Leadership and Committees

Under our new restructure, the Pacific Palisades Task Force on Homelessness (PPTFH) is governed by a Leadership Team that includes Co-Presidents and members who have ownership of various tasks (Outreach Oversight, LAPD Liaison, Volunteer and Volunteer Response Team).

Under the team’s guidance are two committees – Volunteer and Volunteer Response Team – comprised of community volunteers that work to accomplish the Task Force’s strategic plan.

PPTFH Leadership Group 2022


The Pacific Palisades Task Force on Homelessness (PPTFH) is a 501(c)(3) governed by a Board of Directors that include officers (President, Vice President, Treasurer, Secretary) and members who have ownership of various tasks (Fundraising, Outreach, LAPD Liaison).


Leadership Team

Cindi Headshot PPTFH


Cindi Young and her husband, Bart, have lived in Castellammare Mesa for 26 years. They have one adult daughter and two grandchildren. Introduced to PPTFH’s Volunteer Outreach in 2021 through her friend and neighbor, Carmen Kallberg, she finds the business of compassionately engaging with persons experiencing homelessness to be the most satisfying work of her career. A graduate of Santa Barbara’s Music Academy of the West and California Institute of the Arts, Cindy devoted 25 years to the development and management of non-profit musical arts organizations.  A past President of the Castellammare Mesa HOA, Cindi serves on the Advisory and Architectural Committees.  She and her husband founded the non-profit, all-volunteer Castellammare Security Committee (CSC) which focuses on providing security, via security cameras and an emergency notification system, in their community.  Cindi is a graduate of LAPD’s Community Police Academy and LA’s Community Emergency Response Team (CERT). She is PPCC’s Area One First Alternate and The Council’s representative on the Homeless Outreach Committee of the Western Regional Alliance of Councils (WRAC HOC).

Carmen Kallberg
co-PresidenT and Volunteer Response Team Chair

Carmen Kallberg and her husband, Kenneth, have lived in the Castellammare neighborhood of Pacific Palisades for 30 years.  Born and raised in Santa Fe, New Mexico, she earned a degree in business education from Eastern New Mexico University.  Carmen has worked as a paralegal for the past 43 years.  A Parishioner of Corpus Christi Church, Carmen has served as Lector Coordinator, Eucharistic Minister and board member of the Louis League.  She has volunteered with AIDS Project LA Walk, Catholic Coalition for Habitat for Humanity of greater Los Angeles, is CERT (Community Emergency Response Team) certified and is a board member of the Castellammare Mesa Homeowners’ Association.  Carmen joined PPTFH’s Volunteer Response Team in 2018. 

PPTFH Sharon Browning Headshot

Past Co-President and The People Concern Oversight Liaison

Sharon Browning has been a resident of Pacific Palisades for nearly 30 years and attends Palisades Presbyterian Church. She served as a three-time Elder on her former Presbyterian Church’s governing board. She is a former President of the Bel Air Bay Club Board of Directors. She is a former Licensed Clinical Social Worker, adoption worker with the Los Angeles County Department of Adoptions and received her master’s degree in social work from UCLA. Following her completion of the CORO Women’s program she became Assistant Director of Training and Programing for the CORO Foundation, Southern California.

For the past 25 years, Sharon has been the owner and principal of Sharon Browning & Associates, an issues management and consensus planning consulting firm. She has worked as Lead Facilitator for Orange County’s 10-year Plan to End Homelessness and Lead Facilitator for Orange County’s Mental Health Services Act Steering Committee.

PPTFH Sharon Kilbride Headshot

Past Co-President and LAPD Liaison

Sharon Kilbride is a sixth-generation member of the Marquez family that held the original family land grant of the Palisades and Santa Monica Canyon in 1839. She has resided in Santa Monica Canyon for 58 years, graduated from Palisades High and Santa Monica College, and retired from Safeway Inc. in 2008 after working 33 years as a corporate auditor. She is currently on the Board of SMCCA and BOCA neighborhood associations. For her community involvement, she received the Pacific Palisades Citizen of the Year award in December, 2015. Additionally, she serves as treasurer for the Sanctuario San Lorenzo garden located in front of the historic Marquez family cemetery. She works on preserving the Marquez family cemetery on an ongoing basis, and has orchestrated an educational program for 4th graders from local elementary schools which takes place in the cemetery. This program teaches the students about rancho history in their own backyard.


