Our Story

On March 23, 1993, Bill Carty, Tyson Willson, Jim & Ann Gray, along with 14 community leaders gathered to discuss the needs of Carpinteria Unified School District (CUSD) and set in motion a relationship that continues to thrive today. They created a non-profit for the purpose of advancing education in the district, and Carpinteria Education Foundation (CEF) was born!

CEF set out to solicit financial gifts from the private sector to support Arts, Sciences and Band programs in Carpinteria public schools. The Foundation planned charitable events, such as Carp-a-Cabana, now in its 29th year! Since inception, CEF has raised over $3,000,000 to supplement Federal, State and Local tax means.

The founding members legacy continues on in the work of the current Board of Directors. Our current board is made up of retired educators, second and third generation Carpinterians, CHS alumni, and many parents of students currently attending Carpinteria schools. CEF is unique in that its board members are very active, and take charge of our largest events, such as Orchard 2 Ocean, Dine Out for Carp Kids, and Carp-a-Cabana.

Our Team

CEF Staff

Pam Werner


Pam is our Administrator who oversees the day to day operations of the Foundation and serves as the point of contact for volunteers and the community at large. She also provides administrative support to board members, oversees communications and marketing, and promotes community awareness of Carpinteria Education Foundation and its importance to the Carpinteria Unified School District.

Pam and her husband, Brian, have three children. Celeste is the Library/Media Technician at Carpinteria High School and is continuing her education through community college online courses. Ben attends Carpinteria High School, and Moses is at Carpinteria Middle School.

Pam is passionate about furthering the Foundation’s mission to promote excellence in education. She has over 10 years experience working in an administrative capacity in public school districts. In her free time, Pam enjoys taking her dogs to the beach and spending time with family and friends.

Executive Board of Directors

Carpinteria Education Foundation is honored to have a volunteer group of dedicated, talented and professional community leaders who are committed to quality education for every public school student of Carpinteria and Summerland.

Casey Balch


Casey graduated from CHS in 2002 after attending CMS and Aliso. Casey attended PCC and then NCTI and went on to work in EMS for 12 years in Santa Barbara County. Casey has since joined the Carpinteria Sanitary District where he works as a plant operator.

Casey was exposed to the role of teachers first through his mother who worked at MUS for 30+ years, then his sister who also went on to become an elementary teacher in Ventura. Casey is married to Brianna who has taught at Canalino for the past 12 years. Together they have three children Callie in 4th grade, Zoey in K and Maverick in preschool.

Casey is a firm believer that public education is essential to strong, safe communities and works to ensure that all students have equal access to enrichment activities and top notch educational facilities.

Casey also serves as President of Carpinteria Movies in the Park and as 1st VP of the Carpinteria Lions Club.

Jessica Isaac

Vice President

Jessica Isaac was born into the Carpinteria community in 1974, but her family has been here for over 3 generations growing Haas avocados. She attended Carpinteria public schools, graduated from Chico State and is currently working at Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital as a registered nurse.

She married Mike Isaac in 2001 and was lucky enough to return to Carpinteria to raise their 2 children. Zach and Kate are students in CUSD and have enjoyed growing up in the same town as their parents. They enjoy the outdoors, game nights, cooking with friends, and their many pets.

Jessica joined CEF to give back to a community that has given her so much. She will continue the tradition of supporting CUSD through CEF to keep our schools fun, interactive, and safe. "Our families are what makes this community unique, each of us have an opportunity to keep the magic alive in Carpinteria".

Sally Green


Sally was born in Northern California, but grew up in Los Angeles where she attended UCLA, and began teaching in LAUSD in 1967. She and her husband, Roger moved to Carpinteria in 1993. She was Principal at Canalino School for 9 years before retiring in 2010.

She has three daughters, the oldest lives in Washington State, middle daughter lives in Carpinteria, and her youngest in Ojai. She has three wonderful sons-in-law. Her two grandchildren live in Carpinteria, and attend Carpinteria Middle School, and Carpinteria High School.

Sally sits on several non-profit boards including CEF, of which she has been a member for 20+ years, the THRIVE Executive Board , Fighting Back Mentor Program Task Force, the Kinderkirk and All Saints by the Sea Parish School Boards, and is a docent at Casa del Herrero. She also served Carpinteria on the Board of Trustees at Santa Barbara City College, and sat on the Citizens Oversite Bond Committee for 4 years. Sally is currently serving on the Carpinteria Unified School District Board of Trustees.

Sue Harrison

Member at Large

Bio coming soon!

