Tammy Pelstring, CEO and co-founder
Tammy Pelstring, CEO and co-founder of Obentec, lives in Santa Cruz, California with her husband and two children. Before founding Obentec, she owned and operated a wholesale business in the food industry and served on the board of directors of a non-profit organization. She has also worked in the medical diagnostic industry as a technical consultant and product specialist. She holds a bachelor’s degree in biological sciences from California Polytechnic, San Luis Obispo. When she’s not working, she enjoys spending time in nature with her family, dogs, and horses. Her other interests include reading, family health and nutrition, volunteerism, and community supported agriculture.
Amy Hemmert, president and co-founder
Amy Hemmert, president and co-founder of Obentec, is a writer, educator, and mother of two. She holds a bachelor’s degree in biology and a master’s degree in English. She has co-authored five books and numerous articles, and has been a frequent presenter at professional conferences in the US and abroad. Her interests include cross-cultural communication, language acquisition, family nutrition, organic gardening, cooking, and environmental studies. In her free time she enjoys hiking, traveling, doing yoga, and lounging on the couch with a good book.
Anna (Project Manager, Community Outreach, Sales)
Anna is responsible for project management and community outreach, and she assists in many other aspects of the company. Her responsibilities include--but aren’t limited to--new product development, customer service, school programs, and sales support. She relocated to the Santa Cruz area from Chico, CA, where she attended California State University, Chico for a BA in behavioral sciences. When she’s not at work, Anna enjoys live music, outdoor activities, bike riding, museum studies, and relaxing at home.
Summer (Sales, Customer Service)
Summer has recently relocated to Santa Cruz from San Jose. She has a bachelor's degree in history from UC Santa Barbara and has worked in various aspects of the Event Industry. Summer is very excited to be branching out in her professional experiences and to be promoting a healthier, greener lifestyle with Obentec. In her free time, Summer enjoys spending quality time with her family and friends.
Tamara (Customer Service)
Tamara, Obentec's head of Customer Service, lives in Santa Cruz, California with her husband and two sons. She holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology from UC San Diego. She's been involved with gymnastics since she was 9 years old and continues to teach gymnastics to preschoolers. She has been an active member in parent clubs at her sons' schools since 1999, coordinating numerous fundraising events and volunteering in the classroom. Her interests include health and exercise, gardening, baseball, and travel.
Marcus (Shipping Manager)
Marcus, a Santa Cruz native, grew up acting and singing in local choirs and theatre companies until moving away to earn his certificate in acting/theatre arts from The Pacific Conservatory for the Performing Arts. After a brief stint working on productions around California, and as a professional wrestler, he made his way back to Santa Cruz to spend time near family and eventually to Laptop Lunches Bento-ware! "I feel so fortunate to be part of this team,” says Marcus. “Everyone at the warehouse cracks a smile when I feel the sudden urge to tap dance or sing an old show tune." In his free time, Marcus enjoys skateboarding, going to reggae concerts, barbecuing, and being in the redwoods.
Alisa (Customer Support, Sales)
Alisa graduated from UC Santa Cruz with a BA in Cultural Anthropology. After a brief stint doing research in Ireland and working as a freelance journalist, Alisa decided to return to Santa Cruz to be close to her California family. When she's not working, she enjoys singing, dancing, making art, communing with nature, and volunteering with her favorite local non-profit organization, Community Seed. Alisa is passionate about the beautiful and spiritual journey of life and believes that working hard and working together is the primary purpose of the human experience. She is excited to be working for a company that is concerned with both the environment and the household economy.
Kay (Sales, Customer Service)
Kay lives in the Santa Cruz Mountains with her husband, son, and two dogs. She likes dancing, hiking, cooking, and spending time with her family. Kay has been a salesperson since age 10, when she started working for her family business. Being aware of our place on this planet and in the universe is important to her. Realizing and manifesting our human connectivity is one of her joys in life.
Cheris (Accounting and Human Resources)
Cheris grew up in the mountains of California and relocated to Santa Cruz to attend the University of California at Santa Cruz. She fell in love with the area and has lived in Santa Cruz for over 10 years now. In her free time, she enjoys reading, archery, disc golf, and playing with her dog.