The Alliance for Mental Wellness is a collaboration between Transitions-Mental Health Association and Allan Hancock College. These two organizations proudly serve the Northern Santa Barbara County community. This partnership was formed in 2019 in response to the growing need for current and informed mental health education, access to local quality community resources and to build community cohesion and connection.
Our goal is to promote mental wellness for our community members by: bringing diverse and talented speakers to the forefront; staging unique events that reflect current mental health issues; providing tools to recover and heal; accessing a vast array of our local resources; and building the cohesion and connection this community deserves.
Meet the Alliance
Christina Harney is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist who was born and raised in Santa Maria. Christina has been providing mental health services locally for over 20 years. Currently, she oversees operations for a robust line up of mental health services in Santa Maria and Lompoc for Transitions-Mental Health Association. She is a founding member of the AFMW and states “being a part of the Alliance for Mental Wellness gives me the opportunity to give back to the community that I’m proud to be a part of.”
Alex de Jounge
Alex de Jounge, MSN, RN, has been a registered nurse for over 30 years. Alex was born in India of Swedish parents and emigrated to California in 1970 when she was 5 years old. She moved to Santa Maria in 1994 to raise her family. She currently works at Allan Hancock College as the coordinator of student health services that provides medical and mental health services for students at the college. She is the current president of Health Services Association of California Community Colleges which supports student access to quality health services on community college campuses through out the state.
Denise Manriquez has worked for Transitions-Mental Health Association for 15 years as a Peer Provider. She is the Program Coordinator of The LEAD Project (Lived, Experience, Advocacy & Development) which trains mental health advocates to work for changes in public policies and represent the concerns of persons with mental illness living in Northern Santa Barbara County. She is a founding member of the AFMW and hopes to use this platform to raise community awareness and reduce the stigma for those whose lives are touch by mental illness.
XiXi Zhai is the Wellness Program Specialist at Allan Hancock College Student Health Services. She believes that mental health is crucial to living a healthy and purposeful life. In her role at Allan Hancock College, she leads guided meditations and organizes workshops to improve the wellness of the community college population. She is grateful to be a part of AFMW so that mental wellness, support, and resources can have further reach in Northern Santa Barbara County.
Clara Cobb is an Allan Hancock College student and peer services provider at Transitions-Mental Health Association. She is a founding member of the Alliance for Mental Wellness. Being part of the Alliance helped her earn her Associate's degree in Recreation Management in 2020. In her free time, Clara enjoys spending time with her family and friends, camping, and roller skating.