Nancy Garrison


Pic & Bio coming soon!

General Board of Directors

Janie Foley

Sales Manager & Purchasing Director

Santa Barbara Fish Market

Janie has lived in Carpinteria for 35 years. Her daughter graduated from Carpinteria High School, and continues her studies at UCSB. She is the owner of A-1 Fingerprinting in addition to her role at Santa Barbara Fish Market.

Janie is a big part of what makes our annual Carp-a-Cabana Auction a success. She is also a member of the Family Service Agency board.

Curtis Lopez

Director of Purchasing, Retired

Mission Linen

Bio coming soon!

Robin Sawaske

Retired Associate Superintendent

Santa Barbara USD

Robin Doell Sawaske is a third generation Carpinterian and a retired educator. She began her career as an elementary teacher in 1975 and in 1978, she moved home to Carpinteria and began a 20-year span of service with the Carpinteria Unified School District. She served the district as a teacher at Canalino School and then as Principal of Carpinteria Middle School. Robin moved to the Santa Barbara County Education Office in 1999 and served as an administrator in leadership and curriculum. In 2005, Robin began her service in the Santa Barbara Unified School District and retired in 2012 as Associate Superintendent of Education.

Along with The Carpinteria Education Foundation, Robin is currently a board member for The Family Service Agency of Santa Barbara County.She has also served the community as a Fighting Back Task Force member for the Council on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse, and as a board member for Carpinteria Girls Incorporated and the Incredible Children’s Art Network.

Robin and her husband Jack have two adult sons, Spencer and Connor, who both completed their kindergarten through high school education in the Carpinteria school system. Robin enjoys traveling and spending time with friends and family, particularly her grandchildren!

Sarah Aresco-Smith


Seascape Realty

Sarah Smith is a third generation Carpinterian. Both she and her husband Aaron attended Canalino, Main, CMS and CHS! Sarah and Aaron have three children attending Carpinteria Schools: Asher (CHS) and twins Lucia and Holliday, (CMS.

Sarah is a licensed CPA and a licensed Realtor. She is a graduate of the University of California, Santa Barbara with a degree in Economics with an emphasis in Accounting. Sarah keeps busy with property management, sales and their newest venture, a small avocado ranch.

Sarah is dedicated to the Carpinteria Education Foundation Board. Having spent her entire life in Carpinteria, she has a deep affection for the community and believes a strong school system is the heart of a great community.

Terra Stephan

Cresco Labs

Pic & Bio coming soon!

Nikki Yamaoka

Assistant Director of Health

Cate School

Nikki is a proud alumnus of Carpinteria schools. She attended Aliso, Carpinteria Middle School and graduated from Carpinteria High School in 1992.

Nikki attended SBCC and USF, then began her Pediatric Nursing career at Cottage Hospital. Currently Nikki serves as the Assistant Director of Health at Cate School.

Nikki and her husband Brian have two sons, Griffin (age 12) who attends CMS, and six year old Ian at Canalino. Nikki has been very involved with Parents for Canalino since Griffin began Kindergarten. She is the Co-President for PFC and is actively involved in the annual Holiday Lights Trolley Tour and the Teacher Appreciation Week activities. Nikki just finished chairing our annual Carp-a-Cabana Auction where we raised more than $70,000 for the arts in Carpinteria schools.

Mary Zeoli


Laughing Buddha Thrift Store

Bio coming soon!

Ryan Zick


Postel, Price & Parma, LLC

Ryan hails from Chicago, but has lived in Carpinteria for the past 10 years with his wife Raquel. Ryan is a proponent of a strong, vibrant and fiscally healthy public school system. Ryan believes that community support is an integral, if not necessary, part of building and maintaining the public school system. Ryan is also on the board of directors for the Carpinteria Lions Club.

Ryan is an associate attorney at Price, Postel & Parma, LLP in Santa Barbara. Prior to joining Price, Postel & Parma, Ryan was a judicial law clerk to the Honorable Peter H. Carroll, United States Bankruptcy Judge for the Central District of California. Ryan obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in Political Science, magna cum laude, from Arizona State University, and a Juris Doctorate from the Santa Barbara College of Law.

Advisory Board

Carpinteria Education Foundation is honored to have a volunteer group of dedicated, talented and professional community leaders who serve as committed members of our Advisory Board.

Marybeth Carty, Honorary Lifetime Advisor

Deborah Brown

Jessica Clark

Lynda Fairly

Diana Freeman

Edward George

Ann Matson

Kandie Overgaag

Benjamin Scott