Volunteer Committee Chair and lahsa Annual Count Chair

Kim Clary was a sales and marketing director in industrial real estate for many years. In 1986 she earned her master’s degree in social work (MSW) from UCLA with an emphasis on community organizing. Her MSW thesis was on homeless families in the Los Angeles area. She worked in the foster care system with homeless individuals and families and in psychiatric hospitals. Kim has been involved in progressive causes and campaigns throughout most of her adult life including the United Farmers Workers Union, Campaign for Economic Democracy and U.S. out of Central America. Currently she is president of her homeowner’s board. She has been involved with PPTFH since its inception and has coordinated the Point-in-Time Homeless Count sponsored by the Los Angeles Homeless Service Authority multiple years.

PPTFH Carol Sanborn Headshot


Carol Sanborn is a 45-year resident of Pacific Palisades, with a background in healthcare and law. She is a graduate of Loyola Law School and previously worked as an occupational therapist with cardiac rehabilitation and chronic pain patients. She has served Corpus Christi Church as Director of Pastoral Ministry for 25 years. Currently, she coordinates community outreach efforts with various Westside service organizations. Carol also serves as the Co-Chair of the Catholic Coalition for Habitat for Humanity of Greater Los Angeles.

Mary Elizabeth Horan Headshot PPTFH


Mary Elizabeth Horan is 30+-year resident of Pacific Palisades. Recently retired from a 35-year career as a clinical psychologist, she worked primarily with children and families in private practice, in the St. Matthew’s Parent-Toddler program, and Saint Raphael School. Over the past 30 years, she has served the following community organizations: Corpus Christi Parish and School, Sisters of St. Louis League, Loyola High School, Bel Air Bay Club, and PPTFH. She is currently a member of the board of the Sunriver Women’s Club in Sunriver, Oregon.


Communications CONTENT EDITOR

Christine has served PPTFH since 2017 in various communications roles, most recently (before the restructuring) as Corresponding Secretary. A 30+-year resident of the Palisades, she had a long career at The RAND Corporation as a writer-editor and communications manager. She holds an M.A. in History and B.A. in Asian Studies. A classically trained pianist and singer, Christine also serves as a docent at the Getty Center in Brentwood, leading tours of the architecture and gardens.

Christian Ratsch Data Visualization Specialist
Shannon Duffy Website and Social Media Manager
Robin Degtjarewsky Webinar Specialist
Lou Kamer Volunteer at Large
Pam McGranahan Volunteer at Large
Bruce Schwartz Volunteer at Large


The Volunteer Response Team engages and directs unhoused individuals to our Outreach Team for services. The volunteers maintain the safety and cleanliness of our hillsides and beaches with help from our LAPD partners.

Wendy Garff
Bruce Hensel
Alex Hoerner
Carmen Kallberg
Lou Kamer
Sharon Kilbride
Nancy Klopper
Kathy May
Annine Madok
Thomas Pryor
Carlos Rodriguez
Alison Roney
Bruce Schwartz
Amanda Stein
Cindi Young
Sunni Zionts

The Volunteer Committee seeks out and encourages our Palisades community of neighbors, places of worship, and organizations who believe in the mission of PPTFH to volunteer on one of the PPTFH committees or to support our mission in any way they can. The Committee also requests, receives and organizes donated items, such as hygiene kits, that can be used to engage with homeless individuals.

Deann Healy
Carol Sanborn

Sharon Kilbride of the PPTFH Interview Spectrum News 1
nurse offers medical help to client

Interested in getting involved?

We realize it takes a village to achieve our mission of helping the homeless, keeping our town safe, and involving the community on the issues of homelessness. If you care about our mission, have time to help, and would like to join this exciting community work, please consider volunteering with us!