Advisory Group

Kyle Ashby
Founder & President, Kaldera 

Kyle_AshbyKyle Ashby is the founder of Kaldera, a consulting firm that focuses on strategy, creative innovation, branding and marketing for startups, technology, and software companies, and is the director of StartupSB, a Santa Barbara-based organization that connects startups and entrepreneurs.  He is also the founder of Travel in Central America, a company providing unique travel experiences and guides for Central American destinations, and has worked in executive, marketing and project management roles with a number of multinational companies and mobile and online technology startups.  He also contributes to the business and academic communities as a Startup Weekend/Up Global organizer and facilitator and as a member of the board of directors for both the MIT Enterprise Forum of the Central Coast and the Clean Business Investment Summit.  Kyle has taught classes in marketing, innovation, and entrepreneurship at AUSB and in the Technology Management Program at The University of California.  He has an MBA from Babson College and undergraduate degrees in Film Studies and Geography from UC Santa Barbara.

Ron Boehm
Principal, Boma Investments, LLC 

Ron BoehmRon Boehm considers himself a social project experimenter. He is Principal and Co-Owner at Boma Investments, an umbrella organization for several social enterprises and projects including Choices Prosperity Solutions (India) and Boma Haiti. Ron is also the Co-Founder of RISE Beyond, and the Owner of ABC-CLIO, an international publisher of books, ebooks, magazines and online resources in the social sciences, humanities, and professional librarianship, located in Santa Barbara, California. Ron has an MBA from Berkeley’s Walter A. Haas School of Business, a JD from the University of California’s Hastings College of Law, and a BA in History from the College of Wooster.

Jeff Bruner
Senior Vice President & Private Portfolio Manager at McAdams Wright Ragen, Inc. 

Jeff BrunerFor over 30 years, Jeff Bruner has specialized in private portfolio management. His expertise is in utilizing the contrarian value-based investment discipline and methodology. In addition to actively managing private portfolios for his clients, he has developed and taught personal financial management programs for numerous corporate and educational organizations. In 1982, he began his career with Foster & Marshall/Shearson Lehman Brothers, Inc. In 1989, he cofounded and served as a director of Ragen MacKenzie, Inc. Wells Fargo Investments acquired Ragen MacKenzie in 2000, and Jeff served as Senior Vice President through 2010. Jeff joined McAdams Wright Ragen in 2010 as a Senior Vice President/Private Portfolio Manager. In 2014, McAdams Wright Ragen merged with the Robert W. Baird & Co., and Jeff holds the position of Director/Private Portfolio Manager.  Jeff attended the University of Wisconsin-Madison, studying agribusiness, finance, and theater. He maintains deep roots in Seattle and Santa Barbara, where he resides.

Nathalie GensacNathalie Gensac Dewey
Founder & President, Media4AGood, Inc./Youth Interactive Santa Barbara

Nominated by Ernst & Young as Social Entrepreneur of the year, Nathalie Gensac founded Media4Good Inc. with the aim to use the power of media to reach out to a new generation of intelligent givers—people who need to know their contributions will truly make a sustainable difference in the global struggle against poverty and illiteracy. To that end she focused on the growing need for financial transparency and sustainability in the charitable sector. Her core focus is to support the two groups essential to social and economic advancement in our world today: women and children through powerful after school Youth interactive centers.

Paul Didier
President and CEO, United Way of Santa Barbara

Paul DidierPaul Didier has been President and CEO of United Way of Santa Barbara County since 1978. The United Way serves its community through funding, volunteer development, and utilizing its own unique initiatives that involve dozens of local non-profit and public sector agencies. Paul, a Certified Financial Planner, a UCSB and Harvard MBA graduate, and a former real estate broker and syndicate with his own firm, has applied for-profit, market driven innovations to United Way and other non-profit organizations.

Jon Goodman, Ph.D
Chief Administrative Officer, Urban Capital of America, LLC

Jon GoodmanJon Goodman works with emerging companies and new-generation nonprofits. Previously President of TOWN HALL Los Angeles, she has occupied several leadership positions in projects designed to strengthen the region. Prior to Town Hall, she built and led the nation’s first new media incubator, EC2@USC. Before founding EC2, Goodman was the Director of the Entrepreneur Program at USC and Professor, which she led to top-three national rankings. While there, she developed the first entrepreneurial programs in South Central High Schools including Rosemead High School, Downey High School and Manual Arts High School.

