Lisa Fraser, Executive Director
Since 2001, Lisa has distinguished herself through her vision to create and grow nine major programs, each designed to strengthen families and stop the cycle of childabuse. She serves as Board President of Alpha Pregnancy and Parenting Support and is a preeminent leader in SLO County’s human service field. Lisa played an integral role in the establishment of Martha’s Place, an assessment center for at-risk children.
While her legacy has had a tremendous impact on our SLO County community, Lisa’s talents and her commitment to families are recognized on a regional and state level. She provided coordination for the Coastal Tri-Counties Child Abuse Prevention Coalition, established the Regional Child Death Review Team for Santa Barbara, Ventura, and San Luis Obispo counties and served on the California State Child Death Review Council. Lisa also participated in developing the California Family Support Standards, part of an ongoing initiative to define and promote quality in the field of family strengthening.
Lisa earned a B.S. Degree and a Single-Subject Teaching Credential at Cal Poly. She has also earned professional certifications including California Standards for Family Strengthening and Support certification, California Mandated Reporter of Suspected Child Abuse certification, non-Profit Development Officer Program certification, and a certificate in Facilitative Leadership-Interaction Institute for Social Change.
Lisa loves the “community spirit” of the Central Coast where she and Larry, her husband of 31 years, have raised two children, Brooke, and Dylan. She is an avid tennis player and active in social organizations and the arts.
Lynn Lindley, Finance Manager
Lynn is the Fiscal Manager for the LINK. She brings 25 years of accounting experience with her, as well as a wealth of nonprofit experience. Lynn’s affinity for accounting began in one of her first jobs as a bank teller, and developed into work as aerospace industry accountant, a controller for Direct Relief International, and later as Finance Manager for Girls Inc. in Santa Barbara, CA.
Lynn graduated cum laude from Missouri Southern State with a B.S.B.A in Accounting and received a Non-profit Financial Management Certification from the University of California at Santa Barbara. She serves on the Board of Directors for ALPHA Pregnancy & Parenting Support. Her thoughtful, balanced, attention to detail is a valued and much-needed support to all who work with and know Lynn.
Recently she and her husband Richard spent 20 months traveling around Costa Rica and enjoying the beaches, bugs and culture. Now they enjoy the scenery in Cambria where they live with their rescue dog, Delilah.
Javier Perez, Administrative Assistant
Heather Leger, Fiscal & Program Data Coordinator
Tonya DeRose, North County SAFE Coordinator
Rocio Hernandez, San Luis Coastal Unified School District Family Advocate
Rocio serves as the bilingual Family Advocate for Los Osos Middle School and for San Luis Coastal Unified Schools in Los Osos and Morro Bay. She graduated with a B.A. in Criminal Justice in 2013 and has worked as an intern for SLO County Probation.
Sonia Greene, Atascadero Unified School District Family Advocate
Sonia has been at the LINK for over ten years and has had extensive experience working with sexual abuse and domestic violence victims. She is a certified First Aid mental health professional and utilizes her passion to help people in her duties as a family advocate. Sonia is fluent in both Spanish and English and has previously worked for the Atascadero Unified School District as a classroom translator. She enjoys music and dancing and hails from El Salvador, where she travels to visit her family once a year.
Bessy Hoffman, Atascadero Unified School District Family Advocate
Bessy has worked in the education industry for over twenty-seven years. Starting in Los Angeles and later moving to Atascadero, she has specialized in bilingual and special education in both school districts. Bessy has received the Golden Oak award, which is the PTA’s highest honor for excellence in working with and providing for the welfare of children in our local community. Bessy’s constant drive for the welfare and success of all the families that she works with also led to her being named Santa Rosa Academic Academy’s Employee of the Year in 2013. With her exceptional experience in community resources and social services, Bessy constantly strives to provide a secure future for all local and bilingual families.
Danilda Reyes, Coast Unified School District Family Advocate
Danilda Reyes currently serves as Family Advocate for the Coast Unified School District in Cambria. She has experience working with children and youth in behavioral programs and in one on one classroom settings. Danilda is bilingual in English and Spanish. Danilda came to Atascadero in 2011 from the Dominican Republic, where she previously taught grade school. She enjoys working with children and has led a crocheting workshop at one of her schools during lunchtime. In her spare time, Danilda loves to shop and sing karaoke.
Maribel Rodriguez, Paso Robles Family Advocate
Maribel was born in Monterey County, moved to Paso Robles from the L.A. area eight years ago. Maribel has been an advocate for the LINK since 2016. She previously worked at the One-Stop Career Center that once operated from North County Cuesta Campus as a student employee. Maribel graduated from Cuesta College in 2014 with a Liberal Arts Degree in Social and Behavioral Science along with an AA in Family Studies/Human Services. Maribel is currently pursuing her Bachelor’s Degree in Human Services as an online student with Columbia College from San Luis Obispo.
Maribel has extensive experience with student IEP’s (individualized education plan) and helping parents understand the process involved with the IEP. Maribel is bilingual/biliterate in Spanish and English and is the Family Advocate assigned to Bauer Speck, Virginia Peterson, Lewis Middle School, and Paso Robles, Liberty and Independence High Schools in Paso Robles. Maribel enjoys going back home to King City as much as possible to reconnect with her old high school and childhood friends.
Sylvia Santini, Lucia Mar Unified School District Family Advocate
EARLY CHILDHOOD SERVICES
Elena Chavez, First 5 Early Childhood Advocate
Serving pregnant women and children up to 5 years of age at The LINK Family Resource Center in Atascadero and Paso Robles along with The Childcare Development Resource Center in San Luis Obispo.
HOMELESS PREVENTION SERVICES
Amber Balais, ESG Homeless Prevention Advocate
Amber has lived in our community for over twenty years. Her ties to the community have benefited the local schools that her children attended. Over the years, she has enjoyed volunteering and raising money for the local schools and nonprofit agencies. Amber has had many years experience working with school-aged and developmentally disabled children in varying capacities. She began at the LINK last school year and has brought with her an upbeat and positive attitude, and she is ready to serve the families and children in the community that she loves. Amber enjoys volunteering and spending a large amount of time with her congregation. Her, her two children, and her large extended family are always on the go enjoying the beautiful outdoors.