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Board of Directors

 

David Cury

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David Miller, Vice Chair

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Ed Durkee, President and CEO

Ed Durkee is a lifelong advocate for social justice and economic inclusion. With extensive experience in workforce and community development, he views his work as a way to create economic opportunity for people who wouldn’t otherwise have it. Ed’s diverse background includes administering the Workforce Investment Act for the State of Indiana, creating affordable housing as the president of a community development corporation in Indianapolis, and creating Prosperity Centers in both Oregon and California. He has worked with four Goodwill affiliates over the last 15 years including Indianapolis, IN; Eugene, OR; and Sacramento, CA where he created innovative platforms that help families achieve financial stability. He is now the President and CEO of Goodwill Central Coast.

Eric Buckner, Secretary

Eric Buckner is Director of Sales at West Marine with a successful retail sales and merchandising background.

Fernando Elizondo

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Joe Pulford

Joe Pulford is Divisional Vice President of Finance at West Marine. He started at West Marine as a Financial Analyst in 2003, moving to Director of Financial Planning and Analysis prior to his position of Divisional Vice President. He received his bachelor’s degree in mathematics at Santa Clara University and his masters in financial mathematics at Stanford University.

Kelly Dillon, Treasurer

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Kristi Melani

Kristi Melani is Director of Digital Marketing at Plantronics, one of the largest employers in Santa Cruz County. Her global knowledge of marketing and worldwide business travel provides the Board with an excellent perspective in digital marketing.

Lisa Beaudreau

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Otis Lloyd

Otis Lloyd is an owner and partner in Central Coast Protection Services (CCP). In 2005, he founded the security system that serves the greater East Bay communities. CCP, which currently employs over 100 people, is in the process of expanding services to the Monterey and Santa Cruz area. In 1974, after serving almost eight years in United States Army, Otis took up residency in Salinas. He joined the police force that same year and spent the next 18 years protecting and serving the Salinas community.

Otis loves to fish and enjoys the outdoors. His faith is central to his life — he is an active volunteer at his church and participates in their many inspiring outreach programs.

Tish Sanchez

Tish Sanchez has worked as an IT Director for 20 years. She’s managed a variety of services within IT and has been instrumental in building out a global infrastructure for voice, video, and data networks. Also very handy outside the tech world, Tish likes to take on home improvement projects to test her DIY skills. She grew up in the Bay Area and has lived in Santa Cruz for over 30 years.

Tom Strait, Board Chair

Tom Strait is Executive Vice President and Region Manager of Pacific Western Bank’s Central Coast Region. Tom oversees the bank’s commercial lending, business development, and relationship management activities in north Santa Barbara County and San Luis Obispo County. His banking experience spans three decades and includes positions as Chief Operating Officer, Chief Credit Officer, Director of Marketing and Strategic Planning, and Managing Director of Alternative Delivery Channels.

Wesley Van Camp

Biography to come