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
Paul Wilkins, Chief Operations Officer – SC ext 105
Dan Thomas, Chief Development Officer – SC ext 101
Carrie Wanek, Chief Financial Officer – SC ext 113
Lee Sherman, Director of Community Impact  – SC ext 121
Lisa Skvarla, Director of Community Engagement – (805) 403-2471

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.
Paul Wilkins, Chief Operating Officer – SC ext 105
Steve Hoxie, Warehouse Manager NC – (805) 451-7085
Jesus Lopez, Warehouse Manager- SC ext 103
Jamie Diggs, Partner Services Manager – NC ext 103
Liz Woollard, Partner Services Coordinator – SC ext 111
Temo Garcia, Warehouse Supervisor – NC
Josh Place, Warehouse Supervisor – SC ext 106
Glen De St. Jean, Reclamation Supervisor – NC
Monica Buenrostro, Office Manager – NC (805) 937-3422 ext 105

Robert Baez, Warehouse Assistant – NC
Frank Basulto, Receiving and Inventory Coordinator – NC
Haley Horton, Warehouse Assistant, Grocery Rescue – SC
John Huerta, Warehouse Assistant/Driver – SC
Joseph Meza, Warehouse Assistant – SC
Armando Perez, Warehouse Assistant – NC
Louie Reyes, Warehouse Assistant – NC
Samuel Sanchez, Warehouse Assistant – NC
Albert Tejada, Warehouse Assistant, Floor Lead – SC
Cynthia Youngern, Warehouse Assistant – NC
Martin Valdiviezo, Transportation Lead – NC

VOLUNTEER SERVICES & BACKYARD BOUNTY

Lisa Skvarla, Director of Community Engagement – (805) 403-2471
Lori Bailey, Volunteer Services Supervisor, North County – (805) 937-3422 x 110
Spencer vonHershman, Volunteer Services Supervisor, South County – (805) 729-8309
Backyard Bounty Coordinator – (805) 403-8327

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.
Paul Wilkins, Chief Operating Officer – SC ext 105
Darryl Kuehl Backyard Bounty Coordinator – (805) 403-8327

FINANCE & HUMAN RESOURCES

Carrie Wanek, Chief Financial Officer – SC ext 113
Sara Rudeen, Accounting/Human Resource Manager – SC ext 114
Natelli Cripe, Finance Associate

IMPACT DEPARTMENT (Community Programs)

Lee Sherman, Director of Community Impact  – (805) 967-5741 x 121 or (805) 403-5679
Anne Barkett, Community Programs Manager- (805) 680-8274
Evan Baumman, CALFresh Outreach Specialist – (805) 699-1198

Paulina Llamas Aranda, Community Programs Manager – (805) 284-5407
Janessa Van Vechten, Community Programs Manger –  (805) 967-5741 ext 109

Sonia Sandoval, Healthy Neighborhood Coordinator, North County – (805) 335-4067
Roberto Plascencia, Program Coordinator, South County

DEVELOPMENT (Fundraising & Events)

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.
Dan Thomas, Chief Development Officer, SC ext 101
Matthew Neal, Director of Strategic Gifts, SC ext 116
Sunita Jethmalani, Director of Grants, SC ext 120
Laurel Alcantar, Development Manager, NC  (805) 937-3422 ext 104 (Contact for giving statements)
Leslie Velez, Development Coordinator, SC ext 110
Nathalie Keller, Corporate Giving Manager, SC (805) 967-5741, ext 119
Judith Smith-Meyer, Marketing Communications Manager, SC (805) 967-5741 ext 104
Anna Boren, Development Assistant, NC ext 106

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