OUR TEAM

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

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CAROLYN SOLAR, MBA
CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER

Carolyn, a Riverside resident, has served on the FARSB team since 2017 and is only the second female CEO to hold this title in the food bank's 42-year history. Her primary focus will include assessing operational, programmatic, and financial performance.in addition to developing strategic and impactful regional partnerships.

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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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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 

Danielle Oehlman
Stater Bros. Charities


James Frame
Community Representative

Dr. Anil Garde
Community Representative​


Kurt Schwabe
University of California, Riverside

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

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.