Board of Directors

      Turn the Page Uganda Board of Directors

David Goss is a teacher and coach. The former pastor for 15 years of Life and Light Church (a Free Methodist Church) serving Isla Vista, California. David is part of a team that assists low income families with positive life skills and activities including resume planning, exercise classes and book clubs. His church provides weekly meals for the homeless. He was a scholarship athlete and two time First Team All American at Stanford University.

Victoria Harbison (President) is a Westmont College graduate and after 42 years in the classroom, retired from Montecito Union School in Santa Barbara, CA. She and her husband met in a program to vaccinate children in Central and South America. They raised three children and then she traveled in Uganda on multiple occasions, visiting schools and meeting with students and teachers. She has worked alongside the Board of Directors to get books into almost 200 schools in Northern Uganda and the wishlist continues to grow! She was past President of and served on M.E.R.R.A.G., an emergency preparedness organization in Montecito for about 25 years. She is on the Missions Board for the Free Methodist Church in Santa Barbara. 

Susan Kipp is a UCSB grad who came from Los Angeles to go to UCSB and never really left. She got her teaching credentials at UCSB (elementary and secondary) but could not find a teaching job when she first graduated. She returned to Los Angeles to teach in the "inner city". Her first teaching job was instructing 33 non-English speaking Kindergarteners- all from El Salvador or Nicaragua. Susan was able to return to Santa Barbara where she continued to work with non-English speakers in elementary, high school, and SBCC where she currently teaches ESL. She continues to develop her Spanish skills. Susan has a deep passion for helping students from many cultures and parts of the world. She loves helping then learn English. She is currently "retired" but helps out when a Spanish teacher is needed in the high schools. She looks forward to having more time to dedicate to Turn the Page Uganda and maybe traveling there one day!

Jon Lee is a UCSB grad who has pursued his love of volleyball and writing for a lifetime. A 25 year English teacher and coach of boys and girls teams at San Marcos High School, he has also been an All-American and AAA player, a globetrotting magazine editor and journalist, an ESPN broadcaster, a director of Summer volleyball clinics at East Beach, and a 40-year husband/father. He spends free time traveling, building volleyball courts in exotic locations and writing about it all.

Brenda Nance is currently the Principal Editor for the Institute for Collaborative Biotechnologies at UCSB, managing the institutes website, writing news articles and editing scientific reports for researchers from MIT, Caltech and UCSB. Her background in business management, program development event planning/production, visual design, marketing and creative design are indicative of her desire for working at the nexus of business development and creative expression. Growing up in Santa Barbara and feeling fortunate, Brenda has always found ways to give back to the local community as well as those less fortunate around the globe.

Dean Noble, joined the Elings Park Foundation as Executive Director in 2019. The 230-acre park is currently having a renaissance with record-setting growth and revenue. Most recently, Noble was Director of Marketing for Santa Barbara Zoo leading a marketing team that created popular events, shows, and programming that have become part of local culture. During his 13-year tenure, the Zoo consistently set all-time attendance and revenue records. Previously, he served on the Universal Studios Japan team for ten years, and opened the $2 billion Universal Studios theme park in Osaka, Japan. Noble also spent seven years in feature film development and acquisitions with independent studio ITC Entertainment, and had a brief stint working in celebrity image licensing representing Albert Einstein and Steve McQueen at the Roger Richman Agency in Beverly Hills. Originally from Hawaii, Noble holds an MBA from California Lutheran University and a bachelor’s degree in English from Pepperdine University. 

*All Board members are volunteers.


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