“Going into the military is no joke. I feel my Hispanic community is being targeted, in terms of recruiting young people at schools, especially in poorer communities. We have a duty to tell truth when it comes to recruiting, and I feel that duty isn’t being met. I want to take action in letting kids/parents know the truth. ” — Anarely, Santa Maria High School student.
Michael Cervantes, Veterans for Peace Ventura Chapter # 112 member, is a Vietnam War veteran, and an alternative recruiter in the Oxnard Union High School District (OUHSD). He worked successfully to have an opt out form provided to families by the OUHSD and has regularly tabled in the Oxnard and Santa Barbara schools. He has expertise guiding high school senior students on how to withdraw from their military Delayed Entry Program (DEP) agreements, a fact little known to students and their families.
David Melendrez, secretary
Lorena Pike, chair,
Elizabeth Colón, Associate, Veterans For Peace (VFP), Jim & Shirley Kennedy Santa Barbara Chapter 54, has along with other chapter members represented the VFP’s support of Truth In Recruitment vision since its inception. Past civic service includes SB County AA Commission, Concilio de la Raza Board of Directors, Freedom Community Clinic Patient Advocate/Board of Directors and VFP Chapter 54 Secretary, 2010-2015. She is a current member of the Santa Barbara Women’s Political Committee.
James Robertson, staff oversight and support
Kate Connell is the outgoing director of Truth in Recruitment as well as the parent of two students who have attended Santa Barbara schools. She is a member of the Religious Society of Friends, Quakers. Along with other parents, students, veterans and community members, she successfully led the effort to implement the recruiter policy in the Santa Barbara Unified School District. She has served as a military counselor for personnel who sought discharge from the military and is trained as a draft counselor, as a facilitator with Alternatives to Violence Project, and in conflict resolution and mediation. She is a resource for information on alternatives to military careers, on students’ and families’ privacy rights, and drafting school policies regulating recruiter access to students.
Adonay Moreno, Project Coordinator. Adonay was born in Mexico City, was raised in Las Vegas, Nevada and Santa Maria, California. They are a Pioneer Valley High School alum, and most recently graduated from University of California, Santa Cruz with a degree in Critical Race and Ethnic Studies. Adonay enjoys video games, listening to music, and spending time with their service dog, Pacha. Adonay is very happy to help advancing TIR’s mission and efforts in North County.
Doug Walker, Communication Director, grew up in Springfield, Missouri, where he first got involved with grassroots activism. He graduated from UCSB in 2019 with a degree in Sociology and a minor in Professional Writing. While attending school, he volunteered to help expand professional and social opportunities for individuals with intellectual disabilities. Doug enjoys creative writing, stand up-comedy, and hiking. Doug says he is proud to have been a part of TIR for the last two years, and he’s excited to see our organization continue to grow!
Angelica Quintana, writing intern, is a 4th year student at UC Santa Barbara. They are a Sociology major with minors in Educational Studies and Professional Writing. During her undergraduate career she has worked with underserved youth at both elementary and high school levels, making connections and encouraging them to pursue higher education. As a Sociology research assistant focusing on social movements, Angelica studies the power of activism and is passionate about social justice. She is excited to advocate for students’ rights with the TIR team!
Achante Smith, Righetti High School student intern.
Mitra Cline, website designer, is a freelance artist and founder of Foreverbird Studio. She holds a MA in humanities with an emphasis in depth psychology from the Pacifica Graduate Institute and a BFA from the Kansas City Art Institute with an emphasis in Painting.