In 1990, Goodman created the first direct business assistance program in South Central Los Angeles. The organization handled the vast majority of loan packaging after the1992 LA Riots. Goodman was also a Founding Director of the Digital Coast Roundtable and previous Chair of the Los Angeles Venture Forum. Moderator of “Something Ventured,” a 26-part series on entrepreneurship which was repeated for seven seasons on PBS, Goodman is also the co-author of Leading with Knowledge: the Nature of Competition in the 21st Century and author of numerous articles, columns and white papers. These activities have been informed by her experience as both a venture capital investor and founder of venture-backed companies. She has served on numerous Boards, both profit, nonprofit, public and privately held.

Notable during her outstanding career have been a number of awards recognizing her as an innovative, creative and committed leader. She was selected by Wired magazine as one of the 20 people in the nation who will help form the future of the entertainment industry and by the Los Angeles Times as one of the 10 most influential people in the region’s technology business.

Goodman received a Master of Business Administration from the University of Connecticut where in 2004 she was inducted into the School of Business Hall of Fame, and a doctorate in Business Strategy/ Microeconomics from the University of Georgia, where she was named Distinguished Alumna of the Terry College of Business in 1995. She currently serves on the Boards of Town Hall Los Angeles, GrowTown, USA and Green Dot Public Schools.

Geoff Green
Executive Director, Fund for Santa Barbara 

GeoffGreenA native of the San Francisco Bay area, Geoff came to Santa Barbara in 1990 where he began work in community organizing on issues of racial equity, access to education, environmental health and LGBTQ equality. Geoff’s professional work includes positions with the UCSB Office of Residential Life, Office of the Vice Chancellor of Student Affairs, and the Associated Students where he served as President in 1993-94. In 1994, Geoff was elected to a four-year term on the Isla Vista Recreation and Park District Board of Directors where he served until pursuing a career as a Park Ranger/Naturalist in Yosemite National Park. Geoff’s expansive community work includes, but is not limited to, more than ten years of public affairs radio programming on KCSB, Co-chairing Santa Barbara County’s “No on Prop 22” campaign in 2000, and serving on committees that guide and support nonprofits in the Santa Barbara area. He will continue his service in leading roles in 2013 with California Association of Nonprofits, Association of Funding Professionals Santa Barbara Ventura Counties Chapter, Foundation Roundtable of Santa Barbara County, and as Commissioner of the Housing Authority of the City of Santa Barbara.

Peter Karoff
Chairman & Founder, The Philanthropic Initiative

Peter KaroffH. Peter Karoff is Chairman and Founder of The Philanthropic Initiative (TPI), and was President of TPI from 1989 to 2002. Prior to founding TPI, Peter was in the insurance and real estate businesses. He has been on the board of more than 30 nonprofit organizations. Peter is the author of The World We Want – new dimensions in philanthropy and social change, (AltaMira Press – 2007) and editor of Just Money – A Critique of Contemporary American Philanthropy, (TPI Editions – 2004.) Peter’s poetry has been published and anthologized. A graduate of Brandeis University and Columbia University, he received an Honorary Degree from Lesley University in 2002. He was made a Fellow of the McDowell Colony in 1989 and in 2006 became a Purpose Prize Fellow.

David Kramer, PhD

David KramerDavid Kramer graduated with a BS from the University of the Witwatersrand and earned his MA and PhD from Princeton University. He joined Thinking Machines Corp. as a research scientist and then moved to Oracle. Subsequently, he joined the founders of startup Vivace Networks as a software architect. He joined Google after Vivace was acquired, and while at Google, he led the team responsible for data storage and designing GIS systems. Dr. Kramer is an active angel investor and board member of several privately held companies and also serves as technical advisor and executive coach to several startups, mostly in the high-tech space.

Daniel Lender
Chief Financial Officer, QAD, Inc.

