About Us

Erika Leachman – Chapter President
Principal Planner, Wood Environment & Infrastructure
(805) 962-0992 x237 / (805) 252-9891
104 West Anapamu Street, Suite 204A
Santa Barbara, CA 93101

Gina Sawaya – Vice President/Programs
Environmental Analyst, Wood Environment & Infrastructure

The Vice President of Programs is in charge of overseeing programs in Santa Barbara, Ventura, and San Luis Obispo, including happy hours, social activities, and trainings.

Brandi Cummings – Treasurer
Project Manager & CEQA Planner, SWCA

The Treasurer oversees the budget for the chapter and manages all chapter finances.

Marie Laule – Secretary
Grant Program Manager/Project Manager, Wood Environment & Infrastructure

The Secretary takes notes at all Board meetings and is in charge of all administrative responsibilities.

John Karamitsos – Chapter State Director

Chapter Director serves as a bridge between the State Board and the Chapter.  Attends all Board meetings to report on the others activities, and contribute to the advancement of organizational goals and objectives.

Program Leads

The programming team oversees all programs led by the chapter, including trainings and social events.

Kathryn Lehr – Santa Barbara County Representative
Planner, Santa Barbara County Planning & Development

Shauna Callery – San Luis Obispo County Representative
Program Manager/Senior Environmental Planner, Rincon Consultants

Mitchel Morrison – Ventura County Representative / Pepperdine Student Chapter Representative
Associate Project Manager, ENVICOM Corporation

Nicole West – Membership Committee Chair
Associate, LSA

The Membership Chair oversees all memberships within our chapter and is tasked with recruiting new members.

Emily Creel – Legislative Committee Chair
Planning Team Lead, SWCA

The Legislative Committee Chair works with AEP’s lobbyist in Sacramento to track and comment on environmental bills as they work their way through the State Legislature, with the goal of encouraging clear and implementable laws that support the legislative intent of CEQA.

Gwen Beyeler – Newsletter Editor / Webmaster
Planner, Santa Barbara County Planning & Development

The Webmaster/Newsletter Editor updates content on the Channel Counties Chapter website, puts together the newsletter and blog, and curates a social media presence.

Brian Smith – APA Liaison Committee Chair
(209) 380-1376

Student Membership Committee

All University representatives foster connections with students to let them know about upcoming events, ideas, and concerns for the chapter. They organize events, workshops, networking, and educational seminars for the student chapters.

David Parker – UCSB Bren School Advisor
Director of Career Development, UCSB Bren School

Cassidy Williams – Student Membership Committee Chair
Project Manager, Environmental Planner, SWCA

Priya Verma – Cal Poly SLO Student Chapter Faculty Advisor
Natural Resource Management Dept., Cal Poly San Luis Obispo

Morgan Vahradian CSU Channel Islands Student Chapter Representative
Interpretive Outreach Specialist, City of Ventura

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