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)
Blari Search Partners LLC

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

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

Walt Ekard
Ekard Smith & Associates

Bill Geppert (14) - Immediate Past Chair
Community Volunteer

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

Nels Jensen (16)
San Diego Business Journal

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

Paul Komadina (14)
Managing Director, San Diego Region

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

David Mering (17)
Founder & CEO

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

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

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