Our Team

The Adventures in Caring team includes one hundred volunteers, ages 16 to 86 who visit patients in hospitals and nursing homes, every week, all year round. Additionally, there are a board of directors, committee members, advisors, and auxiliary volunteers working behind the scenes to move the mission forward. With minimal staff, Adventures in Caring makes an impact far out of proportion to its size.

Under a volunteer’s Raggedy wig and makeup is a highly skilled listener with special training in how to interact with patients to promote healing, recovery, and emotional well-being. While Raggedy volunteers come from all walks of life, many of them are pre-med and pre-health profession students from University of California, Santa Barbara and other local colleges.

In a three-day training session provided by Adventures in Caring, these future doctors, dentists, nurses and health care practitioners learn how to communicate with the seriously ill, injured, and dying. They focus on the patient’s interests, allowing the patient be the center of their attention, and speak freely about what is on their mind or in their heart. The volunteers learn how to understand emotions of those who are suffering, and how to show appreciation for abilities rather than disabilities.

AiC board photo 2014_15

Board of Directors 
Serving the Adventures in Caring Foundation in FY 2015-2017
Top row ((L-R): Connie Bowman, David Chernof MD, Paula Bruice PhD, Sherry Morez RN, Sharon Landecker, Glen Holden.
Bottom row (L-R): Sarah Gore Maiani, Karen Fox, Linda Alderman MEd, Steve Hoyt RPh
Not pictured here: Jim Blascovich PhD, Jill Morris, Laurie Small

Glen Holden, Jr.,CFA, President — VALIC Financial Services, Financial Advisor
Paula Bruice, Ph.D, Vice President — UCSB Senior Lecturer, Chemistry
Sherry Morez, RN, Secretary — Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital, Director of Pediatrics (ret.)
Jill Morris, Treasurer — ChoiceWorks (Leadership Coaching & Training), Founder & Director

Linda Alderman, MEd — Santa Barbara Women’s Club, President
Jim Blascovich, PhD — UCSB Prof. Emeritus, Psychology & Brain Sciences
David Chernof, MD — UCLA Professor, Doctoring Program (ret.)
Karen Fox — Adventures in Caring, Founding Director
Steve Hoyt, RPh — San Ysidro Pharmacy, Owner & Compounding Pharmacist
Sharon Landecker — Congregation B’nai B’rith Talit-Maker, Audiologist

Medical Advisory Board 
Anthony Allina, MD
David Chernof, MD
David Cumes, MD
Stephen Hosea, MD
Babji Mesipam, MD
Richard Steckel, MD

Planned Giving Advisory Council
Steve Barnes, Barnes & Barnes Attorneys at Law
Robert Dibley, Northwestern Mutual
Sean Mason, Sean C. Mason Law Offices
Patricia Snyder, Planned Giving Consultant
Aaron Spechler, Berti, Spechler, Sarmiento, McKay & Co., LLP

Measurable Instructional Design: Laura Paramoure, Ed.D
Media & Webdesign:  Bent Myggen

Simon Fox, Executive Director
Shelley Rickard, Director of Volunteers