Staff Report

Peggy Blough, Amy Curti and Mike Gibson are new board members for CALM (Child Abuse Listening Mediation).

CALM’s mission is to prevent childhood trauma, heal children and families, and build resilient communities throughout Santa Barbara County.

“I am so pleased that these amazing community leaders have joined CALM’s board. Each brings passion and commitment to our work, as well as tremendous skills, expertise, and community knowledge. As a county-wide organization, we are looking forward to the insight and perspectives our new trustees from Santa Maria will bring, as they help us continue to understand the diverse needs of our families throughout the county,” CALM CEO Alana Walczak said.

Peggy Blough

Blough, a native Californian, has lived in Santa Maria since 1959. After work took her away for a few years, Blough found her way back to Santa Maria in 1974. She and her husband, Dan, then formed a real estate company.

She is now semi-retired and spends most of her time volunteering for nonprofit groups. She is chairwoman of CALM’s North County Advisory Committee and co-chair of CALM’s Ladies Get Loud event.

Amy Curti

Curti, who was born in Santa Barbara County, lived in Santa Barbara for much of her childhood and graduated from Westmont College in 1995.

She then moved to Santa Ynez for nearly 20 years before settling in Santa Maria, where she resides today with her husband and four sons. With 10 years in the service industry, six years as an Artist in Residence in Santa Maria schools, and with extensive volunteer work, she is deeply rooted in the Santa Maria community.

Mike Gibson

Gibson has been active in numerous Santa Maria nonprofit organizations for nearly 30 years and has been a member of the Rotary Club of Santa Maria Breakfast since 1989. He has co-chaired the Rotary Christmas Parade of Lights since its inception in 1995.

He was controller of Mid-State Bank & Trust for 15 years until it was purchased by Rabobank in 2007 and is now the business administratoro at Andre, Morris & Buttery. He and his wife, Marla, a nurse at Marian Regional Medical Center, have three adult children and six grandchildren.

For more information about CALM’s services, call 805-965-2376 or visit