2019. Steve has dedicated his life to supporting veterans and also runs a nonprofit called Echo Vets / Band of Brothers that unites veterans in North County through sports and provides other support and services. As a former client and someone who experienced homelessness, Steve is a great addition to our Board of Directors and joined in early 2020.


Coby W. Dillard

Coby W. Dillard, MA-HSC, CMCC
Board Member

Coby W. Dillard is the Director of the Veterans and Military Success Center at the University of California Santa Barbara. In his current role, he directs the university’s efforts to holistically support its military-related students. Dillard is a Navy veteran who held a variety of positions supporting students and veterans at his alma mater, Tidewater Community College in Norfolk, Virginia. He also earned his Bachelors in Interdisciplinary Studies at Norfolk State University and a Masters in Human Services Counseling from Regent University. He is also a certified Clinical Military Counselor.

Terence Ford Santa Barbara New Beginnings Counseling Center, Santa Barbara, Board of Directors

Terence Ford
Board Member

Born to a family of actors, Ford is a Chicago native who spent several years working as an actor in Chicago at Second City. Terence worked for 20 plus years in commercial photography and the film industry in Los Angeles, and is a member of the Directors Guild of America and the Screen Actors Guild. After marrying his wife Kathryn, the two settled in St. Helena in the Napa Valley where Terence worked as a commercial photographer for many of the prominent wineries in the Valley.

During his time in Napa, Terence began teaching digital photography to OIF/OEF wounded veterans at The Pathway Home in Yountville. In 2012, Lt Col. James Fullwood invited Terence to present his program, fStop Warrior Project, at the Wounded Warrior Battalion West at MCB Camp Pendleton. The program’s digital photography lab was embedded in the Battalion’s Alpha Company BEQ for over three years.

Since retiring from the Battalion at the end of 2015, Ford has worked to develop a peer-to-peer support program (Fellowship of Brothers) for Gulf War and post 9/11 (OIF/OEF) veterans at the Santa Barbara Veterans Memorial Building.


Karen Kelly, New Beginnings Board Member

Karen Kelly
Board Member

Karen Kelly is a Digital Marketing Consultant and has more than 15 years of experience in online marketing. She runs her own digital marketing agency and has consulted for dozens of companies, including AppFolio, the Santa Barbara County Public Health Department, and (now LinkedIn Learning). Karen also spent more than 11 years working at Citrix in a variety of marketing positions. Her specialties include web strategy, partner development, search engine marketing, lead generation, and social media. Karen lives in Santa Barbara with her husband Christopher and her three teenaged triplets – Charlotte, Patrick, and Dawson.


Jeff Moody, Board Member

Jeff Moody
Board Member

Jeff Moody is the former owner and CEO of Moody & Associates, Inc. (Moodys). Based in Pittsburgh Pennsylvania, Moodys is a family owned and operated business with a staff over 100 hydrogeologists and environmental scientists. Moodys focuses on environmental problem solving, regulatory permitting, cleanup, and the location and installation of large volume portable water supplies. During Jeff’s time as CEO, he grew the company from one office with 7 employees to three offices and 120 staff members, Jeff sold the company in the spring of 2018, shortly before moving to Santa Barbara.

With more than 40 years of experience as a business executive, Jeff brings with him keen problem solving, strategy, and operations management acumen. Upon moving to Southern California, Jeff became exposed to the homeless epidemic in America for the first time. Now retired, Jeff has found his next challenge – applying his knowledge and abilities towards the homeless issues prevalent in Santa Barbara County. You can typically find Jeff out on his bicycle on the paths and streets of Santa Barbara or visiting his incredible daughter Taylor in Los Angeles.


Lindsay Morris Board Member

Lindsay Morris
Board Member

Lindsay Morris is an MFT candidate and has extensive nonprofit experience serving as an Assistant Director for the David Lynch Foundation in Los Angeles. In this role, she managed all administrative and development operations, including event planning, grant writing, donor relations, and public relations. Prior to this, Lindsay served as a Personal & Executive Assistant/Estate Manager for Cyber Corporation (Billy Idol’s Product Company) and as a Freelance Stylist & Image Consultant. Lindsay is attending the Academy of Arts In San Francisco for a Masters of Fine Arts. She also obtained her Bachelor of Science in Political Science from the University of Oregon.


Diane Pannkuk, Board Member

Diane Pannkuk, M.B.A.
Board Member (Former Board President)

Diane Pannkuk is a recognized community leader in Montecito, and has had an extensive vocation in volunteerism.

She received her B.A in Communication at UCLA and an M.B.A. from George Washington University.

During her professional career, Pannkuk served as a contract negotiator the United States Department of Defense and as President of the Silver Creek Corporation.

In 2010, Pannkuk was honored by the Montecito Association with the award of “Montecito Association Citizen of the Year.” She lives in Montecito with her family.

Guy Smith, Santa Barbara New Beginnings Counseling Center, Santa Barbara

Guy Smith, M.A.
Board Member

Guy Smith is the Executive Director of SynED, a non-profit organization providing professional services to higher education. Prior to that he was a faculty member and Vice President at Antioch University Santa Barbara. From 1976 until 2010, he was a faculty and Dean at Santa Barbara City College, where he was responsible for the administration of the Business Division, the Scheinfeld Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation, and the School of Media Arts. Actively involved with the online information industry since its inception, he established Infomart Research, the first online information brokerage in California. As co-founder of Intellimation, a multimedia publishing company, he worked with software developers, publishers and content providers to distribute multimedia applications.

For the past 15 years, Smith has managed and developed projects under national and state grant funding, which focus on new media production, e-commerce and distribution, mobile media, and the use of game technologies in providing training and education. He also currently serves on the board of the MIT Enterprise Forum. Smith has lived in Santa Barbara for 40 years and is an active member of the community. He has been married to his wife Carola twenty–seven years with two children, Justin and Britta.