Board of Trustees & Staff

Board of Trustees


Edward Birch, Ph.D.

Edward Birch, president of the Mosher Foundation, is the chairman emeritus of the former Santa Barbara Bank and Trust. He has more than 40 years of experience in senior executive corporate and higher education positions, including the University of California, Westmont College and Pacific Capital Bancorp. He served as vice president of the highly successful 1984 Olympic Games in Los Angeles.

He currently serves in a senior advisory relationship with Union Bank, which purchased Santa Barbara Bank and Trust. He holds a Ph.D. from Michigan State University.

Birch has served on the boards of a number of local and national organizations including: Cottage Health Systems; UC Santa Barbara Foundation; Westmont College; Channel City Club; the Wilmer Eye Institute at Johns Hopkins; Laguna Blanca School; the Arlington Center for the Performing Arts; Community Arts Music Association; California State University, Channel Islands; the Santa Barbara Club; and The Cancer Center.


Robert Emmons, Ph.D.

Robert J. Emmons is managing partner of Emmons Capital, an investment partnership. Previously, Emmons was chairman and chief executive officer of Smart & Final, Inc. (NYSE) and Thriftimart (ASE). In addition to his corporate work, Emmons is Emeritus Professor of the University of Southern California Marshall School of Business and is an accomplished author with nine books to his credit. He has received numerous distinguished service awards over the years including the Herbert Hoover Humanitarian Award and the Santa Barbara
Lifetime Achievement Award.

Emmons has served on a variety of boards all over the world, and those in the Santa Barbara community include: the Santa Barbara Foundation where he served as chairman; Santa Barbara Museum of Art; Community Arts Music Association,; Unity Shoppe; Ganna Walska Lotusland; Marymount of Santa Barbara; and the Laguna Blanca School.


Bruce McFadden, M.D.

Dr. Bruce McFadden, a resident of Santa Barbara since 1969, is a cardiologist. A graduate of Brown University and Cornell University Medical School, he completed post-graduate training in internal medicine at Dartmouth College and a cardiology fellowship at the University of Colorado.

McFadden has been involved over the years with several nonprofit and educational organizations, including the Garden Club of Santa Barbara, CALM (Child Abuse Listening Mediation), Laguna Cottages for Seniors and the Goleta Valley Hospital Foundation.

Alixe Mattingly

Alixe Mattingly

Alixe has 30 years of experience in public affairs, media relations, and brand management. She has held senior communications positions at the Santa Barbara Foundation, Direct Relief International, and Davies Public Affairs. Prior to moving to Santa Barbara in 2000, Alixe worked in Washington DC as Senior Vice President of Public Affairs for the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA) and at the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association. Her government credentials include serving as Deputy Press Secretary under Presidents Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush, and as Assistant Secretary for Public Affairs at the Department of Health and Human Services. Active as a spokesperson in six presidential elections from 1980-2000, Alixe was also formerly a producer of CNN’s nightly “Crossfire”.

Alixe has served on the boards of area nonprofit organizations including the Museum of Exploration and Innovation (MOXI); Direct Relief International; Storyteller Children’s Center; Hospice; Lotusland; the Alzheimers Association; and Laguna Blanca School.



Yvette Birch Giller

Yvette Birch Giller is vice president of administration of the Mosher Foundation. Giller is a graduate of University of California, San Diego, with a major in communication. She worked for many years in marketing and advertising for McCann-Erickson and for Sunset Magazine and Books.

A long-time resident of Santa Barbara, Giller has served as a board member for several organizations including Marymount of Santa Barbara, Storyteller Children’s Center, Westmont Foundation, and the National Charity League.


Jennifer Engmyr

Jennifer Engmyr is the chief financial administrator of the Mosher Foundation. She earned her bachelor’s degree in economics from the University of California, Santa Barbara. She has over 25 years of experience in financial operations and management in a variety of industries in Santa Barbara.

Engmyr is a member of the National Charity League and actively volunteers at Santa Barbara area schools, AYSO, and many other local non-profit organizations.


Suzanne Birch

Suzanne Birch, education program specialist with the Mosher Foundation, has spent her career working in education. She is the former head of the lower school at Laguna Blanca School, where she was also a teacher for many years. Prior positions include: supervisor of student teachers at the University of California, Santa Barbara; educational instructional specialist for IBM; and computer instructor for Santa Barbara County teacher training program. She earned her undergraduate degree from The State University of New York and a master’s degree from The Ohio State University.

Birch has served on the boards of Laguna Blanca School, Marymount of Santa Barbara, All Saints Parish School, the Cancer Center of Santa Barbara, the Non-Profit Support Center, Opera Santa Barbara, Storyteller Children’s Center and the Wilmer Eye Institute at Johns Hopkins.

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