JOAN grew up in a small Michigan town as the only girl in her age group (and, of course, the toughest of them all). For the last 40 years she has been a caring empathetic wife, mother, social service activist and effective (and much beloved) Victim Witness Advocate in the SB Co. District Attorney’s Office.
SUZANNE RIORDAN explains how her personal tragedy inspired her and others with similar experience to create Families ACT!, an effective and powerful S.B. advocacy group dedicated to obtaining more humane, medically oriented treatment for the mentally ill and those struggling with addiction.
DIANA BASEHART FOUNDATION | “A Greater Love” presents Diana’s animal rights efforts over the last 4 decades. It includes her current efforts to protect less fortunate people from loosing their pets due to the high cost of veterinary services.
DAVID HOPKINS was addicted and living on the streets most of his teen and adult life. He prayed daily for his own death. Stacy came along and convinced him get off the streets. Ultimately, a shattering event drove him to get sober and return to school, where he earned a drug and alcohol counseling degree. Currently, Hopper trains and leads a team to help Vets, addicts and the mentally ill on the streets of his Santa Barbara.
Ninette Paloma operates a dance studio and choreographs dance around the world. She often writes about Dance for the Santa Barbara Independent. Come Fly With Me is a short documentary film about her background and work.