Board of Directors
Our Board of Directors are leaders in our community who serve as ambassadors for our agency, provide financial oversight, and help guide our vision.
Jacqueline Kurta, LMFT, PsyD
- Alberto Arroyo
- Jim Baxter
- Marc Borowitz
- Patty Bryant
- Brynn Crowe
- Patricia Duffy
- Allan Ghitterman (In Memoriam)
- Mary Howe-Grant, PhD
- Karen Lehrer, MFT
- Seymour Lehrer
- Mike McCarthy
- Bruce W. McRoy, JD
- Fred Morguelan, PhD
- Hon. Susan Rose
- Marilyn Rickard Schafer
- Das Williams
- Michael Young
- Maria Zate
Jacqueline Kurta, LMFT, PsyD
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.
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.
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, JD
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 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.
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, MA-HSC, CMCC
Coby W. Dillard was the Director of the Veterans and Military Success Center at the University of California Santa Barbara. He recently moved to Tyler, Texas to run the Veterans and Military Success Center at the University of Texas, Tyler. He is continuing to serve as a board member to complete several initiatives. 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 is a Chicago native. He briefly worked as an actor at The Second City before attending the London Film School where he discovered his passion for media production and documentary photography.
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. He eventually settled in St. Helena in the Napa Valley where he focused on commercial photography for many of the prominent wineries there, including Robert Mondavi Winery, Shafer Vineyards, Opus One and Joseph Phelps Vineyards.
Other clients included Calistoga Ranch and Auberge du Soleil resorts as well as the national publications The Wine Spectator and Architectural Digest.
In 2009 Terence was invited to present a digital photography program to the post 9/11 trauma-wounded veterans at The Pathway Home, a residential treatment facility in Yountville, California.
Then, in 2012, Lt Col. James Fullwood invited Terence to present his program, fStop Warrior Project, at the Wounded Warrior Battalion West onboard Marine Corp Base Camp Pendleton. The program’s digital photography lab was embedded in the Battalion’s Alpha Company Bachelor Enlisted Quarters for over three years, eventually presenting the fStop program to over 150 wounded marines and sailors.
Terence has since created the fStop Foundation, which presents digital photography instruction to veterans and first responders in a restorative setting at the Santa Barbara City College, at the Wake Campus.
In January 2021, Terence created and helped produce the Discovery Channel’s series Cal Fire profiling the California agency’s struggle to contain the near constant wildfire in California in 2020.
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 Lynda.com (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.
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.
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 served as our Board President for 10 years. Diane has been on our board for more than thirteen years and was previously our Board President for 10 years. 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.
Stasia Huiner, MBA
Stasia Huiner has held various executive roles in the healthcare and healthcare technology industries for more than 20 years. She graduated magna cum laude from the School of Education and Social Policy at Northwestern University and later completed her MBA at Northwestern’s Kellogg School of Management.
Stasia’s professional career has taken her from Chicago to Santa Barbara and from consulting to leading teams in both small and large companies as an executive. Her efforts at those companies have included building and selling a strategic venture investment portfolio, being Chief of Staff for a Fortune 200 CEO, leading Client Success functions in a healthcare technology company and eventually becoming Chief Operating Officer. Stasia also enjoys being active in her local community and in organizations that have a deep impact at the individual level.
Stasia and her husband have lived in Santa Barbara for over 20 years and have teenaged triplet boys. Stasia is a former Board member of the Peabody Charter School Foundation and is currently serving as Treasurer of the Santa Barbara league of btc (boys team charity).
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.
Kathryn Keene is senior vice president and Human Resources talent, technology, inclusion and people analytics manager of City National Bank. Ms. Keene oversees talent acquisition and human resources operations of the organization and also spearheads data and insights-driven technology for the bank’s Human Resources division. Since joining the bank in 2016, Ms. Keene’s team has hired more than 2,000 colleagues and engages a highly motivated, diverse workforce of more than 5,000 colleagues. Ms. Keene is a member of the bank’s Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Advisory Group, working directly with City National CEO Kelly Coffey and President Rich Raffetto. She reports to Executive Vice President and Chief Colleague Officer Martha Tuma. Ms. Keene has more than 25 years of human resources experience. Prior to joining City National, she was vice president human resources and executive director of recruitment at Paramount Pictures. Before that, she led NBC Universal Pictures Group’s talent acquisition division. Ms. Keene also worked at Radio City Productions and began her career at The Walt Disney Company, launching The Disney Store, Inc. division.
Active in the community, Ms. Keene serves on the board and governance committee of MURALism.org, an organization that connects people with special needs to the community through art. She also serves on the board of the Santa Barbara nonprofit New Beginnings, which provides mental health counseling to low-income community members and helps end homelessness for individuals, families, and veterans throughout Santa Barbara County. Ms. Keene is a member of Chief, a private network built to drive more women into positions of power and keep them there. Ms. Keene earned a Bachelor of Arts in Public Relations/Business from Pepperdine University. She also received a Coaching Certification from Fielding Graduate Institute.
Warren B. Ritter II
Warren B. Ritter II is originally from Orangeburg, South Carolina. Warren graduated from Wofford College, a private college in Spartanburg, SC with a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology.
Warren’s career path began with the Business Chamber of Commerce in Columbia, SC where he developed relationships within the seat of state government, the South Carolina State house. In the State house which is home to the Governor’s office, as well as the House and Senate chambers, Warren worked on policy and legislature reform as it impacted the working-class families in areas of agriculture, machinery, and small business. From there he made the transition into the financial services field and became a manager for a national bank. Warren’s success in the banking industry prompted his move to Santa Barbara, California.
Warren transitioned from corporate banking to Wealth Management Strategies Insurance and Financial Solutions in 2018. He became a Registered Representative, completing his Series 6 and 63, and continues to produce and assist individuals with overall problem solving, estate planning, and financial literacy. These areas of deficiency are often opportunities for education that many people in marginalized groups would not normally have access to. Warren hopes to be a beacon for financial and economic change because when exploring unfamiliar topics, representation matters.
In addition to financial literacy, Warren is also passionate about Law and Policy. Warren is involved in politics and is connected to representatives at the city, county, state and federal levels. He believes that real lasting and permanent change happens when policy and legislature are changed to reflect the same values that a community and society claim to uphold. Warren is an avid reader and enjoys both playing basketball and practicing on both the piano and guitar in his free time. Warren is active in several non-profits and has served, advised, or is currently serving on the following boards/commissions: Creative Wealth International, Endowment for Youth Committee, Healing Justice SB, Human Services Committee of Santa Barbara County, Martin Luther King Foundation, Santa Barbara Education Foundation, the Santa Barbara Young Black Professionals, and Women In STEM Santa Barbara.