Raised in Marin County, enjoying nature, school, books and food, she wanted to be a farmer when she grew up, figuring that feeding people was one of the noblest of professions. She attended UC Davis before moving to the Santa Ynez Valley in 1986. She raised her three daughters, while working various jobs in the nonprofit world, including owning her own bookstore. Prior to her position as Executive Director for Veggie Rescue, she was marketing manager for 8 years at New Frontiers . “I still enjoy feeding people, and while I’m not a farmer, working for Veggie Rescue is quite possibly even better.” She resides in Ballard with her husband and their menagerie.
Born and raised in Lompoc, Ashley Costa graduated from UCLA in 2009 with a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Political Science and a minor in Portuguese. She was elected to the Lompoc City Council in 2010 as the youngest Councilwoman ever elected in Lompoc and served until 2014. Ashley is now the Executive Director of the Lompoc-based non-profit, the Lompoc Valley Community Healthcare Organization and facilitates the Healthy Lompoc Coalition, a multi-sector stakeholder group created to address the current health issues in the community. Committed to her own health journey, she is an avid CrossFit athlete and owns a local boutique strength and conditioning gym in Lompoc.
A transplanted Chicagoan who absolutely adores California, The Central Coast, and Veggie Rescue. He is a business guy turned filmmaker, forever grateful to Veggie Rescue as the first client of his company, Films For Good, some eight years ago!
I was born and raised in the Salinas Valley, South Monterey County, on a dairy farm outside of Soledad. After I got married, raised a little family and worked hard, I eventually bought a salon. In between, there were a number of years of traveling back and forth to Tucson, AZ. and cultivating my love for archaeology and anthropology. After too many years in a salon, I sold it and went back to school, enrolling in the Archaeological Technology Program at Cabrillo College in Santa Cruz. Upon graduation, I worked with a CRM firm in the Salinas Valley and began to create jewelry from repurposed materials. I became involved with Mission San Antonio de Padua, assisting in their museum, fundraising, wrangling herds of fourth graders and tourists, and helping in their retreat center.
I am now Executive Director of The Solvang Senior Center. The Center is a place of welcome, of friendship, health and vibrant fellowship. When the fresh produce delivered by Veggie Rescue arrives at The Center, the members are giddy with excitement. I am thrilled to be a part of the Veggie Rescue team, nourishing our community.
Accomplished Administrator that promotes a positive community through leadership and education
Harold Litwiler moved back to the central coast after growing up in Baywood Park and Morro Bay from Monterey California. He studied Organizational Leadership at Simpson University and received a degree in 2007. After graduation, he returned to the child nutrition profession to provide leadership in building and strengthening these programs to excel and offer innovative and unique experiences to children.
In his free time, Harold loves to take photographs and his work has been featured around the world in print and digital media. He also enjoys hiking and traveling with his wife Tania.
He is the current co-chair of the Santa Barbara Wellness Summit and has held several elected positions in the California School Nutrition Association and is currently on the Santa Maria Bonita DARE fundraising committee and Wellness Council.
Veggie Rescue Board member since 2016, engaged in gardening since a child, graduate of Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo in 1989, Mark has been professionally engaged in the vegetable business from the seed development, production and marketing side with Bejo Seeds, Inc, since 1991. He currently covers the US and Canada as Managing Director. Based in the 5-Cities area of our beautiful Central Coast, he is married and proud father of 5 children.
Janessa Von Vechten
A Santa Barbara native, Janessa spent the last two years as a Program Manager for the Foodbank of Santa Barbara County. She ran nutrition education programs for children in local after school programs, food distribution programs for seniors, and resource fairs and food distributions for low income families. She has a background working for international nonprofits such as Kiva (microfinance) in San Francisco and the International Rescue Committee in Oakland. Growing up, Janessa spent many happy times on her grandparents' farm in Sonoma County and has since treasured local farms and the fresh food produced throughout California. Janessa has her BA from UC Berkeley and will start a remote MA program at UPenn in the Fall of 2019.
Founded Veggie Rescue in 2010. A life long sales & marketing veteran of the seafood industry. Resident of the Santa Ynez Valley for 29 wonderful years with his wife Holly co-founder of Veggie Rescue. Terry's grandparents were farmers in Nebraska and time spent in his grandmother’s garden in Costa Mesa CA. began his love and understanding of food & the soil at a young age.