Meet the Team
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It’s hard to sum up in a few sentences what it means to run an organization such as this. My journey here at the Center has been filled with more than I could have ever imagined in a job. Having been hired in 1994 as the Hotline Coordinator, I had the blessing of being able to start my career off by working with some of the most dedicated individuals I’ve ever encountered, the agency’s volunteers. Running advocate training, working with our community partners, and helping to build a strong, vibrant program was what I was charged with as a young advocate myself, and I couldn’t have felt more fulfilled. I’ve had the pleasure of being involved in every single aspect of this organization over the years and assumed the role of Executive Director in 2015. The sustainability of this organization is a top priority for me and those that I have the pleasure of working with. As the agency’s Executive Director, I have the honor of working with a dedicated staff, an involved Board, and volunteers who possess more courage than I could ever completely explain. But, it’s not just about the internal workings of this organization that make us successful and able to have the ability to be a part of someone’s healing journey. It’s our relationship with our community partners, those that provide funding, and the individual donors who give so freely. I didn’t want this bio to be so much about who I am, but more so, what you mean to us. We thank you and we applaud you for helping us effect change in our community. We still have a lot of work to do and we look forward to walking with you as we do it.
I have been blessed to be with the Center since 1993. While working on my Human Services Degree from Hancock I became aware of the Volunteer program and decided to become involved. Since then, I have never looked back. While I have earned a Master’s degree over the years, the lessons from the volunteers, staff and clients have all exceeded any textbook knowledge. A few years later, in 1996, I was hired to work on a new grant that the Center was part of. Since then, I have held many titles and roles in the Center. People sometimes wonder how I could have stayed so long in such an emotional job. Well, the answer is the people. The people that come and volunteer are wise, talented, and compassionate. My fellow staff members have bonded over the commitment to serve our clients and community. And finally, the clients. They continually demonstrate that abuse and sexual assault can be healed from. There is a never-ending stream of hope and strength and bravery coming from them. Yes, this job can be emotionally draining, but it can be exceedingly fulling at the same time.
I was born and mostly raised in Lompoc, though I moved to Phoenix in my teens and did some traveling in the southwest, living in New Mexico and Colorado for a time. I came home to the Central Coast in the ’80s and then graduated from Allan Hancock College in 2000. In 2004, I earned a Bachelor of Science in Social Science from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo. I also received a minor in Psychology, with my concentration being Social Service.
I previously worked for the Center from 2003 to 2005 as the Family Violence Prevention Coordinator, and created, directed, hosted, and produced SOS-TV (Stop Our Silence Television) for the local public access channel. I held that position for almost two years; when the grant ended, I had to move on. When my current position opened, I knew I needed to jump on it, and was very excited to be given the opportunity to return. I have had the privilege of holding the Finance/Human Resource Director position with the Center since 2008.
My passion is human services; the reason I am dedicated to the mission of the Center is that I deeply believe that every person has the right to feel safe, to be loved and respected, and to pursue their dreams without recrimination. I work hard to show that with every grant that I write and in every interaction that I have with staff, volunteers, board members and community members. My position at the Center allows me to fight the good fight for equality every day, something for which I am very grateful.
Maureen Attebury was a licensed RCFE Administrator and owner of an Alzheimer’s home in Santa Barbara county. She was also the HR Director for the Haven at Pismo for four years. She is well versed in licensing protocols, Title 22 and labor laws. With her depth and background she will continue to enhance the values of NCRCCPC. Maureen enjoys working in this complex, challenging field and is grateful to be a part of the dedicated team at NCRCCPC.
Community Outreach Presenter – Santa Maria
Griselda migrated to the United States along with her parents at an early age from Oaxaca, Mexico, and settled in the city of Santa Maria, CA, where they have been since 2002. Excited to start her role as Community Outreach Presenter in the City of Santa Maria, Griselda is eager to start spreading the resources and information necessary for members of our community to work together to fight against violence. In this role, Griselda hopes to inform members of the community and other community agencies of the services that the NCRCCPC has to offer to the victims of abuse and that it is our responsibility to look out for and protect those that we love.
Community Outreach Presenter-Lompoc
Hello, my name is Laura Navarrete and I recently joined the North County Rape Crisis and Child Protection Center. Being born and raised in Lompoc, I am thrilled to have the opportunity in becoming the Community Outreach Presenter in my hometown and surrounding areas. I received a degree from Allan Hancock College majoring in Early Childhood Development. I have the desire to complement education, advocacy and I am dedicated to supporting and spreading awareness on various topics. I am thankful for this new journey and look forward to better serving the community in help being a voice for those in need.
Hotline Services Coordinator
Hello my name is Crystal and I am the new Hotline Services Coordinator for the North County Rape Crisis and Child Protection Center. My background is in social work. I have a bachelor’s degree and I want to utilize my social work skills directly on behalf of survivors. I have worked many years for the State of Arizona Department of Child Safety as a Case Manager and now give back to my community with over a decade of working in this field. I have patience, dedication and understanding and want to bring awareness and help others in a time of need.
School Program Coordinator
Hello! My name is Jennifer Rojas. I am the new School Program Coordinator at NCRCCPC. As a first-generation Latina living in the United States, I have always been my family’s interpreter. I’ve been living in Lompoc since I was in the fifth grade. I have grown to love and appreciate our small town throughout the years. I attended Whitworth University in Spokane, Wa. While at the University, I traveled to Costa Rica and tutored middle school students in their English classes. I am a firm believer that our Center is crucial in our schools and communities. Without the proper information, many would not be able to obtain the help that they need. We have a motivated, consistent, and dedicated staff that I am very excited to be a part of. With my role in the Center, I hope to help those that need it the most.
Counseling Services Advocate
My name is Sabrina Ross, I am currently staffed as a full-time client advocate. My role consists of crisis counseling, case management, and advocacy, providing direct support services for victims of violent crime in the city of Lompoc. I have lived and worked in Lompoc for over 30 years and have a deep appreciation and love for our city. Working at the Center is important to me because I believe in our mission. Sexual and domestic violence is inevitable but the Center has developed programs and has a dedicated caring staff who provide trauma-informed community education, prevention, counseling, and advocacy throughout northern Santa Barbara County. These programs and our staff offer support and a safe place for those in need and help reduce interpersonal violence in our communities.
Counseling Services Advocate
Hey everyone, my name is Rachel, and I am the new Counseling Services Advocate here at the North County Rape Crisis Center. A little bit about me: I graduated from San Francisco State University with a B.A in Psychology and a minor in Counseling. I have also completed two years in a Counseling Psychology program offered at Pacifica Graduate Institute and plan to graduate next year. I enjoy working with others and providing a safe place for healing. Most of all, I appreciate humor and all of its uses!
North County Rape Crisis & Child Protection Center
511 E Ocean Ave, Lompoc, CA 93436
Santa Maria Office
301 Miller St # 206, Santa Maria, CA 93454