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News Release: Support Available at Compassion Centers

(Para leer esta información en español, haga clic aquí.)

Santa Barbara County Department of Alcohol, Drug and Mental Health Services
300 N. San Antonio Road
Santa Barbara, CA 93110

For Immediate Release:

Compassion Centers to Open August 14 and 15;
Free Counseling available to Community Members Impacted by August 11

(Santa Barbara, August 13, 2014) – In the aftermath of four killings near Santa Barbara on August 11th, free counseling will be available for community members at compassion centers on Thursday, August 14 and Friday, August 15 at La Colina Junior High School and Foothill Elementary School.

Sponsored by the Santa Barbara County Department of Alcohol, Drug and Mental Health Services (ADMHS), the Santa Barbara Response Network, La Colina Junior High School and Foothill Elementary School, the compassion centers will be available Thursday and Friday during the following hours:

  • La Colina Junior High School Library, 4025 Foothill Road, Santa Barbara,
    10 am – 12 noon1 pm – 3 pm5 pm – 7 pm.
  • Foothill Elementary School Library, 711 Ribera Drive, Santa Barbara,
    10 am – 12 noon1 pm – 3 pm5 pm – 7 pm.

“This is an important time for us to come together and share our feelings,” notes Suzanne Grimmesey, MFT, ADMHS Public Information Officer. “We invite friends, family members, students, neighbors, teachers and other community members affected by the tragedy to participate.”

For more information, please contact Suzanne Grimmesey, MFT,
681-5289 or 886-5403.


An excellent brief guide prepared by the National Child Traumatic Stress Network, “Talking with Children About Mass Violence.”  It is a very useful resource for parents and teachers.  It is available by clicking here.

GUSD Appoints New Assistant Superintendent

Tonight at their regular meeting, the GUSD Board of Trustees voted to approve the employment Carol Boyan-Held as the new Assistant Superintendent of Instructional Services.

Boyan-Held was the top candidate out of a large and highly competitive group of applicants for the position created with the retirement of Elizabeth DeVita, who has provided exceptional leadership of the District’s Instructional Services since July 2009.

Boyan-Held is currently employed with the Conejo Valley Unified School District as the Director of Elementary Education. She will begin formal employment with the District on July 1, 2014. Her professional experience is extensive and well-aligned to the ongoing work of providing leadership for the current GUSD initiatives in curriculum, instruction, and assessment.

Boyan-Held has leadership experience in areas including:

  • Elementary, preschool, childcare programs
  • Principal coaching and evaluation
  • Staff development
  • Program Improvement administration
  • Curriculum adoption
  • Assessment systems and centralized data systems
  • CELDT and STAR Testing
  • School Accountability Report Cards
  • Educational Technology and Informational Systems
  • Categorical Programs
  • ELD
  • GATE

She brings 13 years of District Office experience including:

  • Director of Elementary Education
  • Director of Curriculum and Assessment
  • Small District Assistant Superintendent, Educational Services
  • Director of Instructional Services

Boyan-Held has served as a principal, assistant principal, and teacher, comes to us with stellar recommendations and experience closely aligned with the goals of our Strategic Plan, LCAP, and visions for exemplary student achievement in our District. We’re excited to have her join our team!