Board Members for Santa Barbara Angels Bearing Gifts

Board Members

Evelynn Smith, Founder

Evelynn Smith
Evelynn Smith

The founding angel of Project-Angels Bearing Gifts, Evelynn Smith, is the parent of a developmentally disabled adult. She is employed as a Marriage and Family Therapist (MFT) in Santa Barbara, California. Evelynn has helped many parents of children with disabilities and many adults with the grieving process and accepting the diagnosis. Evelynn is a past board member of New Directions, which sponsors travel experiences for individuals who are developmentally challenged.  She is also an honorary member of the California Advisory Board of Devereux in Santa Barbara, an agency that operates residential facilities across the country for children and adults who are developmentally challenged.  She is a past board member of Cornerstone House, an agency which sponsors homes and summer camps for individuals with developmental disabilities.

Board Members:

Mary Gibson, co-chair

Mary Gibson
Mary Gibson

Mary Gibson  has a Bachelor's degree in Speech & Hearing, her Teaching Credential and Special Education Credential from UCSB.  After graduating, she stayed in Santa Barbara and has been a Teacher for the Santa Barbara County Education Office for the past 27 years.  Currently, she teaches a Special Day Class for students, grades 4-6, with special needs.  Mary is married and has a son attending college.  Mary is currently supporting the Board and mission in the role of co-chair.

Pamela Gilbert, co-chair

Board Member Pam Gilbert
Pam Gilbert

A native of New York, Pamela Gilbert came to Santa Barbara in her youth and attended local schools including UCSB. She values active participation in organizations that serve our incredible community. An ABG board member since 2011, she believes that the model of ABG — seeing a need, banding together as volunteers and carrying out a vision — is a mighty and effective way to make a difference in people’s lives.

Julie Sorenson, immediate past co-chair

Julie Sorenson
Julie Sorenson

Julie Sorenson has lived in Santa Barbara for 25 years. Julie was raised up the coast in San Luis Obispo where she graduated from Cal Poly with a Bachelor's degree in Human Development/Family Studies and a minor in Psychology. Her work experience includes medical case management at Devereux (ten years), Marketing/Sales for sbparent.com/Parentclick.com (seven years). She is currently the VP of Customer service for Sprigeo, an on line school safety reporting software used in schools across the country. In addition, she is the Katherine Harvey Fellows Alumni Coordinator/Social Media Coordinator for Leading From Within. She is married with two daughters.

Linda Cowen

Linda Cowen
Linda Cowen

Linda Cowen has a Bachelor's of Social Science  degree from University of Cape Town, South Africa and a M.A. Special Education degree from the University of Northern Colorado. She have been teaching special education students for 27 years and currently is the Resource Teacher at Santa Barbara Charter School. I have 2 daughters, one of whom is autistic and lives in her own home with supported living.

Linda Grand 

Linda Grand
Linda Grand

Linda Grand, a native of California, graduated from Cal State Northridge with an Elementary Teaching Credential in 1980. She is currently a school librarian at Adams School. She enjoys hiking in the beautiful canyons around town, making art, and building community. She has two daughters who are studying law and nursing.

Joe Boris

Joe Boris
Joe Boris

 Joe Boris has lived in Santa Barbara for the past 6 years, relocating   from Charlotte, NC. He has a B.A. from the University of Maryland with a duel major in Political Science and Sociology and a M.A. in Guidance and Counseling from Eastern Michigan University. He served on the Fraser, Michigan, City Council for 14 years, eight of those years as Mayor. Joe retired from the 16th Judicial Circuit Court of Michigan where he was the Program Director for the Prevention Section of the Juvenile Division. Joe and his wife, Pat, retired to Santa Barbara to be near their son,  daughter-in-law, and two grandchildren.

Ellen Stoddard

Board Members Ellen Stoddard
Ellen Stoddard

Ellen Stoddard holds a MA in Human Development from Pacific Oaks College, along with early childhood and parent education teaching credentials. She is a parent education instructor for Santa Barbara City College and the director of the Lou Grant Parent Child Workshop.  Ellen has two adult children and lives in Santa Barbara with her labradoodle, Ziggy.

Jennifer Sills

Jennifer Sills
Jennifer Sills

Jennifer Sills moved back to Santa Barbara 15 years ago. She graduated with a B.A. from UCSB and has had many interesting fields of employment since then, the last 16 years with UCP/WORK,INC. as Director of Independent and Supported Living. Jennifer also works part-time with the Santa Barbara City Adapted Programs. Jennifer joined the Angel’s Bearing Gifts Board in 2010. She enjoys hiking in the beautiful Santa Barbara Hills and spending time with family and friends.

Kristi Morris

Angels Bearing Gifts Board Member Kristi Morris
Kristi Morris

Kristi Morris, originally from Oregon, settled in Santa Barbara where she attended local schools.  She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Mathematics from UCSB, graduating with both an Elementary and Secondary Teaching Credential.  She taught in both private and public schools in Santa Barbara for over 40 years.  While teaching math at the junior high level, she also completed her Pupil Personnel services Credential and Masters in School Counseling from Azuza Pacific College.  Kristi spent the last 12 years as a junior high counselor, retiring in 2017 from La Colina Junior High School.  She is married with four children and three grandchildren.  She enjoys traveling with her husband and going for long walks with her dog.

Susie DiMauro

Susie DiMauro
Susie DiMauro

Susie DiMauro is thrilled to support Angels Bearing Gifts’ important mission in her hometown of Santa Barbara County. She serves as a program director for the Sustainable Agriculture and Food Systems Funders, and her background includes work with many different nonprofit organizations in central and southern California and beyond. Susie is a graduate of Washington University in St. Louis with degrees in anthropology and environmental studies. You can find her doing pilates, connecting with family and friends, dabbling in arts and crafts, and going for long hikes. 

Katie Moses

Debra Marasco-McNulty

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