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Christopher Knowlton, Board Chair
Chris is a writer and retired investment manager. He served for many years as President of Knowlton Brothers, Inc., a money management firm based in New York City and focused on investing in emerging technology and medical companies. Chris also worked as a reporter, staff writer, and London Bureau Chief for Fortune Magazine. He has served as a trustee of a number of non-profits including those committed to education and conservation such as Teton Raptor Center in Wilson, Wyoming. Chris received his BA from Harvard University. His book, Cattle Kingdom: The Hidden History of the Cowboy West (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2017) tells the story of the open range cattle era and how it gave birth to the conservation movement.

Bobbie Kinnear, Immediate Past Chair
Bobbie graduated from Texas Christian University with a BS degree in Nursing Science.  Early in her career she became a Nurse Burn Specialist and later continued work for many years as an Operating Room, Recovery Room Supervisor and as a Director of Nursing. As a change of focus, Bobbie founded and operated a small importing/wholesale business with artists in China. Bobbie has lived in Santa Barbara since 1973 and has served on many local boards including Santa Barbara Visiting Nurses Association, Junior League of Santa Barbara, The Garden Club of Santa Barbara, Crane Country Day School, National Charity League, Casa Del Herrero, and the Westmont Foundation Board of Directors.

Matthew W. Adams
As Chief Investment Officer of Mission Wealth, LLC, Matthew Adams is responsible for the portfolio management, trading, analysis, and research functions of the firm as well as delivering Mission Wealth’s Integrated Wealth Solution® service model to firm clients. Matt leads the ten-member Investment Committee, leads the firm’s Executive Committee, and participates in the business development efforts of the firm.
Beyond his role at Mission Wealth, Matt continues to serve on both the Finance and Investment Committees for the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History.   Matt is also actively involved in coaching youth sports for his children and an active member of the Moraga Education Foundation. 
Matt was born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area and earned his undergraduate degree in Business Economics in 1997 at UCSB. Prior to joining Mission Wealth, Matt worked for seven years at institutional money management and financial services firms headquartered in Los Angeles, California. He completed his MBA in 2003 at the University of Southern California, and spent 12 years in Santa Barbara before moving his family to the Bay Area in 2015 to further expand the presence of Mission Wealth.   Matt serves as Chair of the Museum’s Investment Committee.

Dennis Allen
Dennis Allen is board Chairman of Allen Construction, a general contracting firm, specializing in environmentally friendly, custom residential and commercial building. Dennis is active in community organizations: the local chapter of the American Institute of Architects, and the zero net energy committee of the Community Environmental Council. For the past 14 years, he has served as a consultant on the County of Santa Barbara's Smart Build Santa Barbara Committee, a committee that encourages energy efficiency and sustainable practices in building projects within the County. He created the Parade of Green Buildings, an annual event for a number of years that exhibited the best local examples of green building to the public. Currently as Chair of the Bren Graduate School Dean's Council at the University of California, Santa Barbara, he is heavily involved in efforts to infuse sustainability into graduate curriculum and campus buildings. He also serves as an Ambassador for the UCSB Education ABroad Program. At present, he is a board member of the Environmental Defense Center.

Larry Barels
Larry Barels is a long-time resident of Santa Barbara and is a well-known and highly successful entrepreneur. He is a graduate of Brigham Young University. Following 10 years as broker and principal of Sun Pacific Properties, Mr. Barels co-founded Wavefront Technologies in 1984. Wavefront became a key player in the burgeoning field of computer animation, eventually winning two Academy Awards for various contributions to the industry. In 1994 Wavefront became Santa Barbara's first startup to public market company. Following Wavefront, Mr. Barels became Chairman of the Board and lead investor at another Santa Barbara startup, that produced and marketed the first carrier grade electronic mail system. It became a public company in 1999 in a highly successful IPO. Mr. Barels is a co-founder and currently serves as Executive Chairman of the Aqueos Corporation with offices in Ventura and Louisiana. Mr. Barels is the founder and principal of Pacific Capital Resources and has been an investor, board member, and advisor to numerous companies both public and private.

