Wilderness Youth Project Board has a new slate of officers

Wilderness Youth Project Announces New Board Members

Santa Barbara, CA— Wilderness Youth Project announces the election of new officers to its Board of Trustees.

Leading the Board of Trustees are Amy Schneider, President, Kerri Sanford, Vice President, Tony Rogers, M.D., Secretary and Diana Pereira, Treasurer. “Our new board leaders share a commitment to bringing nature connection to the youth of Santa Barbara. They bring talent, expertise and energy to the table. We are very fortunate to have them by our side as we continue to provide our nature-based mentoring programs to Santa Barbara. ” Michelle Howard, Development Director.


President: Amy Schneider

Amy Schneider’s entire professional life has been committed to the nonprofit and philanthropic sectors.  Most recently she served as the Executive Director of the Incredible Children’s Art Network (iCAN), a 501(c)(3) nonprofit founded in 2010 to transform the lives of young people through quality arts programming.

Previous positions include Program Officer with the Weingart Foundation, a regional grantmaker serving Southern California and one of the largest private foundations in the United States, Vice President of Programs for the Santa Barbara Foundation, a community foundation established to enrich the lives of the people of Santa Barbara County through philanthropy, and as an independent consultant to private foundations and individual philanthropists. Amy also served as the Development Officer for Direct Relief International, a Santa Barbara-based disaster relief and medical assistance organization. In addition to growing her consulting practice, she continues to be involved with a variety of nonprofit organizations in board, advisory, and volunteer roles.

A California native and resident of Santa Barbara since 1987, Amy holds a bachelor’s degree in political science and international relations from the University of California at Santa Barbara. She currently lives in Santa Barbara with her husband Nicholas J. Schneider, Esq. and their two children, one of whom has been participating in WYP programs since 2009.


Vice President: Kerri Sanford

Kerri moved to Santa Barbara in 2008 after living in New York for 13 years. Originally from the Los Angeles area, she earned a BFA in Musical Theater from the Boston Conservatory of Music and worked as a singer and actress both regionally and on Broadway. Kerri began her career as a child and has appeared in theater, commercials and televised events since the age of 9 years old. Kerri has also been an active community volunteer, both in New York and in Santa Barbara, since 2004. She has chaired events and served on executive committees for the Mental Health Initiative (a foundation for mental health), Education Through Music, Crane Country Day School and Santa Barbara Children’s Museum.

Treasurer: Diana Pereira

Diana Pereira is the Founder and President of Balance Financial Management, a business management consulting and accounting firm that specializes in growing companies. In addition to founding Balance, Ms. Pereira is currently the Chief Compliance Officer of Morton Capital Management, an investment advisory firm with over a billion in client assets. Prior to joining Morton, Ms. Pereira was the Chief Compliance Officer and Chief Financial Officer of West Coast Asset Management, a registered investment advisor focused on private equity, real estate funds and separately managed accounts in Montecito. Prior experience encompasses business and financial operations within private equity, hedge funds, investment banking, international trade, insurance, and technology start-ups. Ms. Pereira received her B.A. in Business Economics from UC Santa Barbara, her Juris Doctorate at the Santa Barbara College of Law, studied at the Universitaì di Bologna in Italy and is fluent in Italian. Ms. Pereira is a member of the State Bar of California and a Partner of Social Venture Partners Santa Barbara.

Most importantly, Diana is the mother to twin boys who love everything outdoors and WYP summer camp! Diana and her family spend most of their free time camping, hiking, biking and enjoying the natural beauty and resources of Santa Barbara. When not enjoying the outdoors, Diana can be found volunteering in our community.

Secretary: Anthony Rogers, M.D. – Family Practice

As a father of three WYP boys, Dr. Rogers brings his commitment to family health to his role on our Board of Directors.  After receiving his B.A. in French Literature from Pomona College and his M.D. from Texas Tech School of Medicine,  Dr. Rogers returned to California to do his training at Harbor-UCLA Family Medicine Residency, one of the top residencies in the country for urban, underserved, primary care medicine.  Dr. Rogers received the “Resident Teacher of the Year” award while at Harbor-UCLA, an honor awarded by the Society for Teachers of Family Medicine (STFM). Dr. Rogers is board-certified in Family Medicine. He joined the Santa Barbara Public Health Department in 2004 at the Franklin Health Care Center, then moved to the Santa Barbara Health Care Center in 2007.  He is also a Fellow of the American Academy of Family Physicians.




For more information about Wilderness Youth Project call 805-964-8096 or visit wyp.org



The slate of board members for 2014 is listed below and at http://wyp.org/board/


Amy Schneider, President

Kerri Sanford, Vice President

Tony Rogers, Secretary

Diana Pereira, Treasurer

Allan Rogers, Trustee

Arno Jaffe, Trustee

Bridget Lewin, Trustee

Judith Lugo, Trustee

Julie Meers, Trustee

Kyra Rogers, Trustee

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