Department: Board of Directors

Nick Tompkins

Nick is a sixth generation Central Coast native and Fresno State University graduate. He brings more than 38 years of entrepreneurial experience to the organization. Tompkins founded Apio, Inc. in 1979, and grew the business into the largest manufacturer and marketer of pre-cut value added vegetables to the club, retail, and food service sectors in… Read more »

Karol Schulkin

Retired Homeless Program Coordinator, Human Services Agency for the County of Ventura.  She was a board member of Eleos Foundation in Santa Barbara, Housing Works in Los Angeles and the Ventura County Homeless and Housing Coalition.  Her community activities include United Way of Ventura County, Co-Chair of Basic Needs for the Community Impact Council, Council… Read more »

Rob Pearson

Rob Pearson served as the ED/CEO of the Santa Barbara City Housing Authority from 1988 until his retirement in December 2016, and as Deputy ED between February 1981 and February 1988. He held various positions with the City of Santa Barbara from 1976 to 1981, the last position as Housing and Redevelopment Manager. Rob holds… Read more »

Paula Johnson

Paula Johnson served on the Board of Directors of Goleta Valley Housing Committee (Villa la Esperanza) for over 15 years.  She has served as the chair of Starfish Housing Committee since it started in 2013.  Paula considers herself an advocate of the “Housing First” approach to ending homelessness. She retired as a bookkeeper at Family Service… Read more »

Shelly Higginbotham

Shelly Higginbotham is retired and was the former Mayor of the City of Pismo Beach, having served three terms. She has been associated with the League of California Cities, League of Women Voters, the 5 Cities Homeless Coalition, the Child Development Resource Center, the Children’s Resource Network and the Women’s Legacy Fund (SLO County Community Foundation…. Read more »

Tensie Hernandez

Tensie Hernandez has been a member of the Catholic Worker Community in Guadalupe for 23 years where there is a center that provides for the basic needs of the poorest in the community; including food, clothing and medical care and advocacy.  She is grateful to be on the Board as she has worked with many… Read more »

Vito Gioiello

Vito Gioiello is a Managing Director and Wealth Manager at First Republic Investment Management. Prior to joining First Republic in 2008, Mr. Gioiello was a Senior Portfolio Manager at Manchester Capital Management, where he actively managed portfolios, client relationships and worked closely with specialists in new business development efforts. Before that, Mr. Gioiello was a… Read more »

Jose Flores

Mr. Flores is a General Contractor and an active member of the Lompoc community.  He was a Sunday School Teacher at his local church and continues to do volunteer work at the church, especially when his building expertise is needed.  Jose was the first employee for People Helping People in Solvang.  He was a Kiwanis… Read more »

Scott Fina

Scott Fina previously served as a fund raiser and project developer for the Vincentian Solidarity Office located in Philadelphia, involved in humanitarian work internationally. He is active as a community advocate in the Santa Maria area and has been connected to the following organizations: Guadalupe Catholic Worker House, Orcutt’s Children’s Art Foundation and the Central Coast… Read more »

Dieter Eckert, M.D.

Retired Radiologist at Community Health Clinics, San Luis Obispo, that primarily serves indigent rural poor with a large percentage of farmworkers without medical insurance.  He is a graduate of Stanford University School of Medicine and has authored several scientific papers and articles for medical journals.  Dr. Eckert has served on the Board since 1985. He… Read more »