Board of Directors & Councils

Rich is a widely recognized leader in the Santa Barbara financial advisor community, as well as a staple in the charitable community serving on many meaningful boards in various capacities including many leadership positions.

Rich Schuette

Chair

 J. Paul served on the Board of Directors for the Dream Foundation.  In addition, he acted as the Treasurer and chaired the Finance Committee. J. Paul is a twenty-plus year resident of Santa Barbara and a member of MENSA.

J. Paul Gignac

Vice Chair

David Edelman

Treasurer

A Santa Barbara resident for almost 40 years, David Edelman has been active in the nonprofit community since he arrived.  As an employee, volunteer committee member or board member his dedication to this special community is unparalleled.

Nathan Rogers

Secretary

Mr. Rogers has taught Advanced Legal Writing at the Santa Barbara College of Law and served as a volunteer settlement master at the Santa Barbara Superior Court.

She started with Business First National Bank over 13 years ago as a loan processor and worked her way up to her current position. She credits her mentor Joanne Funari for her success. She was born and raised in Tehran, Iran where she received her Bachelor degree in Chemical Engineering.

> READ MORE

Carolyn Shepard Baham

Director

Carolyn loves the sense of community in Santa Barbara. In the past, she has been on the Board of Directors for Hospice of Santa Barbara and volunteered on event committees for Teddy Bear Cancer Foundation and CALM. 

Serving his community, Adam has had the honor of officiating several marriages in the past 10 years.  He founded the City of Carpinteria Masters and Age Group swimming programs including Carpinteria High School Water Polo and Swim Teams. 

Adam Black

Director

Tyler Dobson

Director

Tyler has over 13 years of financial services experience in banking, and is currently a Senior Relationship Manager with Wells Fargo Commercial & Technology Banking. 

Matthew Fish

Director

Tom Fisher

Director

Tom is a highly distinguished portfolio manager with a focused and knowledgeable approach to providing his clients with objective investment advice and unparalleled results.

> READ MORE

Bibi Moezzi

Director

She started with Business First National Bank over 13 years ago as a loan processor and worked her way up to her current position. She credits her mentor Joanne Funari for her success. She was born and raised in Tehran, Iran where she received her Bachelor degree in Chemical Engineering.

Sheela has participated in numerous TBCF events, and has introduced everyone she could, from family, to friends, business owners, co-workers, vendors, sponsors, and even people in the community that she would meet for the first time to the TBCF organization and mission. 

> READ MORE

Sheela Hunt

Director

She has multiple archival publications in prestigious scientific journals, such as the American Journal of Physiology. She also completed a Certificate in Alcohol and Other Drug Counseling at UCSB.  She has worked in the medical and social support fields and has lead and participated in hospital volunteer programs in Santa Barbara. 

> READ MORE

Adriana Mezic

Director

Maria Wilson

Director

Maria is currently the co-chair for the United Boys & Girls Club Rally 4 Kids, and  has also served on various committees for Montecito Motor Classic, benefitting the Police Activities League (PAL) and Santa Barbara Police Foundation. 

Tony Vallejo

Director

If you are interested in becoming a member of Teddy Bear Cancer Foundation's Board of Directors, please click on the link to summit your Board Candidate Application.

Emeritus Board

Donna Barranco Fisher

Former Board Chair: 2015-2016

Jim Bechtel

Alamar Capital Management, Managing Director

Chair: 2012-2014

Tina Fanucchi-Frontado

SB Philanthropy, Founder & President

Chair 2015

Wells Hughes

Partner, Arlington Financial Advisors

Former Board Chair, 2005-2006

 

Michelle Pickett

Attorney, Brownstein Hyatt Farber & Schreck, LLP

Former Board Chair, 2009-2012

Rachael Steidl

Founder and CEO, ParentClick, Inc.

Former Board Chair, 2007–2009

Honorary Council

 

Gary and Jennifer Caesar

Past Board Members

 

Tom and Janice Caesar

Hub International Insurance & Mission Linen

Luncheon Honorees 2008

Morris and Irma Jurkowitz

Community Philanthropists

 

Nikki Katz

TBCF Founder

Advisory Council

 

Earl Armstrong

President, Armstrong Associates

Founding Member, Grizzly Club

 

Martin Bell

Angel Flight West

 

Dr. Francisco Bracho

Pediatric Hematology/Oncology,

Ventura County Medical Center

Heather Hambleton

Robyn Howard-Anderson, MSW, LICSW

 

Susannah Rake

Past Board Member

 

Pat Snyder

Past Board Member

 

Lisa Solana

Vice President,

Marketing & Strategy Development, ABC-Disney

Past Board Member

 

Ambassadors

Donna Barranco Fisher, Co-Chair

Sheela Hunt, Co-Chair

Carolyn Shepard Baham

Margo Barbakow

Lorena Cheverez

Lucia Engel

Nikki Greene

Mer James

Pati Kern

Kristi Marks

Kathy McCarthy

Adriana Mezic

Christina Rottman

Jo Landis Shields

Fiona Stone

Carla Tomson

Mission Statement: Advocates for families living in Santa Barbara, Ventura, and San Luis Obispo counties that have a child with cancer by providing financial, educational, and emotional support.

  • Facebook - Grey Circle
  • YouTube - Grey Circle
  • Instagram - Grey Circle

Teddy Bear Cancer Foundation

3892 State St., Ste. 220 | Santa Barbara, CA 93105

805.962.7466

Monday - Thursday 8:30AM - 5:30PM

Friday 8:30AM - 1:00PM

© 2019  by Teddy Bear Cancer Foundation