Melissa R. Petersen, Board Chair
Melissa Petersen, CPA, is a sole practitioner providing audit and tax services for local non-profit organizations. Her exclusive focus on the non-profit community allows her to delve deeply into the issues facing local non-profit organizations. Melissa earned her Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of California – Santa Barbara. Melissa has two small children, which can often be seen at various Foodbank events. Melissa and her family enjoy getting outdoors as much as possible, including hiking, camping and working in the garden.
Jim Stollberg, Vice Chair
Mr. Stollberg was raised in Santa Maria and graduated from the University of California, Davis with a B.S. in Crop Science and Management. Following college he began working in the wine grape industry in the Santa Maria Valley for Hampton Farming Company. Since that time he became a
partner in Hampton Farming Company and also manages and consults under my own company, Maverick Farming.
In addition to his professional and personal responsibilities, Mr. Stollberg enjoys fundraising for charities and volunteering his time at local events. He sits on the Board of Directors for the Central Coast Wine Growers Association, Vineyard Team, and the Dean Brown Leadership Foundation, of which he is a founding member. These organizations provide support and education for agriculturalists across California and work to educate the public about how and where their food is grown.
Mr. Stollberg is married and has twin boys who are 7 years old. As a family they enjoy golf, tennis, soccer, baseball, and swimming.
George Thurlow, Chair Emeritus
George Thurlow has held the position of Assistant Vice Chancellor for Alumni Affairs at UC Santa Barbara since 2007. He spent 30 years in journalism, ultimately returning to Santa Barbara as publisher of the Santa Barbara Independent in 1994. He is the past chair of the Board of Directors of the Santa Barbara Foundation, the Fund for Santa Barbara, the Conference Visitor and Film Commission, the UC Santa Barbara Alumni Association and the Downtown Organization. He and his wife Denise have three children, Kendra Gaete, who is raising two children in Santa Barbara; George IV who is an assistant vice president at Business First Bank; and Lincoln, who is finishing graduate school in computer engineering at UC Santa Cruz.
Deborah Adam, Secretary
Deborah Adam owns and operates Innovative Produce and Faith Farming, a producer of conventional and organic vegetables and strawberries in the Santa Maria Valley, with her husband, George Adam. Born and raised in Yorba Linda, CA where her family was in the citrus farming business, Deborah moved to San Luis Obispo earning her B. S. in Dietetics and Food Administration from Cal Poly. Deborah has been actively involved in various community activities including youth track and field as well St. Louis de Montfort’s parish Finance Council and PTO board.
Deborah and George have lived in Orcutt for 29 years and have 4 children. Weekends are spent enjoying the beautiful Central Coast and attending various Ag related functions.
Frank Abatemarco, a longtime Montecito Resident has been successfully selling Montecito Luxury Properties for 10 years with Sotheby’s International Realty.
Prior to moving to Santa Barbara Frank was an award winning Television Writer and Producer who wrote a variety of Television drama series and Movies for Television including Star Trek, The Next Generation.
Frank recognizes the importance of giving back to the community and he is active in a variety of charitable organizations. He is the past Chairman of the board of trustees for the Santa Barbara Foodbank. He is on the board of directors for Montecito Association and serves on the Land Use Committee. He is married to Toni Abatemarco and they have two children; Gina, a recent graduate of NYU Film School and Christopher who will be attending Embry- Riddle.
Peter N. Brown
Peter N. Brown is a partner at the law firm of Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck in Santa Barbara, and was a partner in the law firm of Hatch & Parent before that firm’s merger with Brownstein in 2008. His legal practice emphasizes land use, environmental law, and public law. He received his Bachelor’s Degree from Amherst College and his law degree from the University of Southern California, where he was an editor of the Southern California Law Review. He has served on the Board of Directors of the Music Academy of the West and The Granada Theater, and currently is Vice President of the Goleta Valley Chamber of Commerce. He and his wife Suzanne, a retired music teacher of the Goleta Union School District, have lived in Santa Barbara for 38 years, and raised their children, Chris and Matt here.
