Board of Directors

Carlos Lesne – President

Carlos Lesne currently serves as the President of the Board of Directors for The Natural History Museum of Santa Maria. Now in his fourth year on the Board, he has previously served as Vice President and Finance Committee Chair. Originally from Southern California, he moved to the Central Coast in 1995 and he has lived in the Santa Maria Valley since 2001. Lesne has a Bachelors of Science Degree in Business Administration from California State University at Long Beach. After graduation, he worked in the Consumer Products industry for several years. He then began a career in the Telecommunications industry that has stretched over 20 years including 17 years with AT&T in various management roles.

Mr. Lesne is an active member with the Santa Maria Valley Chamber of Commerce, Santa Maria Discovery Museum and has been involved with charitable foundations and various networking organizations in Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo counties. He has also previously served as Vice President of Administration for the Board of Directors of the Orcutt Youth Softball League where he also coached for several years. Carlos enjoys nature and working with the community to help educate them on the importance of helping to preserve the natural world. In his free time, he and his wife enjoy spending time and traveling with their family of three children and four grandchildren.

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Vanessa Pronge – Vice President

Hello! I’m Vanessa I have over 20 years’ experience in the field of Property Management. But now I’m working at my life’s dream of being my own boss. I am incredibly blessed with wonderful friends and an amazing family. I am a mom to four grown kids, married to an inexplicably patient and loving man. I strive to give my family, friends and professional relationships my absolute best at all times!

I take great joy and satisfaction from being able to help and meet individuals from all walks of life. I love to travel, Star Wars and Morkies. I’m also passionate about All Things Green Living; endorsing green living companies, as well as three of my own by putting on vendor events to help educate the general public about protecting our health and our natural environment. I’m passionate about teaching people how to eliminate toxins from their lives for optimal health and for the betterment of the environment we live in. I do this for us, the creatures that inhabit this planet and for future generations to come.

I am proud be serving as Vice President of the Board of Directors with the Natural History Museum of Santa Maria. Which is run 100% by volunteers. We provide educational outreach programs to our local school children. Admission to the museum is always free for the public.

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Sherri Banta – Secretary

In 2003, I found myself to be a single mother on the Central Coast.  This was not part of my plan.  I had 2 small children, one in diapers & one in preschool.  My life as I knew it, would never be the same.  I had to take charge and make my money work for me in order to sustain the life that I had built, and provide the future that my children deserved.

My life changed quickly (which has happened to most people at some point or another, so I’m told).  I was determined to take my skillset and fine tune my skills in order to help others in their time of need.

I needed to find a way to provide for my family, and grow my income and protect our future.  I was working very part-time, still on maternity leave, at a household name insurance company.  I was passionate about HELPING people.  It’s funny how quickly, Life as you know it, can change.

I had always been drawn to children and to seniors, and had a knack for finance.   I put these passions of mine to work.  I wanted to make a difference.

In 2003, I became Life & Health licensed.   I have learned and now teach others about how the current money they have can be rerouted in order to do more.  I show people how to do this with modern insurance products that are safe, effective and at the lowest possible risk to achieve their goals and dreams.

Over the years I have grown my staff to develop a complete portfolio of experts in all facets of reducing risk and maximizing their return through the use of insurance products.

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Ms. Audrey Guerra – Treasurer

Ms. Audrey Guerra retired from the Federal Government in January 2013 after 32 years of faithful Civil Service.  She had worked in the field of Contracting as a Contract Specialist/Contracting Office.  In her career she exercised personal initiative and sound business judgment in negotiating, awarding, administering and closing Federal contracts.  Throughout her career she has worked all main types of Federal contracts; fixed price, cost reimbursement and time and materials. She has worked with the following agencies: U.S. Air Force, Internal Revenue Service, Dept. of Energy, Defense Contract Management Agency, Lockheed Martin, NASA Ames Research Center, Los Alamos National Laboratory and Missile Defense Agency.  Ms. Guerra is a member and has been an Officer of the National Contract Management Association, Silicon Valley Chapter and Vandenberg Chapter.  She received the designation of Certified Federal Contracts Manager in July 2010.  Ms Guerra has her Bachelor’s Degree in Economics from California State University, Sacramento and has been working on her MBA, a personal goal to complete since her retirement.

Audrey is originally from Northern California and lived in Sacramento CA where she started her Federal Career at McClellan AFB.  Following the announcement of base closure, she found work in the Bay Area and relocated from Sacramento to Mountain View CA. where she worked and lived for 10 years.  In 2008 she relocated with her then spouse to Santa Fe New Mexico where she lived for 3 years and then moved back to California to retire on the Central Coast in 2011.  In her retirement life, Ms. Guerra enjoys being involved in her community. Her other professional affiliations are; served as a member and Treasurer for the Santa Maria Rotary Club.  She is currently a Board member of the Santa Maria Natural History Museum.  Ms. Guerra is single, has three pets and is caretaker to her Mother. On her personal time she enjoys spending time with family and close friends.  She also enjoys music, playing the piano, line dancing, yoga, aerobic exercise, hiking, and living on the Central Coast.


  • Onorina Perry
  • Virginia Perry Souza

Board Of Directors:

  • Carlos Lesne, President
  • Vanessa Pronge, Vice President
  • Sherri McLemore, Secretary
  • Audrey Guerra – Garcia, Treasurer
  • Brandon Lambert, Director
  • Jennyfer Rowe, Director

Honorary Board Members:

  • Alice Patino, Mayor of Santa Maria
  • Bob Orach, Councilmember
  • Alex Posada, Director of Recreation & Park Department
  • Glenn D. Morris, S M V Chamber of Commerce
  • Penelope Hartnell, Community Member

Advisory Board:

  • Larry Bell, C.P.A.
  • C. Kent Stephens, Attorney at Law

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