Administrative Coordinator and LGBTQ+ Program Specialist
Kat Armstrong (they/them) joined the Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Santa Cruz County in 2022 and currently serves as the Administrative Coordinator/LGBTQ+ Program Specialist. Kat earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Social Work from Boston University Wheelock College of Education & Human Development, providing the necessary skills to excel in a role focused on strengthening community and supporting local youth. As a non-binary individual firmly embedded within the LGBTQ+ community of Santa Cruz, Kat has a fondness for helping people achieve self actualization beyond societal norms and a passion for community care.
Kat is also actively involved in the Bay Area theatre scene as an actor, stage manager, and theatre production manager. They have a passion for the arts and dedication to use theatre as a tool for social change through storytelling and to construct safe creative spaces.
Kat's hobbies include: playing their trumpet, reading and hiking and is very excited to bring their fiery flair into this new position.
Soledad Arciga has worked in the nonprofit sector serving families to meet their basic needs and supporting youth's development for over a decade. Through her university years, Soledad supported youth with scholastic competency by supporting them in raising reading achievement, and supporting them through math and reading programs designed to advance comprehension and appreciation. After completing her Bachelor of Arts in Behavioral Science with a Minor in Justice Studies at San Jose State University in 2014, Soledad started supporting in the classroom as a teacher assistant for the local migrant community in Gilroy, CA. Shortly after, she supported autistic youth and their families with intervention services based on the principles of Applied Behavior Analysis in Santa Cruz and Santa Clara County. In 2021, Soledad supported families in need of rapid rehousing and homeless prevention services. Through all her work with youth and families, Soledad knew her passion stemmed from supporting youth while connecting to families and mentorship programs.
In her time with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Santa Cruz County, Soledad has supported the agency as a Case Manager and a Program Manager since 2016. Soledad has found passion in being of service to others while working to support youth and their families. She is returning to BBBS full time to continue supporting youth towards achieving their potential.
After moving to Santa Cruz ten years ago, Cynthia has brought with her, her many years of experience in the profession of Banking as well as her expertise in working with nonprofits and participation in community service in the Mountain View, Palo Alto and Los Altos area.
A long-standing member of the Los Altos Rotary Club, Cynthia has acted in many capacities including Director of Youth Services at which time, a new and successful youth mentorship program came into being. She is a Past President, past Asst Governor, and has travelled to other clubs in her District assisting with Strategic Planning for Clubs and has taken part in mentoring high school age entrepreneurs.
Cynthia has served on various nonprofit boards and committees including the Day Worker Center of Mountain View, where she was instrumental in spearheading the successful fundraising and building of the Center, Los Altos Chamber of Commerce, and is a founding member of the Los Altos Community Foundation.
Cynthia has two adult children and enjoys hiking, golfing, bowling, reading, watercolor painting, and ocean kayaking among her many other interests.
Debra Feldstein, J.D., M.B.A., is the Managing Partner and Co-Founder of Ceres Group Advisors. Debra is a collaborative leader, problem solver, and an innovative organizational development strategist with deep roots in social justice, leadership, and community service. She has built her 30-year career as an executive director and consultant, working to increase the capacity of nonprofits. She specializes in transition management and building organizations with a focus on financial planning and management, governance and infrastructure development, and program integration. She has worked extensively with organizations that deliver programs in youth development, the arts, environmental education, academic support, and Jewish engagement. Having worked with large, national organizations, Debra has a nationwide network.
Her expertise spans the areas of revenue generation, strategic planning, philanthropic advising, organizational and leadership development, social media and marketing, organizational turnaround, transition management, succession planning, board leadership, foundation, corporate and community relations, program development, corporate social responsibility, and social entrepreneurship.
Debra is committed to helping build a more vibrant, meaningful, inclusive, creative, and compassionate world. Debra created an online space for existing and aspiring allies and activists to work together to strive for racial equity and to dismantle the racist structures and systems built on a racist platform. Since 2018, she has actively supported survivors of devastating wildfires in California. Debra deeply engages in her local community, as a parent volunteer at her children’s schools, participating in political campaigns, serving on several boards of directors, and raising funds for various non-profits. She is the founder of Santa Cruz Jews, a group dedicated to engaging Jewish families with young children in Jewish life.
Debra graduated from Tufts University with a degree in International Relations, received a Juris Doctor from the Northeastern University School of Law in Boston, and completed a Master of Management degree at the Heller School at Brandeis University. She is a member of the bar in Massachusetts and Illinois. Debra lives with her family in Santa Cruz, CA, where she practices Kyokushin karate and enjoys the outdoors.