Acker joins CASA of Santa Barbara County

Marissa Acker has joined Court Appointed Special Advocates of Santa Barbara County as the new marketing and communications coordinator, a CASA spokeswoman said.

In her role, she will work alongside Crystal Moreno, recruitment and outreach director, to plan community outreach and marketing campaigns to increase public awareness and recruit more CASA volunteers.

Together, they have a goal to find 110 community volunteers, Moreno said.

Acker’s prior volunteer experience includes fundraising efforts with Bakersfield Museum of Art and working with Toys for Tots.

Originally from Southern California, Acker holds a degree in graphics and interior architecture and is currently pursuing a master’s degree in business administration.

CASA volunteers help ensure abused or neglected children find a safe, permanent home by collecting information for a juvenile court judge and speaking on behalf of the children in court.

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Community Bank of SM shows Q3 gains

The Community Bank of Santa Maria earnings report for the period ending Sept. 30 showed gains in loans, deposits and total assets, said Janet Silveria, president and chief executive office.

Net loans increased to $128.5 million from $113.9 million reported Sept. 30, 2015, representing an increase of 12.8 percent. Total deposits increased 8.8 percent from $198.2 million on Sept. 30, 2015, to $215.6 million this year.

Total bank assets increased from $220.2 million on Sept. 30, 2015, to $238.7 million on Sept. 30 this year for an increase of 8.4 percent.

Net Income for the third quarter also grew, from $183,781 in 2015 to $238,431, an increase of 29.7 percent.

On a year-to-date basis, net interest income increased 9.7 percent, from $5.891 million as of Sept. 30, 2015, to $6.465 million as of Sept. 30 this year.

However, year-to-date net income was down 15.7 percent, from $762,127 as of Sept. 30, 2015, to $642,613 as of Sept. 30, 2016.

Silveria explained “There are several contributing factors to the change in year-to-date net income,” Silveria said. “The most significant being large loan recoveries in 2015, which bolstered earnings last year; and the opening of our new headquarters … which put a temporary drag on earnings in 2016.”

But she said growth at that branch at 2739 Santa Maria Way “has been exceptional” and expected to have a positive impact on earnings in the long run.

Henley joins CASA board of directors

Julie Henley has been appointed to the board of directors for Court Appointed Special Advocates of Santa Barbara County, a nonprofit organization that trains volunteers to advocate for abused and neglected children in the court system. 

“When I first met Julie, I knew she was a perfect candidate for the board at CASA. I am beyond thrilled for Julie to help enhance our mission goals” said Kim Colby Davis, executive director of CASA of Santa Barbara County.

Henley is a consultant and advisor to early-stage technology companies, focusing on strategic planning, optimizing product and engineering teams, coaching and mentoring, facilitating large projects and tackling communication gaps.

She holds a bachelor degree in business administration from Cal Poly and previously served as a board member for the Boys and Girls Club in Venice for 5 years.

She also serves on the board of the Cancer Center Foundation. 

For more information about CASA of Santa Barbara County, contact Crystal Moreno at 739-9102, ext. 2594, or

Community West invests in housing fund

Community West Bank has made a $500,000 investment in the Santa Barbara County Housing Trust Fund, is a nonprofit organization working to expand affordable housing opportunities for low- to moderate-income residents of Santa Barbara County.

The bank’s investment will be pooled with investments from other banks to help fund the organization’s affordable housing programs.

Martin E. Plourd, bank president and chief executive officer, said the Housing Trust Fund addresses “a fundamental need in our communities for more affordable housing.”

Jennifer McGovern, president and chief executive officer of the Santa Barbara County Housing Trust Fund, said the investments will provide low-cost homebuyer and housing production loans.

Community West Bank has full-service branches in Santa Maria, Goleta, Santa Barbara, Ventura and Westlake Village and a loan production office in San Luis Obispo.

A new full-service branch office is scheduled to open in San Luis Obispo later this year.

Davies joins Lee & Associates

Paul Davies has joined the Lee & Associates Central Coast commercial real estate services team as an associate.

Davies has more than 14 years of combined sales, management and commercial real estate experience, a company spokesman said.

Prior to joining Lee, he worked with Marcus & Millichap as a commercial office and industrial broker in its San Diego office.

Before that, he worked as the project manager for Oakwood, where he was responsible for site design, permitting, agency coordination and construction management.

Davies graduated from UC Santa Barbara with a bachelor of arts degree in communications.

Lee & Associates Central Coast has an office at 2990 Grand Ave., Suite C, in Los Olivos as well as offices in Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo.

Davies can be reached by calling 962-6700, ext. 107, and

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