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.
- Kevin Baird
- John Cerda
- John Franklin
- Clyde Freeman
- Theresa Huerta
- Micheline G. Miglis
- Sharon Organista
- Jacqueline 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.”
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.”
Clyde Freeman, Trustee
Clyde Freeman is a Senior Vice President with Montecito Bank & Trust as Manager of Construction and Community Development Lending. With more than 45 years of banking experience, Clyde is an expert in construction, commercial, and affordable housing loans. Clyde earned a Certificate in Engineering Management for Construction from UCLA, an Master’s in finance from CSU-Northridge, and a Bachelor’s. in accounting from San Diego State University. Clyde also served in the U.S. Navy and received a Meritorious Unit Commendation for his service in Vietnam. He is the First Vice President of the Carpinteria Lions Club and an active volunteer with Carpinteria Beautiful.
Clyde and his wife, Diana, have lived in Carpinteria for more than 30 years and have three children and six grandchildren. Clyde is a past president of Girls Inc. of Carpinteria and serves on its finance and facilities committees. “I thank my wife for getting me involved with Girls Inc. I firmly believe in Girls Inc.’s core mission of helping girls to become strong, smart, and bold – teaching girls basic life skills, how to respect themselves and identify their inner beauty, and how to use the power of their voice.”
Theresa Huerta, Trustee
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 integrated communications for a $1.6B business area of Raytheon Company, the nation’s third largest defense contractor. In this role she interfaces with global news media, community leaders and internal Raytheon stakeholders to build and protect the company’s brand reputation through strategic communication plans and counsel. Huerta also served as the company’s principle liaison for community outreach.
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 Bureau, 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 child well-being and empowering young women. In addition to her involvement with Girls Inc., Theresa serves on her children’s school Parent Teacher Association Board, the Girls Inc. of Carpinteria Board of Trustees, Raytheon’s Women’s Network, the Dos Pueblos Engineering Academy Advisory Council, and First 5’s Communications Committee.