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Frances has been a Senior Planner/Project Manager with Urban Planning Concepts, Inc., a planning and land use consulting firm in Santa Maria for over 7 years and is currently the Mayor of the City of Guadalupe. She is a graduate of the University of Redlands. Frances has lived in Guadalupe since 1997 and has been involved in the community as a Recreation Commissioner (1997), Interim City Clerk (1998), Fifth District Park Commissioner for Santa Barbara County (1999-2005), Dunes Center Steering Committee (2002-2004), Chair of the Guadalupe Planning Commission (2007-2009), and the Dunes Center Board of Directors since January 2010.
John Deacon joined the Board in early 2012. While earning a post-graduate degree in Ecology from Brigham Young University he spent a couple of summers working on Forest Service projects and became an avid “Birder”. He served as one of the founding members of the Santa Barbara County Air Pollution Control District Community Advisory Council and is currently one of the five Hearing Board members for the Santa Barbara County Air Pollution Control District. John has a long history with the Dunes dating back to the 1980’s when he worked with Clarence Minetti and Supervisor Toru Myoshi to stop illegal offroad vehicle activity on the Santa Barbara County side of the Guadalupe Dunes.
Jules has been a resident of Guadalupe since 2004. Currently retired after a 21 year career as a Television Video Editor in Los Angeles, Jules selected the central coast to pursue his passion for nature photography and fine wine. He works part-time at two local wineries and leads photography hikes for the public into the Dunes on a seasonal basis. He has displayed his work at the Dunes Center since 2003, and brings an artists’ perspective to his service on the Board of Directors.
My name is John Karamitsos. As a life-long Central Coast resident, I have been enjoying the local beaches and coastline since I was a young child. I have been actively volunteering with the Dunes Center for the past decade or so, and am especially proud of my service on the Board of Directors since 2006. For the past 22 years, I have been employed in the Planning Department of the County of Santa Barbara. I am married with four young children, and one of our favorite family activities involves trips out to the dunes.
Greg is a Principal Ecologist with the international consulting firm, ARCADIS. He is the discipline leader for the company’s Ecosystem Sciences and Restoration practice within their Technological Knowledge and Innovation program. He specializes in the assessment, planning, and implementation of projects with complex regulatory issues and diverse ecological assessment and habitat restoration needs. A graduate of Cal Poly, Greg has lived on the Central Coast for more than 27 years. He has been involved with the Dunes Center since 2000 and is passionately committed to helping future generations develop strong science, critical thinking, and communication skills.
Nathan is a Project Manager and director of the Santa Maria office for SCS Engineers, a land use, environmental, and engineering firm. He’s lived and worked on the Central Coast for last six years after relocating here from San Diego. In his spare time Nathan is an avid hiker and backpacker, a passion that he applies to community service by assisting in trail maintenance programs throughout the Central Coast. One of Nathan’s favorite summer hikes includes the long walk from Guadalupe Dunes to Point Sal.
Candace joined the Dunes Center Board in 2013. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Recreation, Parks & Tourism Administration from Cal Poly, and brings with her many years of work experience in marketing, event planning, tourism and customer service. Candace has previously served on Boards and committees of several area non-profits, including Dorothea Lange Elementary School Parent-Teacher Organization, Happy Time Cooperative Preschool, Nipomo Area Recreation Association, ArtsObispo and The Arts Fund. Candace and her family love to hike and explore the beauty of our Central Coast, and regularly visit Oso Flaco Lake and the surrounding Dunes complex. Her children also have participated in several after-school educational programs offered by The Dunes Center.
Cecilia has been involved in education since 1984 as a teacher, a vice-principal and now the Coordinator of the Afterschool Safety and Education Program at the Guadalupe School District. “ I always try to teach my students that the world, and especially the great outdoors, is the real classroom of life,” states Cecilia. Cecilia received her teaching credential from the University of Colorado (Boulder). She presently serves on the Lompoc Pops Board and is the Team Development Chairman for the Lompoc Relay for Life as well as an active volunteer for the Lompoc Valley Festival Association. Cecilia is grateful for the educational programs that the Guadalupe Dunes Center provides for the local Guadalupe students.