Dianne, a certified diabetic educator, works as a Physician Assistant (PA-C) at Dawes Family Medicine in Santa Maria. She graduated fromUCSB in 1994 with a BS in Biopsychology and from Butler University in Indianapolis with a BS in Health Sciences/ Physician Assistant.
Working with the Foodbank is her my first big leap into volunteerism. She moved to the central coast in 2006 to be closer to family. She enjoys the local areas through hiking, going to plays and concerts and spending the weekends in parks, beaches and wineries.
Mr. Narded Eguiluz grew up in San Luis Obispo County and graduated from Cal Poly, SLO with a B.S. in Agribusiness. After college, he worked for his family’s farm, managing the operations and working in the fields. He eventually moved to Santa Cruz for 8 years to pursue a career with a leading horticulture company, overseeing the processing and distribution of flower bulbs. Wanting to return to his agricultural roots, Mr. Eguiluz moved to the Central Coast and now resides in Santa Maria with his wife and their 2 dogs.He is currently the Distribution Center Manager for Driscoll’s Santa Maria facility, and an active member of Driscoll’s Philanthropy Grants Committee. Mr. Eguiluz is excited to be on the Foodbank Board of Trustees to help share his distribution knowledge and give back to his community.
Wayne has lived in the Santa Maria Valley for over twenty-five years and is a Vice President at Farm Credit West. During his lending career he has worked in Ventura and Carpentaria. His job is to provide short-term farm operating loans, equipment leases and farmland mortgage to local growers, ranchers and vineyard operators. Wayne received his BS degree in Agriculture from California State University, Chico with a focus in business management.
Wayne developed his sense of community involvement from raising his three children in a small community. He and his wife, Cynthia, were involved as leaders in the Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts Organizations. Wayne has been a member of the Santa Maria Noontime Kiwanis Club for twenty-four years. He served on the Board of Directors for several years and was awarded Member of Year for his volunteer work and fund raising efforts. When Wayne is not working, he can be found relaxing on his small farm or up in the Sierra’s hiking or skiing.
Dr. John La Puma, M.D.
John La Puma M.D. is a board-certified internist and an expert in nutrition and the lifestyle and dietary management of obesity and common chronic diseases. He is on a mission to discover the personal medical problems that stop you from looking and feeling your best, and to help you Refuel® your body with what you eat, to become your best you. The first physician in the US to teach a cooking and nutrition course in a US medical school, at SUNY with Michael Roizen M.D., Dr. La Puma is cofounder of ChefMD®, inventor of GlutenFreeQuiz.com, and director of CHEF Clinic®. He co-hosted the national cable weekly series Health Corner for Lifetime TV for nearly four years, recently with Leeza Gibbons and Joan Lunden, and will host ChefMD Shorts with Dr John La Puma on PBS from 2014 through 2016. He is the author of the forthcoming (Men donʼt diet, men…) REFUEL® (Crown/Harmony, 2014) and author or coauthor of two NY Times best-sellers: ChefMDʼs Big Book of Culinary Medicine (Crown, 2008) and RealAge Diet (HarperCollins, 2001). Also a professionally trained chef, Dr. La Puma is nationally recognized for his scientifically-sound and engaging approach to food and health. He sees patients and is based in Santa Barbara, California.
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Carol Poundstone Olson, CFA, Consultant
Ms. Olson has a consulting business which conducts independent compliance reviews for Investment Advisory firms. She has over 25 years of experience in the securities business. Prior to starting her own firm, she served as Chief Compliance Officer and Treasurer of Santa Barbara Asset Management. In addition to her compliance experience she has as Chief Financial Officer for various firms. She has a BS in Finance and Economics from the University of Arizona. She obtained her Chartered Financial Analyst designation in 1999. Carol moved to Santa Barbara in 2006 with her husband, Stephen. Carol has been actively involved in various community activities including Santa Barbara Museum of Art Women’s board, Girls Inc.
