SBMAL Staff and Board Members

Who We Are

The Santa Bárbara Mission Archive-Library (SBMAL) is a non-profit 501(c)(3) research and educational institution (Federal Tax I.D. 95-6220730) dedicated to the collection and preservation of, and access to, historical and cultural resources pertaining to Franciscan history and Missions and the communities they interacted with, especially in Colonial New Spain, Northwestern Mexico, and the Southwestern United States.

SBMAL seeks to provide wide access to its holdings and serve as a resource to the community and qualified researchers. The Archive-Library organizes and participates in educational, professional, and community events that support its mission, and that help increase the knowledge of the California missions, their past, and the heritage of California and the Americas.


The Santa Bárbara Mission Archive-Library is a non-profit institution, governed by a volunteer Board of Trustees, and dependent on donations, grants, and membership dues to cover conservation, staffing, and operational expenses.












SBMAL Board Members

Mr. John Gherini, Esq. President

Dr. Judy Larson, Vice President

Mr. Dan Massara, Treasurer

Fr. Bob Barbato, OFM Capuchin

Dr. James Brooks

Br. Angelo Cardinalli, OFM

Fr. Joe Chinnici, OFM

Dr. Juan Cobo Betancourt

Mr. Peter Da Ros

Fr. John Hardin

Dr. John Johnson

Mr. James Yee


Monica Orozco, PhD
Monica Orozco, PhD


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Calli Force, MLIS
Calli Force, MLIS

Collections & Program Manager

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Leland Riddlesperger, MSLS
Leland Riddlesperger, MSLS

Associate Archivist

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SBMAL will be closed November 23-25 for the holiday. Please email with any questions or concerns. We hope you have a wonderful holiday!