“We are pleased to welcome Katya and Terri as our new co-presidents,” said Executive Director Lisa Brabo. “They bring a wealth of countywide experience and expertise in education and community service and will be tremendous assets to our agency as we further our mission of strengthening and advocating for families and individuals of all ages and diversities.”
Katya Armistead, who earned her Ed.D. from the University of California Santa Barbara (UCSB), has served on the FSA Board of Directors since 2007. She has been employed by UCSB for over 25 years and was recently promoted to Assistant Vice Chancellor/Dean of Student Life.
Armistead brings over 30 years of experience in community leadership throughout the county, including co-founding Youth Making Change, a Santa Barbara County non-profit organization for teens through the Fund for Santa Barbara. She co-facilitates the Leadership Challenge for Leading From Within’s Emerging Leaders Program, is a Katherine Harvey Fellow alumna, past co-president of UCSB’s Professional Women’s Association, former board member for the American Red Cross, a mentor for the Council on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse’s (CADA) Fighting Back Program, a former AYSO soccer coach, and an advisor to UCSB’s Black Student Union.
A Santa Maria resident of 50 years, Terri Zuniga has dedicated her life to public service and helping others. She is currently the Supervisor for the District Attorney’s office Victim Witness Program and was a Santa Maria City Councilmember from 2012 to 2016.
Terri was previously Program Director for Domestic Violence Solutions, where she worked to rebuild families and protect abused women and their children. Zuniga also serves on the Board of Directors for the Good Samaritan Shelter, Conflict Solutions Center and P.L.A.Y (a fundraising body for Santa Maria Recreation and Parks Department).
Zuniga was on the Board of Directors for the Santa Maria Valley Youth & Family Center when it merged with FSA in July 2017, forming one countywide organization that provides mental health counseling, basic needs assistance, and case management services to more than 25,000 individuals annually.
The full slate of 2018-2019 officers are Co-Presidents Armistead and Zuniga; Jane Santos Sweeney, Vice President of Programs; Marni Cooney and Kelly Santiago-Bull, Co-Vice Presidents of Development; Robert Manning, Treasurer; and Molly-Carrillo Walker, Secretary.
About Family Service Agency of Santa Barbara County
The mission of Family Service Agency (FSA) is to strengthen and advocate for families and individuals of all ages and diversities, helping to create and preserve a healthy community. FSA is regarded as one of Santa Barbara County’s most reliable and effective nonprofit human service organizations. Established in 1899, FSA improves the health and well-being of our community’s most vulnerable children, families and seniors 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. For more information, visit www.fsacares.org.