Board of Directors

As a California corporation, People Helping People operates under the guidance of a Board of Directors. The Board of Directors consists of up to 21 members from the local community.

Lorraine Neenan
President, Lorraine Neenan

The Board has a great depth of experience with PHP ranging up to 20 years and represents a diversity of professional experience, ages, ethnic groups, and local communities.

The goal of the Board and its Nominating Committee is to achieve a Board that is representative of the geographic, ethnic, and racial diversity of the community.

If you are interested in pursuing the vision and mission of PHP by volunteering for Board membership, the process begins by contacting the Nominating Committee Chair, Michael Balaban: to communicate your interest.  The Chair will provide the details of the nominating process.

The Board meets on the fourth Thursday of each month from 5:30 PM to 7:00 PM in the PHP Conference Room at 545 N. Alisal Road in Solvang.

Complete Board Member Job Description.

Chief Executive Officer

CEO, Dean PaliusThe Chief Executive Officer of People Helping People is appointed and evaluated by the Board of Directors.

The current Chief Executive Officer of People Helping People is Dean A. Palius, who has served in this capacity for over twenty years. All other staff employees report to Program Directors, who are then responsible to Palius.

Contact the CEO at 805-686-0295 x108 or

Board Officers

  • President, Lorraine Neenan
  • Vice President, Greg Paraskou
  • Secretary, Francisca Escobar
  • Treasurer, Becky Barieau

Board Members

  • Carlos Abitia
  • Kros Andrade
  • Michael Balaban
  • Molly Ballantine
  • Monica Beebe
  • Karen Bowker
  • Joan Bradshaw
  • Elizabeth Crump
  • Caroline Esdaile
  • Mary Ann Evans
  • Enrique Hernandez
  • Nancy Hunsicker
  • John Kuelbs
  • Hilda Navarro
  • Jeff Olsson
  • Rachel Pace
  • Jessica Tade
  • Katie Torres
  • Jim Richard (emeritus)