Staff

Sandra Gonzalez

Sandra Gonzalez (she/ella) Transportation Coordinator and Driver / Coordinadora de transporte y conductor Born in El Salvador, daughter of teachers and social justice fighters, I grew up listening to stories of struggle and social injustice which forced my family to find refuge in Australia when I was only 2 years old. Growing up in Australia, […]

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Kairos Shaffer

Kairos Shaffer Program Staff / Personal de programas On the team since / En el equipo desde: 2024 Born in Goleta and raised in the Santa Ynez Valley, I’m incredibly grateful to have grown up surrounded by beautiful natural spaces full of interconnections. I recently graduated from Whitman College with a bachelors in Environmental Studies

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Bettie Coy

Bettie Coy Transportation Coordinator / Coordinadora de transporte On the team since / En el equipo desde: 2024 orggvr@jlc.bet Bettie grew up in San Diego and spent most of her childhood summers backpacking in Colorado. Through spending time in these two unique places, she developed a deep love for the outdoors and enjoyed learning about

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Silvia Ramirez Garcia

Silvia Ramirez Garcia

Silvia Ramirez Garcia REACH Program Manager-Academics / Gerente de Programa REACH-Académico On the team since / En el equipo desde: 2024 fvyivn@zlernpuargjbex.bet  Silvia was born and raised in Santa Maria, California. Her family is originally from Oaxaca, Mexico, a beautiful state with vibrant energy. She is a first-generation college graduate from the University of California,

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Natalie Torres

Natalie Torres

Natalie Torres  REACH Program Coordinator / Coordinador del Programa REACH On the team since / En el equipo desde: 2024 angnyvr@zlernpuargjbex.bet Natalie Torres was born and raised in the Central Coast. She is the proud daughter of immigrant parents of Mexican and Ecuadorian descent, two beautiful countries that Natalie has had the opportunity to explore

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Ruby Baruth

Ruby Baruth Program Staff / Personal de programas On the team since / En el equipo desde: 2024 After studying ecology and conservation biology, sustainable agriculture and Spanish at UC Davis, Ruby washed downstream from the area of Huichin territory known as Oakland to the Chumash territory of Santa Barbara for a job monitoring Santa

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Brieanna Bates

Brienna Bates (can be addressed by any pronoun/puede ser dirigida por cualquier pronombre) Lead Program Staff/Personal líder del programa On the team since / En el equipo desde: 2023 oevr@jlc.bet Brieanna’s connection with nature began before her ability to walk, strapped to her mom’s back while hiking through magical mountains. Yet what truly tipped the

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Jaimee Simundson

Jaimee Simundson (she/her/ella) Program Staff / Personal del programa On the team since / En el equipo desde: 2023 wnvzrrfvzhaqfba@tznvy.pbz Jaimee Simundson is a herbalist, songwriter and medicine maker living on unceded Chumash land in the Santa Barbara area. She is guided by the belief that everyone deserves safety and comfort in their body and

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Ashley Parrilla

Ashley Parrilla (she/her/ella) Program Staff / Personal del programa On the team since / En el equipo desde: 2023 Ashley is a mother, maker, mentor, lover of beauty and ground kisser. She was raised on Chumash land, became an adult in Italy and has since vacillated, sometimes gracefully, between her two homes. As a mother

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Tahis Alcantar

Tahis Alcantar (she/her/ella) Receptionist/Registrar Coordinator On the team since / En el equipo desde: 2023 gnuvf@jlc.bet Tahis was born and raised in Santa Barbara county. She grew up traveling throughout the area for her parents’ work in agriculture. She is very in touch with nature and prefers the quiet of the mountains rather than cities.

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