Brooke Sampson, Executive Director
Brooke was previously Executive Director from 2006–2008 after which she went on to serve as the Warehouse Manager and, later, Chief Operations and Programs Officer at a key partner, Second Harvest Food Bank. Brooke, a graduate of Watsonville High School, earned a bachelor’s degree from UC Berkeley and Master’s in Community Development from UC Davis.
Maria Gonzalez, Kitchen Manager
Maria joined Loaves and Fishes in October, 2003. Watsonville has been her home for more than twenty years. She is the proud mother of three beautiful girls. Cooking is her love and helping those less fortunate is her passion.
Jeanette Arias, Pantry Coordinator
Jeanette Arias joined PVLF in 2016. She brings work experience in food service and customer service to her role as Pantry Coordinator. She previously served local residents as a volunteer with her church’s food pantry, Pan de Vida.
Sara Muñoz, AmeriCorps Volunteer
Sara Muñoz joined PVLF in June, 2016, as a participant in the Sueños youth job training program, helping in the pantry two days a week. She is currently serving as an AmeriCorps volunteer at PVLF, in the area of Volunteer Services. Sara is a graduate of Watsonville High School and is studying art at Cabrillo College.
Louise is Driscoll’s Senior Legal Manager, Intellectual Property, a lecturer at San Jose State, and an occasional mediator. She earned Bachelors of Arts and Laws and Masters of Law at the University of Sydney, and Masters of Sciences at the London School of Economics. Louise is a PhD Candidate at the University of New South Wales. She has worked in law in not-for-profit, charitable, corporate and government sectors.
Lin Florinda Colavin
Lin is a retired marriage and family counselor. She worked eighteen years for the County of Santa Clara helping adults and teens manage mental health and substance abuse issues. Lin has been one of our volunteers since 2006. Her contributions included her hand-made ceramic bowls to our annual Empty Bowls fund raiser. She joined our Board in 2015.
Candice is the Human Resources Manager for The Glass Jar, a local farm-to-table restaurant group. Having considerable experience in teaching, entrepreneurship, voluntarism and leadership, she is completing a Masters in Human Resources and Employment Relations. She believes healthy food and community are enablers helping people realize their dreams.
Arnulfo was born and raised in Watsonville. He has a degree in Horticulture from Cabrillo College. Arnulfo loves his job as a Greenhouse Grower Supervisor in Research & Development for Driscoll’s. At home, he keeps goats, turkeys and chickens and has a succulent and cactus garden. He and his wife Jennifer have a young son named Enzo.
Tony is an Analyst for Santa Cruz County Supervisor Greg Caput’s office. He currently sits on various commissions and boards and enjoys volunteering in our community. He holds a Bachelor’s in Politics from UC Santa Cruz, a Juris doctorate from South Texas College of Law in Houston, and a Masters of Environmental Law from Golden Gate Law School.
Joann has been a volunteer since 2012. She assists the organization with bookkeeping and oversight of our operations and facilities management. She has degree in Dietetics and Food Administration from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo and is currently working toward an Associate’s Degree in Environmental Horticulture at Cabrillo College.
Cathy is the Director of Institutional Giving at Second Harvest Food Bank overseeing grant writing and grant management. She is a Registered Dietitian with a background in food policy and nutrition program design and evaluation. She has advocated at the State Capitol, performed data analysis in the Silicon Valley, and done community organizing in rural Haiti.
Lars is a retired cardiologist from U. C. Davis. He and his wife moved three years ago from Sacramento to live full-time in the Watsonville area. Lars has previously volunteered service on boards and chaired professional organization committees. Having supported the Sacramento Loaves and Fishes for years, he welcomes the opportunity to assist in the important mission of Pajaro Valley Loaves and Fishes.
Cita is the Outreach and Recruitment Manager for CASA, a nonprofit organization serving children in foster care in Santa Cruz County. A Santa Cruz County native, Cita has seen our organization grow over the years and appreciates joining a team of both long-term and new volunteers who are dedicated to providing nourishment with dignity to our community.
Ram is a Senior Project Manager for Barry Swenson Builder. He and his wife and two children live in Watsonville. He first got involved in supporting the provision of local food assistance as the project manager for Second Harvest Food Bank Santa Cruz County’s multi-phase warehouse expansion project.
Casey is the Senior Manager of Accounting Policy and Compliance at Driscoll’s Inc. He is a CPA with a degree from UC Santa Cruz in Business Economics with an emphasis in Accounting. Raised in Watsonville, Casey enjoys outdoor activities, traveling, and going to the gym.