Navigating Re-entry Town Hall Virtual Event to Address Fears and Anxiety as we Return to Society After Pandemic

How Do We Cope With The Fears And Anxiety During This Time Of Transition From The Pandemic?

Hospice of Santa Barbara will bring together a panel of community leaders for the Navigating Re-entry Town Hall, a virtual event that will discuss the fears, anxiety, and questions as we contemplate a return to society after the pandemic.

On June 29th at 6pm, a virtual community town hall forum will be held where everyone is invited to “attend” (particularly those in SB county), as panelists discuss the anxiety and uncertainty that we are all feeling on some level, as we “re-enter” society including work, school, travel, social/entertainment events, community gatherings and all other forms of in-person living. 

During this virtual event, local panelists will answer questions from the audience related to this transition. What will the return to society look like? What will be expected of us? Everybody else seems excited, why do I feel nervous and scared? What cherished aspects of life over the past year can we bring with us? Many of us are already experiencing significant stress related to these issues. Our panelists, reflecting a variety of backgrounds, will share meaningful perspectives and tips to help us navigate this tricky terrain.

The event is FREE but registration is required. To register and learn more, please visit:

Simultaneous Spanish translation provided.

Panelists include:

Catherine Remak, K-LITE FM, Gary & Catherine show co-host

With over three decades of experience in radio broadcast, Catherine Remak has one of the most recognizable voices in the community of Santa Barbara. Catherine is part of the long-running “Gary and Catherine in the Morning ” on KLITE 101.7 where she has been on the air for over 28 years, as host and News Director. Catherine is known as a “champion for non-profits”, collectively volunteering thousands of hours as an emcee/moderator and auctioneer at countless events, helping to bring significant exposure and millions of dollars to local agencies. Catherine has been the recipient of Congressional recognition for Making a Difference in the Community Through Broadcast, and in August of 2020 was named “Woman of the Year” by the Santa Barbara Foundation. Additionally, Catherine is Development Director at the Council on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse and has served on the boards of The Friendship Center, Make A Wish, Court Appointed Special Advocates, Trust for Historic Foundation and is currently on the board of Elings Park Foundation. 

Suzanne Grimmesey, PIO/Chief Quality Care and Strategy Officer, SB County

Suzanne Grimmesey has worked with the Department of Behavioral Wellness of Santa Barbara since 1998 in a variety of roles, including Quality Assurance Training Coordinator, Calle Real Adult Outpatient Clinic Manager, Mental Health Treatment Court Program Manager, Division Manager for Children’s Services and Division Chief for Program Operations. She earned her BA in Psychology from the University of San Diego, holds a Master’s degree in Clinical Psychology, and is licensed as a Marriage and Family Therapist.

Susan Salcido, Santa Barbara County Superintendent of Schools

Dr. Susan Salcido serves on numerous local boards, including the Fighting Back Leadership Coalition, First 5 Santa Barbara County commission, Santa Barbara County Special Education Local Plan Area Joint Powers Agency, Santa Barbara Partners in Education, and the YouthWell Coalition. Dr. Salcido serves on the board for Californians Dedicated to Education Foundation and the Fiscal Crisis Management Team. She also served on the Marjorie Luke Theatre board and was a Katherine Harvey Fellow. Dr. Salcido also provides support and leadership to statewide educational committees and projects.

Eddie Ellner, Founder of Yoga Soup

Eddie Ellner opened Yoga Soup in 2001 and has taught there ever since. The responsibility of running a business dedicated to offering fresh carrots and useful wisdom has awakened him to his own nearly boundless ignorance and need to practice. His classes combine yoga poses, non-duality flavored dharma, current events, resistance stretching, and the occasional non-ordinary state of consciousness.

Kristen Rohm, Spiritual Care Coordinator, Hospice of Santa Barbara

Kristen Rohm is an ordained Unitarian Universalist Minister, and provides spiritual support to those who are at the end of life or who have a life-threatening illness. She offers this type of support to family members and caregivers of patients, as well as to Hospice of Santa Barbara volunteers and staff. She holds a Masters of Divinity (MDiv) from Meadville Lombard Theological School in Chicago and a B.A. in psychology from DePauw University in Indiana, and is a trained Spiritual Director from Shalem Institute in Washington, DC. Before coming to Hospice of Santa Barbara in 2019, was the lead minister for SouthWest Unitarian Universalist Church in North Royalton, Ohio, as well as an interim minister at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Santa Paula. Prior to seminary school, Kristen taught yoga for nine years and received a California teaching credential. Kristen is married with two adult children. She loves to walk on the beach, do yoga, read great books, and spend time with family and friends.

Charles Caldwell, Moderator (and new parent), Hospice of Santa Barbara

Charles Caldwell has responsibilities across several areas, including initiative building, development, marketing, strategic planning, programs, and finance. As a naturally curious person, Charles enjoys acquiring new knowledge, improving systems, and creating innovative solutions to prickly problems. Before coming to HSB, Charles spent seven years with Girls Inc. of Greater Santa Barbara as the Director of Advancement, and ten years with United Way of Santa Barbara County as the Director of Special Projects. Charles is moved by HSB’s relationship-centric approach to walking with people through the difficult journey of grief and illness. Charles holds an M.A. in Mythological Studies from Pacifica Graduate Institute and has been with Hospice of Santa Barbara since August 2015. In his spare time, he enjoys fly fishing.

Hospice of Santa Barbara

Hospice of Santa Barbara provides professional counseling, support groups, and patient care services free of charge to individuals and families who are grieving the death of a loved one or experiencing the impact of a life-threatening illness. Hospice of Santa Barbara also provides counseling in our offices and on fifteen local junior and high school campuses to children and teens who are grieving the loss of a loved one. For more information about Hospice of Santa Barbara, including volunteer opportunities, call (805) 563-8820 or visit

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