New members of CALM Board of Trustees. (Courtesy photo)

Ama Atiedu, Michele Cuttler, Sam Ellis, Dr. Saida Hamdani, Cherylynn Lee, Marc Schneider and Ismael Paredes Ulloa have been named to the CALM (Child Abuse Listening Mediation) Board of Trustees.

All will be instrumental to CALM’s mission to prevent childhood trauma, heal children and families, and build resilient communities in Santa Barbara County, CALM said.

Atiedu has worked in the field of evaluation for some 15 years, with focuses on public health, nutrition, health care, and early childhood education. She holds master’s degrees in community nutrition from Iowa State University and in organizational development from Pepperdine University.

For the past seven years, she has provided support to nonprofit and public-sector organizations as an evaluation and organizational development consultant. She is currently a population health evaluator with Cottage Health.

Cuttler has been an attorney specializing in employment and personal injury litigation since 1993. She received her BA from UCSB and JD from Santa Clara University. Cuttler has lived in Santa Barbara with her family for 23 years. She has volunteered and helped fund-raise for various local organizations and nonprofits.

Ellis, originally from Chicago, is a managing partner of investment advisory firm Huntington Management. He completed his undergraduate degrees in English and economics at the University of Michigan and is a CFA charterholder. He, his wife Jill and their three young sons have lived in Santa Barbara for seven years.

Dr. Hamdani was born in Pakistan before her family moved to Nigeria, where she was raised. She graduated from the University of Jos in Nigeria with top honors then moved to the U.S. in 1985 to complete her pediatric residency at the University of California, Irvine. She is passionate about pediatrics, volunteering, and mentoring.

Dr. Hamdani and her husband Jamal are active in advocating universal education and health care. they have two daughters Sasha and Saher.

Lee is a licensed clinical psychologist specializing in police psychology. She received her master’s degree and Ph.D from the California School of Professional Psychology, San Diego, with an emphasis in clinical medicine.

Lee works for the Santa Barbara Sheriff’s Office as their behavioral sciences manager, and is the first psychologist hired by the organization. She and her husband Jason have a 2-year-old daughter Sagan Scarlet.

Schneider began his career in 1993 with the Pismo Beach Police Department. In 1995, he transitioned to the Santa Maria Police Department. He is currently a division commander overseeing patrol operations, traffic, community service unit and communication center.

Schneider attended California State University, Fresno, where he earned a BS degree in criminology. In 2017, he obtained an MBA in human resource management. Schneider and his wife Kristy live in Santa Maria. Together they have three children and two grandchildren.

Paredes Ulloa is a Santa Barbara local, the son of Mexican immigrants and a first-generation college graduate. Ulloa received his BA in history from UCSB and MA in education from Antioch University, Santa Barbara. He lives in Santa Barbara with his wife Jessica and has worked locally in education since 2011.

He currently works at Santa Barbara City College as a student program advisor and previously served five years as the project director for the Santa Barbara California Student Opportunity and Access Program. Ulloa served two years as an appointed member of the Santa Barbara Unified School District Board of Trustees.

CALM also announced the 2019-20 officers: Liam Murphy, chair; Caroline Powers, vice chair; Andrew Fitzgerald, treasurer; Bridget Foreman, secretary.

CALM was founded in 1970 to reach stressed parents before they hurt their children. For more about all of CALM’s services, call 805-965-2376, or visit

— Denise Crosby for CALM.