Paul Jaconette – President

Paul Jaconette has over 25 years of healthcare management experience. Mr. Jaconette joined CenCal Health as Chief Operating Officer in August 2011. CenCal Health is the Medi-Cal Health Plan for Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo Counties. Prior to CenCal Health, he was the Cheif Administrative Officer for Sansum Clinic, where he oversaw the operations of the largest independent multispecialty medical group in the region. Mr. Jaconette has held management positions in Kaiser Permanente-Northern California and completed a Management Fellowship at Intermountain HealthCare in Salt Lake City. He is active in our community serving on the boards of several other organizations. He is faculty at the University of California, Santa Barbara where he teaches a course on the United States healthcare system.

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.

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 (ret.), 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. 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 was trained as an Emergency Medical Technician (NREMT-B), though now retired. He has also collaborated and consulted with several Santa Barbara County and national agencies on crisis and disaster issues. Fr. Jon was deployed by the Red Cross to Louisiana during Hurricane Katrina and requested for detached service by the Louisiana State Sheriff’s Association and the New Orleans Police SWAT before the Red Cross was cleared to enter the city. He was requested to deploy to Joplin, Moore OK, the Prescott/ Yarnell fire, Hurricanes Ike, Sandy, Matthew, Florence and Michael… the Las Vegas concert shooting and the Paradise/ Camp fire. He was called to work with local responders in major incidents 2001 and 2014 Isla Vista, the Goleta Post Office shootings, Thomas Fire/ Debris Flow and the Conception Dive Boat fire. He often speaks of the similarities between such incidents and the day-to-day mass casualty of homelessness and has been an advocate for his beloved neighbors on the streets.

Marguerite Sanchez, Secretary Treasurer

Marguerite Sanchez is Secretary Treasurer of DWW-SBSM. She is currently Interim Executive Director, responsible for the day to day operations of DWW- SBSM. Marguerite is currently semi-retired and is the financial analyst for the Natalie Orfalea Foundation. Marguerite was a Financial Analyst IV for the Santa Barbara County Superior Court. Ms. Sanchez began her career as a staff accountant with Bartlett, Pringle and Wolf. she was Accounting Manager for MiniCars, Inc., the developer of the automotive airbag and passive restraint seat belts, 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 Carpinteria, California.

Jason Prystowsky MD, MPH – Board Member

Jason Prystowsky attended University of California Santa Barbara where he studies philosophy and biology. He then went on to get his 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 also served as chief resident and did a one year ethics fellowship. He is currently an emergency physician at Santa Barbara Cottage emergency department where is also the co-chair of the ethics committee. He is also the medical director for Santa Barbara City Fire Department. He is faculty at UCSB, where he coordinates the DWW-SBSM sponsored “Underserved Medicine Seminar”, is the academic coordinator for the popular UCSB Medical Humanities Initiative. Jason lives in Santa Barbara with his wife, son, and two dogs Petunia and Kivu. He is currently a board member and volunteer physician with DWW-SBSM.

Fred Kass, MD – Board Member

Fred Kass, M.D. is the Director of Medical oncology at the Ridley Tree Cancer Center. Dr. Kass is also serves as the Oncology Division Director at Cottage Hospital. In addition to these positions, Dr. Kass is also the Medical Oncology Director of the Brain Tumor Program at Cottage Hospital. Dr. Kass graduated from Tufts Medical School. He did internal medicine training at Yale and his oncology training at Harvard.

Kayla Rosen, MD – Board Member

Kayla Rosen, MD is a staff psychiatrist at UCSB Student Health Services. She completed her training in psychiatry at Harvard Medical School at Massachusetts General Hospital and McLean Hospital and was Chief Resident of the Schizophrenia and Bipolar Disorder unit at McLean Hospital. She is a volunteer street psychiatrist as well as a member of the Board of Directors of Doctors Without Walls. She has also worked at the Santa Barbara Neighborhood Clinics where she has helped create an integrated behavioral healthcare program. She has particular interest in underserved populations, psychotic disorders, and the Open Dialogue approach to psychiatric care.

Laura Polito, MD – Board Member

Laura Polito, MD is Family Medicine Doctor and Assistant Medical Director of Health Information at Sansum Clinic. She is a graduate of Santa Clara University and Creighton University School of Medicine. In addition to serving on the board, Dr. Polito volunteers as DWW’s Street Medicine Team Director. From 1993 through 2003, Dr. Polito practiced at the Vandenberg Air Force Base and is the former Medical Director of the base’s Family Practice Clinic. Dr Polito also sits on the Board of the Santa Barbara County Medical Society.

Dr. Polito’s true passion lies in humanitarian medicine, providing needed care to the most vulnerable and underserved population in a community. While in the Air Force, she was fortunate enough to serve on several humanitarian medical missions to Central and South America, providing medical care and health education to vulnerable communities.

Chief Lori Lunhow – Board Member

Lori Luhnow is Chief of Police for the City of Santa Barbara. Prior to becoming the city’s first female police chief in 2016, Lori had a 27-year decorated career in the San Diego Police Department where she oversaw investigative and training divisions. Chief Luhnow believes earnestly in community policing, including homeless outreach services that pair clinicians with police officers, and hopes to expand Santa Barbara’s coordinated response to homeless issues.