CALM Welcomes Seven New Board Members

Santa Barbara, CA. August 2019 – Ama Atiedu, Michele Cuttler, Sam Ellis, Saida Hamdani, Cherylynn Lee, Marc Schneider, and Ismael Paredes Ulloa have been named to the CALM (Child Abuse Listening Mediation) Board of Trustees. All will be instrumental to CALM and our mission to prevent childhood trauma, heal children and families, and build resilient communities throughout Santa Barbara County.

Ama Atiedu has worked in the field of evaluation for over 15 years, with focuses on public health, nutrition, health care, and early childhood education. She holds a Master’s of Science in Community Nutrition from Iowa State University and a Master’s in Organizational Development from Pepperdine University. For the past 7 years, Ms. Atiedu has provided support to many non-profit and public-sector organizations as an evaluation and organizational development consultant. She is currently a Population Health Evaluator with Cottage Health.          

Michele Cuttler has been an attorney specializing in employment and personal injury litigation since 1993. She received her B.A. from UCSB and J.D. from Santa Clara University.  Ms. Cuttler has lived in Santa Barbara with her family for 23 years. Throughout this time, she has actively volunteered and helped fundraise for various local organizations and nonprofits.

Sam Ellis, originally from Chicago, is a managing partner of investment advisory firm Huntington Management. He completed his undergraduate degrees in English and Economics at the University of Michigan and is a CFA® charterholder. Mr. Ellis, his wife Jill, and their three young sons have lived in Santa Barbara for seven years. 

Saida Hamdani was born in Pakistan before her family moved to Nigeria, where she was raised. She graduated from the University of Jos in Nigeria with top honors then moved to the United States in 1985 to complete her pediatric residency at the University of California, Irvine. Dr. Hamdani is passionate about pediatrics, volunteering, and mentoring. In addition, Dr. Hamdani and her husband, Jamal, are active in advocating universal education and health care. Together, Dr. Hamdani and Jamal, have two daughters, Sasha and Saher.

Cherylynn Lee, PhD is a licensed Clinical Psychologist specializing in Police Psychology. She received her Master’s Degree and her PhD from the California School of Professional Psychology, San Diego with an emphasis in Clinical Medicine. Dr. Lee currently works for the Santa Barbara Sheriff’s Office as their Behavioral Sciences Manager, and is the first psychologist hired by the organization. Dr. Lee has been with her husband Jason for 13 years. Together they have a 2-year-old daughter, Sagan Scarlet, and a poodle named Charlie. In her spare time Dr. Lee enjoys lifting weights, reading sci-fi and philosophy books, and spending time with girlfriends.

Marc Schneider began his career in 1993 with the Pismo Beach Police Department. In 1995, he transitioned to the Santa Maria Police Department. He is currently a Division Commander overseeing Patrol Operations, Traffic, Community Service Unit and Communication Center. Mr. Schneider attended California State University, Fresno where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminology. In 2017, he obtained an MBA in Human Resource Management. Mr. Schneider and his wife Kristy of 27 years reside in Santa Maria. Together they have three children and two grandchildren. They enjoy traveling, snow skiing, and spending time with their family and friends.

Ismael Paredes Ulloa is a Santa Barbara local, the son of Mexican immigrants and a first-generation college graduate. Mr. Ulloa received his BA in History from UCSB and Masters of Arts in Education from Antioch University, Santa Barbara. He lives in Santa Barbara with his wife Jessica and has worked locally in education since 2011. He currently works at Santa Barbara City College as a Student Program Advisor and previously served 5 years as the Project Director for the Santa Barbara California Student Opportunity and Access Program. Mr. Ulloa served 2 years as an appointed member of the Santa Barbara Unified School District Board of Trustees.

CALM is also pleased to announce the 2019-2020 officers: Chair, Liam Murphy; Vice Chair, Caroline Powers; Treasurer, Andrew Fitzgerald; Secretary, Bridget Foreman.

CALM was founded in 1970 to reach stressed parents before they hurt their children. CALM continues to be the only nonprofit agency in Santa Barbara County focusing solely on protecting the most important relationship in the world by preventing childhood trauma, healing children and families, and building resilient communities.

For more information about all of CALM’s services, please call 805-965-2376, or visit

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