PRESS RELEASE / ANNOUNCEMENTS Tuesday, November 7, 2017

A new voice leading the local war on poverty! New Leader at the Helm

Community Action Commission of Santa Barbara County is pleased to welcome Patricia Keelean as their new
Executive Director. Pat, as she is known to her staff, brings over 27 years of nonprofit management experience
having worked in a variety of environments including Community Action, early intervention and prevention
services, child welfare/therapeutic foster care, community-based services, substance abuse prevention and
youth services. Ms. Keelean has moved from Florida to add her support to efforts locally.
Recognized as a values-driven leader, Keelean has a proven track record of implementing innovative, results-
oriented initiatives. She holds a Master’s degree in Counseling from Clemson University, is a National Certified
Master R.O.M.A trainer for the Results-Oriented Management and Accountability process for community
action agencies and is a Pathways to Excellence Peer Reviewer.
Keelean is excited to build on the legacy of former Executive Director Fran Forman, who served the agency for
5 years as the Children’s Services Director and another 12 years as Executive Director before leaving to move
closer to her family. During Forman’s tenure, CAC greatly expanded its Head Start program, created new
programs for at risk teens, expanded facilities for seniors, and increased program services to families in crisis,
as well as those that support first generation college-bound youth. Under Forman’s direction, CAC also
assumed the operation of 2-1- 1 Santa Barbara County, a vital helpline for anyone seeking information on
health and human services.
CAC’s new Executive Director, stated “I am so honored to join the CAC team, an organization with a long, rich
history of providing exceptional services to low-income people in the community. Our mission is to create
opportunities for Santa Barbara families to achieve stability. Moving forward, we want to continue focusing on
building community partnerships – finding new ways to work together to lift people out of poverty by giving
them the education and skills they need to find a job, manage their lives and support their families.”
Bob Freeman, CEO of CenCal Health and Chairman of Community Action Commission’s Board of Directors
indicates he is impressed with Pat’s personal warmth and her professional expertise in programs that help
move community members from poverty to self-sufficiency. “We are excited about what the future holds for
CAC,” he adds.


Contact: Judi Monte
(805) 964-8857 x 172
(805) 264-4487 cell

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