The CALM Auxiliary has named six new members — Linda Butterwick, Cynthia McClelland, Christine Nachman, Janis Salin, Margo Smith and Edie Zelazny — who will work to support CALM’s mission to prevent, assess and treat child abuse in Santa Barbara County.
Butterwick graduated with a master of arts degree from Arizona State University, where she majored in special education and minored in psychology. She taught in Arizona and Southern California, then worked in various administrative positions related to special education throughout Southern California.
She was an adjunct faculty member at CSU Long Beach, where she supervised teachers in training. Butterwick moved to Laguna, where philanthropy was a large part of her life as a parent and as a community member.
She participated as a member and in leadership roles in such organizations as School Power, National Charity League, The Assistance League, Soroptomists and Athletic Boosters.
After her retirement, Butterwick began a second career in real estate in Laguna Beach and continued it in the Napa Valley. In Napa, she served on the Napa Valley College Foundation Board and the Parents Can Board.
Butterwick’s goal is to support mental health, educational and community needs of adults and children in the Santa Barbara area. She and her husband Kyle moved to Santa Barbara in May 2018.
McClelland recently served as vice president of development and community liaison at Sierra Nevada College, where she used her marketing, web design and information technology skills to raise funds and help financially needy students complete their education.
In the past, she taught young children at a Montessori school, where she enjoyed facilitating children’s intellectual, emotional and social development, and became aware of how family dynamics impact children.
McClelland has been involved in a variety of volunteer organizations in different capacities. With her husband, she advocated informally for individuals and families in the small town of Incline Village, Nev.
“Being instilled, by my parents, at a young age, to be an active part of community (in all its aspects and definitions), I have heartily embraced the concept and search out organizations with goals that align with community,” McClelland said.
“Active involvement in marketing/advertising/ development/ technology in numerous nonprofits has enabled me to feel like I am giving back and helping, albeit in a small way, the organizations whose mission and goals are to better the community where I live and raise my family,” she said.
Having researched CALM, she said she believes in the value of its work and hopes to give back to the community by joining the auxiliary.
Nachman comes from New York and moved to Santa Barbara about four years ago. She started her career as a Montessori pre-school teacher and changed careers in her earlier years. She earned a degree in design from Parson’s in New York City. She worked in interior design and started an antiques business.
Nachman lived abroad for 10 years in London, India and Zurich. While living in India, she volunteered at a slum school where she taught and did teacher training. She also worked with the ex-pat community and organized clothing drives since most of the children owned only one article of clothing.
She said she would like to be a part of CALM, where she can feel like she can make a difference in a person’s life.
Salin is a member of the research committee of the Women’s Fund of Santa Barbara. She was the principal researcher on the 2018-19 $55,000 grant to CALM to provide onsite counseling for low-income Carpinteria children and their families who have been screened for Adverse Childhood Experiences as part of the Carpinteria Resiliency Project.
Having a strong philanthropic interest, Salin supports several local nonprofits including CALM, the Carpinteria Children’s Project, Scholarship Foundation of Santa Barbara, Center for Urban Agriculture at Fairview Gardens, and the Tribal Trust Foundation.
Her professional background is in corporate and securities law. After leaving private practice at a Los Angeles-based firm, she served as general counsel to a global engineering and consulting company headquartered in Pasadena.
Smith retired from the Postal Service, working in its Orange County corporate headquarters. For a number of years, she was a supporter of OCEANA, an international ocean conservation group, which raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for Orange County beach communities.
Smith attended OCEANA fundraisers, then became involved in the event planning committee for the annual fundraising event, the SeaChange Summer Party. Her support and two-year participation on the committee contributed to the event’s overall success.
Smith moved to Santa Barbara earlier this year, joined the Newcomers and jumped right in by starting a Brunch and Books book club. She organized monthly activities and outings for the book club members in the Santa Barbara community.
She also served as a board member for the Fairview Gardens, a nonprofit organization in Goleta that provides farm and outdoor education to children of all ages in the Santa Barbar community. Smith also is a new member of the Women’s Fund, a service group in the Santa Barbara community.
She said she is interested in understanding local community issues, and supports fundraising events for local nonprofit agencies.
Zelazny began her career as an accountant in the airline industry, then moved on to the banking industry, the medical industry and the oil industry. Having a passion for working with numbers — like figuring out an unbalanced checkbook or untangling a messy corporate account — her niche was in reconciliation..
Zelazny earned her bachelor of science degree in accounting while raising two daughters. After moving from Houston to Santa Barbara six years ago with her husband Rick, she researched several nonprofits in the area and was ready to give back to the community, wanting to be a part of something where she could help the most.
She attended a CALM Auxiliary meeting and said she felt touched in her heart by the auxiliary and CALM’s mission.
For three years, Zelazny was a member of the Santa Barbara Newcomers Club and is now a member of the Graduates. She is also involved in the newly formed Santa Barbara Social Club.
For more about all of CALM’s services, call 805-965-2376, or visit calm4kids.org.
— D’Arcy R. Cornwall for CALM Auxiliary.