Spirit of Entrepreneurship Foundation Officers & Board

cathy feldmanCathy Feldman
Board Chair & CEO, Spirit of Entrepreneurship Foundation

Cathy is the publisher of Blue Point Books, which she founded in 1991. She has published 35 non-fiction titles by multiple authors. Her goal is to publish books that make a difference. She was one of the founders of NAWBO-SB Chapter and served as Executive Director of NAWBO-SB for two years. She has served as Board Chair of the Foundation since 2011 and has supervised all of the Spirit of Entrepreneurship™ events.

daryaDarya Bronston
Vice-President & Director, Spirit of Entrepreneurship Foundation

Darya Bronston is the Founder and Managing Director of Annovium Products and the inventor of the MOTR, previously known as the CoreFitnessRoller and the CoreBody Reformer. She is a wellness specialist and business consultant for businesses and organizations, ranging from health services and technology to services and education. Darya's understanding of community and communication, combined with her strategic planning skills helps companies and organizations rise to their optimal potential.

ambiaAmbia McLaughlin
Treasurer & Director, Spirit of Entrepreneurship Foundation

Ambia is a Vice President and Commercial Loan Officer at Montecito Bank & Trust. She has been in banking and finance for over 15 years. She is actively involved in the community and, in addition to serving on the SOE Foundation Board, is a Board of Directors for Teddy Bear Cancer Foundation. She served as Co-Chairman of the United Way of Santa Barbara County campaign for seven years. Ambia has also been a guest lecturer for Women's Economic Ventures (WEV), presenting on topics such as Financing, Budgeting, and Strategic Planning.

Lynette La MereLynette La Mere
Director, Spirit of Entrepreneurship Foundation

Lynette La Mere is the founder and owner of Pure Joy Catering, which she likes to point out is not just a name, it's a philosophy. She started Pure Joy in 2001 while raising her two young sons on her own. Her company is ranked #2 of the top Women Owned Businesses in the Tri-County area, and Lynette is a past winner of the Spirit of Entrepreneurship Award in Hospitality & Tourism. She is involved in many community service organizations that focus on children, animals and the environment.

Caroline MacDougallCaroline MacDougall
Director, Spirit of Entrepreneurship Foundation

Caroline MacDougall founder of Teeccino Caffé that markets the top selling brand of coffee alternatives in America, is a typical serial entrepreneur. Her career as a serial entrepreneur has spanned over 30 years successfully creating and marketing numerous herbal products for top tea companies including her own brand, Teeccino Herbal Coffee. Caroline's latest creation is a new high performance cereal made from super seeds called TeeChia. TeeChia is nutrient dense and provides lasting energy and satiety with no added sugar. She was also the winner of the 2011 Spirit of Entrepreneurship Awards™ in the Retail/Wholesale category.

julieJulie Samson
Director, Spirit of Entrepreneurship Foundation

Julie is a business strategist, entrepreneurship educator, and business owner dedicated to helping locals become surefooted and agile in today's rapidly changing business environment. She serves as the Executive Director of Santa Barbara City College's Scheinfeld Center for Entrepreneurship, Director of the Santa Barbara Small Business Development Center, teaches the Enterprise Launch program at SBCC, and is a business development specialist for Women's Economic Ventures.

lizElizabeth (Liz) Seitz
Director, Spirit of Entrepreneurship Foundation

Liz has been in banking more than 25 years and has managed branches from Santa Barbara to Maui to Westlake Village and back to Santa Barbara where she is Vice President/Branch Manager of the Santa Barbara North branch of Bank of the West. Under Liz's leadership her branch became the top-producing branch in the Tri-Counties Area in 2013. She's also served on the boards of The Boys & Girls Clubs of Ventura & Oxnard, Ventura Chamber of Commerce, Domestic Violence Solutions of Santa Barbara County, among others and is a member of Rotary.

sabrinaSabrina A. Tinajero
Director, Spirit of Entrepreneurship Foundation

Sabrina is Business Development Officer, Commercial lending at the Santa Barbara Main office of Wells Fargo downtown. She's been with Wells Fargo for nine years as VP/Branch Manager and recently completed the two-year Business Leadership Academy through Wells Fargo. She has been actively involved in the communities she's lived and, in addition to serving on the SOE Foundation Board, is co-chair for The America Heart Association Walk for the second year. Prior to joining Wells Fargo, Sabrina was a branch manager for Bank of America for four years.