The board provides strategic governance for the work of CCFN. Members bring a variety of skills and expertise and all share a passion for ending modern day slavery. Get to know them a bit by reading their bio's below!
Coleen Buckley, ACSW Co-Founder and Executive Director
Coleen is an Associate Clinical Social Worker, currently working in the field of mental health. She has previously worked with at-risk populations in the juvenile justice system and child welfare services for 10 years. She has developed programs to reduce recidivism rates with juveniles and advocates for eliminating social justice issues in the community. She is dedicated to educating and empowering individuals who have been effected by human trafficking. Moved by the lives of survivors of human trafficking, her goal is to promote awareness that human trafficking exists here on the Central Coast in the hopes that our wonderful community will see this injustice and each person will take steps to eradicate this horrific crime, and empower those who have been harmed by them. Coleen enjoys spending time with friends, kayaking, hiking, and creating things in her free time.
George Hill Chairperson
Born in Hollywood California, abandoned by his biological parents. George was adopted by his aunt and uncle, and raised in Visalia California. George graduated from High School and then volunteered to serve as a Corpsman in the United States Navy. After his discharge, he met and married Gina Jackson in 1975. She jokingly says that he’s a “snowflake”. He responds, “my heart still melts for you”. They have three children and three grandchildren. George is a residential builder/developer. His company New Horizons and Associates was established in 1978, which relocated from Visalia to the Central Coast in 1999. New Horizons and Associates develops, builds, and remodels homes on the Central Coast. Its guiding principles include business practices that are green built, and that don’t compromise the quality of life for this or future generations. Projects that enhance the community, and that values its customers by building on time and with-in budget. His heart breaks with the thought of those caught up in human trafficking. He is committed to raising money, educating the community, and empowering those trapped in human trafficking.
Debbie McCreary Co-founder, Board Secretary, Donor Communications Specialist
San Luis Obispo has been Debbie’s home-base since 1968. She has a B.A., an M.A., and earned a secondary teaching credential in English. She taught English for several years and then worked as a part-time clinician at Lindamood Bell Learning Processes before deciding to stay home for a few years to focus on raising her two children. Her family is a great source of joy and meaning in her life, and she realizes that neither they nor her beloved Central Coast are exempt from the threat of modern slavery. When she thinks of someone’s family member being trapped in the oppression and exploitation of being sold for sex or labor, it breaks her heart and she does not want to see human trafficking make greater inroads in the community - not on her watch!
Sue Hobler Donor Relations Manager
Sue has lived in SLO County since 1975, coming from the Fresno/Clovis area. Sue has followed the progress of CCFN since its formation and has a heart for human suffering so getting involved with CCFN seemed very natural. Working with such a committed group of people, great progress can be made in this area. Sue enjoys hiking, beach walks and enjoying lap time with her two cats. Sue retired from the County after 37 ½ years of service.
Debbie Ferraro Board Treasurer, Director of Business Operations
Born and raised in the San Joaquin Valley, Debbie graduated from UC Davis with a Bachelor of Science degree. She has co-owned a small local trucking company and worked in the hi-tech industry, leading a Global Sales Support team, for leading edge companies that provided network communication solutions for telecommunications, military and aerospace systems. Currently she enjoys working for a local utility company negotiating contracts and defining new business processes. Debbie enjoys walks on the beach, camping, and fishing with her husband and loves spending time with her son and three girls. Debbie was shocked to hear that human trafficking existed in her home town community. The “what if” possibility of her very own children becoming victims, became her driving ambition to help educate and raise awareness in order to stop human trafficking here on the Central Coast.
Danielle Borrelli Director of Strategic Development
Danielle Borrelli is the Operations Coordinator at the California Cybersecurity Institute overseeing the execution all events, training courses, and projects. She is also responsible for developing and delivering training courses for first responders, law enforcement officers, and advocates that address the role of technology in recruiting and exploiting victims of human trafficking. In addition, Borrelli is a local, regional, and international anti-human trafficking advocate with 9 years experience in prevention, intervention, and restoration work. Serving on several boards, she currently provides development strategies to local non-profits, helping to secure sustainable housing programs and works with schools and businesses to provide training in human trafficking awareness. Borrelli also serves on the San Luis Obispo (SLO) County's District Attorney's Human Trafficking Task Force as their Housing Subcommittee Chair. In addition, she provides counseling to survivors of trafficking, victims of sexual assault and domestic violence. Borrelli was recently named SLO Tribune's Top 20 under 40 for 2019, and 35th Assembly District Woman of the Year. Borrelli has a passion to serve and help liberate the voiceless in society and sees the powerful effects of technology to hurt, but more importantly to help heal and prevent the issue of human trafficking.