Marilyn Appleby

Immediate Past Chairman

Marilyn Appleby is a principal architect at Anderson Kulwiec Appleby Architects (AKA). With a back-ground in design and publishing, Marilyn worked in the Washington DC area prior to earning a Master of Architecture degree from the University of Maryland.  She earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of Utah. She is a member of the Santa Paula Rotary Club, and Girl Scout Leader, former Santa Paula Planning Commissioner, former AIA Board Member, and is certified as a Cal EMA Safety Assessor.

Zahid Shah

Board Member

Zahid Shah is the President of United Shah Corporation, a land development, and automotive services company. He serves on the Workforce Investment Board and the Citizen Transportation Board Advisory Board of Ventura County. Mr. Shah was President of the Board of the Briggs School District and chairman commission on human concern ventura county. He graduated from Punjab University and City college of New York

Al Guilin


Al Guilin owns AG consultants which provide consulting services to the Agricultural industry.  He received his BS degree from California Polytechnic University and worked for Limoneira Company for a number of years and retired as a Company Vice President.

Mr. Guilin is the published author of “The Lemon Thorn”, Sweet Lemons and “The Short Handle Hoe”. His latest book, “Conflict Lemons” was published in late summer 2014. He is also an Ordained Deacon in the Catholic Church and is very involved in the Santa Paula Community.

John Chamberlain

Board Member

John Chamberlain is the Director of Marketing for Limoneira Company, a global agribusiness company with major real estate development projects. John has 25+ years marketing, brand development and communications experience with global multinationals; he lived and worked in Europe for 8 years – provided marketing solutions for clients in Europe, Eastern Europe, Russia, Asia and Latin America.

Jose Luiz Melgar

Vice Chair

Jose Luiz Melgar owns the successful Melgar Photo Studio and Palazzio Event Center. A resident of Santa Paula for 24 years, he is active in the community and is a member of Business Network International and Latino Town Hall.

Brian Collins

Board Member


Don Tello

Board Member

Don Tello, Division President of Santa Paula Community Bank, brings a broad knowledge of banking, with expertise in business and consumer banking since 1985.

He has spent the last 12 years with Santa Barbara Bank & Trust where he served as Vice President, Manager and Relationship Manager and managed a portfolio of consumer and business relationships.

Tello is a Fillmore High School business advisory member, a past president of the Santa Clara Valley Boys  & Girls Club and past advisory board member of Women’s Economic Ventures  of Ventura County. He has been a Rotarian since 1993.

Susan Kulwiec

Board Member


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Sheila Murphy

Board Member

Sheila Murphy is the Public Information Officer for The Ventura County Health Care Agency, a regional network of over 60 community-based service locations throughout the County. Through this network, the Agency provides comprehensive care encompassing education, prevention, primary care, specialty, mental health, alcohol and drug, chronic disease management, emergency and acute services. These sites include the “Medical Home” model that ensures care is coordinated across a system of care.

Ned Branch

Chair Elect

Ned Branch is the Director of the Blanchard Community Library.  Previously, he worked in private post-secondary education for 27 years, having been affiliated with the institutions in Northern and Southern California and Oregon.  During that time, he also frequently served as a member of accreditation review teams and worked extensively with state education agencies.  During the most recent school year, he initiated a partnership amont the local school district, First Five of California, and the library to provide daytime ESL classes for parents and preschool instruction for children while the parents were in class.  The district, First Five, and the library recently agreed to continue the program in the 2017-2018 school year.


Richard Rudman

Board Member


by | May 16, 2016