Group: Directors

Rachel Brimer Zook: Program Director of The Sea League

Rachel Zook-Brimer Program Director/Directora de Programas Rachel Zook-Brimer is responsible for bringing our big blue dreams to life. An avid ocean lover from a young age, she’s experienced the transformative power of the outdoors and is passionate about making it accessible to all. She’d say there’s nothing quite like watching the timid student, who’s …

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Raúl Aguilera: Director of REACH

Raúl Aguilera (he, him, él) Program Director, REACH Fellowship Raúl Aguilera brings years of experience working with youth in Santa Barbara County. Originally born in Jalisco, Mexico, Raúl migrated to Santa Barbara at the age of eight with his family and has since lived here, enjoying the wonderful weather, mountains, and beaches that Santa …

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Lauren Winnewisser

Lauren Winnewisser (she/her/ella) Development Director / Directora de Desarrollo Growing up and living near places like the sandy beaches of southern CA, the breathtaking mountains and valleys of Yosemite National Park, and the high altitudes and rainy seasons of Tepoztlán in central México, Lauren has always felt most at home within the wild spaces …

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Kelly Villarruel

Kelly Villarruel (she/her/ella) Director of Early Childhood Programs / Director de Programas de Primera Infancia Kelly Villarruel grew up in Santa Barbara and has an intimate knowledge and love of our area. She has a degree in early childhood education and has worked in both preschool and home day care settings for more than …

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Gloria Sanchez-Arreola

Gloria Sánchez-Arreola (she/they/ella/elle) Associate Program Director / Directora Asistente del programa Gloria joined Wilderness Youth Project in 2018. She grew up in the rich and diverse cultural epicenter that us EL LAY (aka the concrete jungle of Los Angeles) and comes from a working class background. These parts of her story give her a …

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Andrew Lindsey

Andrew Lindsey (he/him/his/él) Director of School Based Programs & Lead Program Staff / Director de programas escolares y personal líder del programa Andrew is always quick to point out that he grew up in Vermont. Throughout college he worked off and on in the field for the Adirondack Nature Conservancy. After graduating with an …

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