Staff

    • NORTH COUNTY (NC)
      490 W. Foster Rd.
      Santa Maria, CA 93455
      Phone: (805) 937-3422
      Fax: (805) 937-8750
    • SOUTH COUNTY (SC)
      4554 Hollister Ave.
      Santa Barbara, CA 93110
      Phone: (805) 967-5741
      Fax: (805) 683-4951
    • Education & Administration Center
      1525 State St., Ste 100
      Santa Barbara, CA 93101
      Phone: (805) 967-5741
      Fax: (805) 683-4951
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Please contact staff for questions or additional information using their respective North County (NC) (805) 937-3422 or South County (SC) (805) 967-5741 phone numbers or click on their name for an email connection:

EXECUTIVE TEAM

Erik Talkin, Chief Executive Officer (805) 967-5741 x 100
Jamie Nichols, Chief Operations Officer – SC ext 105
Jane Lindsey, Chief Development & Resource Officer – SC ext 101
Carrie Wanek, Chief Financial Officer – SC ext 113
Melissa Fontaine, Director of Community Impact  – (805) 967-5741 x 121

OPERATIONS

Our Operations team at the Foodbank is responsible for the safe and efficient distribution of nutritious food through our network of non-profits and community programs. With a fleet of over 10 vehicles and over 30,000 feet of warehouse space, we’re capable of fielding and distributing more food than any non-profit in the county.
Jamie Nichols, Chief Operating Officer – SC ext 105
Jamie Diggs, Partner Services Mgr – NC ext 103
Steve Hoxie, Warehouse Supervisor/Safety – (805) 451-7085
Paul Ramirez, Warehouse Mgr – SC x 103
John Rivas, Warehouse Mgr – NC ext 102
Liz Woollard, Partner Services Coord – SC x 111
John Huerta, Warehouse Asst – SC
Glen De St. Jean, Warehouse Asst – NC
Jamie Diggs, North County Partner Services Manager – (805) 937-3422 x103
Josh Place, Warehouse Supervisor – SC
Louie Reyes, Warehouse Asst – NC
Alexa Senter, Backyard Bounty Coordinator – (805) 403-8327
Fred Smith, Warehouse Asst – SC
Dave Toy, Warehouse Asst – NC
Jose Trejo, Warehouse Asst – NC
Fernando Tejeda, Warehouse Asst -SC
Martin Valdiviezo, Warehouse Asst – NC
Cynthia Youngern, Warehouse Asst – NC

FOOD SOURCING

Whether it’s a national food retailer or a neighbor with a fruit tree, our Food Sourcing team actively procures millions of pounds of healthy food every year. In addition to receiving daily donations from community members, local retailers, and farmers, we also purchase millions of pounds of food to supplement our donated inventory, often for only a few cents on the dollar.
Jamie Nichols, Chief Operating Officer – SC ext 105
Lori Bailey, Food Sourcing Coordinator – NC ext 110
Alexa Senter Backyard Bounty Coordinator – (805) 403-8327

FINANCE & HUMAN RESOURCES

Carrie Wanek, Chief Financial Officer – SC ext 113
Sara Rudeen, Accounting/Human Resource Specialist – SC ext 114

IMPACT DEPARTMENT (Community Programs) & COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT (Volunteers)

Melissa Fontaine, Director of Community Impact  – (805) 967-5741 x 121
Paulina Llamas Aranda, Community Programs Coordinator  (Brown Bag Program)- (805) 284-5407
Maria Lopez, CalFresh Advocate – (805) 335-4027
Bethany Stetson, Senior Impact Manager (Food Literacy in Preschool, Kids Farmers Market, Teens Love Cooking) – (805) 403-5679
Tonja Van Gorp, Community Programs Coordinator (Diabetes Initiative) – (805) 680-8274|
Caitlin Henry, SC Community Leadership Coord (voluneers) – 805-403-2471     

DEVELOPMENT

For more information about making a donation, attending a fundraising event, sponsoring a program or grant related inquiries, please reach out to someone in this department.
Jane Lindsey, Chief Development & Resource Officer – SC ext 101
Laurel Alcantar, Donor Services Specialist (Contact for giving statements)- 937-3422 ext 104
Sunita Jethmalani, Director of Grants – SC ext 120
Darlene Chavez, Development Coordinator, NC ext 109
Matthew Neal, Director of Strategic Gifts – SC ext 116
Lee Sherman, Grants Mgr – SC ext 107
Leslie Velez, Development Coordinator – SC ext 110

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