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.
- Theresa Huerta, President
- Lori Pearce, Vice-President
- John Franklin, Treasurer
- Diane Wondolowski, Secretary
- John Cerda, Special Committee Chair
- Terri Allison
- Kevin Baird
- Orlando Hernandez
- Stefanie Herrington
- Dawn Howard
- Chris Jacobs
- Micheline G. Miglis
- Sharon Organista
- Jacquelyn Pawela-Crew
- Gail Persoon
- Diana Rigby
Theresa Huerta, President
Theresa Huerta is a seasoned, influential communications strategist with more than 20 years of experience spanning all communication disciplines and various industries including consumer and lifestyle brands, and aerospace defense. Theresa is currently employed by The Raytheon Company, one of the nation’s largest defense contractors, where 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 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 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 and First 5’s Communications Committee.
Lori Pearce, Vice President
Lori Pearce is director of information technology and business operations at NuSil Technology, a global specialty silicone manufacturer. Since joining NuSil, Pearce has cultivated a small information technology and support department and successfully developed it into a multi-national, mature operation. She holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Indiana University East and an associate degree in computer science from Santa Barbara City College. She is an active volunteer in the community with local schools and organizations including Carpinteria Valley Girls Softball and the Girl Scouts, and served on the Carpinteria Chamber of Commerce’s Board of Directors.
Lori joined the Girls Inc. of Carpinteria board in January 2018 after serving on its finance committee for several years. Lori also sits on Girls Inc.’s IT committee.
“I know how hard it is for girls, especially when you hit that evil junior high time when it’s important to be strong, to be independent and really think about their education. The young ladies who come out of these programs blow your mind away.”
John Franklin, Treasurer
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.
Diane Wondolowski, Secretary
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.”
Terri Allison, Trustee
Terri Allison is an early childhood education consultant for Transition House, the Santa Barbara Unified School District, and the Community Action Commission of Santa Barbara. Terri was a founder of Storyteller Children’s Center nearly 30 years ago and served as executive director from 2005 to 2015. She helped write the original grant asking for funds to provide care for homeless children while their parents looked for work — a grant that eventually led to the establishment of Storyteller Children’s Center.
Terri holds a multi-subject teaching credential, and received a post-graduate certificate in Infant-Parent Mental Health from the University of Massachusetts, Boston. Terri is also the co-author of Moon Mother, Moon Daughter: Myths and Rituals that Celebrate a Girl’s Coming of Age.
“Girls Inc. provides quality programs the support the development of each girl’s unique sense of self — empowering them to discover their own voice and personal power.”
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.
Orlando Hernandez, Trustee
Orlando has worked as a tax auditor for the Internal Revenue Service since 1984, and is a certified instructor for the IRS. He obtained a bachelor of science in political science and sociology at Westmont College. Orlando lives in Carpinteria with his wife, Nancy Tillie, and is an avid golfer.
Orlando joined the board of Girls Inc. of Carpinteria in January 2018 and serves on its finance committee. He has volunteered with Girls Inc.’s Mariachi Encuentro committee for six years. For the past 26 years, Orlando has volunteered with VITA in Santa Barbara and Ventura. He is a former board president of the Carpinteria Boys & Girls Club, and a former board member of the United Boys and Girls Clubs. He is also a Diamond Star recipient with California 4H.
“Our girls are going to be the leaders of households in the future – and my goal as a board member is to ensure girls understand the long-term economic and social benefits of making healthy diet choices.”
Stefanie Herrington, Trustee
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.”
Micheline G. Miglis, Trustee
Micheline G. Miglis currently serves as the Assistant Superintendent of Educational Services for the Fillmore Unified School District. A longtime Ventura County educator, she began her career in education with the Oxnard Union High School District as an Instructional Assistant in their Migrant Education Program. She served with distinction as an educator in the greater Oxnard and Port Hueneme area for the majority of her professional career. Micheline’s career includes teaching at the high school, junior high school, and adult education levels along with notable accomplishments as a results-oriented administrator at the K-12 site and district level.
She has prior successful leadership as a County Superintendent of Schools, Assistant Superintendent of Educational Services, Principal, Community College Counselor, and direct, in-depth expertise of the Local Control and Accountability Plan (LCAP) and Multi-Tiered Systems of Support. Micheline is a strong advocate of establishing collaborative teacher/staff rapport and the impact that this relationship can have on increasing student achievement.
Micheline earned her BA and MS degrees from California Lutheran University and is the first in her family to receive a post-secondary degree in the U.S.
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.