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Lori Pearce

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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.

Lori 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.

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Diana Rigby

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Diana Rigby is the current Carpinteria Unified School District (CUSD) Superintendent and a former Carpinteria resident with an extensive career in education administration in Ventura, Santa Barbara and Concord, Massachusetts. She began her career as a speech/language specialist and special education teacher in Hueneme School District and an administrator in Ventura County Schools.  She worked as the director of student services and assistant superintendent in Santa Barbara School Districts and has also taught special education courses at Westmont College. In 2003, Diana relocated to the East Coast where she led the Concord Public Schools and Concord-Carlisle Regional School District before returning to Carpinteria this past year.

Diana attended Northwestern University and the University of Massachusetts where she received a bachelor’s degree in communication studies. She completed graduate work for a master’s degree in speech and hearing sciences at UC Santa Barbara, and additional coursework in special education and school administration at California Lutheran University.

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Anu Sharma

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Anu Sharma is a pediatrician at Santa Barbara Neighborhood Clinics. With more than 25 years of experience, she focuses on under-resourced and marginalized communities, at-promise youth, and civic engagement in innovative spaces. She encourages her young patients to volunteer in their communities and helps older teens to register to vote in her office as part of their annual physicals through an initiative she is involved with called Vot-ER.

With a passion for child advocacy, and advancing social justice and health equity, Dr. Sharma’s volunteer experiences range from Covid-19 vaccine clinics in Santa Barbara, mass free clinics in New Orleans post-Hurricane Katrina, and disaster relief to fishing villages in South India destroyed by the 2004 tsunami. Having grown up in Louisiana, she received her medical training in New Orleans and New York before ultimately moving to Carpinteria. Dr. Sharma credits Girls Inc. of Carpinteria for providing a safe and nurturing space for own daughter after school for the past seven years, and being a “vital part of her personal growth and education.”

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April Simpson

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April Simpson is an executive producer and distributor of mainstream content in the digital realm of several high-profile talent podcasts and social media channels, regularly consulting with individuals, corporations and nonprofits and show producers. For more than a decade, she produced nationally syndicated shows airing across the US for broadcast and online. As a veteran storyteller, content producer, editor and feature reporter, Simpson has had the opportunity to interview top A-list athletes, dine with Michelin star chefs and conduct one-on-one interviews with names such as Harrison Ford, Robin Williams, Morgan Freeman, Nicole Kidman, Susan Sarandon and many more. She has also shot, edited and hosted food and travel features from Beijing, China to Amalfi Coast, Italy.

A Ventura resident, Simpson previously served as a volunteer communications director for Uncaged.com, a young anti-human trafficking nonprofit, where she helped guide, build and manage the organization’s brand message on all mediums.

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Bianca Vega

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Bianca Vega is the assistant head of school at Santa Barbara Middle School. A Santa Barbara native, she joined Teach for America in Los Angeles after college and later was awarded the Fund for Teachers fellowship and received a grant to study the habitats of manatees and dolphins in Belize. She has taught in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Thailand, Mexico and Colombia prior to moving back to California.

Vega holds a master’s degree in education from Loyola Marymount University and a bachelor’s degree in human biology with a specialty in gender issues from Standford University. In her free time, she enjoys reading, dancing, spinning and traveling.

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