July 15, 2024
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Meet 2020’s Top 50 Women in Business


The Pacific Coast Business Times is pleased to announce the digital version of its 2020 Top 50 Women in Business special report.

The report, which was first published on March 27, can be viewed online here.

Due to the coronavirus pandemic and restrictions on large social gatherings, we have postponed our annual Top Women awards reception. We are working with Deckers Brands — which has hosted our Top 50 Women in Business event for a number of years — to identify a date in December and we will provide details as they are available, and we are able to host a large gathering.

In the meantime, let’s once again revisit and recognize this year’s 50 tremendous women business leaders.

Special Honoree

Sherry Villanueva, Managing Partner, Acme Hospitality

Editor’s Choice Honorees

Sue Andersen, President & CEO, Marion Regional Medical Center

Heather Gauld, Partner, C&D

Rondi Guthrie, Government Affairs, Southern California Edison

Carrie Hughes, Chief Operating Officer, CASA Pacifica

Zahra Nahar-Moore, Vice President of Legal Affairs, Direct Relief

Linda Rossi, President & CEO, Ventura County Credit Union

Lisa Shields, Senior Associate, Radius

Denise Sutton, CEO, Tolman & Wiker

Rounding out the top 50

Susan Andrejewski, Dean of Martin V. Smith School of Business, CSU Channel Islands

Michelle Apodaca, Director & Deckers Gives Brand Administrator, Deckers

Rachelle Barnier, CPA, Nasif, Hicks, Harris

Tracy Beard, President, Solvang Chamber of Commerece

Dayna Birkley, Senior VP, Wells Fargo

Maira Castro, Well Analyst, California Resource Corp.

Karen Chackel, County VP & Manager, First American Title

Kristin Chambers, Director of Finance & Marketing, Santa Barbara AirBus

Elizabeth Cholawsky, CEO, HG Insights

Shaoling Combs, Senior VP & Operations Administrator, Pacific Western Bank

Kristin Decas, President & CEO, Port of Hueneme

Nan Drake, Director of Government Affairs, Harrison Industries

Bridget Foreman, Partner, Bartlett, Pringle & Wolf

Robin Fox, Associate Director, Cushman & Wakefield  

Joanne Funari, Executive VP & Chief Operating Officer, American Riviera Bank

Karen Gabler, Attorney, LightGabler

Jayme Garone, Assistant VP & Business Relationship Manager, JPMorgan Chase

Janet Garufis, Chairman & CEO, Montecito Bank & Trust

Margarita H. de Escontrias, CEO, Cabrillo Economic Development Collaborative

Lindsay Helmick, CFO, Allen Construction

Lisa Horner, VP of Marketing, AppFolio

Donna Ibarra, Financial Adviser, Merrill

Julie Jones, VP & Treasury Management Consultant, Pacific Premier Bank

Pam Lewis, Chief Operating Officer, Hutton Parker Foundation

Caitlin McCaill Hensell, Associate Director, Hayes Commercial

Kirsten McLaughlin, Market VP, Cox Communications

Heidi McPherson, CEO, Community Foundation of SLO County

Myraline Morris Whitaker, CEO, Central Coast of California Hospitality

Michele Newell, Public Affairs Coordinator, Aera Energy

Leila Noël, Partner, Cappello & Noël

Kathy Odell, CEO, Women’s Economic Ventures

Michelle Roberson, President & CEO, Sierra Property Group

Susan Rodriguez, Senior VP, Brown & Brown Insurance Services

Dr. Beth Seidenberg, Managing Director, Westlake Village Partners

Dannell Stuart, Partner, Mission Wealth

Kaye Swanson, Senior VP & Chief People Officer, QAD

Susan Thompson, Executive VP & CFO, Community West Bank

Emma Torres, VP & Branch Manager, Union Bank

Rosanne Welcher, Chief Scientific Officer, Agilent Technologies

Lynne West, Executive Director, Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Ventura County

Monica White, President & CEO, Food Share Ventura County

Trish Williams, Board Chair, United Way of Ventura County