Who Are We?

Where there is love there is life
— Mohandas K. Gandhi
Artist's Rendering of Hospice of Santa Barbara, Inc.

Hospice of Santa Barbara is able to provide services because of its dedicated and skilled staff, volunteers, and board members. 


David Selberg, Chief Executive Officer

Melissa Axell, MFT, Counselor

Auralee Bunch, Administrative  Assistant

Charles Caldwell, Director of Strategic Advancement

Noelle Clearwater, Registered Associate MFT, Counselor

Susan Colpitts, LCSW, Counselor

Michael Cruse, LCSW,  Bereavement Services Manager

Zoe Echternacht, Development & Communications Coordinator

Fernanda Friden, Bilingual Care Coordinator

Marilyn Goldman, MFT, Counselor

Judy Goodbody, Planned Giving Officer

Nelson Hayashida, PhD, BCC, Spiritual Care Counselor

Poppy Jewett, Care Coordinator

Liz LaCasto, LMFT, Bereavement Counselor

Samantha Lockett, Director of Human Resources & Operations

Perie Longo, PhD, MFT, Counselor

Pattie Lorusso, Executive Assistant

Amara Maliszewski, MSW, Community Intake Coordinator

Adriana Marroquin, Patient Care Services Outreach Coordinator

Jeff Martinez, Director of Finance

Michele Mazzolini-Osborne, Administrative Assistant

Valerie Moore, LCSW, Bereavement Counselor

Virginia Moreno, MFT, Bilingual Counselor

Brian Ordoñez, Data Analyst

Eliana Preciado, MFT, Bilingual Counselor

Cheryll Puyot, Development & Marketing Coordinator

Ginny Reis, MFT, Patient Care Services Manager

Suzanne Retzinger, MFT, Counselor

Nicole Romasanta, Director of Volunteer Services

Heather Stevenson, Development Manager

Tianna Swede, MSW, Patient Care Services Manager         

Sally Turvey, Volunteer Services Coordinator

Alejandro Vasquez, Registered Associate MFT, Bilingual Counselor

Andrea Vazquez, Patient Care Services Manager

Ruben Venegas, Front Desk & Office Coordinator

Sharon Vineall, LCSW, Counselor

Mary Wagner, MFT, Counselor

Lee Weiser, PhD, Counselor

Jeanne West, Community Engagement Manager


Board of Directors

Nicole Andreasen

Eric Bowers, Esq.

Lori A. Lewis, Esq. 

Mike McGrew 

David Nordahl

Tom Sturgess

Eric Trautwein, MD

Marilee Zdenek 

Dana VanderMey


Santa Barbara Hospice Foundation

Bruce McRoy, Esq., Chair

Donna Dawson, CPA

L. Andrew Gifford 

Mark Levine 

Gamble Parks, Esq.

Meriann Plamondon  

Tyler Powell 

Mike Stein 


Advisory Council

Susan Adams

Bill Cirone

Rabbi Arthur Gross-Schaeffer

Joy Margolis, Esq.

Catherine Remak

Kenneth Slaught

Linda Seltzer Yawitz


Board Emeritus

Margaret Barnes

Leigh Block, Deceased

Harvey Bottlesen

J. Thomas Fly

Harold Hicks, Deceased

Gerd Jordano

Jill Nida

Peter Stalker, II

Kenny Slaught

Charles Zimmer



Outstanding Program Achievement Award from the California Hospice and Palliative Care Association.

Senior Planning Services Caregiver Champion of The Year, 2011

Santa Barbara Neighborhood Clinics Health Care Hero Award, E