Ken Dalebout has served as Chief Administrative Officer for Arroyo Grande Community Hospital and the Dignity Health Central Coast Service Area Vice President since 2011. In these positions, Ken has has responsibility for all services at Arroyo Grande Community Hospital. Ken has more than 20 years of experience in the healthcare industry. His background encompasses operations, business development and governance relations in both not-for-profit and for profit health care organizations.
Ken is the past Chair of the Arroyo Grande Grover Beach Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors. Ken is married to his wife, Angela, and has four children; two are Arroyo Grande High School graduates with two more on track.
Linda is a resident of Arroyo Grande. She works with Lucia Mar Unified School District as the current Director of Student Services. Previously Linda worked as a teacher, district homeless and foster care liaison, and after school district program coordinator. In addition to Linda’s leadership with Lucia Mar Unified School District, Linda serves our community as a volunteer with several agencies. Linda has previously been recognized as Teacher of the Year. She is a graduate of San Diego State University and Cal Poly Masters in Education Administration.
Brad Wilbert is a retired Kern County Sheriff’s Department Commander and has lived in Arroyo Grande since retiring in 2005. He and his wife, Linda, have been married for 42 years, have four children, and eight grandchildren. Brad holds a bachelor of arts degree in Public Policy and Administration from Cal State Bakersfield, and brings to the 5CHC a strong interest in working with others to provide hope, support, and resources to those experiencing or facing homelessness.
Paul is a retired teacher and principal of Dana Elementary School. He has served our community in many capacities including as a volunteer with several social service and youth sports organizations and through his church. Throughout his career and retirement, Paul has worked to help solve many community challenges, ranging from gang involvement to health and welfare issues.
Nancy graduated from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo where she majored in Journalism and was a member of the tennis team. After graduation Nancy returned to her native Southern California where she earned national recognition in sales performance for Fortune 500 companies. In 1990 she relocated to the Central Coast and worked in broadcast radio and television sales management.
Nancy has been a top performing local Realtor for the past 17 years, working for Taylor Hoving Realty Group in Arroyo Grande. She also volunteers as a counselor to seniors through Wilshire Community Services and as a mental health advocacy speaker with THMA. She cares deeply about those living on the fringe of society, struggling with addictions and mental health issues, and would like to help make a difference.
An avid tennis player and yoga enthusiast, Nancy loves living in Grover Beach with her husband Steve Lieberman, and two dogs Coco and Betty. Their two young adult aged children live in Morro Bay.
Peggy Coon holds a bachelor of arts degree in sociology. As a former sales and marketing executive, she brings a 33-year professional background in health care and employee benefits to the Coalition. She participates in a variety of community enhancement projects, and has represented California State Parks Oceano District for the past 10 years as a docent chairperson, currently leading community outreach and education programs. Peggy and her husband David have lived in Arroyo Grande for 10 years.
Pat Cusack and his family are longtime residents of the area. A local businessman, Pat is involved in several business ventures, including Toyota of Santa Maria and Honda of Santa Maria.
Pat is very active with his church and several other community efforts especially focused on youth including youth sports and the development and restoration of Camp Arroyo Grande.
Judith Higgins was born and grew up in Colorado. After completing an Associate’s Degree in Art she joined United Airlines as a flight attendant and moved out to Los Angeles. She married her husband during this period (45 years ago) and had two children. The family moved to Georgia where she became an entrepreneur (owning an import leather business and a botanicals business), went back to college studying Art & Sociology, and volunteered 8 years for CASA as a special advocate for children. She worked in business for over 15 years, first recruiting management level employees for manufacturing and distribution and then owning her own business (GMD Group USA) introducing beauty products Made in America to distributors in Asia. This business lead her to become a speaker in the beauty industry and travel around the globe to speak at beauty conferences. Hobbies are: biking, hiking, dancing, and writing short stories. She retired in 2015 and began a search for her next journey. After moving to the central coast 13 years ago and observing the growth of the homeless population, she decided to join a team of professionals in the field and help them in Marketing and Sales.
David Hutsko currently serves as Lead Pastor at New Life Community Church in Pismo Beach, CA. Originally from the Midwest, he now resides in Arroyo Grande with his wife, Dana, and their four children. David is passionate about serving his community in ways that not only help those who are under-resourced but seeks to maintain and restore dignity in their lives. Throughout his ministry David has worked with people of various religious and non-religious backgrounds in order to find ways to love our neighbors in greater ways.
Chief Martinez is a lifelong resident of the Central Coast. He graduated from the Allan Hancock College Police Academy in 2002 and began his law enforcement career with the Grover Beach Police Department. In 2005, he joined the Arroyo Grande Police Department, where he held various specialized assignments over the past 16 years of service. Chief Martinez served as the Support and Operation Division Commander for four years before his appointment to Chief of Police in 2020. His diverse law enforcement background has provided him the experience and operational knowledge of all elements of the law enforcement field.
Chief Martinez holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Organizational Leadership from Bellevue University and an Associate of Science in Administration of Justice from Allan Hancock College. He is a graduate of numerous management and leadership programs, including the Cristando House Leadership Development course, Kimberly Miller Strength-Based Leadership course, the P.O.S.T. Supervisory course, P.O.S.T. Management Course and Police Academy Instructor Certification course.
Chief Martinez is a member of the International Association of Chiefs of Police, the California Police Chiefs Association, and a Allan Hancock College Law Enforcement Academy Advisory Committee member. Chief Martinez is a member of the Oceano Five Cities Elks Lodge and the Santa Maria Valley Sportsman Association.
Chief Martinez is a teacher for the Allan Hancock College Law Enforcement Academy and enjoys coaching high school football in his free time.
Jane has been with People’s Self-Help Housing since 2016, and is currently their Director of Property Management. Jane was born and raised in Los Angeles, where she was involved in nonprofit affordable housing from a young age, volunteering throughout high school at several LA-based organizations and eventually working at Menorah Housing Foundation as an intern and housing coordinator.
Jane holds a BA in geography from UC Berkeley and a Master of Public Administration from the University of Washington. She is a returned Peace Corps Volunteer (Azerbaijan, 2010-2012), and has maintained affiliations with the National Peace Corps Association and local Peace Corps groups. Jane lives in San Luis Obispo, where she spends time kayaking, cooking, and playing with her dogs. When not enjoying the Central Coast, Jane likes to travel and officiate weddings. Jane is proud to be a Court Appointed Special Advocate for children in the SLO County court system.
Mariam Shah was born in Cleveland, Ohio. She attended the University of Michigan, double majoring in Spanish and American Culture. She has a law degree from the Georgetown University Law Center, and spent seven years as a corporate litigator in New York City, Cleveland, Ohio and Akron, Ohio.
In 2008, she and her husband drove up HWY 1 and immediately decided the Central Coast was a great place to escape Midwestern winters and to raise a family. After staying at home with her children for a few years, she ran for Grover Beach City Council in 2014. She ran for re-election in 2018, and won a seat on the council for her second term. During her time on the council, Mariam served on the executive committees of the Homeless Services Oversight Committee, the Air Pollution Control District and the CA League of Cities. She also sits on the board of the Grover Beach Library, and has been active with the Grover Heights PTA for several years, serving 3 years as president. She is passionate about keeping the Central Coast accessible for families and people of all income levels, including those experiencing homelessness or housing instability.