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Terri Zuniga has lived in Santa Maria most of her adult life. She attended local schools and Allan Hancock College. Her community service activities are numerous.
Terri is currently the Supervisor for the District Attorney’s office Victim Witness Program. Prior to beginning her work with the District Attorney’s Office in 2006, Terri served as Director of Programs for Domestic Violence Solutions for 20 years, starting her career with the agency in 1986. During her tenure, she was instrumental in the establishment of the Santa Maria domestic violence emergency shelter, a 16-unit long-term transitional housing program, one of only two shelters in the State to house teen victims of domestic violence. She also helped to establish of one of the first Domestic Violence Emergency Response Teams in the State (responding with Law Enforcement to all 9-1-1 domestic violence calls). She worked with both the Santa Maria-Bonita School District and the Santa Maria Joint Union High School District to establish curriculum based programs for teens and youth to provide intervention and education regarding family violence, bullying, and peer pressure.
Terri and her husband Alex have raised seven children and are the proud grandparents of 11 grandchildren.
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