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 STEM programs in Carpinteria public schools. The Foundation planned charitable events, such as Carp-a-Cabana. Since inception, CEF has raised over $4,000,000 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. 

Our Team

CEF Staff

Pam Werner

Executive Director

Pam has served as the Administrator since 2017, and was recently named Executive Director. Pam oversees the Foundation's day-to-day operations and serves as the point of contact for volunteers and the community at large, manages communications and marketing, and promotes community awareness of the Carpinteria Education Foundation and its importance to the Carpinteria Unified School District. With the support of the board of directors, Pam leads fundraising events such as Carp-a-Cabana and just recently, Movies in the Park.

Pam and her husband, Brian, have three children. Celeste is working toward her single-subject teaching credential at UCSB. Ben and Moses will both attend Carpinteria High School this fall.

Pam is passionate about furthering the Foundation’s mission to promote excellence in education. She has over 10 years of experience working in an administrative capacity within public school districts. 

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.

Jessica Isaac


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".

Jennifer Cota

Vice President

Pic & Bio coming soon

Sarah Aresco-Smith



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.

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.

Nikki Yamaoka

Assistant Director of Health-Cate School

Member at Large

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. 

General Board of Directors

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.

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!

Terra Stephan

Cresco Labs

Pic & Bio coming soon!

Sue Harrison

Member at Large

Bio coming soon!

Mary Zeoli


Laughing Buddha Thrift Store

Bio coming soon!

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

Robin Sawaske

Nancy Garrison

Deborah Brown

Jessica Clark

Lynda Fairly

Diana Freeman

Edward George

Ann Matson

Kandie Overgaag

Benjamin Scott