CALM Announces Appointment of Chief Operating Officer

Santa Barbara, CA. August 2022CALM is excited to announce the promotion of Adolfo Garcia, LMFT, to the role of Chief Operating Officer. With CALM’s growth over the last several years, and our current strategic plan in place to best address the mental health needs of Santa Barbara County, the role of COO is a critical addition to the executive team. Adolfo oversees all programmatic work, including therapy services, parenting interventions, group support, and community strengthening collaborations. In addition to his previous responsibilities as Director of Clinical Operations, Adolfo will now also support the work of human resources and finance.

Adolfo joined CALM 18 years ago as a therapist in the Intensive Family Services department. Over nearly two decades, he has taken on additional responsibilities and a variety of roles, including SART forensic interviewer, Lompoc program manager, North County Regional Manager, and Director of Clinical Operations.

Adolfo is joined by an exquisite team of clinicians supervising all of CALM’s program services. The clinical leadership team is composed of four senior managers:

Gabriela Hanson-Lopez, LCSW, oversees trauma prevention and treatment services in Southern Santa Barbara County.

Yvonne Nelson, LCSW, oversees trauma prevention and treatment services in Lompoc and Santa Maria.

Ashleigh Erving, LCSW, is responsible for the overall direction, implementation and evaluation of CALM’s community-based programs throughout Santa Barbara County.

Rachel Hopsicker, PhD, supervises CALM’s continuous quality improvement process and doctoral training.

Together, this leadership team leads CALM’s expert clinical services provided by a team of more than 85 clinicians throughout Santa Barbara County.

“Having worked closely with Adolfo for many years, he has truly become my sounding board and visioning partner for CALM’s bright future. I feel honored to partner with him in this expanded role of COO so we can all benefit from his broad base of clinical expertise and organizational wisdom,” shared Alana Walczak, President and CEO.

CALM’s Board of Trustees recently launched a visionary strategic plan for 2022-2027 emphasizing clinical excellence, supporting staff capacity, and investing resources throughout Santa Barbara County.  Adolfo’s role, and that of the entire clinical leadership team, is critical for the success of this ambitious plan.


About CALM

When a child experiences trauma, our entire community is impacted. To combat the effects of childhood trauma, CALM is here to support families in need of strength and healing. CALM’s evidence-based programs represent a continuum of care that addresses the safety and wellbeing of children and families across Santa Barbara County. Approximately 2,000 clients receive individual and group therapy through CALM’s clinics in Santa Barbara, Santa Maria and Lompoc and thousands more receive community-based education and mental health supports. With a 52-year history of serving families in our region, a staff of exceptionally qualified clinicians, and meaningful partnerships with complementary agencies and organizations, CALM is committed to preventing childhood trauma, healing children and families, and building resilient communities throughout Santa Barbara County. To learn more, visit

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

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