Board of Directors

The Santa Barbara Public Library Foundation Board of Directors is a diverse group of active community members who are passionate about supporting the growth of our local community by strengthening our public libraries.

Stephanie Riordan has spent the past 18 years leading marketing strategy for a diverse portfolio of Coca-Cola foodservice customers. In her role as Senior Marketing Strategist she has led brand repositioning, product launches and consumer-centric integrated marketing Prior to Coca-Cola, Stephanie was with GDR Advertising and Martin/Williams agencies where she managed planning and implementation for DuPont Corian, U.S. Bank, Little Tikes, and Marvin Windows. She has been an avid reader and library card holder from an early age and she wants to continue to foster the library’s development for future generations.

Jim Sterne focuses his thirty-five years in sales and marketing on creating and strengthening customer relationships through digital communications Sterne has remained active producing the Marketing Analytics Summit and 7 as cofounder and Board Chair Emeritus of the Digital Analytics Association. He was named one of the 50 most influential people in digital marketing... Sterne is on the Advisory Board of a variety of startups and is a consultant to People Centered Internet. As the author of twelve books on Internet advertising, marketing and customer service Sterne is a long-time fan of libraries and worked at the UCSB Library in the 1970’s. and has been astonished to become reacquainted with the SBPL as a Board Member of the Foundation. “It’s a whole new world for libraries and with all the activities, events, and opportunities, our 100-year-old gem is well on the way to becoming a world class cultural center.”

Art Merovick is the former Head of Upper School at Buckley Country Day School in New York, former Dean of Students at St. Mary’s College of Maryland, and former Headmaster of Laguna Blanca. He has recently retired from the dual positions of Director of Development at The Cancer Center of Santa Barbara and Senior Search Consultant for Wickenden Associates in Princeton, where he conducted over 60 searches for Heads of School.

Brooke McDermott specializes in complex estate and trust planning, estate and trust administration matters, and estate and gift tax controversy matters. She is managing partner at Ambrecht & McDermott, LLP. She currently serves on the board of The Santa Barbara Public Library Foundation as treasurer, a member of the Santa Barbara County Bar Association, a member of the Santa Barbara Estate Planning Council.

Roy Martinez has spent his entire career in the banking industry. For the last twelve years. he has focused on private banking/wealth management and is part of the team that opened City National Bank’s Private Banking office in Montecito in 2014. He is a strong believer in the power of books to open the world to readers and the vital importance of libraries in providing free access to books and a wide variety of other information to all members of the community.

A resident of Santa Barbara since 1969, Linda Lorenzen has continually served the community as a volunteer or as Board Member of numerous non-profit and professional organizations. Currently a Broker/Associate with Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage, Linda is the mother of three children and nine grandchildren, one granddaughter currently a children’s librarian. Formerly a Kindergarten/First Grade teacher at Vieja Valley, reading and books have always played a major role in her life.

Originally from Mexico City, Irene Kelly was introduced to the space of Social Finance after an internship took her to Kathmandu, Nepal where she worked in a Microfinance organization lending money to people in need Irene moved to Santa Barbara two years ago and currently works as a Financial Advisor for Edward Jones, where she enjoys providing financial guidance and education to the community. Irene is a member of the Santa Barbara afternoon Rotary Club and teaches financial literacy classes at the Santa Barbara Public Library Eastside branch. She is also a certified Yoga instructor.

Jim Jackson is a Santa Barbara native whose family has resided in Montecito for over 100 years. Since 2001, he is currently Vice President and COO for Solvang’s Alisal Guest Ranch and Resort, a family business started by his grandfather in 1946. Jackson has been a member of the board of the Braille Institute of America and the Cancer Center/Cancer Foundation of Santa Barbara, Direct Relief, and served on the capital campaign for the cabinets of All Saints-by-the-Sea Episcopal Church and Child Abuse Listening Mediation (CALM). He first supported the Santa Barbara Public Library Foundation by co-chairing the campaign to rebuild the children’s wing of the Santa Barbara Public Library and will now be co-chairing the campaign for Library Plaza.

Anne Howard is a retired Episcopal priest, having served at Trinity Episcopal and All Saints by the Sea Episcopal Churches in Santa Barbara. She also served as Executive Director of The Beatitudes Society, a national leadership development organization for young clergy Anne is currently in her second term on the Santa Barbara Public Library Foundation Board, where she serves as President. Anne’s passion for our Library stems from long and happy childhood hours in the Children’s Library at a Carnegie Library in Red Wing, Minnesota and a fierce and abiding commitment to libraries as the bedrock of an informed and participatory democracy.

Bob Fulmer is author or co-author of over 150 published articles and almost 40 business books, monographs and editions. As an academic, he taught at Columbia and Emory Universities and held endowed chairs at Trinity, William & Mary, and Pepperdine. He designed and delivered executive seminars in 24 countries and five continents. Bob has held and used a library card since he was four, has a passion for reading and previously served on the Foundation and other non-profit Boards.

Emily Engel is an independent scholar based in Southern California who has published several articles and books on visual culture in early modern South America. Engel is also a sustaining member of the Junior League of Santa Barbara, vice president of the Santa Barbara Public Library Foundation board, a member of the League of Women Voters and its Sustainable Communities sub-committee, the fundraising chair of the Sierra Club Los Padres Chapter, and the co-lead of Santa Barbara’s Moms Demand Action group. As a professor, voracious reader, and mother of two young children, Emily is a strong believer in the power of libraries to make the world a better place.

Susan Case received a MA degree from Teachers College at Columbia University, and she taught high school English in New York, Boston, and after moving to Phoenix, taught both English and the Humanities in the Maricopa Community College system and in the women’s prison. Among the several boards and organizations, she served on in Phoenix were the Arizona Humanities Council, The Wellesley College Club, the Phoenix Library Foundation and Homeward Bound, a housing project for homeless women and their families. She currently lives in Santa Barbara where she is a member of Social Ventures as well as serving on the Ensemble Theatre Board and supporting both the music academy and the art museum auxiliaries.

Mark Cardona is a corporate and intellectual property attorney. He lives in Santa Barbara, California with his wife, Jillian, and their son. Mark has a trove of fond memories visiting his local Los Angeles public libraries with his family; he used the UCSB and his law school library as a place to engage with the community and learn. Mark is proud to support the Library Foundation’s work to open doors for everyone in our community. He says, “One of the best parts of connecting with SBPLF’s mission and the Santa Barbara Public Library is that my own journey as a lifelong learner has improved as I’m visiting the local library more often and sharing Library events with friends and colleagues.”

Alan Brumberger is a graduate of Yale University, the University of Michigan Law School and Harvard Graduate School of Business Administration. Mr. Brumberger is the Chief Executive Officer and General Securities Principal for Emerald Point Capital, LLC a FINRA Registered Broker Dealer in New York. He has held numerous leadership positions and Board memberships in various philanthropic organizations and investment banking firms including President and CEO of Shearson American Express International Limited, the firm’s international investment banking arm in London. He is excited to do his part to help the Santa Barbara Public Library continue and build upon its remarkable record of being a fundamental community resource in broadening our citizens’ literacy.