Chris Blau
After a 20-year career in publishing, Chris moved to Santa Barbara with his family in 2010. He started his career in the book business at The Harvard Common Press, then delivering real-time news and information to the financial services industry at Dow Jones & Company. Most recently, Chris was CEO of River Road Holdings, LLC in Hanover NH, owning and operating a small group of monthly niche magazines and community quarterlies. He is a former member of the Community Advisory Committee at the Montshire Museum of Science in Norwich VT, a former member of the Board of Trustees of Crossroads Academy in Lyme NH, and he served on the board of the Montecito Education Foundation from 2012-2014. He is a graduate of Trinity-Pawling School and New York University. In his spare time he enjoys surfing, painting, hiking in the mountains around Santa Barbara, and spending time with his family.

Vince Caballero
Caballero is a regional manager for Union Bank's Consumer and Business Banking division in Santa Barbara County, overseeing the operations of retail branches in that region. He has over 30 years of financial services industry experience. He joined Union Bank in 2010 as a regional manager of the San Fernando Valley region. Prior to Union Bank, Caballero was a senior vice president and premier market manager for Bank of America. He started his career as a vice president and district manager for Wells Fargo Bank. Active in the community, Caballero is a board member of the Autry Museum of the American West and Casa Pacifica. He is also a volunteer for Habitat for Humanity, the United Way, and is currently the Chair for the American Heart Association's 2016 Santa Barbara Heart and Stroke Walk. Caballero studied business at San Jose State University.

Carolyn Chandler
Carolyn has focused much of her career and volunteer activities on preserving and restoring open space lands and supporting environmental education. After moving to Santa Barbara in the early 1990s, Carolyn began her work as a consultant, then became Executive Director of the Land Trust for Santa Barbara County. Carolyn’s volunteer activities include: co-founding The California Environmental Project and the Gaviota Conservancy. She has previously served as Chair of the Museum’s Development and Finance Committee. 

Frank W. Davis
Frank Davis is Professor of Landscape Ecology and Conservation Planning at the Bren School of Environmental Science and Management at UC Santa Barbara, as well as Executive Director of the National Communications Office of the National Science Foundation Long Term Ecological Research Network. He founded and for 24 years has led the UCSB Biogeography Lab, where research focuses on the ecology and conservation of California species and ecosystems. Frank serves as a Trustee of The Nature Conservancy of California, on the Board of Directors of The Tejon Ranch Conservancy, and as Vice President for Public Affairs for the Ecological Society of America. An Aldo Leopold Leadership Fellow, Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and Fellow of the Ecological Society of America, Frank received his Ph.D. in Geography and Environmental Engineering from The Johns Hopkins University and his BA in Biology from Williams College.

Venesa Faciane
Originally from Fairbanks, Alaska, Venesa has called Santa Barbara home since 2000. A graduate of the University of California, Santa Barbara, she has for the past several years volunteered and worked with numerous area local nonprofits, including the Boys & Girls Club and Food from the Heart and was a founding member of Mission City Roller Derby, a 501(c)3. In her spare time, you can find Venesa traveling, hiking, camping, roller skating, or enjoying concerts at the numerous performing arts centers in Santa Barbara. She lives in Mission Canyon and has a great love for the Museum, especially the astronomy program.

Larry Friesen, Ph.D.
Larry received his undergraduate and graduate education at UC Santa Barbara and received his Ph.D. in biology with a specialization in animal communication. In 1974, he joined Santa Barbara City College and thereafter became Chairman of the Sciences Division and of the Biological Sciences Department. Larry is also an avid nature photographer. In addition to teaching academic courses, he delivers stunning wildlife photography and inspiring natural history vignettes through his daily Nature Journal: Biodiversity Notes sent to subscribers. Proceeds from the subscriptions to Biodiversity Notes are disbursed as scholarships to undergraduate students who are pursuing natural history research.


