40TH ANNUAL FESTIVAL TEAM

Each year, more than 4,000 volunteers work to prepare and run a world-class festival. The volunteers are guided by a board of directors, a paid staff of three, an advisory committee and committee chairs.

The Festival president serves one year as vice-president before leading the board of directors.

Committee chairs serve two years as an assistant chairperson and two years as chairperson. Then they move on, some to advisory or director positions, others to another committee. This system brings freshness to the volunteer corps, continually bringing new ideas and methods into the fold.

Our leadership team's experience and community spirit make them the unsung heroes of the Festival. When you see them running around the Festival sporting their green logo shirts, give them a wave. Their goal is to throw the best party around. If you enjoy it, let them know.

Board of Directors

Todd Trekell

President

Shawn Keck

Vice President

Virginia Alegre

Secretary

Tom Cline

Treasurer

Mike Zukowski

Past President

John Zekanoski

Director

Lauren Mantani

Director

Ariele Combs

Director

Jennifer Speno

Director

Garlic Festival Staff

Brian Bowe

Executive Director

Lizz Hunter

Assistant Executive Director

Nancy Gallo

Receptionist

Advisory Committee

Alannah Radtke
Doug Stewart
Ed Sauceda
Hugh Davis
Ariele Combs

Chair

Jim Buessing

Assistant Chair

Cindy Fellows
Moe McHenry
Traci Dalke
Gwyneth Sauceda

Committee Chairs

Sharon Irby

Arts & Crafts

Michael Davis

BBQ Competition

Courtney Blake Little

Central

Marsha Struzik

Children's Area

Woody Woodruff

Communications

Bernhard Szilagyi

Emergency Services

Marah Kuwada

Entertainment

Jesus Arias

Garlic Grove

Brad Royston

Gourmet Alley

Trevor Van Laar

Gourmet Alley

Debbie Bradshaw

Hub and Pub

Daniel Harney

Information

Stephen Parker

Parking

Katie Alatorre

Queen Pageant

Denise Buessing

Recipe Contest

Nikki Dequin

Recipe Contest

Michelle Adams

Refreshments

Ethan Cline

Refuse

Steve Ynzunza

Security

Susie ConnellBible

Set Up

Jason Struzik

Signs

Fortune Gonzales

Sponsor Hospitality

Antoinette Bowe

Tickets

René Arbizu

Traffic

Garry Offenberg

Transportation

Dirk Bible

Utilities

Assistant Committee Chairs

Federico Saldaña

Arts & Crafts

Susie Skoczylas

Central

Brian Calimpong

Children's Area

Samuel Palmisano

Communications

Daniel Lozano

Emergency Services

Gloria Hennessy

Entertainment

Paul Park

Garlic Grove

Alex Misa

Gourmet Alley

Michael Podesta

Gourmet Alley

Esperanza Cid

Hub and Pub

Peter Fleming

Information

Troy Swartzle

Parking

Cindi Torres

Queen Pageant

Daniel Gilleland

Recipe Contest

Edward Lujan

Recipe Contest

Julie Barberi

Refreshments

Jimmy Vanni

Refuse

Kelly Ramirez

Retail

Rebecca Driggers

Security

Woody Salyer

Set Up

Drake Longaker

Signs

Jami Reynolds

Sponsor Hospitality

Toni Diaz

Tickets

Julio Romero

Traffic

Paul Nadeau

Transportation

Matthew Paulsen

Utilities

Associate Committee Chairs & Coordinators

Elaine Bonino

Garlic Braiding

Bill Christopher

Garlic Topping

Brent Jenkins

IT

Katherine Filice

Promotions

Vince Whitmer

Water and Ice