Jim Houck, Chair
After volunteering for two years, Jim joined the FoodBank Board in May 2019 and Chaired the Governance and Nominating Committee before being elected to the Chairperson position for the Fiscal year 2021-22. He also serves on the Engineering Advisory Board for his undergraduate Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas.
Jim is a native of Texas and graduated in 1970 with BS in Mechanical Engineering and a MBA in 1973 from the University of Houston. He also served as an officer in the US Army Corps of Engineers. His professional career spanned 40+ years and 15 moves. He has held positions of increasing responsibility including CEO of two public companies in Canada and serving on four public companies’ Boards of Directors, chairing several Board Committees. He is a dual US and Canadian citizen living 14 years in Canada before retiring to Santa Barbara in 2017 with his spouse Pamela.
Carol, my wife, and I relocated to Santa Barbara almost 10 years ago leaving New York as the Rudolph N. Schullinger Professor emeritus of Surgery and Pediatrics, Columbia University, Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons where I was also Surgeon-in-Chief and Chair of Surgery at the Morgan-Stanley Children’s’ Hospital of New York. As director of the Charles Edison Laboratory for Pediatric Surgery, we became recognized for our work in neonatal lung injury, newborn oxygen delivery, and the use of novel artificial organs for prolonged neonatal life support. I was also responsible for educating pediatric surgery fellows, research fellows, pediatric surgery faculty, and medical students. I am currently Visiting Scholar at UCSB, have an appointment at the University of Chicago, School of Medicine and am a consultant to the World Telehealth Initiative.
I am an advocate for the well-being of children and their families knowing without good health, their future is most challenging. The mission and vision of the Foodbank, for me, a logical continuation of that advocacy. I have embraced and am pleased to work with the FBSBC because of its central role in developing food security and food knowledge for the most vulnerable among us…the children and their families in our community. Food, and a few other things, mark their future!
Jessica Moitoza, Treasurer
Melissa Petersen, Secretary
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.
Scott Hansen is the regional managing director for Wells Fargo Wealth Management for the Coastal Gateway market in California. The Coastal Gateway market includes San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara and Ventura counties, and the San Fernando Valley. As a senior leader in the region, Mr. Hansen is accountable for delivering an exceptional experience for clients of Wealth Management and Wells Fargo Private Bank; driving business planning and execution; and recruiting, retaining, coaching and developing talent. He actively leads advisors who help clients meet their wealth management needs through a variety of wealth planning, investment management, private banking, trust services, insurance, and integrated financial solutions. Prior to joining Wells Fargo, Mr. Hansen worked at U.S. Trust, Bank of America for nine years, where he held a number of positions within the wealth management spectrum. He has been in the financial services industry for 29 years. Scott resides in Ventura with his wife of 18 years and their three children. Mr. Hansen also currently serves on the board for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Ventura County and on the board of trustees for the Ventura County Community Foundation. Scott also serves on advisory boards for California State University, Channel Islands and the Cancer Support Community of Valley/Ventura. Scott is a volunteer coach with Ventura Foothill Little League Baseball and the Ventura Youth Basketball Association.
After graduating from California Polytechnic University, San Luis Obispo, Tim Harrington went on to earn his MBA at Golden Gate University. Since then, he has served in multiple capacities throughout Santa Barbara County. As a former member of the Lompoc Valley Chamber of Commerce, the Advisory Board of the Lompoc Food Pantry, LUSD Community Education Foundation Board, Lompoc Valley YMCA Finance Committee, and the Allan Hancock College Foundation Board, Tim has shown a great commitment to our local communities. He also has an extensive background in business, with experience at Raytheon, Hughes Aircraft, and the Small Business Development Center Program. He is currently working as Principal at TerraLink Consulting and continues to volunteer through committee work.
Ian Stewart is vice president of marketing at Deckers Outdoor Corp., where he oversees the UGG brand, and has held marketing positions with several major brands as well as serving as marketing director for the nonprofit Surfrider Foundation.
“It is an honor to join the Board and be able to work with the team on building the Foodbank brand in Santa Barbara,” said Stewart. “Their mission of turning ‘hunger into health’ is something that I truly believe can transform lives in our community, and I am excited to help raise awareness of all the work the Foodbank does to make this a new reality.”