Girls Incorporated of Carpinteria is governed by a volunteer board of directors comprised of respected community and business leaders from Carpinteria and throughout Santa Barbara County.
- Stefanie Herrington, President
- Theresa Huerta, Vice-President
- Diane Wondolowski, Treasurer
- Dr. Patricia Madrigal, Secretary
- Kevin Baird
- John Cerda
- John Franklin
- Micheline G. Miglis
- Sharon Organista
- Jacquelyn Pawela-Crew
- Gail Persoon
Stefanie Herrington, President
Stefanie Herrington is a partner in the law firm of Bartlett & Herrington, P.C., in Carpinteria, where she assists families with estate planning, trust administration, and probate matters. Stefanie is a charter member of the Rotary Club of Carpinteria Sunset and was a member of the Rotary Club of Carpinteria Morning for five years. She received her bachelor’s degree from the University of Colorado at Boulder and was a copy editor for the Boulder Daily Camera newspaper. Stefanie received her J.D. from the University of Oregon, where she served as editor-in-chief of the Oregon Law Review. Prior to establishing her law firm in Carpinteria, Stefanie clerked for the Hon. Daniel Taubman at the Colorado Court of Appeals in Denver and practiced complex business litigation in Portland, Oregon.
Stefanie has served on the board of trustees of Girls Inc. of Carpinteria since 2012. “I am committed to Girls Inc. and its mission — inspiring all girls to be strong, smart and bold. I believe in the power of altering a child’s future by showing her that the world is full of diverse opportunities and providing the support necessary to achieve personal success.”
Theresa Huerta, Vice-President
Theresa Huerta is a seasoned, influential communications strategist with more than 18 years of experience spanning all communication disciplines and various industries including consumer and lifestyle brands, and aerospace defense. Theresa currently leads executive communications for a $1.6B business area of the Raytheon Company, one of the nation’s largest defense contractors. In this role she interfaces with company leadership to ensure strong employee understanding and engagement of business strategy. She also partners with internal Raytheon stakeholders to build and protect the company’s brand reputation through strategic communication plans and counsel.
Prior to joining Raytheon, Huerta held management positions at The Coca-Cola Company, Sebastian International, a division of Proctor & Gamble, The West Hollywood Convention and Visitors Bu
reau, and CarryOn PR, a boutique public relations agency specializing in health and consumer clients. Theresa earned a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Pepperdine University. She is also a graduate of Raytheon’s Diverse Leadership Development Program through UCLA’s Anderson School of Management and completed Boston College Carroll School of Management’s Corporate Community Involvement Program. Theresa lives and works in Santa Barbara, is married, has two young children and is passionate about cultural proficiency and empowering young women. In addition to her involvement with Girls Inc., Theresa serves on her children’s school Parent Teacher Association Board, Raytheon’s Women’s Network, the Dos Pueblos Engineering Academy Advisory Council, and First 5’s Communications Committee.
Diane Wondolowski, Treasurer
Diane Wondolowski is the Chief Operating Officer and Chief Financial Officer of the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History. She originally obtained her CPA with an international accounting firm in San Francisco, became a partner in a Santa Barbara CPA firm, and, in 1999, joined the ranks of one of her favorite clients, the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History as the Director of Finance and Administration. From 2005 to 2008, Diane served as the CFO for the Santa Barbara Museum of Art, and then returned to the Museum of Natural History. Diane has actively served on the boards of numerous organizations, including California Association of Museums, CalCPA, California Association of Student Councils, the Environmental Defense Center, Friends of the Carpinteria Library, and Save Ellwood Shores. She co-founded the Not-for-Profit Networking breakfast, facilitated the Santa
Barbara Nonprofit Financial Manager’s roundtable, and presents on nonprofit financial topics.
Diane and her husband Mike are both UC Berkeley graduates and live in Carpinteria. They enjoy hiking, biking, kayaking, and traveling. “Girls Inc. provides a safe educational environment where girls can learn to be themselves, think critically, try new activities, expand their horizons, creating our future citizens that are engaged and whose possibilities are limitless. That gives me hope for our future.”