Daniel LenderDaniel Lender has been the Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer for QAD since 2003. Previously, he served as QAD’s Vice President of Global Sales Operations and Vice President of Latin America. Mr. Lender joined QAD in 1998 as Treasurer, following a nine-year tenure with the former Republic National Bank of New York, last serving as Vice President and Treasurer of the Bank’s Delaware subsidiary. He earned his Masters of Business Administration Degree from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and a Bachelor of Science Degree in Applied Economics and Business Management from Cornell University.

Alethea Tyner Paradis, JD
Director, Friendship Tours World Travel

Alethea Tyner ParadisA lawyer-turned-teacher-turned-entrepreneur, Alethea has made learning through travel her business. A popular educator since 1997, Ms. Paradis earned a Bachelor’s degree in history and teaching credential from the University of California, Santa Barbara and a Juris Doctorate from Northwestern School of Law at Lewis & Clark College. In 2005, Alethea founded Peace Works Travel, a dynamic education abroad program where participants travel and innovate solutions for people in countries recovering from conflict. Alethea’s unique approach to global education has gained popular recognition after being adopted by a dozen private schools, the Santa Barbara Unified School District, Santa Barbara City College, and featured by ABC News in an Emmy Award-winning documentary film. Current destinations are Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Thailand, Rwanda, and Cuba. In 2013, Ms. Paradis won the Santa Barbara Spirit of Entrepreneurship Award, honored for her exceptional leadership in the community. In 2015, Alethea was honored as the winner of the Women’s Economic Ventures Business of the Year Award.

Gabe Quiroz
Trustee, AUSB Board of Trustees

Gabe QuirozGabe has a bachelors degree in Philosophy and a Master in Business Administration. He has served in different boards during his career, among them the Nevada Broadcasters Association, The Santa Barbara Symphony and San Luis Obispo Symphony. Before his relocation to the Central Coast we has the General Manager to Entravision’s TV and Radio Stations in Las Vegas, Nevada, and also has worked as Senior Vice President for Entravision in Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo Counties. He currently serves as a member of Antioch University Santa Barbara board of trustees.

Deborah RogowDeborah Rogow
Consultant (Non-Profit Sector)

Debbie Rogow is an independent consultant in international development with expertise on health and rights of girls and women in developing countries. Her work involves technical assistance, advocacy, and research with nonprofit organizations, UN agencies, and foundations. Locally, Debbie has served on the Boards of the Action Fund of Planned Parenthood of Santa Barbara, Ventura, and San Luis Obispo Counties as well as on the Santa Barbara Women’s Political Committee.

Rebecca Tinsley
Journalist, Author, and Human Rights Activist

PortraitRebecca Tinsley founded the human rights group Waging Peace following a visit to the refugee camps in Darfur, Sudan. She also founded Network for Africa, to help survivors of genocide rebuild their lives. Network for Africa has schools and clinics in Rwanda and Uganda. Rebecca completed a law degree at the London School of Economics. She is a former BBC reporter, and stood for election to the UK parliament twice during the 1980’s, and she writes about Africa, women, genocide and human rights. Her book, When the Stars Fall to Earth: a Novel of Africa, is based on her interviews with the courageous survivors of the genocide in Darfur. Together with her husband Henry, she was asked by President and Mrs. Carter to start the Carter Center in Europe. She is on the advisory councils of Bennington College, VT, and Antioch University in Santa Barbara, CA. Rebecca splits her time between California, London and Africa.

Robert D. Wagner Jr.
Investment Banker (Retired)

RobertWagnerBob Wagner has a long history as a commercial and investment banker to the oil and gas industries, primarily in Texas, going back to the original Middle East conflicts of the early 1970’s. Over that time he has worked with virtually all segments of the business and executed transactions across the full spectrum of finance. He has an MBA in Finance (1971) from the Stern School of NYU and recently gained a PhD (2008) in Mythological Studies from the Pacifica Graduate Institute in Santa Barbara. His recent book, ‘Moby-Dick’ and the Mythology of Oil which uses Melville’s classic as an allegory for our Petroleum Economy, was originally his PhD dissertation.