Board of Trustees

Tricia Wynne, Board Chair
State of California, Retired

Tricia has 30 years of experience in public service as an attorney and policy analyst for the State of California.  She recently moved to Aptos and has been a huge supporter and volunteer of Second Harvest since she arrived. Along with her professional experience and passion for service Tricia’s outgoing personality creates a perfect fit for committee work as well.  Tricia is Chair of the Ambassador Committee.

Marilyn Mersereau, Vice Chair

Marilyn is the Chief Marketing Officer at RMS.  She has more than 25 years of experience leading global marketing teams. She has served as Chief Marketing Officer and SVP of C3 Energy Management, Senior Vice President of Corporate Marketing at Cisco, and has held various senior marketing roles at IBM. She has been involved with international marketing for top companies in the food and beverage industry, including Coca-Cola, Wendy’s, and Burger King International.

Rick Weiss, Treasurer
Bay Federal Credit Union

Rick is the VP and CFO of Bay Federal Credit Union. He brings over 23 years of financial management experience to his work with Second Harvest.  Rick joined the board in 2014 and is currently serving as an active member of the Finance and Executive Committees.

Paul A. Carlson, Corporate Secretary

Paul joined Poly (previously named Plantronics) in Santa Cruz in October 2016 as Associate General Counsel and is responsible for a variety of legal areas and strategic initiatives.  Before joining Poly, he was Deputy General Counsel at Seagate Technology where he led a team of lawyers and legal staff for Seagate’s cloud systems group.  As a resident of Aptos and Santa Cruz County for the past 12 years, Paul is active in local organizations, including Second Harvest, where he is a member of the Finance Committee.  Paul enjoys training for and participating in triathlons as a member of the Santa Cruz Triathlon Association in his free time.

Lisa Kirk, Past Board Chair
Human Resources Consultant

Lisa Kirk has over 30 years experience in Human Resources and recently retired as Vice President at Seagate Technology. Her extensive management experience includes leading global HR teams across multiple industries including high tech, aerospace, retail, and non-profit. She is committed to working with non-profit organizations such as Second Harvest that promote healthy life choices. She serves on the Executive Committee.

Michele Bassi
Lighthouse Bank

Michele Bassi is Senior Vice President of Production and Business Development at Lighthouse Bank, and has over 26 years of banking experience. She is the president and a founding board member of Digital NEST in Watsonville, and is also co-chair of Cabrillo College Foundation’s President’s Circle. She is a founding friend of Meals on Wheels and has held board positions for a number of local non-profits and educational foundations.

Michael Bryant, CPA
Wheeler Accountants, LLP

As a CPA serving nonprofit organizations, Michael Bryant has gained an in depth understanding of nonprofit accounting, internal controls and fundraising. In his role as a member of the Second Harvest Audit Committee, he uses this experience to help improve operations and finances. Michael is passionate about ensuring everyone in Santa Cruz County has access to healthy food. Michael currently chairs the Audit Committee.

Andrea Carlos Willy
Pajaro Valley Unified School District

Andrea Carlos Willy’s personal and professional life has been dedicated to facilitating positive changes in health and education domains that support fragile populations and future generations. Her largely non-profit work experience has spanned the fields of human rights, bioethics, education and healthcare. Andrea is currently the District Grant Writer for Pajaro Valley Unified School District. As an active community volunteer she serves on the boards of both the MAIA Foundation and CASA of Santa Cruz County. Over the past two years she has been a member of Second Harvest’s Pajaro Valley Engagement Committee. Andrea looks forward to sharing her professional skills and passion for equity to further the important work of Second Harvest. Her family roots in Watsonville date back to the mid 1800s.

Kristin Fabos
Cabrillo College

Kristin Fabos is the Director of Marketing & Communications at Cabrillo College, where she has led the marketing, communications, public relations, community relations, and government relations activities of the college since 2010. She has 25 years of management and marketing experience spanning both corporate and nonprofit sectors. Prior to Cabrillo, she was the Executive Director of SeniorNet, a national nonprofit technology educator of older adults. Locally, she is an active community volunteer who serves on the Boards of the Santa Cruz County Business Council and Leadership Santa Cruz County.

Joy Flynn Wall
Seascape Golf Club

After spending ten years in the pharmaceutical industry, Joy Flynn Wall switched careers and found her passion in event planning and fundraising. A native of the Monterey Bay Area, she is strong advocate for local non-profits, and loves working in a field that provides opportunities to give back to the community. Joy has served as Home & School Club President at Bradley School and has been a member of the Parent Advisory Board at Dominican Hospital. She is honored to serve on the Second Harvest Board of Trustees.

Matt Huffaker
City of Watsonville

Matt Huffaker serves as the City Manager for the City of Watsonville. Prior to Watsonville, Matt served the City of Walnut Creek for 10 years in a variety of roles, including Deputy City Manager. Matt brings over 15 years of public administration experience to his work at Second Harvest, and has a passion for public service and building healthy communities.

Sarah Latham

Sarah Latham has served as the Vice Chancellor for Business and Administrative Services at UCSC since fall of 2012. Her portfolio includes the Sustainability Office, Colleges, Housing and Educational Services, Physical Plant, Physical Planning and Construction, Risk and Safety Services, Real Estate, Financial Affairs, and Human Resources. Prior to UCSC, Sarah served for ten years at Samford University in Birmingham, Alabama where she was Vice President of Operations and Planning. Sarah currently serves on the Finance Committee.

Laurie Negro
Betty Burger

A local entrepreneur with a background in mergers and acquisitions, Laurie Negro is the founder and owner of several businesses, including Betty Burger and Gemma Shoes. Her involvement in the community includes serving as a youth mentor, supporting the development and expansion of local businesses, and volunteering with Second Harvest. Laurie is a native of Santa Cruz, where her family’s roots go back more than 100 years.

June Ponce
Sun Valley Berries

Throughout her career, June Ponce has developed strong relationships with local businesses and non-profits. June leverages her vast experience and dedication to the Pajaro Valley to lead Second Harvest’s South County Engagement task force, and also serves on the Fund Development Committee. June is also on the boards of El Pajaro Community Development Corporation, United Business Agriculture and the Cabrillo College Foundation. June chairs the Pajaro Valley Engagement Committee.

Chris Thompson
Program Director, Knight Foundation

Chris Thompson joined the Board of Trustees in January 2019. Chris is the San Jose Director for the Knight Foundation. Previously, Chris served as vice president of product marketing at communications technology company Plantronics, Prior to joining Plantronics, Thompson held executive positions in business strategy and marketing for major technology companies including Cisco, Network Associates, Nortel and Gartner Group. Chris is excited to be a member of the Board and working to win the fight against hunger.

Advisory Board

Bruce McPherson, Chair

Jeremy Lezin, Vice Chair

Jess Brown

Diane Cooley

Rebecca Garcia

Ken Kannappan

Edward J. Kelly III

John Laird 

Marq Lipton

Harvey Nickelson

Gayle Ortiz

William Ow

Miles Reiter

Manny Solano

Mary Solari

Steve Spragens