California’s protection & advocacy system

For legal assistance call 800-776-5746. For all other purposes call 916-504-5800 in Northern CA

or 213-213-8000 in Southern CA. TTY 800-719-5798.


Tri-Counties Regional Center

Kendra McWright, Clients' Rights Advocate (CRA)
Gina Gheno - Assistant CRA
520 East Montecito Street
Santa Barbara, CA 93103
Ph: (805) 884-7297/(805) 884-7218/Toll-Free (800) 322-6994,Ext. 218
Fax: 805-884-7219
Supervised by Kathy Mottarella
Kendra McWright
Kendra McWright - Impacted by friends and a family served by the regional center system, I first began working with individuals served by the regional center as a volunteer with OCRA. Prior to becoming the Clients' Rights Advocate at Tri-Counties Regional Center and Central Valley Regional Center, I was the interim Clients' Rights Advocate at several OCRA offices. I received my law degree from Santa Barbara College of Law and have family here so I am excited about the opportunity to return to the Tri-Counties area . During law school, I clerked in the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Treatment Courts and interned in the Legal Resource Center staffed by Legal Aid of Santa Barbara County.

I remain deeply committed to advocating for the rights of people with developmental disabilities and working to ensure access to public benefits, education and independence.


Gina GhenoGina Gheno - I am the Assistant Clients’ Rights Advocate for clients of Tri-Counties Regional Center. For as long as I can remember, I have been interested in assisting people with developmental disabilities in understanding and advocating for their rights. I not only have a sibling who is a regional center client I have also worked with local vendors assisting people with developmental disabilities in their homes and at their jobs. I hold a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of California at Santa Barbara. I look forward to coming to work every day to enhance the lives of the people that I serve.