The Dunes Center Board of Directors


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2017 Board Members

Vince Tortolano, President

Vince Tortolano currently serves as President of the Board of the Guadalupe-Nipomo Dunes Center.  Mr. Tortolano is retired from a career as an attorney for several Silicon Valley technology companies.  In his last two positions, Mr. Tortolano served as Vice President and General Counsel, managing teams of lawyers.  Mr. Tortolano holds a B.S.E.E. from Santa Clara University, studied Sociology at the Graduate level at San Jose State University and holds a Juris Doctor degree from University of California at Davis.


Jules Reuter III, Vice President

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 Director.


Alyssa Berry, Treasurer

Alyssa Berry became involved with the Dunes Center in 2012 while collaborating on a research study to analyze the efficacy of landscape control methods for veldt grass.  She works as a biologist for the environmental engineering company, Padre Associates. One of her primary projects has been to restore coastal dunes and wetlands at the former Guadalupe Oil Field.  She enjoys volunteering with the Dunes Center to promote community exposure to and appreciation of the unique local dune system.


Brian Tetley- Secretary

Brian Tetley joined the Board in 2015. Brian is a senior land use planner with Urban Planning Concepts in Santa Maria. Brian has over 20 years of local agency experience addressing the unique land use issues of the Central Coast. Brian has substantial experience managing and/or preparing environmental review documents including Environmental Impact Reports. Brian holds a Master of Science degree in Environmental Studies/Policy and Planning from Cal State Fullerton.


Karen Evangelista  


Alma Hernandez-Wilson

Alma Hernandez has over 20 years experience working in rural, largely immigrant, communities developing leadership through cooperative efforts and placing community members at the forefront of decision making processes. As a director of the Guadalupe’s Little House by the Park, her focus has included the promotion of open, communal, multicultural, and artistic spaces. Successful collaborative efforts include Ciclovia in the City of Guadalupe and Dual Immersion in Santa Maria. Currently, she serves as chair of the Dune’s Center Internal Affairs Committee and Board and as Vice President on the CAUSE Board of Directors. Alma was born in Arizona to a first generation immigrant family from Mexico and holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Cal Poly and a Masters in Public Administration from Cal State Northridge.

Alma loves the outdoors, hiking, biking, running, spending time with her two favorite young people, Vicente and Catalina, and promoting good health for family and community members alike.


Advisors to the Board

Frances Romero

Frances is a Director with Forma Design, a planning and landscape architecture firm based in Costa Mesa.  Frances is the Team Leader for their Central Coast operations and provides planning and project management for a wide variety of projects throughout Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo Counties.  Frances is on the SBCAG Board.   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.

Christina Bird-Holenda

Christina moved to Nipomo in 1999 from Atlanta where she retired from a 30 year career in the Trust and Investment business with Sun Trust Banks. She was quite active in the Boards of several arts and native plant organizations in North Carolina and Atlanta and has pursued a lesser role in the same type of activities here in the Central Coast.

John Karamitsos

John Karamitsos is the Manager of the County of Santa Barbara’s Project Clean Water program, and has been employed by the County for 26 years.  A life-long Santa Maria Valley resident, John has been visiting the Guadalupe Dunes and Beach since the mid-60′s.  He has been volunteering at the Dunes Center since 2004 and is grateful for the opportunity to contribute to the stewardship of this precious resource.