Family Service Agency Appoints Trustees to Board of Directors

Family Service Agency is pleased to announce the appointment of four new members to its Board of Directors. Joining its Board and representing communities throughout Santa Barbara County are Marisol Alarcon (Carpinteria), Robert Janeway (Santa Barbara), Sandra Underwood (Santa Maria), and Patricia E. Brady (Lompoc).

“Family Service Agency will benefit greatly from the professional and community service expertise of these new board members,” said Executive Director Lisa Brabo.  “Each new member brings a distinct set of skills to our board, and also provides valuable local insight to the specific and varying needs of residents throughout the County.”

Marisol Alarcon is an immigration attorney in Carpinteria and also works with the Santa Barbara County Immigrant Legal Defense Center. She is a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association and the Los Angeles County Bar Association. A dual citizen of the United States and Chile, Alarcon was born in the United States to immigrant parents, giving her insight to the unique challenges of growing up with immigrant parents whose first language is not English. Her commitment to community service is evidenced by her membership to the boards of the Santa Barbara County Bar Foundation, Carpinteria Children’s Project, Teen Legal Clinic, and Santa Barbara Women Lawyer’s Foundation.

Robert Janeway is currently the Provider Contracts Manager for CenCal Health, a proud alum of the UCSB College of Creative Studies, and a recent alum of the Katherine Harvey Fellows program for community leadership.  He has spent the last twelve years in Santa Barbara working in both the private and public health sectors, supporting local healthcare and environmental organizations, and committee service with the City of Santa Barbara. 

Sandra Underwood, a former Program Manager with Dignity Health, retired in June 2018 with 14 years experience directing community education projects for Marian Medical Center and Arroyo Grande Community Hospital. The recipient of Dignity Health’s Franciscan Service Award in 2015, Underwood also serves on other boards in Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo counties. She remains active in her church and passionate about her work in glass art and pottery—and her grandchildren.

Patricia Brady was the former Director for the Lompoc Valley Community Healthcare Organization and Administrator of Good Samaritan Services in Lompoc. She brings exceptional business and organizational skills to the FSA board. Brady was recognized as Lompoc Woman of the Year in 2002, was a founding member of Leadership Lompoc Valley, and has served on multiple boards and committees throughout the Valley.

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Family Service Agency (FSA) is a nonprofit social service organization that has served Santa Barbara County since 1899, continually improving the health and well-being of the community’s most vulnerable children, families. Its offices in Santa Barbara, Santa Maria, and Lompoc served more than 23,000 people last year by ensuring access to food, shelter, and other basic needs as well as providing youth mentoring, case management, substance abuse treatment, advocacy, and a wide-array of mental health programs. Visit fsacares.org or call (805) 965-1001 for more information.

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