Foodbank of Santa Barbara County Welcomes Four New Board Members

Foodbank of Santa Barbara County’s Board of Trustees Welcomes Four New Members

Community leaders in children’s health, philanthropy, media and marketing join Foodbank’s volunteer board

(Santa Barbara, CA) — Pediatric gastroenterologist Dr. Helen John-Kelly, community leader Betsey von Summer Moller, news publisher Cynthia Schur and marketing executive Ian Stewart have joined the Foodbank of Santa Barbara County’s Board of Trustees. The all-volunteer board oversees the Foodbank’s ongoing efforts to provide healthy food and nutrition knowledge to all residents of Santa Barbara County.

“These new board members bring important skills and experience to the Foodbank,” said Board Chair Vibeke Staal Weiland. “We look forward to working with them to continue our mission of ending hunger and transforming the health of Santa Barbara County through good nutrition.”

“We’re thrilled to welcome Dr. John-Kelly, Ms. von Summer Moller, Ms. Schur and Mr. Stewart to the Foodbank family,” Foodbank CEO Erik Talkin said. “The depth of business, media, marketing and healthcare experience they bring will help us take the work of the organization to the next level in moving Santa Barbara County from hunger into health.”

Prior to joining the Pacific Children’s Gastroenterology practice in Santa Barbara in 2012, Dr. John-Kelly attended Madras Medical College in India and completed her pediatric internship and residency in New York, as well as a fellowship in pediatric gastroenterology at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. As a pediatric gastroenterologist, Dr. John-Kelly understands the importance of food security and good nutrition in children’s health.

“My interest in the Foodbank began after the invitation to speak on obesity and food at The Lark restaurant in 2015,” said John-Kelly. “Chef Jason held a demonstration after my talk, which was an eye-opening experience to several local families.” She added, ”Teaching children and families how to cook and eat nurturing food is what sets the Foodbank of Santa Barbara County apart from other organizations that provide food for those in need.”

Community leader and philanthropist Betsey von Summer Moller has been a Santa Barbara resident since 2003 and has a long history of community service, including serving on the board of The Lobero Associates and the Montecito Education Foundation, and assisting with fundraising for The Crane School. She is looking forward to helping the Foodbank grow and serve more Santa Barbara County residents.

“I am interested in helping the Foodbank because in addition to giving people food, the Foodbank is teaching and educating people about nutrition,” she said.

Newspaper publisher Cynthia Schur, who has worked in journalism for over 30 years, is currently president and publisher of Lee Central Coast Newspapers. She joined the board to help with the Foodbank’s nutrition education programs in North County.

“Through board participation I hope to further support the Foodbank’s effort to expand food literacy in North County,” said Schur.

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.”

The four new trustees will join the current board, which is made up of the following members: Weiland, a certified Nutritional Therapy Practitioner; George Bean, owner and founder of Capital West Associates, LLC; Cindy Halstead, chief financial officer of Channel Islands YMCA; Carol Olson, a compliance consultant for investment advisory firms; Frank Abatemarco, film producer and agent at Sotheby’s International Realty; Narded Eguiluz, district manager for Driscoll’s in Santa Maria; Wayne Elias, vice president at Farm Credit West; Scott Hansen, regional managing director for Wells Fargo Wealth Management; Tim Harrington, Lompoc community supporter and principal at TerraLink Consulting; Barbara Tzur, founder and president of Brylen Technologies; and Erwin Villegas, chief estimator for Frank Schipper Construction Co.

About the Foodbank of Santa Barbara County

The Foodbank of Santa Barbara County is transforming health by eliminating hunger and food insecurity through good nutrition and food literacy. The Foodbank provides nourishment and education through a network of more than 300 partner agencies, nutrition education programs operated by the Foodbank, and volunteers. In Santa Barbara County, one in four people receive food support from the Foodbank annually; over 150,000 unduplicated people of whom 39% are children. Last year, the Foodbank distributed 10 million pounds of food–nearly half of which was fresh produce. For more information, visit

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