Brian Colby, Chairman

Brian is a Real Estate Professional with Sand & Sea Investments and is an advocate for the Carlsbad community in many ways. In addition serving on the board of the Carlsbad Fire Department Foundation, Brian also serves on the board of directors for the Carlsbad Boys and Girls Club, is an active member with Carlsbad Hi-Noon Rotary, and is an appointed commissioner on the City of Carlsbad Beach Preservation Commission. Brian has been married to his high school sweetheart Becky for 16 years and they raise 4 children together in the Poinsettia neighborhood in Carlsbad. Before dedicating his career to Real Estate with his brothers in 2014, Brian spent over 10 years traveling the county as an executive in the medical device industry with various companies from start-ups to large global organizations. Brian enjoys many activities but among his favorite are golfing, playing music, fishing, skiing, surfing, traveling, reading, and above all spending quality time with his wife and kids.

Bill Baer, Social Media Coordinator

Bill has been a resident of Carlsbad since 1973. He worked for the City of Carlsbad in the Information Technology department for 27 years; part of that time was in supporting the Fire department’s technology needs. He now has his own IT consulting business, helping individuals and small businesses. He is married to Janice, his wife of 18 years. They have two sons, Jacob and Nicholas, who attend Carlsbad schools.

Bill likes to sail, hike and bike- anything to get outdoors.  He is also a member of the Carlsbad Rotary Club which helps both the local and global community.

Candice Gerlach, Scholarship Coordinator

Candice is a CPA in California and holds a Master of Business Administration degree and a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Accountancy. She is a Certified Fraud Examiner, and an active member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Association of Fraud Examiners. 

Candice has over 15 years of experience in public accounting. Throughout her career her focus has been in a variety of areas and, she has also devoted a large amount of her time to not for profit tax compliance and governance. In an effort to show her gratitude for the sacrifices made by firefighters, Candice is devoted to assisting their efforts through the work of the Foundation.


Ray Pearson, Governance Committee

Mr. Ray Pearson was elected to the Carlsbad Unified School District Board of Trustees in 2014. Born and raised in Southern California Ray is a product of California public schools. He received his Bachelor of Science from California State University, Los Angeles. Ray is married and has three children with his youngest graduating from Carlsbad High School and graduating Loyola Marymount, and one graduating from California State University Bakersfield. He has a 30+ year business career working for companies in the science, technology, engineering, and math industries i.e Westinghouse Broadcasting and Cable, Walt Disney Company, The Weather Channel, Western Digital and Liberty Media.
Ray has over 40 years of community involvement with the YMCA, Boys & Girls Club, Carlsbad Charitable Foundation, Rotary Club, North Coastal Prevention Coalition, City of Carlsbad Senior Commission, Mitchell Thorp Foundation, CHS Baccalaureate Committee and has served on the Proposition P Oversight Committee. While his youngest son was attending CHS, Ray was on the Parent Association Board with his wife and liaison to the Carlsbad Educational Foundation. He provided input into the operation of CHS serving on the School Site Council for two years.  He was and continues to be a judge for the CHS Speech and Debate tournaments.  He is currently Vice President of Content for Content Management Inc representing Jewelry Television

Frank Whitton, Chairman Emeritus

Frank has been a Carlsbad resident since 1996, and has lived in North County for almost 50 years. After graduating from the University of Notre Dame, Frank was commissioned into the Marine Corps as a Second Lieutenant. Frank retired from the Marine Corps after 23 years as a Lt. Colonel. His second career included being appointed Associated Dean for San Diego Community College District in charge of two schools at the Naval Training Center.

Frank has served on the Carlsbad Traffic Commission, Planning Commission, and Juvenile Justice Panel. In 2013, he founded the Carlsbad Fire Department Foundation. In 2015, he was recognized as Carlsbad Citizen of the Year. He has also served on the Board of Directors of the Army/Navy Academy, currently serves as Chairman of the Bertelsen Scholarship Committee, served as President of the Notre Dame Alumni Club of San Diego County, and has held dozens of other leadership positions in multiple organizations. Frank enjoys family, church, and golf.

Jacqulynne Stuart

Jackie is originally from New England, but has lived in Southern California since 2000.  She has worked for Sound Imaging, the global leader in veterinary imaging and diagnostics, located in Carlsbad since 2007. Her recent role there as Customer Experience Manager allows her to share her passion for providing exceptional customer service to their culture. Jackie joined the board in November 2019 and is proud to serve along such a dedicated team to help support the firefighters who tried to save Sound’s building in the 2014 Poinsettia Wildfire. When not working Jackie can be found spending time with her horses, dogs or riding her adventure or dirt bikes.

Maureen "Mo" Booth, Secretary

Maureen is a Southern California native and spent her summers growing up vacationing in Carlsbad at the Carlsbad Inn with her family.  When she and her husband Jess relocated to San Diego, she knew that Carlsbad would be the ideal location to start their family.  They have been enjoying Carlsbad since 2015 and welcomed their first child in June of 2016.  Maureen is a Paralegal specializing in Intellectual Property.  Maureen is excited to serve on the board, which she joined in October of 2017.  Maureen enjoys hiking, yoga, writing, and her family dog, Jedi.  

Duncan Newman, Director of Fundraising

Duncan Newman, founder and president of Newman Windows and Doors, has devoted his energy into creating a business built on the principle of value and customer service excellence. Opened in 1993, Newman Windows and Doors has grown to 65 employees with 3 showroom locations in San Diego, Carlsbad, and Orange County. Duncan moved to the U.S. in 1982 from England. He worked as a general contractor performing new construction and home remodeling for small homes, condos and multi-million-dollar projects. He learned, understood and embraced the need for high quality customer service after working on projects with several wealthy movie stars including Michael Douglas and Dan Aykroyd in Beverly Hills, New York, Montecito and Hollywood. Duncan took that knowledge base and used it as a founding principle when he decided to specialize in one trade, windows and doors. 27 years later, Duncan’s skill set has taken Newman Windows and Doors to become the top seller and installer of replacement windows and doors in San Diego County.

Duncan has two sons, Jake 21 and Nathan 19 and resides in Elfin Forest. Jake is studying Computer science at CU Boulder. Nathan is at The Ross School of Business, University of Michigan. Duncan enjoys spending time with family, riding horses, dirt bike riding and traveling.

Battalion Chief, Nathan Pearson - Carlsbad Fire Department

Nate Pearson has been a firefighter with the Carlsbad Fire Department for 15 years.  During his tenure with the fire department he has served the community as Paramedic/Firefighter, Engineer, Lifeguard, SWAT Medic and Captain.  He was promoted to Battalion Chief in 2018.  Nate is a California native and moved to Carlsbad in 2006.  He and his wife, Danielle, have two children and spend their free time enjoying going to the beach, camping and sailing.  As liaison to the Fire Foundation, Chief Pearson assists in educating and informing the board regarding the activities of the Fire Department.