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 (contact)
Nonprofit and Fundraising Professional
and Whole Food Plant-Based Nutritionist

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

Andrea Light, Secretary/Treasurer
Foundation Professional

George Ayoub, PhD, IDEA Co-Chair

Daniela Cadavid, DDS, IDEA Co-Chair

Leonie Mattison, EdD, MBA
Organization and Talent Development Expert

Beth Prinz, MD

Jenifer Swartzentruber, RDN, CDE
Registered Dietitian and Diabetes Educator

Committee Members & Contributors

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

Community Advisory Council

Jody Boyman
Merryl Brown
Yvette Giller
Justine Hamilton
Angela Manavella
Ernesto Paredes
Pedro Paz
Ginger Salazar + Brett Matthews
Tina Wood

Health & Nutrition Advisory Council

Christina Dominguez, MS, RD, IFNCP
Vanessa Atyabi, DNP, FNP-BC
Ryan Arnold, MD
Lacey M. Baldiviez, PhD
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

Kristen Weiss, PhD
Stacy Rebich Hespanha

National Advisory Council

Mark Oliver
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