Elaine Gibson

Elaine Gibson embodies a passion for reconnecting children to nature and sharing the wonder of the natural world. Gibson has been a Santa Barbara resident since 2002 when she moved from Dallas, TX. With degrees in Elementary Education and Educational Psychology, Gibson has worked toward a better life for children and families for over four decades. She has been a loyal docent to both the Santa Barbara Botanic Garden and the Museum of Natural History since the early 2000s. At the Museum she serves as the chair of the Docent Council and is also on the board at the Santa Barbara Botanic Garden. As a Nature Education Specialist at the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History she helped pioneer the Museum Backyard and Nature Club House and developed outdoor experiences for 6,000 elementary school children each year. She served as Community Board Member at Peabody Charter School from 2007 to 2013 and Chair of the Board from 2012 to 2013. Gibson has trained docents and early childhood educators at SB City College, as well as education majors at UCSB in sharing nature with students. Last year she completed the Santa Barbara Foundation Board Leadership Institute. Elaine resides in Santa Barbara with her husband Dr. Jerry Gibson, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, UCSB.

Emily Jones
Emily received her BS from UC Berkeley and her MBA with an emphasis in marketing from University of Southern California. Emily worked at various advertising agencies before moving to Santa Barbara with her family. She is involved in many local non-profit organizations including Storyteller’s Children Center, SmART Families, Breast Cancer Resource Center, and The Dream Foundation. In addition to the museum board, Emily also serves as Treasurer to the Kirby-Jones  Foundation whose mission is to support K-12 arts and education in Santa Barbara County. 

Salvatore "Tory" Milazzo

Salvatore "Tory" Milazzo is a Senior Portfolio Manager at HighMark Capital Management, Union Bank's wholly owned registered investment adviser. He oversees investment portfolios for individuals, non-profit endowments, and institutional clients. Tory is a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) charterholder and has worked in the investment business since 2004. A native of north Alabama, Tory and his wife Kelly live with their two daughters near the water on the Santa Barbara Mesa. The Milazzos moved to Santa Barbara in 2008 from Jackson Hole, Wyoming where they were longtime residents. As a graduate of the McCallie School in Chattanooga, TN, Tory went on to receive his Bachelor's degree from Colgate University in NY. He has had a lifelong interest in the outdoors and during his high school and college years he participated in and led scholastic outdoor programs. After college he guided adventure seekers as a mountain guide in the Wrangell St. Elias National Park, Alaska. He currently sits on the board of the St. Francis Foundation of Santa Barbara and previously served as a volunteer with the Santa Barbara County Search and Rescue Team. He is active with the local CFA Society and has served on the SBMNH Investment Committee since 2014.

Dennis Power, Ph.D.
Dennis received his bachelors and masters degrees in biology from Occidental College and a Ph.D. in zoology from the University of Kansas. After a curatorial position at the Royal Ontario Museum, Toronto, he moved back to California in 1972 to serve as Executive Director of the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History, a position he held for 22 years. He then served as Executive Director of the Oakland Museum of California and following that was President of The Laguna College of Art and Design in Laguna Beach. In the community, he is on the boards of the Santa Cruz Island Foundation, the Santa Barbara Zoo, and the Santa Barbara Yacht Club.

Paul Relis
Paul Relis is an author, environmentalist and business executive. He was the founding executive director of the Community Environmental Council of Santa Barbara from 1970-1990. From 1991-1998 he was a member of the California Integrated Waste Management Board, a state regulatory board with oversight of California's solid waste system and recycling programs. From 1998 to the present he has served as Senior Vice President of CR&R, Incorporated, an environmental services company that is on the leading edge of bioenergy development in the U.S. From 1996-2012 Paul was a Lecturer at the University of California, Santa Barbara's Environmental Studies Department.

His book, Out of the Wasteland: Stories From the Environmental Frontier (2015) chronicles the modern environmental movement through the vantage of his long career in the field.

