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

Angela Manavella, Secretary
Nonprofit Leadership Programs Manager


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

Daniela Cadavid, DDS, IDEA Chair

Beth Prinz, MD

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

Bilingual Social Media & Content Coordinator

Romi Ramirez, MBA


Volunteer Coordinator

Andrea Light 

Committee Members & Contributors

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

Community Advisory Council

Miguel Avila
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

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

Environment & Food Systems Advisory Council

Kate Flynn
Carly Marto
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