Board of Trustees

Tricia Wynne, Board Chair
Public Policy Analyst/Attorney

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.

Laurie Negro, Vice Chair
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.

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
Poly

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.

David Amaral
UCSC
David is a PhD candidate in the Politics Department at UC Santa Cruz, where he teaches courses on American politics and public policy and researches issues related to local politics, urban neighborhoods, poverty, inequality, and political participation. He first collaborated with Second Harvest in 2019 as a researcher for the Blum Center and part of the team that created the Food Insecurity Index for Santa Cruz County. Prior to graduate school, David worked in theater and arts education in Chicago.
Michele Bassi
Santa Cruz County Bank

Michele Bassi is Senior Vice President of Production and Business Development at Santa Cruz County 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
Boehringer Ingelheim

Joy has been in the pharmaceutical industry for over 10 years, 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. Joy found a passion for fundraising and helping her community so she is honored to serve on the Second Harvest Board of Trustees.

Lyza Gianelli
S. Martinelli & Company

Lyza Gianelli is the Company Store Manager at S. Martinelli & Company where she manages the Company Store & Tasting Room, community relations and charitable giving. She brings over 15 years of management experience and a passion to serve the local community. She has been a member of the Pajaro Valley Engagement Committee since its inception and has coordinated the Holiday Food and Fund Drive for Martinelli’s since 2015.

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.

Lori G. Kletzer
University of California Santa Cruz 

Lori G. Kletzer is Campus Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor and Professor of Economics at the University of California Santa Cruz. She was provost and dean of faculty at Colby College from 2010 to July 2017. She earned her Ph.D. in economics from the University of California, Berkeley and her undergraduate degree from Vassar College. She has been affiliated with UC Santa Cruz since 1992, and she has contributed to the campus as chair of the Economics department, Academic Senate Chair and Vice-Chair, and Vice Provost and Dean of Graduate Studies. She has held teaching and research appointments at Williams College, the University of Washington, the Brookings Institution, the Peterson Institute for International Economics, the Global Network for Advanced Management, and at UC Berkeley’s Institute for Research on Labor and Employment She is the author of two books on the impact of trade in manufacturing on employment, jobs and workers and numerous journal articles. Her research focuses on the domestic labor market effects of globalization and policy responses.

Susan Lovegren
HR Executive & Advisor

Susan most recently led the People and Culture team at Medallia and was an integral part of the team that led the Initial Public Offering in 2019. Susan previously served in Chief People Officer and Community Social Responsibility & Philanthropy roles at AppDynamics, (acquired by Cisco), Juniper Networks and Plantronics. She also held Human Resources roles at Hewlett Packard and Agilent Technologies. With more than 25 years in leadership at technology companies, Susan has a proven track record for creating employee experiences that enable people to thrive. Susan is currently a member of the Advisory Boards for several HR Technology companies, including, Betterworks, #NotMe, Espresa and Cronycle. She is also an Emeritus board member of Second Harvest Food Bank of Santa Cruz County and thrilled to be an active member of the board of trustees.

Bob Norton
Community Member

Bob Norton served on the Aptos Chamber Board for ten years and Above the Line for eight years. He has extensive management and organizational experience in nearly every aspect of the grocery industry and a strong desire to give back to the community. Bob is a part of the fabric of the food bank.

Alexander Pedersen
Cabrillo College/Pedersen Home Enhancement

As of 2019 Alexander Pedersen is a mechanical engineering student at cabrillo college who holds multiple roles on campus including, officer positions with cabrillo clubs, activities coordinator for the inter-clubs council and acting secretary for the student senate. Prior to this Alexander lived in Davis California where he founded Pedersen Home Enhancement handyman services, was a member on the board of directors for a local non-profit and attended Sacramento City College where he founded the institutions first robotics club. After obtaining his bachelor’s degree, Alexander plans to pursue his passion for public service by the utilization of engineering and technology to promote wellness and alleviate the burdens of disadvantaged communities.

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.

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