Kristen Miller – President & CEO
Kristen Miller will be leading the merged organization as President & CEO. Miller has led the Goleta Chamber team since 2002, coming from the Corning, New York Chamber of Commerce. Under her leadership, the Goleta Chamber has been a catalyst for business, running robust public policy and economic development programs. She has continued her professional education with extensive training in visitor services, destination marketing, economic development, and community relations, since her degree from New York University. She recently served on the Santa Barbara County Workforce Development Board, Kristen is Secretary of the Housing Trust Fund of Santa Barbara County, and is on the board of Visit Santa Barbara.
Cortney Rintoul – Chief Operating Officer
Cortney Hebert-Rintoul has been with the Goleta Chamber of Commerce since 2010. In her role overseeing communications and events, she grew the beloved Lemon Festival to new heights in attendance and income. She graduated from UC Santa Barbara with a degree in Communication and Sports Management. Prior to coming to the Chamber, she worked for the City of Goleta under the Public Information Officer. She is a graduate of the Western Association of Chamber Executives Management Program. Rintoul will oversee the Chamber’s economic development initiatives, membership team, events, and visitor services including GoGoleta.
Mary Lynn Harms-Romo – Director of Communications
Mary Lynn joins the Chamber team with an extensive background in communications, marketing, and hospitality. Most recently Mary Lynn served as the General Manager at Paseo Nuevo shopping center in downtown Santa Barbara. Prior to that role, she was the Senior Marketing Director. She has led the marketing department for over 10 years and oversaw the Guest Services program in addition to providing marketing and communications for over 50 tenants, visitors, and staff. Before a Marketing career, Mary Lynn spent her early career in Hospitality, Restaurant Management, and Events.
Michele Schneider – Director of Business Development
Michele Schneider will be responsible for bringing in new members and sponsors to the Chamber. As Director of Business Development, Michele uses her 25 years of experience in sales and marketing to develop and implement strategies to market potential new members, to encourage member attendance at Chamber events, and promote businesses. Her 15 years of professional development includes training in international markets, IT support, and sales and marketing before working at Cox Media in Goleta handling advertising sales. Michele’s vast volunteer work led her to the Chamber Ambassador role in 2011 and won Goleta’s Finest ‘Volunteer of the Year’ award in 2014. In 2016 she officially joined the Chamber staff. Michele was born and raised in Santa Barbara and is an avid promoter of local businesses and events.
Laurie Barene – Membership & Visitor Center Ad Sales
Laurie Barene will assist with welcoming new members and sponsors to the Chamber. As Membership Coordinator, Laurie will utilize her background in business development, marketing, and non-profit experience to help Chamber members promote their businesses. Her 25 years of experience includes working in the financial industry, advertising, and most recently fundraising. Laurie has served in volunteer roles with numerous organizations including the Make-A-Wish Foundation, Police Activities League, Cox Cares Foundation, and the Goleta Lemon Festival. Laurie is a native of Santa Barbara, attended UC Santa Barbara, and is a proud supporter of her community.
Cheyanne Brooks – Tourism & Communications Manager
Cheyanne is a fourth-generation Santa Barbarian. After graduating from UCSB in 2014, Cheyanne took a position at the Chamber of the Santa Barbara Region as the Marketing and Events Coordinator. She recently joined the Santa Barbara South Coast Chamber of Commerce after working as the Santa Barbara Zoo’s Event Manager for the past four years.
Chelsea Weininger – Events Coordinator
Chelsea is a Sacramento native and a graduate of UCLA with a degree in Sociology. She comes from the staffing industry where she worked in operations and recruiting. With her recent background of business relations and a passion for event planning, she is excited to promote and celebrate the businesses of the Santa Barbara region, from Goleta to Carpinteria, at Chamber events.
Berlin Garcia – Communications Coordinator
Berlin Garcia is a native Carpinterian and has worked in the nonprofit community on the South Coast as an Administrative Assistant and a Communications Coordinator for the last four years. Prior experience includes serving as Carpinteria Liaison, assisting with membership, communications, web management, events, fundraisers, sales, and customer service. Berlin resides in Carpinteria with her husband and two children.
Ruairi Bateson – Visitor Center Manager & Carpinteria Liaison
Ruairi leads a team of enthusiastic staff and friendly volunteers at our two visitor centers, welcoming people from around the world to our beautiful Santa Barbara South Coast. Ruairi is a native Irishman, but for the last 14 years, he has been a local resident of Carpinteria. He has been managing retail stores in the non-profit and for-profit fields for over 20 years.
Dustin Hoiseth – Public Policy Manager
Dustin was born and raised in Santa Barbara County where his interest in energy and water policy drove him to begin studying at Santa Barbara City College. Soon after he transferred to the University of California, Santa Barbara where he graduated with a degree in Environmental Studies. Dustin is excited to work with the Chamber in serving his local communities in his role as the Public Policy Manager by analyzing public policies impacting our region that our critical to our business community and prioritizing policy interests against our business objectives in conjunction with the support of our Public Policy Committee and the President/CEO.