Board of Directors & Officers 2017-2018


Sarah Nordwick

Board role: Board Chairperson
Began serving: 2017
Occupation: Project Manager, SafeHouse Web 2016 – Present
Previous positions:Director for Youth and Young Adult Program, St. Andrews School
Behavioral Therapist, Easter Seals Bay Area
Behavior Interventionist, ACES
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, Governance Committee Chair
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


Michele H. Stephenson

Board roles: Board Member
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
Hazel Hawkins Hospital Foundation 2000 -2005, President 2003
San Benito County Woman of the 2005 and 2007
Qualifications: Organizational history, community relations and leadership


Kevin Jeffery

Board roles: Board member
Began serving:   2018
Occupation: Vice President & General Counsel, Graniterock
Previous positions: Board member, San Benito County YMCA, 2013-present
Board chair, Bruce W. Woolpert Algebra Academy, 2012-present
Board member, Pajaro Valley Educational Foundation, 2017-present
Qualifications: BA, JD, Stanford University


Erika Vallin

Board roles: Board member
Began serving:   2018
Occupation: Health Education Associate II, San Benito County Public Health Services, 2014 – present
Previous positions: Health Educator – San Benito Health Foundation, 2012-2014
Health Education Associate I – San Benito County Public Health Services, 2012
Intern – The Permanente Medical Group – 2012
Cashier- Coach, 2005 – 2012
Qualifications: BS, Health Science, with concentration in Community Health Promotion San Jose State University


Maria Lynn Thomas

Food Bank role: Chief Executive Officer
Began serving: 2012
Occupation:   Chief Executive Officer, Community Food Bank of SBC, 2015 – present
Previous positions: Organizational Development Consultant
Published Author and Inspirational Speaker
Instructor, California State University Monterey Bay, School of Business
Qualifications:   BS, Communications, University of Illinois
MBA, Organizational Development and Human Resources Management   Indiana University