Board of Directors

Terri Allison, President
Early Childhood and Non-profit Consultant
Terri Allison was the founder of Storyteller Children’s Center 27 years ago, and became the executive director in 2005. Through her work she acquired funding to support childcare services for homeless children while their parents looked for jobs. She received her teaching credentials from UCSB, and acquired a Post Graduate Certificate in Infant-Parent Mental Health from the University of Massachusetts, Boston. Since retiring in 2015, Allison has been working as an early childhood education consultant.



dawnDawn Ziemer, Vice President 
Designer, Kruger Bensen Ziemer Architects, Inc.
Dawn Ziemer is a principal interior designer for Kruger Bensen Ziemer Architects, Inc. She has worked on a number of historically significant buildings in Santa Barbara, and has a strong background in the design of institutional facilities. After attending the California College of the Arts in San Francisco, Ziemer returned back to her roots and settled in Santa Barbara to an illustrious career as a designer.




Chris Janeway, Treasurer
Financial Advisor, PlanMember Financial Group
Chris Janeway is a Financial Advisor with PlanMember Financial Group. Janeway provides long-term wealth building strategies for individuals and works closely with school districts, non-profit organizations and businesses to provide financial education and retirement planning services for their employees. Janeway grew up in Santa Barbara before attending UC Berkeley, and spends much of his time in the community on programs that benefit local youth.




ogilvieJohn Ogilvie, Secretary
Financial Consultant, Strategic Planning
After receiving his M.A. in International Economics and Finance from American University in 1968, John Ogilvie has enjoyed an illustrious career in strategic planning, finance, and management. He has assisted a variety of nonprofit organizations and public service projects, including a five-year term as President of Art Without Limits in Santa Barbara. He currently owns a small publishing and photography company, Dare Wright Media, LLC.





Victoria Juarez
Executive Director, Girls Incorporated of Carpinteria
Victoria Juarez is the Executive Director of Girls Inc. of Carpinteria, a non-profit organization that seeks to inspire all girls to be strong, smart, and bold. She is the first in her family to attend and graduate from college, and previously served as Associate Director of Storyteller Children’s Center in Santa Barbara. She received a B.A. in History from California State University- Long Beach, and served in the U.S. Peace Corps for two years in Russia, where she decided to dedicate her career to nonprofit work.



Daniel Meisel
Owner, Kapok Pictures
Daniel Meisel is the founder of Kapok Pictures, a motion picture development and production company. Formerly an attorney with San Francisco’s Cooper, White, and Cooper, Meisel received a J.D. from University of California, Hastings College of the Law before relocating to Santa Barbara. Meisel has written, produced, or provided legal services for multiple award-winning short films with domestic and international festival screenings and airing on IFC and Showtime Networks.




Britt Ortiz
Director, Early Academic Outreach Program, UCSB
Britt Ortiz is the Director of Early Academic Outreach Program in the Division of Student Affairs at the University of California, Santa Barbara where he graduated with degrees in Sociology and Psychology. Previously, he served as the Associate Director of Student Outreach and Recruitment Services at CSU Northridge, and prior to that, he was the Director of the First Generation Student Success Program at the University of La Verne. Ortiz spends his free time traveling, gardening, and swimming.



Felicita Torres
Attorney, Griffith & Thornburgh
Felicita Torres, an attorney at Griffith and Thornburgh, practices primarily in the areas of bankruptcy and education law. Originally from Phoenix, Arizona, Torres practiced in the Arizona Attorney General’s Office after receiving her degrees from Stanford University and Harvard School of Law. She moved to Santa Barbara in 2002, where she focused on child abuse and dependency issues. She enjoys spending time with her three children, and can often be found at the soccer fields and at the library.



