Coastal Fund Board of Directors and Staff 2018-19

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Board of Directors 2018-19

Jordan Gallagher Board Member, Chair
Maria McCausland Board Member, Vice Chair, Undergraduate Representative
Alana Ayasse Board Member, Graduate Representative
Juliette Verstaen Board Member, Graduate Representative
Angela Chu Board Member, Undergraduate Representative
Kate McLeod Board Member, Undergraduate Representative
Lauren Enright Board Member, Undergraduate Representative

Staff 2018-19

Sarah Siedschlag Advisor
An Nguyen Outreach and Education Coordinator
Jem Unger Hicks Outreach and Education Coordinator
Emily Orr Administrative Assistant
Rebecca Nishide Administrative Assistant

Jordan Gallagher

Jordan is a 4th year Ecology and Evolution major with a particular interest in marine ecology. Since getting SCUBA certified at age 14, he has become obsessed with marine ecosystems and is a scientific diver here at UCSB. Jordan intends on pursuing a graduate degree and later a career in conservation ecology. Out of the water you can find him napping with his cat, getting down at local concerts or climbing trees.


Alana Ayasse

Alana grew up in Oakland, CA where she spent her time running on the trails behind her house and learning the importance of the natural environment. Her interest in the environment lead her to get a B.A. in Geography from UCLA. Shortly after, Alana moved to Santa Barbara to pursue a PhD also in Geography. Her research focuses on using remote sensing and air quality data to characterize methane emissions in California. Alana can still be found running on trails behind her house, if she is not there then she is probably walking on the beach, surfing, or collecting fruit from around the neighborhood.


Maria McCausland

Maria is a third year Environmental Studies major with a particular passion for marine conservation and environmental justice. After living on a boat for a time and discovering the world of SCUBA, she decided that she never wanted to be out of earshot of the ocean. As a Seattle native she is happy to occasionally trade the sun for some good coffee and the beautiful pacific northwest scenery back home. On her spare time you can find her singing at open mic’s, roaming the beach, or trying to pet other people’s dogs.


Juliette Verstaen

Juliette grew up in the San Francisco Bay area, and moved to Santa Barbara to get her BS in Aquatic Biology at UCSB. After undergrad she worked for the Moorea Coral Reef LTER for 2 years helping researchers gather data on coral reef ecosystems. She is now a 2nd year master’s student at the Bren School of Environmental Science and Management. During her time off you can find Juliette hiking, diving, at the beach, or just taking a nap in a hammock.


Angela Chu

Angela is a fourth year Ecology and Evolution major who will always be in awe of the natural world. She wants to protect and conserve wildlife but also help herself and others foster healthy relationships with nature. Plants and birds are her two loves at the moment. When she isn’t studying, she’s sharing time with friends and family and striving to be a better person.


Kate McLeod

Kate McLeod is a second year student at UCSB pursuing her bachelor of sciences in environmental studies. She grew up in coastal Humboldt County, CA, next to Redwood National Park. She has been raised hiking in the local forest and exploring the cold NorCal beaches, and has loved finding a new home on the Santa Barbara coastline. She is a passionate lover of cooking and summer sunsets, and hopes to do her part to keep the Pacific beautiful in both of the places she is lucky enough to call home.


Lauren Enright

Lauren is a 4th year Environmental Studies and Geography double major. When she isn’t at the beach, she can be found volunteering for PISCO or interning for the UC Global Health Initiative. She recently returned from studying abroad in Rome, Italy, and hopes to pursue a career abroad after graduation.


Sarah Siedschlag

Sarah serves as the staff advisor for several groups within Associated Students that focus on sustainability and the environment, including Coastal Fund. She moved to Santa Barbara in 2009 to pursue a master’s degree at the UCSB Bren School of Environmental Science and Management, and liked it so much she never left. She enjoys gardening, cooking, and posting pictures of her cat on the internet.


An Nguyen

An Nguyen is a second year double majoring in Environmental Studies and History of Art and Architecture. Growing up in San Diego, she has always loved the beautiful California coast. As Outreach Coordinator, she hopes to promote conservation and awareness within the local community so that all can experience the ocean’s beauty now and in the future. An is also on UCSB’s women’s swimming team and serves as a Community Engagement Representative for the Museum of Contemporary Art, Santa Barbara. There is nothing else she would rather do than swim through the waves, watch sunsets, and hike.


Jem Unger Hicks

Jem is a third year Environmental Studies major at UCSB. Originally from Southern California, she has been hiking all her life and considers the California coast to be her backyard. Jem is also an intern for the Environmental Defense Center and Co-Chair of UCSB’s Environmental Affairs Board. She plans to pursue a career in environmental policy upon graduating and enjoys spending time outside whenever and wherever she can.


Rebecca Nishide

Rebecca Nishide is a first year chemistry major from the South Bay. Her childhood was spend on empty beaches and in redwood forests, giving her a passion for environmentalism that has stuck with her. She wants to be as active as she can to protect the earth that means so much to her, and get other people to care as much as she does. Rebecca enjoys drawing, skating, surfing, working out, and hoarding whiteboards at the library.

Emily Orr

Emily is a second year Environmental Studies major with an Art minor here at UCSB. She grew up in a small town in the Central Valley of California, which makes her appreciate every minute she gets to spend at the beach. Besides going to the beach, Emily enjoys staying busy by also working as a Desk Attendant in the Residence Halls, as well as reading outside and staying active by biking.