Board of Directors


Each director brings a unique skill set and expertise, enriching the organization. A majority of our directors are LEAD graduates, proving that leadership truly does begin with … LEAD.

Board of Directors 2016 – 2017

Carisa Wisniewski (11) - Chair
Office Managing Partner
Moss Adams

William Earley (14) - Vice Chair
Regional Chief Executive Officer
American Red Cross, San Diego/Imperial Counties Chapter

Chris Amble (13)
Senior Vice President/Regional President,
Middle Market Banking
Wells Fargo & Company

Trevor Blair (07 & 17)
Principal
Blair Search Partners LLC

Gordon Boerner (93)
Senior Vice President and Western Regional Private Banking Manager
U.S. Bank

Nels Jensen (16)
Editor-in-Chief
San Diego Business Journal

Jason Bowser (07 & 15)
Managing Director, Regional Manager
Southern California Division
Consumer and Business Banking
Union Bank

Kate Collier (15)
Vice President & Treasurer
Sempra Energy

Derek Danziger (08 & 13)
Vice President
Nuffer, Smith, Tucker

Joel Davis (15)
Vice President & General Manager
KGTV/ABC10

Walt Ekard
Principal
Ekard Smith & Associates

Bill Geppert (14) - Immediate Past Chair
Community Volunteer

Karen Harrison (05)
Senior Vice President, Small Business Banking
Bank of America

Stath Karras (94)
Executive Director
USD Burnham-Moores Center for Real Estate

Paul Komadina (14)
Managing Director, San Diego Region
CBRE

John E. Mendez
Founder & President
Mendez Strategy Group, Inc.

David Mering (17)
Founder & CEO
MeringCarson

Barbara Noerenberg (12)
Vice President, Corporate Research & Development
Qualcomm

Joanne Pastula (88)
President Emeritus
Junior Achievement of San Diego & Imperial Counties

Kari Pelters (15)
Director of Finance
Hunter Industries

Garry Ridge (16)
President, CEO & Director
WD-40 Company

Marilyn Sawyer (84)
Civic & Community Volunteer

Lynette Seid (11)
Chief Financial Officer, San Diego Area
Kaiser Foundation Health Plan & Hospitals

Susan Taylor (16)
Executive Director, External Affairs
Scripps Health

Sherrie-Lyn Thompson
Director of Business Development
Higgs Fletcher & Mack

Robin Toft (17)
President & CEO
Toft Group Executive Search