Girls Inc. of Carpinteria Welcomes New Board President and Members

Girls Inc. of Carpinteria is pleased to announce the appointment of Lori Pearce, director of information technology and business operations at NuSil Technology, as the organization’s new board president. The nonprofit has also appointed three new members: Caroline Alarcon, Peter Dugré and Angelina Lane.

“We are delighted to welcome Lori as our new board president, along with a talented group of new members who are committed to advancing the mission of Girls Inc. in our community,” said Jamie Collins, executive director of Girls Inc. of Carpinteria. “As we work through these challenging times—and as we look ahead to our 50th anniversary next year—the support and diverse skillset of our Board of Trustees continues to be a tremendous asset to our organization. I look forward to what’s ahead and working together to further our important work for local girls.”

Lori Pearce has served on the Girls Inc. of Carpinteria board for two years. During her tenure at NuSil Technology, a global specialty silicone manufacture, Pearce has cultivated an information technology and support department and successfully developed it into a multi-national, mature operation. Under her leadership, her team has developed a data center and communication infrastructure that supports multiple countries and states.

Pearce 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 previously served on the Carpinteria Chamber of Commerce’s Board of Directors. 

“I believe wholeheartedly in the mission and values of Girls Inc. and am honored to have been appointed president of the Board of Trustees,” said Pearce. “This is a significant moment in the almost 50-year history of the organization. From shifting programming and supporting our girls through a global pandemic, to meeting the financial challenges that all nonprofits are currently facing, I am grateful to have Jamie as our executive director along with her dedicated staff. With them in corner, I know we will continue to inspire strong, smart and bold girls!”

Caroline Alarcon is the owner of Reliant Notary Services in Carpinteria. As a small business owner, Alarcon understands and values the importance of community and believes in giving back. She also brings prior experience in the Public Health Department and nonprofit sector, and has worked in leadership roles for areas including public engagement, fiscal responsibility, strategic planning and has policy writing for other governmental agencies.

Alarcon currently serves on the Board of the Carpinteria Chamber of Commerce and the Latina Professional Alliance. She believes greatly in the importance of investing in the community’s youth.

Peter Dugré is co-owner of Two Trumpets Communications, a Carpinteria-based agency specializing in outreach for organizations. Prior to that, Dugré spent ten years as a journalist, editor and director of print publications in the local media market. He specializes in messaging through written materials, long term publicity strategies and media relations.

Dugré graduated with honors from UCSB with a degree in English literature. He serves on the board of Parents for Carpinteria Family School and helped organize Kinderkirk Preschool’s annual auction for five years. He resides in La Conchita with his partner Lea Boyd and three children.

Angelina Lane is an attorney and partner at Lynn & O’Brien, LLP, where her focus has been in civil litigation and plaintiff cases for injury, including civil rights actions, appellate work and criminal law in both the State and Federal Courts. Lane has also worked extensively with the California Appellate Project, undertaking criminal appeals to rectify potential abuses within the court system. She previously worked with the Santa Barbara District Attorney’s office as a deputy district attorney in Santa Maria.

Lane holds a Juris Doctor degree from Chapman University and a bachelor’s degree in sociology and criminal justice from Cal State Long Beach. A Southern California native who was born in Santa Barbara with longtime family roots in the community, she currently lives in Carpinteria with her husband, Michael, their two children and one furry, four-legged child. She credits her mother and grandmothers for being role models of independent, strong women in her life, showing her that with hard work and determination, anything is possible.

Additional new officers to Girls Inc. of Carpinteria’s Board of Trustees include: Jacquelyn Pawela-Crew, Vice President; Katie Convoy, Secretary; and John Franklin, Treasurer.

For a complete list of all of Girls Inc. of Carpinteria’s Board of Trustees, or to learn more or make a donation, please visit www.girlsinc-carp.org.

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Girls Inc. of Carpinteria is a member of Girls Incorporated®, a nonprofit organization that inspires all girls to be strong, smart, and bold. Our programming focuses on the development of the whole girl: we deliver life-changing programs and experiences designed to equip girls to overcome serious barriers and grow up healthy, educated, and independent. A combination of long-lasting mentoring relationships, a pro-girl environment and research-based programming prepares girls to lead fulfilling and productive lives and become role models in their community. Girls Inc. of Carpinteria currently serves more than 1100 youth in the Carpinteria Valley and Ventura Country, from Pre-K through 12th grade. To learn more, become a volunteer or offer support, please visit www.girlsinc-carp.org/

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