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Paul Didier 

President & CEO

Paul Didier has been President and CEO of United Way of Santa Barbara County since 1978.  A Certified Financial Planner, a UCSB and Harvard MBA graduate, and a former real estate broker and syndicate with his own firm, he has applied for-profit, market driven innovations to United Way and other non-profit organizations.





Steve Ortiz 

Executive Vice President & COO
Since 2005, Steve has spearheaded United Way of Santa Barbara County's corporate, workplace and residential development, marketing, strategic planning, volunteer management and the launch of the Young Leaders Society. Steve completed his bachelor degrees at the University of California Santa Barbara and earned his MBA at Cal Lutheran University. Before joining United Way, Steve was the Financial Manager for the Devereux Foundation, California Operations.




Cindy Young

Director for Financial Services

Cindy joined United Way of Santa Barbara County in 2014.  Cindy graduated from Miami University in Ohio with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Public Administration and Political Science, and also holds a MBA in Organizational Behavior and Finance from the  University of California, Irvine. She is a licensed CPA and has spent most of her career in private industry.  



Judy Goodbody

Gift Planning Services Officer

Judy has been with United Way of Santa Barbara County since 2000. Judy is a Registered Investment Principal and a licensed tax consultant.  She was a credit union investment advisor prior to joining the staff at United Way, where she oversees endowment and gift planning programs and assists donors and their professional advisors with complex charitable giving.




All staff members may be reached by dialing 805-965-8591 and their extension number, or by their direct dial number listed below. Staff members can also receive email at

Staff List


Michelle Alferez - United for Literacy Associate - x115

Mary Beth Adams - United Learning Center Manager - 882-0513

Melinda Cabrera - Community Impact Officer - 965-8592

Joshua Canada - Workplace Development Manager - 882-0512

Luis Chaidez - Fun in the Sun Project Manager - 965-8593

Suzanne Danielson - Development Executive - 882-0514

Paul Didier - President & CEO - 965-8591 x123

Ina Frank - Philanthropic Services Officer - 882-0518

Brandi Freeman - United Learning Center Tutor - x131

Judy Goodbody - Gift Planning Services Officer - 882-0502

Katie Higgins - Administrative Assistant / Grants Assistant - 965-0473

Manpreet Kaur - Community Impact Assistant/Database Administrator - x103

Tina Nelson - Development Manager - 965-8591

Steve Ortiz - Executive Vice President & COO - 882-0511

Jasmine Rara - Development Executive - x113

Lindsay Rorick - Administrative Assistant / Events Manager - 965-8594

Penny Rowan - Gift Planning Services Assistant - 882-0517

Julia West - Supplemental Educational Services Tutor - x132

Cindy Young - Finance & Administration Manager - 882-0507