Meet The Board
From our Staff to our Board of Directors, Big Brothers Big Sisters has a compassionate and dedicated group of individuals
who are willing to do whatever it takes to help change children’s lives for the better.
Director of Administrative Services, YMCA of Silicon Valley
Elected November 2019
Jessica Lenth is a Santa Cruz native happy to return to her town to join the Board of Big Brothers Big Sister Santa Cruz. She is currently working for the YMCA of Silicon Valley as the Director of Administrative Services at the Camp Campbell location in Boulder Creek.
Jessica's background includes working with organizations throughout the Bay Area focused on youth development. She spent three years working for the Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Sonoma County, developing new curriculums and programs and overseeing program quality and worked for Playworks in the East Bay and Silicon Valley overseeing AmeriCorps finding and program operations.
Jessica earned her Bachelor's degree in Liberal Arts with an Art History Concentration from the Hutchins School of Liberal Studies at Sonoma State University and her Master's Degree in Public Administration with a concentration in Nonprofit Management from the University of Southern California.
She joined the board of Big Brothers Big Sisters because she is passionate about ensuring all children and youth have positive and caring role models in their lives.
Elected October 2018
Art Crumpler is enjoying retirement after four decades of working in Silicon Valley. He has a broad range of experience including Assistant Controller at Motorola-Computer Product Division, Director of Contracts at BT Tymnet, and Senior Contracts Manager at Quantum and Brocade Communications. Art attended the United States Military Academy in West Point, New York.
Art has been a long-term volunteer with the Day on the Monterey Bay Regatta which benefits Big Brothers Big Sisters. He looks forward to giving back to the community though volunteering and deepening his support of youth mentoring programs. Art also stays active through swimming, playing basketball, and traveling.
Stacy Austin moved to Santa Cruz in 2001 with her husband, two boys, and two dogs. As a mom to two active boys and wanting to be fully involved in their lives, she started dedicating her time volunteering at Soquel PENS, Happy Valley Elementary, Cap-Soquel Little League, and Santa Cruz Mountains Cycling to name a few.
With the boys starting school, she accepted a position as the Fiscal Manager at the Walnut Avenue Women’s Center, a $2M non-profit organization, where she oversaw the Center’s finances including the preparation of the annual budget, creation of monthly financial statements and cash flow analysis.
For the past nine years, Stacy has successfully been building her own business, Distinct Property Management, where she, her business partner, and exceptional staff provide long-term rental management services to Santa Cruz County homeowners.
Stacy joined the Board of Big Brothers Big Sisters so she can be part of a caring community of people that are committed to improving the lives of the youth within our community once more.
Program Manager, Monarch Services
Elected September 2019
VP Organizational Development, Granite Construction
Elected October 2019
Geoff is the VP Organizational Development for Granite in Watsonville where he leads a team of professionals focused on building talent and leadership capabilities in the business. Geoff has been with Granite since 1995 and has over 30 years of experience working in industry. He has served in various leadership roles on industry associations and was previously on the board for the Santa Cruz Red Cross Chapter. He is a registered chemical engineer with an MBA.
Geoff is an avid sailor and skier and is a member of the Santa Cruz Yacht Club. He believes that outdoor activities and social connections are the foundation of a healthy lifestyle. He joined the Board of Big Brother Big Sister because he sees the opportunity for the organization and its volunteers to help kids in the community live better lives.
Elected November 2019
Terri Festa has a long history with the Big Brothers Big Sisters organization which started with serving as a Big Sister to 3 consecutive Little Sisters for BB/BS of Southwest Louisiana. This was followed by a move to Lafayette, Louisiana to establish BB/BS of Acadiana. All of this coincided with her teaching career followed by her work as a presenter/trainer for Harcourt School Publishers. Upon moving to California, Terri was chosen as Executive Director for BB/BS in Salinas, CA (renamed as BB/BS of Monterey County).
More recently, Terri's community service has revolved around dogs and their care. She established an organization known as Society Dog LLC, through which she hosted large-scale events that supported many charitable canine efforts. Terri has owned and operated The Den in the Redwoods, (a Canine Mountain Retreat) for the last 11 years. Terri joyfully returns to BB/BS as a Board Member in Santa Cruz, building upon her past experiences that she feels will enhance her involvement. Terri currently lives in Scotts Valley with her husband and her two dogs.
Non Profit Event Specialist, Envision this Productions!
Elected June 2019
For the past decade, Karen has devoted her career path to the non-profit industry as a highly motivated, resourceful, and energetic Development Professional. Early on in her non-profit life, she realized how darn good she is at coordinating, planning and launching successful fundraising events. Unlike most from this industry, Karen love to plan these events and takes pride in a job well done.
Karen brings over 35 years of sales, marketing, management and nonprofit development experience, including expertise in wholesale and retail markets working for major companies to independent organizations. Together with her team, Karen prides herself on her outstanding communication skills, unfailing dependability, a flawless reputation for high ethical standards and honesty, and the ability to connect with a diverse population across a variety of market segments.
David Lyng Real Estate
Elected June 2018
Morgan Lyng Lukina is a native of Santa Cruz County. She graduated from UC Berkeley with a BS in Business Administration from the Haas School of Business and began working at Prudential Mortgage Capital Company where she worked as an Investment Analyst.
Morgan was honored to join her family’s Real Estate company after working in commercial real estate in San Francisco. She joined the Big Brothers Big Sisters board in 2018. She is also serving as the president of The Santa Cruz County Board of Realtors.
Emeritus Board Members
Elected August 2004
Chuck and his wife retired to Hilton Head, SC, and he continues to work part-time as an independent insurance claims consultant and expert witness.
Chuck was born in the Bronx, New York City, where he enjoyed body surfing at the New Jersey Shore every summer. Moving to California, he graduated with a BA in Economics from San Jose State.
Elected January 2006
Richard Branson was the President of Pacific Ingredient Exchange, which he co-founded in 1985. He retired in 2016. Prior to this he was Marketing Manager for Sun Maid, Sunsweet and Diamond Walnut. He has an MBA in marketing. A native of Northern California, Richard was born in Ukiah, and lived in Sacramento, Davis, and Stockton before moving to Aptos in 1996. When he was younger, Richard liked to play seasonal sports with his two brothers and neighborhood kids. Rather than marketing, Richard thought about becoming an astronaut when he was growing up.Richard understands the importance of Big Brothers Big Sisters, thanks to his brothers, who were his mentors and the people he looked up to in his youth. Richard was motivated to become a Board Member of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Santa Cruz County because of the life-changing outcomes that occur through the matching of children in need of a positive role model with caring volunteer mentors. Says Richard, “Seeing youth grow into mature members of our community is inspiring.”
Vice President of Operations
Santa Cruz Seaside Company
Elected August 2005
Omid Aminfard is the Vice President of Operations for the Santa Cruz Seaside Company. He has spent most of his professional career working in the amusement industry. He previously worked for Sea World in San Diego and Stratosphere Tower in Las Vegas. He joined the Santa Cruz Seaside Company in 2000. Omid knows first hand the power of youth mentoring, as he was a Big Brother.