OUR TEAM

"COMING TOGETHER IS THE BEGINNING. KEEPING TOGETHER IS PROGRESS. WORKING TOGETHER IS SUCCESS."

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STEPHANIE OTERO, CPA

CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER

Stephanie Otero is a seasoned non-profit leader with over 20+ years of experience in the non-profit and financial/accounting industry. She specializes in non-profit sustainability and growth, including fundraising & development, financial accounting & reporting, team development & recruitment, board engagement, Human Resources and more. Her diverse background as a CPA, life coach, entrepreneur, and CEO allows her to lead and manage an organization from a broad perspective, thus maximizing potential, minimizing risk, increasing employee engagement, and creating innovative solutions that are impactful to the organization’s overall mission.

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JOHN CROOKS
VP of Operations

John is originally from Michigan.  However, for several years now, he's been enjoying the warmer weather that Southern California has to offer!  John is our "go-to-person" for anything operations, and when he's not busy at the food bank you can find him riding his motorcycle, off-roading in the sand dunes, or spending time with his wife Julie and dog, Coco.

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JOANNA SOLORIO, MBA
Human Resources Director

One of Joanna’s favorite things about working at FARSB is that everyone shares the same vision and dedication to fighting hunger. Outside of work, she enjoys hanging out with her two fur babies, watching Netflix and teaming up with her husband on DIY projects, like their recent backyard refurbishment project. A natural wanderlust, Joanna hopes to someday travel to England, so she can visit its mega-city - London!

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CAROLYN SOLAR, MBA
Philanthropy Director

Carolyn joins the food bank family with experience running her own food blog, where she tastes, photographs, and reviews food from all over Southern California, and sometimes beyond. As a member of the community, Carolyn loves knowing that her work at the food bank makes a direct impact for a neighbor in need. 

VANESA MERCADO
Partner Relations Director

One of the many things Vanesa loves about working at "FARSB", is having an impact on the community!  Back in the day, Vanesa was a competitive diver and competed in college. Though her diving days are over, her two kids keeps her busy!  When Vanesa is not at the food bank you can find her singing in church and spending time with her family.

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JACKIE ARIAS
Programs Director

Jackie is a giver at heart, from serving in the Peace Corps  in Mozambique to working at the food bank, she wants to be a resource for her community. Jackie is a Riverside native and the second of six children. When she is away from the food bank she enjoys cooking, watching tv, and dancing. 

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Jill McCormick

Board Chair

Kaiser Permanente 

 

Dr. Elaine Ahumada

Vice Chair

California Baptist University

Jason Brooks

Treasurer

KPMG US

Patrick Taber

Secretary

Taber Company

Victor Behnke
Wells Fargo 

Gale Schulte
Schulte Contract Glazing

James Frame
Community Representative

Dr. Anil Garde
Community Representative​

Clara Vanderpool

Community Representative

Loren Sanchez
Ten Strands

Jennifer Olson
Starbucks Coffee

Jeff Girod
University of California, Riverside

Windsor Richmond
Anthem Blue Cross

Sherri Anderson

Bank of America Merrill Lynch

Kurt Schwabe
University of California, Riverside
 

The Board of Directors is responsible for the oversight of finances, management, and performance of FARSB and commits to serving in a voluntary, non-executive capacity. Individuals interested in joining the Board of Directors should send a resume and a short cover letter outlining their interest to Joanna Solorio, Human Resources Director, at jsolorio@feedingamericaie.org.