Pacific coast business times

The Pacific Coast Business Times announces 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 — 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 VillanuevaManaging Partner, Acme Hospitality

Editor’s Choice Honorees (in alphabetical order)

Sue AndersenPresident & CEO, Marion Regional Medical Center

Heather GauldPartner, C&D

Rondi GuthrieGovernment Affairs, Southern California Edison

Carrie HughesChief Operating Officer, CASA Pacifica

Zahra Nahar-MooreVice President of Legal Affairs, Direct Relief

Linda RossiPresident & CEO, Ventura County Credit Union

Lisa Shields, Senior Associate, Radius

Denise SuttonCEO, Tolman & Wiker

Rounding out the top 50

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

Michelle ApodacaDirector & Deckers Gives Brand Administrator, Deckers

Rachelle BarnierCPA, Nasif, Hicks, Harris

Tracy BeardPresident, Solvang Chamber of Commerce

Dayna BirkleySenior VP, Wells Fargo

Maira CastroWell Analyst, California Resource Corp.

Karen ChackelCounty VP & Manager, First American Title

Kristin ChambersDirector of Finance & Marketing, Santa Barbara AirBus

Elizabeth CholawskyCEO, HG Insights

Shaoling CombsSenior VP & Operations Administrator, Pacific Western Bank

Kristin DecasPresident & CEO, Port of Hueneme

Nan DrakeDirector of Government Affairs, Harrison Industries

Bridget ForemanPartner, Bartlett, Pringle & Wolf

Robin FoxAssociate Director, Cushman & Wakefield

Joanne FunariExecutive VP & Chief Operating Officer, American Riviera Bank

Karen GablerAttorney, LightGabler

Jayme GaroneAssistant VP & Business Relationship Manager, JPMorgan Chase

Janet GarufisChairman & CEO, Montecito Bank & Trust

Margarita H. de EscontriasCEO, Cabrillo Economic Development Collaborative

Lindsay HelmickCFO, Allen Construction

Lisa HornerVP of Marketing, AppFolio

Donna IbarraFinancial Adviser, Merrill

Julie JonesVP & Treasury Management Consultant, Pacific Premier Bank

Pam LewisChief Operating Officer, Hutton Parker Foundation

Caitlin McCaill HensellAssociate Director, Hayes Commercial

Kirsten McLaughlin, Market VP, Cox Communications

Heidi McPhersonCEO, Community Foundation of SLO County

Myraline Morris WhitakerCEO, Central Coast of California Hospitality

Michele NewellPublic Affairs Coordinator, Aera Energy

Leila NoëlPartner, Cappello & Noël

Kathy OdellCEO, Women’s Economic Ventures

Michelle RobersonPresident & CEO, Sierra Property Group

Susan RodriguezSenior VP, Brown & Brown Insurance Services

Dr. Beth SeidenbergManaging Director, Westlake Village Partners

Dannell Stuart, Partner, Mission Wealth

Kaye SwansonSenior VP & Chief People Officer, QAD

Susan ThompsonExecutive VP & CFO, Community West Bank

Emma TorresVP & Branch Manager, Union Bank

Rosanne WelcherChief Scientific Officer, Agilent Technologies

Lynne WestExecutive Director, Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Ventura County

Monica WhitePresident & CEO, Food Share Ventura County

Trish WilliamsBoard Chair, United Way of Ventura County