Dr. Patricia Madrigal, Ph.D, Secretary
Dr. Patricia Madrigal is the Director of the Community of Schools and PEAC initiatives at Santa Barbara Unified School District. In her current position, she is involved in the development and coordination of college readiness and advancement programs for first generation college students. She leads a $1.3m initiative, and works closely with donors and community partners to provide additional academic and social-emotional supports for students and their families. For the last 20 years, she has been actively involved in education in the capacity of researcher, family engagement, program development, public policy, and as a national advocate for the implementation of educational resources for children and families living in poverty.
Dr. Madrigal earned a Bachelors degree from UCLA and a Ph.D. from USC in educational psychology, where she conducted extensive research for local and federal projects. She is proud to serve as Board Secretary for Girls Inc. of Carpinteria, an organization she is confident “provides the supports to change the trajectory for girls who were not always on the path to college”. Dr. Madrigal also serves on the Board of Trustees for Storyteller Children’s Center, Cal-SOAP, and on the Advisory Committee for Santa Barbara County Network of Family Resource Centers and for Santa Barbara Foundation Caregiver Initiative. Ensuring access to educational opportunities, student achievement, and keeping children safe and healthy is very important to Dr. Madrigal in both her work and as her personal mission.
Kevin Baird, Trustee
Kevin Baird CFP®, AIF®, AACEP brings more than 27 years of experience in the financial services industry to Girls Inc.’s board. As president and founder of Baird Wealth Strategy Group, Baird is devoted to helping pre and post retirees better manage their wealth, reduce future taxation and control the risk of their investments. He is a Certified Financial Planner™, Certified Estate Planner, and Accredited Investment Fiduciary® and holds the Series 7, 24 and 63 securities registrations in addition to life/health/disability insurance licenses.
Baird earned his B.A. from UCSB and is an active member of the community. He has served as a volunteer or board member for local organizations including UCPA, Mentor Match, Carpinteria Education Foundation, Klein Bottle Youth Programs, Rotary International, Boy Scouts of America and the Boys and Girls Club of Carpinteria.
John Franklin, Trustee
John Franklin served as the manager of the Carpinteria branch of Montecito Bank & Trust for more than 20 years. Previously, he held positions as senior vice president, branch administrator, and senior commercial loan officer.
Franklin served on the board of the Carpinteria Unified School District for more than two decades, including four years as president. He is a former board member of the Carpinteria Valley Chamber of Commerce and serves on the Chamber’s Junior Carpinterian of the Year scholarship committee. Franklin is on the board of the Summerland Sanitary District and a member of the finance committee for the Santa Barbara/Ventura County YMCA. He also serves on the finance and facilities committees at Girls Inc. of Carpinteria. Franklin grew up in Carpinteria and currently lives in Summerland. He has three children and four granddaughters.
Sharon Organista is a travel consultant with Montecito Village Travel and a longtime supporter of Girls Inc. of Carpinteria. She owned and operated Carpinteria Florist before entering the travel business in 1991.
An active member in the community, Organista first became involved with Girls Inc. Carpinteria as a volunteer more than 25 years ago. From coaching softball to chairing fundraising events and organizing auctions, her enthusiasm for Girls Inc.’s mission is evident in her devotion to the organization. She is also a member of the Carpinteria Women’s Club and previously served on the board of the Boys Club of Carpinteria. Organista was born and raised in Canada and studied interior design at Santa Barbara City College. She is married with two children and six grandchildren. She enjoys walking, hiking, traveling, cooking, and fishing.
Jacquelyn Pawela-Crew, Trustee
As a healthcare strategist, Jacquelyn Pawela-Crew has more than 20 years of experience directing innovative programs, strategies, and initiatives across diverse organizations that align with corporate objectives, business requirements and healthcare and technology regulations. She is currently a Senior Manager for Top Tier Consulting and previously served as a Primary Care Innovations Specialist for CareOregon. Prior to that position, she spent 21 years at Intel Corporation, where she held several Engineering Manager positions and led the Intel Healthcare Marketplace Collaborative.
Pawela-Crew holds a Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from Stanford University and a Bachelor of Science in Engineering from Yale University. She previously served as a board member for Girls Inc. of the Pacific Northwest, the Virginia Garcia Memorial Health Centers and the Portland Business Alliance. She served as a volunteer for the Portland Business Alliance Leadership Program and for the National Charity League, Portland Chapter.