About the Center for Successful Aging

The Center for Successful Aging's mission is to promote the social, physical, emotional and spiritual life of seniors and families in our Santa Barbara community.


For over 30 years we have been achieving this mission by providing 200+ seniors each year with emotional support and guidance via our peer counseling and support programs. As a direct result of our programs:


  • Seniors of all backgrounds and economic status get the help and support they need to live more dignified and positive lives.
  • Families get the guidance they need to better support their loved ones, whether locally or from afar.


We are very proud of the impact we are having on seniors' lives every day, and we are working diligently to continue to expand our reach to those in need.


What Our Clients Have to Say

“My counselor is the one person who really listens to me. My (weekly) session with her is the highlight of my week.”


- Home-bound senior 

“I enjoy so much sharing and listening to others … this is the family I never had.” 


- Participant in weekly support group


"I have had success in my journey through the aging process due to my connection with the center and my counselor."

- Senior who was navigating grief


Our Dedicated and Amazing Team

Along with the generosity and support of our donors, the work that we achieve at the Center for Successful Aging would not be possible without the dedication and commitment of our (small) staff, our diligent board, and our continuously growing group of senior volunteers. 


Our Staff

Allison Marcillac

Executive Director

Allison Marcillac has numerous years of experience fundraising for local non-profits, coordinating volunteers for various committees and promoting community outreach to the local Santa Barbara area. She has served on many philanthropic boards, including the National Charity League, Santa Barbara Chapter.

Gary Linker, Ph.D.

Clinical Director

For the past 43 years, Gary has worked as a Marriage, Family Therapist. While his role for the Center for Successful Aging is only part-time, Gary has had a tremendous impact over the course of more than eleven years, working tirelessly to help seniors and their families in our community.

Liz Bauer

Program Manager

Liz oversees the Center for Successful Aging's social and educational programs being offered at Grace Village, a senior housing facility located in the upper state area of Santa Barbara. She is a licensed Marriage, Family Therapist and has worked part-time with the Center since 2013.

Our Board

La Shon Kelley

Board President

La Shon is a long standing member of our philanthropic community. Along with her role with our organization, she is also a board member with The Cecilia Fund and the Santa Barbara Breast Cancer Resource Center.

Rochelle Rose

 Board Vice President

Committed to addressing the issues of housing and seniors, Rochelle is also a Development Officer, Legacy Giving at the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History and president of the Santa Barbara Chapter of Charitable Gift Planners.

David Graff

Board Member

David Graff is an attorney at Allen & Kimbell, LLP, specializing in tax planning and trusts, estates, and probates. An active member of our community, David has also served as a board member to other nonprofits, including the Santa Barbara Zoo.

Sharon Kennedy

Board Secretary

As owner of Sharon Kennedy Estate Management, Sharon serves as a professional fiduciary for her clients. She is very active in our nonprofit community, serving also on the boards for the local Alzheimer’s Association, the Association for Senior Care, and The Cecilia Fund.

Jill Bender

Board Member

Jill is a marketing and business strategist, focused on helping organizations accelerate market awareness and growth. Along with supporting CSA, Jill is active with the SB Women’s Fund, and other local nonprofits.

Bobbi Kroot

Board Member 

Bobbi is very active in our nonprofit community. She has been the board President for the Center for Successful Aging since 2009. She is also currently the President of the Women of B'nai B'rith. 

Charley Egan

Board Member

Charley Egan is a Senior Real Estate Specialist at Village Properties, where he works with Seniors helping them with their real estate needs. In addition to supporting CSA, Charley is active with Hospice of Santa Barbara, Homeboy Industries and other non-profits.

Our Volunteers


Our 35+ senior volunteers are what make our services and programs possible.



give 5+ hours a week of their time


have been with us 5+ years


are 65 years of age or older