Board of Directors & Officers 2017-2018


Sarah Nordwick

Board role: Board Chairperson
Began serving: 2017
Occupation: Project Manager, SafeHouse Web
Previous positions: Director for Youth and Young Adult Program, St. Andrews School
Behavioral Therapist, Easter Seals Bay Area
Qualifications: BS, Kinesiology – Exercise Physiology, Cal State University, Monterey
Member of Board with Sierra Service Project 


Edward T. Stephenson

Board roles: Board Vice Chairperson
Began serving: 2008
Occupation: Retired Bank President and CEO, San Benito Bank, 1983-2004
Previous positions: Past President Monterey Bay Area Council Boy Scouts of America
Past President, San Benito County Saddle Horse Association
Founding Chairman, Community Foundation for San Benito County
Past President, 33rd District Agricultural Board, Man of the Year 2008
Qualifications: Business and financial management, executive leadership

Elias Barocio

Board roles: Board Secretary
Began serving: 2015
Occupation: Manager, San Benito County Migrant Camp, 2013 – present
Previous positions: Mortgage Loan Assistant, Wells Fargo Bank
Housing Coordinator, City of Hollister
Planning Technician, City of Soledad
Qualifications: BS, City and Regional Planning, Cal Poly State University, San Luis Obispo

Keith A. Schwehr

Board role: Treasurer
Began serving: 2016
Occupation: President and CEO Keith A Schwehr, CPA A Professional Corporation
CFO Consultant, Keith Day Trucking & Gabilan Ag Management
Previous positions: Chief Financial Officer, Sturdy Oil Company
Manager of Audit and Taxation, Hayashi & Wayland
Senior Accountant, Bianchi, Lorincz & Company LLP
Qualifications: BS, Accounting, San Jose State University
Certified Public Accountant, Certified Global Management Accountant

Larry Barr

Board roles: 
Began serving: 2010
Occupation: Director, Chemical and Linear Operations
Pacific Scientific – Energetic Materials Company
Previous positions: Director – Hazel Hawkins Hospital Foundation
President – San Benito County Business Council (2006 – Present)
Trustee – Paul J. and Steven C. Bianchi Trust
Qualifications: Senior management, organization leadership

Robert C. Blatter

Board roles: 
Began serving: 2012
Occupation: Executive Vice President/Chief Credit Officer, Pinnacle Bank
Previous positions: Senior Vice President/Loan Administration, Bank of Salinas
Business Banking Officer, Bank of America
Elected – Board of Trustees, Hollister School District
Salinas Valley Christians in Commerce, Past President
Leadership Salinas Valley, Class X
Qualifications: BS and MBA in Agribusiness, Santa Clara University

Michele H. Stephenson

Board roles: 
Began serving: 1995
Occupation: Community Volunteer
Previous positions: Kinship Center (foster/adoption agency) 1993, President – 1999 -2004
United Way Board 1989-1995, President 1993-1995
Community Pantry of San Benito Co 1995 – present, President 1998-99
Hazel Hawkins Hospital Foundation 2000 -2005, President 2003
San Benito County Woman of the Year 2005 and 2007
Qualifications: Organizational history, community relations and leadership


Alicia Llanes

Board Roles: Board Member
Began serving: 2018
Occupation: Branch Manager/Wells Fargo Bank
Previous positions: Teller, Banker, Business Specialist and Service Manager Wells Fargo 2006-Present
Qualifications: Management, volunteer coordinator for 13 bank branches, financial literacy educator