woodsomeMeghan Woodsome
Attorney, Civil Litigation and Dispute Resolution
Meghan Woodsome is an attorney whose practice consists predominately of civil litigation and dispute resolution. She obtained both her J.D. and B.A. from Georgetown University, and is passionate about issues relating to race, poverty, and criminal justice reform. Prior to opening her own practice in Santa Barbara, Woodsome spent years as an associate in O’Melveny & Myers LLP’s Financial Services Department and served as an attorney in the Santa Barbara County Office of the Public Defender. She has lived in Santa Barbara since relocating from San Francisco in 2013.



faith-brillFaith Brill
Faith Brill first became involved with the Santa Barbara Education Foundation as a social studies teacher in the summer school program during its initial years. At, Faith is a member of the Learning Experience team, a dedicated group of instructional designers, product managers, and engineers charged with designing innovative learning products that will have a profound effect on the learning and economic landscape. Continuing now under the new leadership and vision of Microsoft, who acquired LinkedIn last year, Faith works to craft a learning product that promotes skill acquisition and creates economic opportunity across the globe. She currently leads a team that has managed the production of learning features and assessments for over 1,000 eLearning modules.


District Representatives

Cary Matsuoka, District Representative 
Superintendent, Santa Barbara Unified School District
Cary Matsuoka has been Superintendent of the Santa Barbara Unified School District since 2016. Matsuoka received his teaching credentials from UC Davis, before earning his Master’s Degree in Educational Administration from San Jose State University. He spent seventeen years as a teacher and nineteen years in administrative roles. He taught chemistry, physics, and AP computer science at Saratoga High School, and served as a high school assistant principal, district coordinator, and high school principal.



Bill Woodard, District Representative
Principal, Dos Pueblos High School
Bill Woodard is in his first year as Principal of Dos Pueblos High School. Woodard received his undergraduate degree in English from UCLA before receiving his teaching credential from Azusa Pacific University. He spent 8 years as an English teacher at Dos Pueblos–teaching AP English, journalism, and IB Theory of Knowledge. In 2011, he joined the DPHS administration team as Assistant Principal for Curriculum and Instruction. In 2012, he was named Adult Advocate of the Year by the Constitutional Rights Foundation for his work with the championship Dos Pueblos Mock Trial program.



Ismael Ulloa, District Representative
Advisor, Express to Success Program, Santa Barbara City College
Ismael Ulloa currently works for Santa Barbara City College as an advisor for the Express to Success Program. Ulloa earned a Bachelors of Arts in History from the University of California, Santa Barbara; as well as a Master of Arts in Education from Antioch University, Santa Barbara. He has worked with the county of Santa Barbara’s Department of Social Services, where he helped with job training and placement for youth with barriers. For five years he was the Project Director of the Santa Barbara California Student Opportunity & Access Program, helping first generation and low-income students realize their dreams of a post-secondary education.


Kareem Battle, District Representative
Teacher, Santa Barbara Junior High
Kareem Battle is currently a teacher at Santa Barbara Junior High School. He obtained both his Bachelors’ of Arts in History and his Masters’ in Education from the University of California Santa Barbara. Battle currently serves as the AVID coordinator at SBJHS and is the assistant basketball coach for the freshman team at SBHS. Along with teaching he has also worked as a tutor at DPHS with Cal-Student Opportunity and Access Program. He was recognized by UCSB’s Teacher Education Program, honoring Battle with the Bialis Family Foundation Mentor Teacher Award in 2012.





Margie Yahyavi
Executive Director 








Melissa Davenport
Development Officer 










Katie Szopa
Programs Associate 






Past Presidents

Marty Blum
Phil Bugay
Ada Conner
Michael Cooney
Tony Fischer
Mary Gosselin
Shirley Ann Hurley
Mark Ingalls
Elinor Langer
Joni Meisel
Edwin Moore
Al Pizano
Craig Price
Rob Ramirez
Jaqueline Reid, Ph.D.
John Robinson
Lynn Rodriguez
Frank Stevens
Claire VanBlaricum
Lotte Weinstein

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