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.

President, Francisca Escobar

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, Becky Barieau: to communicate your interest. The Chair will provide the details of the nominating process.

The Board meets on the fourth Wednesday 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-five years.

Contact the CEO at 805-686-0295 x108 or

Board Officers

  • President, Francisca Escobar
  • Vice President, John Kuelbs
  • Secretary, Karen Bowker
  • Treasurer, Becky Barieau

Board Members

  • Carlos Abitia
  • Kros Andrade
  • Becky Barieau
  • Karen Bowker
  • Elizabeth Crump
  • Amy Dixon
  • Francisca Escobar
  • Mary Ann Evans
  • Leslie Garcia
  • Enrique Hernandez
  • Nancy Hunsicker
  • John Kuelbs
  • Hilda Navarro
  • Rachel Pace
  • Greg Paraskou
  • Iris Rideau
  • Alanna Tarkington
  • Joseph Tyson
  • Michael Balaban (emeritus)
  • Jeff Olsson (emeritus)
  • Jim Richard (emeritus)