Friendship Center Welcomes Paloma Espino & Steven Sharpe to Board of Directors and Cynder Sinclair as new Board President.

Per Heidi Holly, Executive Director, “Welcome aboard to each of our new board members; Steven and Paloma! We look forward to leaning on you for your expertise as we continue to serve our aging community and their caregivers.”  “And to Cynder, thank you for stepping up to a leadership position, as our President.  With your strong skillset in the non-profit sector we are definitely in good hands!”

Cynder Sinclair is the Founder and Lead Consultant for Nonprofit Kinect, providing consulting services for nonprofits in the areas of board leadership, fund development, and capacity building. She also offers executive coaching especially to those in transition and new management positions. Ms She moved to Santa Barbara in 1995 serving as CEO to Tres Condados Girl Scout Council for 12 years, VP in Wealth Management for Santa Barbara Bank & Trust and then CEO for Santa Barbara Neighborhood Clinics, and CEO for Community Action of Ventura County.

When Cynder is not helping nonprofits become more sustainable, she enjoys many outdoor activities including; cycling, skiing, kayaking, and hiking.

Paloma Espino, the current Administrator for Sarah House, a local nonprofit who provides end-of-life care for those in our community. Espino says that there are many lessons to be learned from working with those who are at the end of their life; “I have learned that no one ever dies, not if they are remembered through stories. A table for 8 can accommodate 25, it is all a matter of imagination and an open heart, I learned that life is precious, and every minute counts.”  Paloma also feels that part of the joy of life is being able to be of service, “I am incredibly happy to have joined Friendship Center and to see how I can best serve here.”

Living in Santa Barbara for the past 4 decades, one of Ms Espino’s favorite things in Santa Barbara is the ocean, and to be able to walk along beside it, giving her renewed energy.

Steven Sharpe, the Executive Director of Food From the Heart, a local nonprofit that provides meals to low-income individuals who live alone and are managing a major illness. Working in the nonprofit sector for over 25 years, Steven previously served as General Director for Opera Santa Barbara, General Manager of Camerata Pacifica, Executive Director for the Dream Foundation.  Steven began his nonprofit career with Pacific Pride Foundation/AIDS Project Central Coast, serving as both Director of Development & then Executive Director. Mr. Sharpe has also served on multiple boards including; Hospice of Santa Barbara, and the Conference & Visitor’s Bureau of Santa Barbara.

Steven was raised in Santa Barbara and in his spare time he enjoys hiking, bicycling, and cooking with friends.

Friendship Center provides adult day services for seniors and respite for their caregivers For more information:


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