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Dannell Stuart

Position
Endowment
2015-16
Biography

Dannell joined the Women’s Fund in 2011 and became a member of the Endowment Committee in 2015. She is the Director of Business Development and a Client Advisor and Partner for Mission Wealth responsible for the firm’s business development activities. She is involved in welcoming new clients to the firm and also devotes time servicing her long-term client relationships. Dannell graduated with honors with Bachelors of Arts degrees in Spanish and Communications from the University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB). With almost 20 years of experience as a professional financial advisor she joined Mission Wealth in 2010, helping clients in all areas of financial and investment planning. Dannell has been a nationally featured panelist in both live and online wealth management forums, has contributed personal finance articles to various publications and has taught courses and workshops on investments and planning. She was recognized by Pacific Coast Business Times as a “Top 50 Women in Business” Editor’s Pick for Business and Finance in 2015, a “Top 40 under 40” business leader in 2008, and in the “Who’s Who in Banking and Finance” edition in 2011 and 2012.  Dannell is also on the Finance and Investment committees for Visiting Nurse and Hospice Care of Santa Barbara and is a board member of the Santa Barbara Estate Planning Council. She has been involved with Music Academy of the West, Women’s Executive Network, UCSB Planned Giving and enjoys coaching AYSO Youth Soccer.

Jacqueline Duran

Position
Endowment
2022-23
Biography

Jacqueline Duran has experience in the practice of Financial Advisory. She is the President of Duran Capital Management. She was previously a Wealth Manager and Portfolio Manager at Morgan Stanley. Jacqueline is a graduate of the University of California at Santa Barbara and the College of Financial Planning. Jacqueline has also acted as a leader and board member of various local nonprofit organizations. She is currently a Board of Trustees at Montecito Union School District, former CFO, and current Board Member of the Friendship Center and current Board Member of STESA and SBSOS. Jacqueline is a former President of the Santa Barbara Rotary North Club.

Jane King

Position
Endowment
2015-16
Biography

Jane King has been a member of the Women's Fund since 2010 and in 2015 joined the Endowment Committee. Jane grew up in Canada and has lived in Santa Barbara since 1997. She spent close to 20 years in management positions in the financial services and energy industries in Los Angeles. Most recently, she was Director of Advertising and Customer Communications for Sempra Energy and led the rebranding efforts for the company following a corporate merger. Prior to joining Sempra, Jane held positions in product management, direct marketing and advertising at both First Interstate Bank and Security Pacific Bank. She has an MBA from The Anderson School at UCLA and a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the University of Windsor, Canada. Jane is a member of the Planned Parenthood Action Fund board and, in addition to volunteering at Ganna Walska's Lotusland, she is a member of The Lotus Society.

Melissa Gough

Position
Endowment Chair
2019-20
Year Joined
2008
Biography

Melissa Gough has been a member of the Women's Fund since 2008, when she joined the Research Committee. For the past five years she has served as Finance Chair and Chair of the Endowment Committee and currently is CFO/Treasurer as well as Endowment Chair. In her professional life, Melissa is Director of Development for the Division of Economics and Social Sciences at UCSB. In her role, she supports departmental initiatives and student development programs focusing on Feminist Studies, Global Studies and Anthropology and coordinates all departmental Planned Giving opportunities.  Prior to UCSB, Melissa held various regional leadership positions in Banking, Financial Management and Estate Planning, working with Union Bank, Morgan Stanley Private Bank, First Republic Bank and Bank of America. Melissa is a graduate of the Cornell University Leadership Management program and holds a bachelor's degree in Organizational Psychology from UCSB. A 40+ year resident of Santa Barbara, she serves on the Board of the United Boys and Girls Club of Santa Barbara County and is Finance Chair and Treasurer for La Cumbre Country Club. She is a recipient of the Founder's Award for the Police Activities League and the Navy Leaguer of the Year award from the Navy League of the United States. Melissa enjoys food, wine and golf and is a member of the Santa Barbara Wine and Food Society, the International Food and Wine Society and La Cumbre Country Club.

 

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