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April 2024

One of LEAP’s core values is joy. We believe that everyone deserves joy in their life, and that part of our work is to cultivate and celebrate joy.

April is Child Abuse Prevention month. It’s serious business, preventing child abuse. One thing every adult can do is to build positive, healthy and joyful relationships with the children in your life. This month, I encourage you to be silly, to do something joyful and unexpected, and to create some joyful memories.


March 2024

Thanks to the generosity of our community we were able to raise $37,450 to support our programs, such as our free diaper bank, food distributions, and high-quality trauma-informed childcare.

We were proud to honor Katya Armistead and Kristen Miller, and share stories from Cottage Hospital doctor Dr.Fandino, Teacher Maria, and more with you.

We’ll see you next year at our 2025 LEAP Awards!

February 2024

Tiana Riskowski, Chief Financial Officer of Planned Parenthood California Central Coast, brings over 20 years of healthcare expertise, championing affordable, high-quality healthcare.

Juan Higuera, a devoted Deputy Public Defender with a Juris Doctor from Loyola Law School, passionately defends individuals in Santa Barbara County.

Katie Pearson, a fundraising professional and art enthusiast, serves as a nonprofit consultant at VISIONALITY, blending her love for art with impactful fundraising.

Together, Tiana, Juan, and Katie bring a wealth of diverse experiences and a shared commitment to LEAP’s mission. Please join us in welcoming them to the board!