Wayne Rosing
Wayne Rosing’s training has been in mathematics, physics and astronomy.  He is a computer engineer by vocation, and has been programming, doing computer, electronics and optical design and telescope engineering since high-school. His career has spanned engineering leadership roles at Digital Equipment Corporation, Apple Computer and Sun Microsystems.  Most recently, Wayne was Sr. VP of Engineering at Google from 2000 through April 1, 2005. In 1992, Wayne founded what is known as ‘Las Cumbres Observatory Global Telescope Network, Inc.’ (LCOGT) now located in Goleta, CA.  At LCOGT, he and his staff of engineers and scientists are currently developing scores of 1 & 0.4 meter aperture telescopes to be placed in various locations around the world.  These telescopes will be used for scientific research as well as be available for educational use by "learners of all ages."

Paul J. Russell
Now retired, Russell was the senior corporate communications and investor relations officer for two Fortune 500 companies after working in investment research and management earlier in his career. A Chartered Financial Analyst, he served on a SEC accounting and advisory committee and a Financial Accounting Standards Board Task Force. Russell is a graduate of Yale University with a degree in economics. He returns to the board after four previous terms, having chaired the Finance Committee, Master Planning Oversight Committee, and a Financial Planning Task Force. He has served on the Development, Governance, Master Planning, Executive, and Investment Committees. A fifteen-year resident of Santa Barbara, Paul and his wife Sandy are avid entomologists who have significantly expanded the number of moth species known from Santa Barbara County.

Terrence (Terry) Valeski
Terry and his wife Pam are recent residents of Montecito, but have long been familiar with the Santa Barbara area. He is currently vice chair of the board of directors for T-Mobile in the Czech Republic, and has worked in the U.S., Great Britain, The Netherlands, and Italy. He continues to serve in a number of leadership roles with boards of various companies. In the past, Terry held positions as Senior Vice President of J. Walter Thompson and Divisional President for Pacific Bell. Terry earned his liberal arts degree from the University of Arizona and, after graduating, entered the US Army as a Lieutenant. Terry is currently Chairman of the University of Arizona’s Eller College of Management’s National Board, which advises the college dean.

Brad Willis
Brad Willis joined Deckers Brands as Senior Vice President, Information Technology in March 2014. He oversees Deckers' global IT operations, playing an important role in supporting the Company's Direct-to-Consumer expansion and continued transformation into an Omni-Channel organization. Among other initiatives, he focuses on strengthening Deckers' ability to integrate and streamline product sourcing and distribution across all channels and geographies, as well as further improve on the Company's various CRM and data analysis programs to fully connect with and serve consumers online, in retail stores and across the wholesale distribution platform.
Brad was previously Chief Information Officer & Vice President of Information Technology at West Marine. Prior to joining West Marine, he had over 15 years of experience working in the LVMH Moet Hennessey Louis Vuitton Group. He held various positions within the Group in New York, Tokyo, and San Francisco.  He is currently a member of the National Retail Federation’s CIO Council.

Steven M. Woodward
Steve Woodward is Senior Vice President, Employee Benefits for HUB International Insurance Service. Steve earned his BS in Agribusiness Management at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo. With a combined industry experience of over 25 + years, having acquired a certification related to the Healthcare Reform, Steve and his team employ strategic solutions that allow his clients to remain competitive, while retaining quality employees. Steve has stayed active or served on several boards or other professional affiliations including SABER (Santa Barbara Executive Roundtable), StartupSB, ProVisors Group Leader, Santa Barbara Health Underwriters (President for two different years), and continues to stay active on several committees. He also participates in many organizations outside of work including being past President for Goleta Valley South Little League, former Associate Director of Old Spanish Days and is currently active with the Cardinal Club, Bishop Garcia Deigo High School. When not busy with work and family commitments, Steve is an avid golfer, enjoys hunting, fishing, and spending time outdoors.


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