CALM Welcomes Three New Board Members

Santa Barbara, CA. May 2018 – Peggy Blough, Amy Curti, and Mike Gibson have been named to the CALM (Child Abuse Listening Mediation) Board of Trustees. The three will be instrumental to CALM and our mission to prevent childhood trauma, heal children and families, and build resilient communities throughout Santa Barbara County.

“I am so pleased that these amazing community leaders have joined CALM’s Board. Each brings passion and commitment to our work, as well as tremendous skills, expertise, and community knowledge. As a County-wide organization, we are looking forward to the insight and perspectives our new trustees from Santa Maria will bring, as they help us continue to understand the diverse needs of our families throughout the County.” – CALM CEO, Alana Walczak

Peggy Blough is a native Californian who moved to Santa Maria in 1959. After work took her away for a few years, Blough found her way back to Santa Maria in 1974. Blough, with her husband, Dan, then formed a real estate company. They later joined Coldwell Banker in 1985 and expanded their company to eight offices between the Central Coast and the San Joaquin Valley. Blough is now semi-retired and spends most of her time volunteering for nonprofits. Her past associations include Board of Director and Board Chair for Santa Maria Valley Chamber of Commerce, Board Chair for Santa Maria Valley YMCA, Executive Director for Marian Regional Medical Center Community Board, and Campaign Chair for Domestic Violence Solutions. Blough and her husband were named as Celebrate Philanthropy Honorees in 2014 by the Santa Barbara Foundation.

In addition to joining CALM’s board, Blough also serves as Chair of CALM’s North County Advisory Committee and Co-Chair of CALM’s Ladies Get Loud event.

Amy Curti was born and raised in Santa Barbara County. Curti lived in Santa Barbara for much of her childhood and graduated from Westmont College in 1995. Following college, Curti moved to Santa Ynez for nearly 20 years before settling in Santa Maria where she resides today with her husband and four sons. With ten years in the service industry and six years as an Artist in Residence in Santa Maria schools, Curti and her husband are deeply rooted in the Santa Maria community.

Curti was first invited to serve on the Board of the Orcutt Children’s Arts Foundation and from there her work in the nonprofit community only grew. Curti has served on her children’s PTA, the Santa Maria Women’s Network, The Women’s Fund of North Santa Barbara County and is currently an Elder at Orcutt Presbyterian Church.

 

Mike Gibson has been active in numerous Santa Maria nonprofit organizations for nearly 30 years and has been a member of the Rotary Club of Santa Maria Breakfast since 1989.  He has co-chaired the Rotary Christmas Parade of Lights since its inception in 1995.  Gibson was honored for his numerous service activities at the Celebrate Philanthropy luncheon sponsored by the Santa Barbara Foundation in 2013.  He was Controller of Mid-State Bank & Trust for 15 years until it was purchased by Rabobank in 2007 and currently is employed by Andre, Morris & Buttery as their Business Administrator.  He is married to his wife, Marla, a nurse at Marian Regional Medical Center, and has three adult children and six grandchildren.

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 http://calm4kids.org.

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