Board of Directors, 2016
Robert Muller, Ph.D, President
Robert (Bob) Muller received his doctorate in Ecology from Yale University. Bob served as the Director of Research at the Santa Barbara Botanic Garden, where he focused on California forest trees, chaparral, fire, and urban forestry. He also taught courses in the Vegetation and Flora of California as well as Introductory Biology at UCSB. He is widely published in the areas of energy flow and nutrient dynamics, soil chemistry, and ecosystem relations in hardwood forests, having over 40 publications in refereed journals from Ecology to Oecologia to Science. He co-authored “Trees of Santa Barbara” with Garden Instructor Bob Haller.
Tom Blabey, Vice President
Tom Blabey, Operations Director for the Orfalea Foundation, brings his varied professional experience from the non-profit and philanthropic sector, operations in the travel industry, local public policy and political consulting, and as manager of an avocado ranch. Tom is a graduate of Middlebury College and he lives with his family on the ranch in Goleta. He joined the GVHS Board in 2011.
Peter Goodell, Treasurer
Peter Goodell is a commercial real estate asset manager for both Goodell Investments and Investec Management Corporation and has experience in investment management, banking and small business development. He has raised two children in Goleta schools and brings a unique perspective as a close neighbor to Rancho La Patera. His community involvement also includes Santa Barbara Yacht Club, Mesa Neighborhood Association and Santa Barbara Downtown Organization. Peter was elected to the GVHS Board in 2011.
Catherine Cavaletto, Historian
Catherine Cavaletto, a native of the Goleta Valley, is descended from grandparents who immigrated to the area in 1892. Catherine retired from the University of Hawaii in 2003 where she was a researcher, department chair, and interim associate dean. She earned her Bachelor of Arts degree at UC Davis and earned a Master of Science in Food Science at University of Hawaii at Manoa. Catherine has served on the GVHS Board since 2009.
Sally Fouhse has served as Associate Director for Business Affairs for the Santa Barbara Trust for Historic Preservation since 1999 where she is the administrator for operations with an annual budget of $2.5 million. Sally earned her Bachelor’s Degree in German with a minor in history from the University of California at Davis. She also earned a Professional Accountant Certificate and TESOL Certificate from the University of California at Santa Barbara. Sally is also active in community organizations such as the Santa Barbara Music Club and Santa Barbara Downtown Organization. She has many personal interests including hiking, writing, and travel. Sally was elected to the Board in 2015.
Jacque Hilliard is Manager of Operational Services at UCSB and serves on the Operations Management Team for Housing & Residential Services. She is a Goleta native and has been a docent at Stow House since 2013. Jacque was elected to the GVHS Board in 2016 and serves as Secretary and a member of the Buildings and Grounds Committee.
Cheryl Jiménez Frei is a Ph.D. candidate in Latin American History and Public History at UC Santa Barbara, where she is currently completing her dissertation on public commemorations and memory in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Trained as a public historian, Cheryl brings interest and expertise in museum curation, collections management, and historic preservation to the GVHS Board. She has experience working with local nonprofit organizations, including the Santa Barbara Mission Archive Library and the Ventura College Foundation. Cheryl joined the Board in 2016.
Karen Ramsdell served as the Director of the Santa Barbara Airport from 1987 until her retirement in 2013. Karen earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in history from UC Santa Barbara. In 1992 Karen was named Santa Barbara County’s Woman of the Year (Third District). In 2011 she was awarded the Heritage Oak Award for Lifetime Achievement by Santa Barbara Beautiful. Karen has served on GVHS Board since 2010 and was elected President in 2013.
Marshall Tibbetts is COO of Applied Cavitation, Inc. He is a Goleta native and grew up roaming the grounds of Stow House. He earned is Bachelors Degree in Economics at the University of California, San Diego in Economics and an MBA at Azusa Pacific University. During his college years he had a construction job that involved restoration of the packing shed at Rancho La Patera, now the History Education Center. He currently serves on the Board of the Clean Business Investment Summit. Marshall was elected to the Board of GVHS in 2017 and serves as Chair of the Buildings and Grounds Committee.
Gil Garcia, A.I.A.
Kim Kimbell, Esq.
Larry Miller, Jr.
Ron Nye, Ph.D.
Jennifer Tice, Esq.
David Van Horne, Esq.
Katie Van Horne