Leadership Council

Task Force

The South Coast Task Force on Youth Safety is a regional partnership that includes the County of Santa Barbara, and the cities of Goleta, Santa Barbara, and Carpinteria.  It also includes elected officials, local government agencies and executives, law enforcement, education, faith community, philanthropic and community-based organizations, youth and parents.  The Task Force meets four times a year at alternating locations throughout the South Coast. For meeting information please visit Meetings.

the role of the Task Force is to convene community stakeholders to address issues on youth safety and prevent violence in the South Coast.  The Task Force does not operate any programs.  The Task Force relies on a Strategy Team to provide continuity between meetings.  The Strategy Team meets monthly and is staffed by the Task Force Coordinator.  The Purpose of the Strategy Team is to:

  • Provide continuity between quarterly meetings
  • Promptly address issues or potential issues of youth gang violence
  • Come together to assist partner agencies applying for federal, state, and local and private funds
  • Oversee the work of the Task Force Coordinator, and lead and monitor work plan initiatives
  • Make recommendations and report back to the Task Force


South  Coast Task Force on Youth Safety

Task Force  Members




County of Santa Barbara Mona Miyasato Chief Executive Officer
County of Santa Barbara Bill Brown Sheriff
City of Santa Barbara Paul Casey City Administrator
City of Goleta Michelle Greene City Manager
City of Carpinteria Dave Durflinger City Manager
City of Santa Barbara Pamela Antil Assistant City Administrator
Gevirtz Graduate School of  Education, UCSB Jill Sharkey Academic Coordinator
City of Santa Barbara Lori Luhnow Police Chief
County of Santa Barbara Beverly Taylor Acting Chief Probation Officer
Santa Barbara County Education Office Rene Wheeler Administrator, Juvenile Court and  Community Schools
Santa Barbara Unified School District Cary Matsuoka Superintendent
CADA/Fighting Back Ed Stonefelt Executive Director
CAC Fran Forman Executive Director
All for One Richard Muñoz Executive Director
La Casa de la Raza Raquel Lopez Executive Director
New Beginnings Church Jerry Menchaca
Santa Barbara Quakers Pat Hardy
County of Santa Barbara  Amy Krueger Deputy Director , Dept.  of Social Services
Santa Barbara City College Marsha Wright Director of EOPS/CARES
South Coast Region Chamber of Commerce Kristen Miller  CEO/Goleta Chamber of Comm
Santa Barbara Foundation  Roundtable Appointee Claudia Armann Executive Director McCune Foundation
Carpinteria Unified School District Superintendent
County of Santa Barbara Board of Supervisors
County of Santa Barbara Janet Wolf Board of Supervisors
County of Santa Barbara Joyce Dudley District Attorney
County of Santa Barbara Superior Court Arthur Garcia Presiding Juvenile Judge
Santa Barbara County  Education Office William Cirone Superintendent
City of Carpinteria Al Clark Mayor
City of Carpinteria Gregg Carty Councilmember
City of Goleta Paula Perotte Councilmember
City of Santa Barbara Helene Schneider Mayor
Santa Barbara Board of Education  Wendy Sims-Moten Board Member
Carpinteria Board of Education Board Member
University of California, Santa  Barbara Jeffrey Milem Dean
Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Luis Villegas Vice President
Santa Barbara Foundation Roundtable Appointee Jon Clark Exec. Director Bower Foundation
Community/Family Representative Cristina Lopez Representative
Youth Representative Marcy Montaño Representative
Youth Representative Lizet Soto Representative

Coordinator, South Coast Task Force on Youth Gangs:  Saul Serrano