“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.                                    

Board of Directors

Stephen Pope, Santa Barbara Friends Meeting, Presiding Clerk, was a conscientious objector at the end of the Vietnam war and has worked with Truth in Recruitment since 2012. He is also a workshop facilitator with the Alternatives to Violence Project and active prison clergy registered with the California Department of Corrections.

Robert Lane Clark, Santa Barbara Friends Meeting, Ministry and Care.

Carol Hauer, Santa Barbara Friends Meeting, Ministry and Care.

Marion Holzwarth, Santa Barbara Friends Meeting, Ministry and Care.

Advisory Committee:

Joana Barrera

Ismael Ulloa

David Melendrez

Mariah Miller
Lorena Pike

Monisha Rios

Joy Robledo

Active members:

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.

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.

Rose  and Al, student liaisons, are Santa Barbara High School students involved in youth outreach and artistic contributions. Al is enrolled in the SBHS Visual Arts and Design Academy and Rose is a guitar player in the Advanced Jazz Band. Both are involved in Ethnic Studies Now and the SBHS Gender and Sexuality Alliance club.

James Robertson, staff oversight and support


Kate Connell is the 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.

Angel Lopez, North County community organizer, is a proud product of Santa Maria, CA. Angel is the son of an immigrant farm working single mother. Angel graduated from Pioneer Valley High School in 2014. In May of 2018, he received his Bachelor degree in Sociology from California State University, Sacramento. During his time at Sacramento State, Angel was very active on campus through his fraternity. Angel helped organize and start up an annual Youth conference promoting higher education, homeless feedings and voter forums. Currently, Angel is an Americorp volunteer serving at the Freedom Warming Centers and is also part of the Board of Directors for Get Out, Stay Out. Angel understands that many families experiencing generational poverty are often underserved and not given many opportunities of social mobility, consequently leading youth to enlist in the military without much exploration of other alternatives. Angel’s passion is to be able to serve his community by providing and educating the community on services, resources and support to help break that generational cycle of poverty. On his free time Angel enjoys: nature, music and riding his bike.

Jenny, Santa Maria 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.