41ST 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 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

Shawn Keck

President

Tom Cline

Vice President

Jeff Speno

Treasurer

Virginia Alegre

Secretary

Todd Trekell

Past President

Ed Struzik

Director

Lauren Mantani

Director

Kurt Svardal

Director

Jim Buessing

Director

Garlic Festival Staff

Brian Bowe

Executive Director

Lizz Hunter

Assistant Executive Director

Nancy Gallo

Receptionist

Advisory Committee

Jim Buessing

Chairperson

Traci Dalke
Deanna Franklin
Janet Krulee
Moe McHenry
Vito Mercado
Gwyneth Sauceda
Roy Shackel
Cherie Somavia

Committee Chairs

Sharon Irby

Arts & Crafts

Courtney Blake Little

Central

Marsha Struzik

Children's Area

Woody Woodruff

Communications

Daniel Lozano

Emergency Services

Marah Kuwada

Entertainment

Jesus Arias

Garlic Grove

Brad Royston

Gourmet Alley

Trevor Van Laar

Gourmet Alley

Esperanza Cid

Hub and Pub

Daniel Harney

Information

Brent Jenkins

Information Technology

Troy Swartzle

Parking

Katie Alatorre

Queen Pageant

Denise Buessing

Recipe Contest

Nikki Dequin

Recipe Contest

Michelle Adams

Refreshments

Ethan Cline

Refuse

Kelly Ramirez

Retail

Rebecca Driggers

Security

Susie ConnellBible

Set Up

Drake Longaker

Signs

Fortune Gonzales

Sponsor Hospitality

Antoinette Bowe

Tickets

Julio Romero

Traffic

Paul Nadeau

Transportation

Dirk Bible

Utilities

Assistant Committee Chairs

Federico Saldaña

Arts & Crafts

Susie Skoczylas

Central

Brian Calimpong

Children's Area

Samuel Palmisano

Communications

Gloria Hennessy

Entertainment

Paul Park

Garlic Grove

Michael Podesta

Gourmet Alley

Alex Misa

Gourmet Alley

Peter Fleming

Information

Robert Esposito

Information Technology

Cindi Torres

Queen Pageant

Daniel Gilleland

Recipe Contest

Edward Lujan

Recipe Contest

Julie Barberi

Refreshments

Jimmy Vanni

Refuse

Stephanie Vegh

Retail

Ryan Hollar

Security

Woody Salyer

Set Up

Toni Diaz

Tickets

Matthew Paulsen

Utilities

Associate Committee Chairs & Coordinators

Michael Davis

BBQ

Kirsten Carr

Cocktail

Elaine Bonino

Garlic Braiding

Bill Christopher

Garlic Topping

Katherine Filice

Promotions

Vince Whitmer

Water and Ice