Staff Report

Santa Ynez Valley People Helping People (PHP) has announced that John Kuelbs has been elected president of the board of directors.

Other officers elected are Leslie Garcia, vice president; Becky Barieau, treasurer; and Kros Andrade, secretary.

SYV People Helping People CEO Valerie Kissell highlighted Kuelbs record of leadership to PHP. 

“John has been serving on the board since 2015 and exemplifies the very best of a community leader as a hands-on volunteer, devoted philanthropists, and committed ambassador of PHP’s mission,” she said. “Weekly, John works alongside our staff at our food program at Mission Santa Ines. He and his late wife, Michele Kuelbs, created a deferred gift of $450,000 designated exclusively to PHP’s endowment. John continues to lift up Michele’s legacy with ongoing philanthropic support to those most in need. His fellow board colleagues, volunteers and staff look to John for his leadership, encouragement and vision.”

Kuelbs earned his Juris Doctorate degree from Creighton University School of Law, located in Omaha, Nebraska, and his Bachelor’s degree from St. John’s University, located in Collegeville, Minnesota.

In 2012, Kuelbs retired from his position as executive vice president, general counsel and secretary of the Board of Directors of Teledyne Technologies. Prior to his position with Teledyne, he was senior vice president with Raytheon Systems Company following Raytheon’s acquisition of Hughes Aircraft Company. Kuelbs served as a corporate vice president of Hughes Electronics Corporation and senior vice president and general counsel of Hughes Aircraft Company.

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