PRESS RELEASE / ANNOUNCEMENTS Friday, October 16, 2015

CALM Welcomes New CEO, Alana Walczak

Santa Barbara, CA. October 2015 – CALM (Child Abuse Listening Mediation) is proud to announce the selection of Alana Walczak as their new Chief Executive Officer. Walczak will succeed Cecilia Rodriguez, who will be retiring at the end of this year after 31 years of service to CALM.
Walczak is a seasoned nonprofit professional with more than 20 years of experience serving at-risk women, children and families. For the past 9 years, she has served as Vice President at PathPoint, the Santa Barbara nonprofit organization dedicated to helping people with disabilities or disadvantages to reach their fullest potential.
Walczak was selected through an extensive national search, from among an impressive pool of potential candidates. “Alana has deep knowledge and empathy for underserved communities, and profound expertise in bringing resources and people together to create opportunity,” said Ed McKinley, CALM Board of Trustees Member and chair of the search committee. “She provides proven leadership that will help us ensure that CALM’s mission to prevent and treat child abuse in Santa Barbara County is continued.”
“We are so pleased to welcome Alana Walczak as CALM’s new CEO,” said Nancy Bollay, President of the CALM Board of Trustees. “We look forward to having her experience and expertise propel us further toward our vision to end child abuse in Santa Barbara County.”
Before her tenure at PathPoint, Walczak worked as Program Director of the Santa Barbara Rape Crisis Center, and before that she served as the Associate Executive Director of Domestic Violence Solutions for Santa Barbara County. She graduated Magna Cum Laude and Phi Beta Kappa with a B.A. in Biology and Psychology from Washington University in Saint Louis, and completed graduate work in Philanthropic Studies from the Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy.
“I am so honored to serve as CALM’s next CEO and continue the important work this organization does,” said Alana Walczak. “Having spent nearly two decades working with Santa Barbara County nonprofit agencies, I am deeply committed to addressing the vital needs of our communities, including the children and families CALM serves. I hope to build upon the great legacy Cecilia has helped to create for CALM, and continue to be the leading force behind child abuse prevention throughout the County.”
In addition to her professional work in the nonprofit world, Walczak is also personally involved in several community organizations. She has served on the board of directors of the Environmental Defense Center, the Fund for Santa Barbara and the Women’s Political Committee, and is a graduate of the Katherine Harvey Fellowship Program, a program of Leading From Within.
Walczak - originally from Milwaukee, Wisconsin - moved to Santa Barbara in 2001. She lives in Santa Barbara with her partner Jarrod Schwartz, Just Communities Executive Director, and their twin 5-year-old daughters Sydney and Alix.
CALM was founded in 1970 to reach stressed parents before they hurt their children. CALM continues to be the only non-profit agency in Santa Barbara County focusing solely on preventing, assessing, and treating child abuse and family violence through comprehensive, cutting-edge programs. CALM offers children, families, and adults a safe, non-judgmental, caring, and strength-based environment to heal and increase family well being. For more information about all of CALM’s services, please call 805-965-2376, or visit


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