Rooted Santa Barbara is a collaborative effort founded by a community of local health and nutrition professionals passionate about empowering the Santa Barbara community to take a leading role in their preventive health through plant-based nutrition education and support. Learn more about our roots and how we came together →

Board of Directors

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Beth Skidmore, MSACN, Chair/Executive Lead (contact)
Nonprofit and Fundraising Professional
and Whole Food Plant-Based Nutritionist

Emma Malina, Vice Chair, External Affairs and Programs and Partnerships Lead (contact)
Plant-Based Nutrition Educator and Food Skills Instructor

George Ayoub, PhD, Vice Chair, Internal Affairs

Andrea Light, Secretary
Foundation Professional


Lacey Baldiviez, PhD, Treasurer
Nutritional Biologist and Community Impact Officer

Daniela Cadavid, DDS, IDEA Chair

Angela Manavella
Nonprofit Leadership Programs Manager

Beth Prinz, MD

Jenifer Swartzentruber, RDN, CDE, Special Partnerships Lead (contact)
Registered Dietitian and Diabetes Educator

Bilingual Social Media & Content Coordinator

Elizabeth Welch

Committee Members & Contributors

Laura Bustard
John Feusier, DDS, MS
Rhonda Johnson
Kunjal Patel

Community Advisory Council

Jody Boyman
Merryl Brown
Lizzy and Tom Fallows
Yvette Giller
Justine Hamilton
Leonie Mattison, EdD, MBA
Ernesto Paredes
Pedro Paz
Ginger Salazar + Brett Matthews
Lori Tremer Huey 
Tina Wood

Health & Nutrition Advisory Council

Christina Dominguez, MS, RD, IFNCP
Vanessa Atyabi, DNP, FNP-BC
Ryan Arnold, MD
Gina Bell
Mary Conneely
Chris Kalinich
Frederic C. Kass, MD, JD, MPA
David Kerr, MD
Heidi K. Lucas, ND, FABNO
Amit Subar + Jason Solway, DO

Environment & Food Systems Advisory Council

Kate Flynn
Stacy Rebich Hespanha
Kristen Weiss, PhD

National Advisory Council

Mark Oliver
Sharon Palmer, RD
Chrissy and JD Roth
Martin Tull

Community Partners

Breast Cancer Resource Center logo
Mosher Foundation logo
Santa Barbara County Food Bank logo
Sansum Diabetes Research Institute logo
Apples to Zucchini Cooking School logo

National Partners

Amercian College of Lifestyle Medicine
Center for Nutrition logo

A Special Thanks to Our Fiscal Sponsor