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 child abuse. 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.
Karolyn Kinsey, Fiscal Manager
Heather has worked for the Link Family Resource Center for the past two years, and is currently the Program Data Specialist. She graduated from Cal Poly with a B.S. in Business Management, and has experience working in higher education administration.
Tonya DeRose, North County S.A.F.E Coordinator
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 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 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 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. She was a Teacher at The Dominican Republic with experience in Kindergarten students, Elementary and Middle School Students. 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 crocheting workshops. In her spare time, Danilda loves to shop and sing karaoke. She has been working for The Link Family Resource Center for almost 5 years providing her services in the Santa Lucia Middle School, Cambria Grammar School, Coast Union High School and Leffingwell High School Continuation in Cambria. Danilda loves what she is doing because She enjoys and feels satisfaction every time that she helps children and families to improve or change their lifestyle, because with her contribution she can achieve an impact to the community.
Marisela Corona, Paso Robles Family Advocate
Early Childhood Services
Elena serves 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.