Strategy Team Members

Strategy Team Members

Members of the strategy team act as an advisory body to provide leadership and guidance toward the implementation of our strategic work plan. The Strategy Team promptly addresses issues or potential issues of youth safety by engaging members of the Community Engagement Team. The team also assists partner agencies to seek funding sources to help implement programs and services to meet our strategic work plan goals.

City of Santa Barbara Parks and RecreationMichelle McDonnellRecreation Supervisor
City of Santa Barbara Police DepartmentKenneth KushnerCommander
CommUnifyPat KeeleanChief Executive Officer
CommUnifyNatialia AlarconFamily & Youth Services Director
Gevirtz Graduate School of Education, UCSBJill SharkeyAssociate Dean for Research and Outreach
Santa Barbara County Department of Behavioral WellnessSuzanne GrimmeseyChief Quality Care & Strategy Officer
Santa Barbara County Community Services DepartmentJett BlackHousing Program Specialist
Santa Barbara County Probation DepartmentMelinda BarreraDeputy Chief Probation Officer
Santa Barbara County Department of Social ServicesBarbara FinchChildren and Adult Network Director
Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s DepartmentJarret MorrisSheriff Adjutant
Santa Barbara Unified School DistrictKenya Edison

Jennifer Balaishis
Assistant Superintendent

Coordinator of School Climate and Safety
South Coast Youth Safety PartnershipSteven DeLiraPartnership Coordinator