Board of Directors
Turn the Page Uganda Board of Directors
Hal Conklin served as the Executive Director of Local Public Affairs for the Southern California Edison Company. He served as Mayor and a member of Santa Barbara City Council for 18 years and was Co-Director of the Community Environmental Council for 10 years. He is currently President of the California Center for Civic Renewal, an educational foundation and he is the Chairman of the Institute for Local Government, a non-profit research group. He is currently on the Boards of the Environmental Media Association Corporate Advisory Board, Hillside House, and the Santa Barbara Center for the Performing Arts. Hal also serves on the board of the Eden Reforestation Project in Ethiopia, Madagascar, & Haiti.
David Goss is the pastor of Light and Life Church (a Free Methodist Church) serving Isla Vista, California. David is part of a team that assists low income families with positive life skills and activities including resume planning, exercise classes and book clubs. His church provides weekly meals for the homeless.He was a scholarship athlete and two time First Team All American at Stanford University.
Victoria Harbison (President) is a Westmont College graduate and a fifth grade teacher at Montecito Union School in Santa Barbara, CA. After she and her husband raised three children, she traveled in Uganda on multiple occasions, visiting schools and meeting with students and teachers. She has worked to get books into over ninety schools in Northern Uganda and the wishlist continues to grow! She was past President of and continues to serve on MERRAG, an emergency preparedness organization in Montecito.
Michelle Villegas P.P.S., M.S.W., Liscensed Clinical Social Worker
Michelle is a therapist, specializing in working with children and families and has been a long-time advocate for children. Her previous work experience includes working with abused and neglected children in a residential treatment setting, social worker for child welfare services, Childrens' Program Specialist at a domestic violence shelter, and serving as a guidance counselor for Pregnancy Prevention Program. Michelle previously served on the Children and Families Commission of Santa Barbara. She currently is in private practice, serves as adjunct faculty at Pacifica Graduate Institute in the Mastors in Psychology program and is the school-based counselor at Montecito Union School.
Bill Cirone (Honorary) is the County Superintendent of Schools, has a long track record of leadership in education, business, and civic affairs. He has been a teacher and administrator and has also worked as an executive in the private sector. Bill serves on the board of the the Hazelden Foundation, the Santa Barbara Coalition of Alcoholism and Drug Abuse, and is co-chair of the SB Fighting Back Task Force. He is also on the board of the National Center for learning and Citizenship, the National Teachers Network, First Five Commission of Santa Barbara County, Elings Park, and KDB Santa Barbara Classical Radio.
*All Board members are volunteers