MISSION: UCP WORK, Inc. is dedicated to providing services to residents of the Tri-Counties with mental and/or physical disabilities, so that they may work and live independently as contributing citizens within the community of their choice.

I Love My Job and I’m Making a Difference
Meghan Donovan

Ronald S. Cohen, Ph.D.
Chief Executive Officer

Ronald S. Cohen, Ph.D.
Chief Executive Officer

Ronald Cohen has been the Chief Executive Officer of United Cerebral Palsy of Los Angeles, Ventura, and Santa Barbara Counties since 1987. Cohen has been with United Cerebral Palsy (UCP) since 1983. Prior to the CEO position, Cohen was the Clinical Director of UCP. He established the first community-based group homes for non-ambulatory children with behavioral disorders in the state of California, and is responsible for developing the wide continuum of services the agency provides today.

Under his leadership, UCP has developed 30 fully accessible rent-subsidized community homes and apartments. Cohen is widely regarded as an expert on developing housing for special needs populations. He has testified before the California State Legislature and the United States Congress on alternatives to institutional living. Prior to joining UCP, he co-founded Intermountain Youth Center in Tucson, Ariz., where he helped pioneer the use of Applied Behavioral Analysis in home-like settings for the treatment of adjudicated Native American youth and individuals with mental retardation.

Kathy Webb Executive Director

Kathy Webb
Executive Director

Kathy Webb, Executive Director of UCP WORK, Inc. has been with the organization since July of 2001. Kathy has worked in the field of human services since 1974 and has a significant background in the development of entrepreneurial ventures and vocational placement opportunities for adults with disabilities. 

Under Kathy’s leadership, the organization has expanded services throughout the Tri-Counties, offering a wider array of opportunities to both children and adults with disabilities.  “At every level of this organization, there is a sense that nothing is impossible; UCP WORK, Inc. embraces Life without Limits!”  In her spare time, Kathy loves to spend time with her husband and family, and volunteering as a member of The Rhythmic Arts Project, Board of Directors. 

Mahnaz Parhami
Director of Accounting

Mahnaz Parhami
Director of Accounting

Mahnaz Parhami, Director of Accounting for UCP WORK, Inc., has been with the agency since February 11, 1991.  Mahnaz has a wealth of accounting and business administration experience (since 1976). Mahnaz holds a BA in Accounting from the University of Tehran, Iran, and is fluent in Farsi. Mahnaz has been a resident of California since 1990.

Dharamesh Patel Director of Human Resources

Dharamesh Patel
Director of Human Resources

Dharamesh Patel, Director of Human Resources, joined the organization in April of 2015.  Dharamesh is a graduate of California State University Hayward with a BS in Industrial Psychology.  He has worked in Human Resources in several different industries including retail, semi-conductor and water filtration. Dharamesh loves to support and inspire those that will be directly involved in the success of an organization. 

Dharamesh enjoys running, biking and swimming.  He dreams of completing an Ironman competition one day.  Dharamesh resides in Santa Maria with his wife and two children.

Judy Linares
Director of Program Services

Judy Linares
Director of Program Services

Judy Linares, Director of Program Services, has been with the organization since June of 1997. Judy is a graduate of Castleton State College with a BA in social work and sociology. Judy also has a Certification in Rehabilitation Administration from San Diego State University. Judy has been working with individuals with disabilities since 1994, and has acted as an advocate and volunteer on behalf of the population that we serve.

Jennifer Sills
Director of Supported Living Services – South

Jennifer Sills
Director of Supported Living Services – South

Jennifer Sills is Director of Independent and Supported Living Services at UCP WORK, Inc. Jennifer started with UCP WORK, Inc. in April of 1997 as a residential counselor and has been Director of her current program since 2000. Jennifer enjoys her work, her dog and living in Santa Barbara.

Danny Rabara Director of Residential Services

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Danny Rabara
Director of Residential Services

Danny Rabara has been with UCP WORK, Inc. since 2004 and began his career with the organization as a job coach in the Santa Maria Applied Abilities Program.  Danny was promoted to Program Manager in 2010 and was instrumental in developing landscaping and detailing work crews, as well as other contracts with local business.  Danny is a certified Pro-ACT trainer and has a degree in Criminal Justice.  Danny loves spending time with his son and daughter and he enjoys singing and producing music. 

Felino Soriano
Director of Supported Living Services in Santa Maria and Southern San Luis Obispo County

Felino Soriano
Director of Supported Living Services – North

Felino Soriano, Director of Supported Living Services in Santa Maria and southern San Luis Obispo County—began with UCP WORK, Inc. in July, 2004. Over the years he has taken what he has learned and applied it to various roles for the agency, including providing direct support and as case manager for the Applied Abilities, Supported Living and Independent Living programs. Felino teaches various trainings for the agency and is a certified Person Centered Thinking trainer. Outside of work, he enjoys spending time with his family, writing poetry, studying philosophy, and listening to jazz music.

Ronica Smith-Director of Applied Abilities North

Ronica Smith
Director of Applied Abilities Programs  – North

Ronica Smith has been with UCP WORK, Inc. since 2002, and she has gained a wealth of knowledge in both residential and day program services.  As the Director of the Applied Abilities Program in Santa Maria, Ronica has been a staunch advocate, respected mentor and counselor for the people that we serve.  Ronica is a licensed Administrator, and CPR/FIRST AID Instructor.   In her spare time, Ronica enjoys spending time with her grandson, gardening and listening to country music.