Emily Burson, RD is a registered dietitian, and founder and president of School Nutrition Plus (SNP), Southern California’s premier school catering company, serving 20,000 meals per day. Prior to founding SNP 10 years ago, she worked as a food service consultant for large school districts, hotels, casinos and cultural institutions. She also taught Food Service Management, Nutrition and Food Science at Pepperdine University. Her cookbook, “A Chef Walks Into a Cafeteria…” was published in May of 2018. Emily has studied chocolate making at the Gourmandise School in Santa Monica.
Lisa Casoni has a sales and marketing background, working for such companies as Coldwell Banker, Giorgio Armani, and Prada. From 2005-2010 she was Communications and Marketing Manager for Claims Resource Services located in Campbell, CA. Lisa moved to Ojai, CA in 2010 and in 2013 she was a co-creator of the Ojai Art Festival. Later that year, with Heather Stobo, she took over management of The Porch Gallery Ojai located in the historic John Montgomery House in downtown Ojai. in 2015, the couple founded Porch Girls Productions to represent emerging and established artists and produce artistic events throughout the Ojai Valley.
Heather Stobo is an artist and gallerist. She earned a BA (Art History) from Denison University, a BFA (Photography) from the San Francisco Art Institute and a MFA (Photography) from California Institute of the Arts. Her photographic series have been exhibited in group and solo shows in San Francisco and Los Angeles. In addition to her work as a fine art photographer, Stobo has been working in the art related businesses since 1992 when she started as the Assistant Registrar at Crown Point Press in San Francisco. Stobo has also worked as a Preparator for Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco and was in charge of the promotional material library at Ace Gallery in Los Angeles. In 2013, she and Lisa Casoni, established Porch Girls Productions to produce, curate, and manage art related exhibitions and events, and own and operate the Porch Gallery Ojai.