Maria Long – Executive Director

Maria Long joined Doctors Without Walls-Santa Barbara Medicine as its inaugural Executive Director in January 2014 to lead the nonprofit organization to its next level of growth and greatness. She first became aware of DWW-SBSM’s impact on the community during her work with the homeless at the Freedom Warming Centers.

Long has successfully led local nonprofits in Santa Barbara County for decades. Her most recent humanitarian work with the Freedom Warming Centers had her overseeing the placement of the homeless in overnight shelters and procuring funds and publicity for its various programs. She has also served as a consultant fundraiser to the Council on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse (CADA) and  led Court-Appointed Special Advocates-Santa Barbara County (CASA).

Long’s  tenure as a marketing/public relations consultant included clients such as Courage to Lead, Casa Pacifica, Teen Star, the downtown Granada Bookstore, and Arch Rock Fish restaurant.

Long is also the “voice” of Community Matters, a weekly live and unscripted radio broadcast on Mondays on KZSB AM-1290. During the hour-long program, she interviews nonprofit leaders regarding nonprofit issues.

She earned her B.A. in Liberal Arts and a M.A. in Clinical Psychology from Antioch University and completed her clinical hours interning for Project Recovery Adult Treatment Center in Santa Barbara.

Paul Jaconette – President

Paul Jaconette has over 20 years of health care management experience. Mr. Jaconette joined CenCal Health as Chief Operating Officer in August 2011 coming from Sansum Clinic, where he oversaw the operations of 18 locations, 200 healthcare providers and 1000 employees and was employed there for 18 years. Prior to that he was Assistant Administrator for Kaiser Permanente Medical Center in Santa Clara, CA. 

Mr. Jaconette is active in our community and a member of professional associations.  He serves on the boards of the Santa Barbara Neighborhood Clinics, Santa Barbara Region Chamber of Commerce and the Goleta Valley Chamber of Commerce.  He is also an active member of the Medical Group Management Association, and the Rotary Club of Santa Barbara. 

Mr. Jaconette earned a BA degree in Cell Biology and Human Physiology from the University of California Santa Barbara and a Master of Public Health/Health Care Administration degree from the Yale University School of Public Health.  He completed a Management Fellowship at Intermountain Healthcare in Salt Lake City, Utah.

I am honored to be asked to serve on the Doctors Without Walls board. I have witnessed firsthand the dedication of the many volunteers and it is a privilege to work with all of them.

Father Jon Stephen Hedges, EMT-B, BCCC, CTR – Vice President

Fr. Jon is a founding Board Member of Doctors Without Walls – Santa Barbara Street Medicine. An Orthodox priest, he serves as volunteer Chaplain with the Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Department, the Isla Vista Foot Patrol and several other agencies. Fr. Jon is a Board Certified Crisis Chaplain with the American Academy of Experts in Traumatic Stress and Certified Trauma Responder (CTR) with the Association of Traumatic Stress Specialists. He also trained as an Emergency Medical Technician (NREMT-B). Fr. Jon serves in many other capacities as an emergency responder including Chaplain and EMT with the Santa Barbara County MRC. He has also collaborated and consulted with several Santa Barbara County agencies on crisis and disaster mental health issues and is a trained member of the national Red Cross Spiritual Response Team (SRT). Fr. Jon was deployed by Red Cross to Louisiana early in September of 2005 after Hurricane Katrina as a Disaster Mental Health worker and was requested for detached service by the Louisiana State Sheriff’s Association to work on the streets with the New Orleans Police and other responders before Red Cross was cleared to enter the city. He has been called on in many occasions to work side-by-side with first responders in many crisis situations.

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Marguerite Sanchez – Treasurer & Secretary

Marguerite, Financial Analyst, is Secretary/Treasurer of DWW-SBSM. She is responsible for the implementation of new legislation and subsequent collection of fees and fines for Santa Barbara County Superior Court. Ms. Sanchez began her career as a staff accountant with Bartlett, Pringle and Wolf. She was the Accounting Manager for Minicars, Inc., the developer of the automotive airbag and passive restraint seat belts, a Controller for a publicly traded automotive design studio, working with such companies as Ford, Chrysler, Jeep and McLaren Racing and lastly was Controller for a publicly traded Internet company (NASDAQ). Ms. Sanchez resides in Santa Barbara, California.

Jason Prystowsky, MD, MPH – Medical Director

Jason Prystowsky attended University of California at Santa Barbara where he studied both philosophy and biology. He then went on to get a medical degree and public health degree at Northwestern University in Chicago, IL. Jason trained in emergency medicine at Emory University and Grady Memorial Hospital in Atlanta, GA, where he served as chief resident and a faculty member while doing an ethics fellowship. Jason spent 2 years as the medical director of the medical student run Open Door Community’s Harriet Tubman Free Clinic. After leaving Emory University, he worked on both the Navajo Indian reservation in Arizona, and on the Rosebud Indian reservation in South Dakota. In the global arena, Jason has worked in Uganda, Haiti, Mongolia, Nicaragua, Guatemala, Honduras, Ghana, Antarctica, and worked for Medicins Sans Frontieres/Doctors Without Borders in Sudan doing nutrition, vaccination campaigns, obstetrics, TB, kala-azar, tropical medicine, and surgical trauma. Jason also worked in the West Bank with Loma Linda University and USAID, helping the Palestinian ministry of health develop emergency healthcare infrastructure, disaster preparedness, and train emergency physicians and nurses. Jason embraces the Doctors Without Borders tradition of temoignage and speaks out about what he and other MSF volunteers have seen as doctors. He shares the stories of triumph and challenge about the clinical and public health impact of social injustice, poverty, and social inequalities. Jason is currently an emergency physician at Cottage Hospital in Santa Barbara. He is faculty at University of California at Santa Barbara, the coordinator of DWW-SBSM annual UCSB underserved medicine course, the faculty adviser for UCSB Street Health Outreach and the UCSB chapter for Global Medical Brigades, and the medical director for Santa Barbara City Fire Department.  He currently is the team leader for the DWW-SBSM communications and the medical director.