Mrs. Przekop has 28 years of experience in college admissions at the University of California where she currently serves as Associate Director of School Services. In this capacity she coordinates outreach activities to high school and community colleges students interested in pursuing higher education at UCSB. Mrs. Przekop has served on several educational committees and boards including the UCSB Alumni Association Board of Directors, California Student Opportunity and Access Program Board of Directors in both Santa Barbara and Santa Maria, the Student Aid Committee of the Santa Barbara Foundation. She has been the advisor to the Zeta Chapter of Lambda Sigma Gamma Sorority, Incorporated, a multicultural sorority at UCSB since 1994 and founded the Guardian Scholar Program at UCSB which serves the needs of former Foster Youth enrolled at the university. In 2007 she was recognized by the Santa Barbara Independent Newspaper as a “Local Hero” for her work with Santa Barbara youth. Lisa lives in Goleta, California with her husband Fred and their two teenage sons.
Ms. Rosin, project manager and event coordinator for SBC Planet, under the umbrella of the Santa Barbara Permaculture Network, is a dedicated food and social justice advocate focusing on food systems research and a community networking project to support a tri-county sustainable food system, ultimately inspiring her to help bring back the Santa Barbara Food Policy Council and to initiate the group’s involvement in the California Food Policy Council. A graduate of Western State College in Colorado with a BA in Art and English, Carla also has certification in both Classical Homeopathy and Montessori Education. This lead to a passionate interest in both biodynamic and permaculture food growing practices. Besides having a devoted dedication to supporting Foodbank projects and events, Ms. Rosin has volunteered with several other not-profit organizations with similar missions. Spare moments are spent with the local farmers market community, running on the beach or practicing yoga.
Barry M. Spector
Barry Spector has over 30 years of experience in the food industry, spanning diverse operating and advisory roles. Mr. Spector began his career at Acme Foods, a family-owned meat snack manufacturing company in Baltimore, Maryland. Growing it into a solid middle market company, he assisted the family in selling the business in 1991 to GoodMark Foods, maker of “Slim Jims”. Upon closing, he most notably led and managed a $200 million co-pack meat snack agreement with Frito-Lay. Mr. Spector went on to hold CEO positions in the snack foods, information technology, and venture capital industries. In 1997 he joined an investment banking firm to lead their efforts in the food and snack sector. In 1999 he was recruited to start a consumer investment banking advisory group at Ferris Baker Watts, Inc. until their acquisition by Royal Bank of Canada in 2008. Currently, Mr. Spector is a principal with the J H Chapman Group in Rosemont, IL. Chapman is a preeminent advisory firm in the food sector.
Mr. Spector was educated at Ohio University and Johns Hopkins University, and completed the Harvard Business School’s Owner-President Management Program. He has served on the boards of Rymer Foods (NASDAQ:RYMR), La Parisienne Bakery, and the University of Maryland’s William Smith Graduate School of Business and Management-Dingman Center. Mr. Spector is a member of WPO (World Presidents Organization) and served as an officer and board member of the Baltimore-Washington YPO chapter. Currently he serves on the Boards of Saval Foods, EMD Sales Company, and Codign, Inc. In 2006, Mr. Spector moved from Baltimore, Maryland to Santa Barbara and joined the Foodbank board.
Vibeke Weiland is a certified Nutritional Therapy Practitioner practicing at Santa Barbara Wellness for Life in Santa Barbara. She received her M.A. in behavioral psychology from the University of California, San Diego and also holds a certification as a Specialist in Fitness Nutrition from the International Sports Sciences Association. Vibeke believes in encouraging optimal health through a lifestyle aligned with what homo sapiens evolved to do: eat real food as nature provides it, move, sleep soundly, be outdoors and share in community. She joined the board in 2013 with the goal of supporting the Foodbank’s efforts to develop sound nutritional policies and provide vital nutritional education to the residents of Santa Barbara County. Her professional affiliations include the Nutritional Therapy Association, the International Sports Services Association and the National Association of Nutritional Professionals. She is an avid hiker and cook. She and her husband have two teenaged children who good-naturedly tolerate- and frequently even enjoy- her kitchen experiments.