2017 Board of Directors
Michael Morrison, Chairman
Michael Morrison is the Branch Manager for Rabobank in Arroyo Grande. Michael brings with him 12 plus years of experience in managing financial institutions and several years of experience working for small businesses. He has assisted in opening three offices from the ground up; two of which set a current record for new accounts established in the first 90 days for that specific institution. On a more personal note, Mike grew up in the Central Valley surrounded by a family working in agriculture and small business owners. He has lived in several areas including Chico, CA and Denver, Co, fulfilling his adventurous spirit and love of the outdoors. Mike is an avid snowboarder having been to more than 25 resorts across North America. He also enjoys surfing, hiking, rafting, fishing and hunting, just to name a few hobbies. Most importantly, he is the proud father of an American Bulldog named Mr. Ace Morrison. Finally, Mike loves serving the community and volunteering his time to several charities. He also serves as a board member for the following organizations: Special Olympics in SLO County, Arroyo Grande Rotary and Veterans Committee for the Ocean Elks Lodge.
Sean Schuur, Director
Sean Schuur is owner of Sure Mortgage. He is a member of the Pismo Beach and Nipomo Rotary Clubs, and volunteers with several organizations including Big Brothers/Big Sisters, Junior Achievement, Elks Club, Cuesta Crankers, Arroyo Grande Car Club, International Footprinters, and the Annual Turkey Trot. He was named the Pismo Coast Board of Realtors Affiliate of the Year three times, The San Luis Obispo Board of Realtors Affiliate of the year, was past president of the Pismo Beach and Nipomo Chamber of Commerce and was Named Citizen of the Year for the Nipomo Chamber as well as Citizen of the Year for the City of Arroyo Grande. But he’s probably most proud of being named the official Santa Claus of Southern San Luis Obispo County by the Salvation Army.
Ken Dalebout, Past Chairman of the Board
Ken Dalebout has served as Chief Administrative Officer for Arroyo Grande Community Hospital and the Dignity Health Central Coast Service Area Vice President since 2011. In these positions, Ken has had responsibility for all services at Arroyo Grande Community Hospital and has worked regionally in strategic planning, physician integration, business development, real estate and communications. Ken has more than 20 years of experience in the health care industry. His background encompasses operations, business development and governance in both not-for-profit and for profit health care organizations. Ken holds a Masters in Business Administration and Healthcare Administration from the University of Minnesota, Carlson School of Management and a bachelor’s degree from Brigham Young University in Utah.
Wendell Cottle, Chief Financial Officer
Wendell Cottle is Laetitia's Vice President Chief Financial Officer, managing all financial and technical matters. Wendell began life as a botanist. He received his Bachelor's Degree from Cal State University, Sacramento, Master's Degree from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, and PhD through the Institute of Biological Chemistry at Washington State University. After having spent several years as a chemist, he gravitated to accounting and finance. Upon returning to California, he joined a public accounting firm in the Napa Valley, where he earned his CPA license. Wendell held financial positions at V. Sattui Winery and Sanford Winery before joining Laetitia in 2006. Wendell's lifelong involvement in agriculture has spanned the spectrum from picking tomatoes as a teenager to performing scientific research on cork biosynthesis, and now to winery and vineyard finances. He serves on the Board of Directors of California Community Forests Foundation, the Wine and Viticulture Program Advisory Council at Cal Poly, and the steering committee for the wine industry's Direct-to-Consumer Symposium. Wendell and his wife Barbara live on the east side of Arroyo Grande where they are stewards of a small native live oak forest.
Stacy A. Korsgaden, Corporate Secretary
Stacy A. Korsgaden started her agency 27 years ago in Arroyo Grande, Ca. after graduating from Cal Poly State University, San Luis Obispo with her Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration. Her agency, started after college by calling the phone book. With 8 employees, the agency services over 8000 policies in force and is committed to making sure her clients have accurate coverage and are provided superior service. Stacy has been awarded President’s Council award 10 times. President’s Council Members are recognized as Farmer’s highest honor based on outstanding performance in the areas of production, quality of business, all-lines underwriting gain, overall professionalism, and support and contribution to the success of the state and the company.
Brent Christensen, Director
Brent Christensen is the founder and President of Christensen Business Advisory, a business consultancy located on the Central Coast and specializing in strategic planning, leadership development, sales effectiveness and executive coaching. With over 25 years of leadership experience in multiple industries, he brings a wealth of skills to the companies with whom he partners to bring about lasting positive change and true business alignment. He partners with businesses and business professionals to help them succeed.
Eric Daniels, Director
Eric leads PG& E's public affairs activities and strategies in San Benito and Monterey Counties, and in the Five Cities area of San Luis Obispo County. His role is to partner with cities and counties, community-based organizations, and environmental and business organizations to enhance customer loyalty, environmental leadership, community engagement, and corporate goodwill. Prior to coming to PG&E, Eric worked as an advocate for the aerospace industry in Sacramento, Washington, DC, and internationally, and before that he served as a staff member to numerous local elected officials in Sacramento and Washington, DC.
Chris Rivas, Director
Chris has lived in Arroyo Grande with his wife Karen and two children since 1998. Together they own and operate the Station Grill restaurant located in Grover Beach. The Station Grill restaurant has been serving the Central Coast since October of 2000. Located across from the train station, it’s a popular hangout for locals and visitors alike.
Natalie Thomas, Director
Natalie serves as the Co-owner of Computer Techs, Inc., in Arroyo Grande. She and her husband, Lyle, started Computer Techs in Pasadena, CA in 1998. They moved the business to be closer to family and paradise in 2004. Prior to Computer Techs, Natalie and Lyle were long haul truck drivers, exploring the United States and getting paid for it. Prior to that, Natalie was an Administrative Assistant at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena. In her "off" time she enjoys time spent with their two grown daughters. She is an active, current member of the Chamber Ambassadors, serving as Chairwoman in 2015, and has been recognized as Ambassador of the Year by her peers in 2014. Natalie and her husband live in Arroyo Grande.
Jim Walker, Director
Jim serves as the Vice President, Branch Manager at the Arroyo Grande branch of Heritage Oaks Bank. A lifelong Central Coast resident, he earned a bachelor's degree from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo. Jim has many eyars of Central Coast banking experience, holding branch manager positions at several area banks for over 20 years. He is an active member of the community, serving as President of the Rotary Club of the Five Cities Eco, a former member of the Board of Directors of the Los Osos Valley Chamber of Commerce and former Treasurer of the Pismo Beach & Five Cities Rotary Club. Jim lives in Arroyo Grande.