Family Service Agency Appoints Executive Director

Dr. Whiteley served as Associate Executive Director since joining Family Service Agency in February 2009 and has managed the agency since fall 2011 after the departure of Bill Batty, former Executive Director.

Dr. Scott Whiteley

“Our Board is very pleased that Scott will be leading the important work of Family Service Agency,” said Marni Cooney, Co-Chair of FSA’s Board of Directors. “His qualifications and experience are well suited to the mission of our organization. We are confident that he will provide the leadership and strategic direction that will enhance the visibility of our programs and attract additional funding, allowing us to expand the important work we do on behalf of families in need in our community.”

“I look forward to my role in the future of Family Service Agency,” said Dr. Whiteley. “We have a strong and supportive Board of Directors and a talented staff, all deeply committed to the quality programs that improve lives in our community. Together, I am certain we will be very successful in building on the strong foundation of this outstanding organization as we grow Family Service Agency on behalf of those who depend on us.”

Dr. Whiteley served as Associate Executive Director of Family Service Agency since 2009. Prior to that, his professional experience includes positions with the County of Santa Barbara — Alcohol, Drug and Mental Health Services, from 1998-2009. While at the County, he served as Program Manager for the Santa Barbara ACT Program (2008-2009); Program Manager for Child and Family Services (2001-2008); and Clinical Psychologist for the Multiagency Integrated System of Care (“MISC”). Dr. Whiteley’s professional experience also includes positions as Director of Student Research for the Chancellor’s Office and Assistant Dean of Students at the University of California Santa Barbara (UCSB).

In addition to his professional experience, Dr. Whiteley has significant teaching experience. He was a Visiting Assistant Professor at UCSB and Assistant Professor, Counseling Psychology, at the University of Southern California (1989-1997). He has also served as an Adjunct Faculty member at UCSB, Pacifica Graduate Institute and Antioch University.

Dr. Whiteley, a licensed psychologist, received a B.A. in Psychology from Stanford University (1975), and an M.A. (1978) and Ph.D. (1982) in Counseling Psychology from UCSB.

About Family Service Agency

Family Service Agency is the oldest nonsectarian human services nonprofit organization serving Santa Barbara County. Since 1899, Family Service Agency has been working in the community to provide hope, strength and stability to those who need it most. Our mission is to strengthen and advocate for families and individuals of all ages and diversities, helping to create and preserve a healthy community. Through counseling, case management, information and referral, advocacy and mentoring, our programs provide children, families, and seniors with services and support that result in success and self-sufficiency. Services are offered county-wide through offices in Carpinteria, Santa Barbara, Lompoc and Santa Maria, as well as through programs in the community and at school sites. Our services are offered on a sliding scale or for free, thanks to generous individuals, foundations, businesses and corporations.

Big Brothers Big Sisters, 2-1-1 Helpline, Child & Family Counseling, School-Based Counseling, Family Resource Centers, Probation Youth Counseling, Intensive In-Home Therapy, Senior Case Management, Senior Mental Health and Caregiver Counseling and Support programs support people struggling to meet their most basic needs.

For more information, to volunteer, to inquire about services, or to donate, please call (805) 965-1001 or visit


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