Staff, Board & Councils

TBCF Staff

Corey Pahanish, Ph.D.

Executive Director

(805) 563-4740

Brittany Avila Wazny, M.A.

Senior Development Director

(805) 563-4723

Kirsten Stuart

Development & Communications Director

(805) 308-9943

Becca Solodon

Program Director

(805) 563-4785

Tessa Boyce

Program & Volunteer Coordinator

(805) 617-0847

Gisselle Madrigal, M.A.

Family Resource Specialist

(805) 308-9941

Jennie Price

Community Engagement Manager 

(805) 617-0845

Stephen Watson, Ph.D.

Family & Donor Care Associate

(805) 456-2349

Board of Directors

J. Paul Gignac

Board Chair

Nathan Rogers

Vice Chair

Joe Ferreira


Carolyn Shepard Baham


Rich Schuette

Immediate Past Board Chair

Tyler Dobson


Joe Ferreira


Matthew Fish


Tom Fisher


Jamie Hansen


Sheela Hunt


Rebecca Koch


Sofie Langhorne


Dr. Jonathan Tammela


Maria Wilson



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

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

Planned Giving Advisory Council

Sarai Anderson​ - Financial Advisor

Joe Ferreira - Financial Advisor

Paul Graziano- Attorney

Sheela Hunt - Real Estate Agent

Rebecca Koch - Estate Planning Attorney

Justin Redmond - Professional Fiduciary

Del Rudeen - Trust Officer

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,


Susannah Rake

Past Board Member

Pat Snyder

Past Board Member

Lisa Solana

Vice President,

Past Board Member

Ventura County Advisory Council

Heather Binda

Director of Data Strategy, Amgen Inc.

Summaer Cole

TBCF Volunteer & mother of two 

Melanie Ely

Attorney, Beach Cowdrey Jenkins LLP

John Fraser

Sr. Management Analyst for the City of Camarillo

Melinda Gudino, MA

Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist

Lisa Macias

Business Development Manager, Document Systems

Rich Schuette, CFP

Owner of Avalan Wealth

Past Board Chair

Lisa Smithson

Real Estate Agent, Berkshire Hathaway

Bonny Trejos

TBCF Recipient Parent


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: Teddy Bear Cancer Foundation 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.

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