Coastal Fund Board of Directors and Staff 2019-20
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Board of Directors 2019-20
|Jeremy Francoeur||Board Member, Chair|
|Mike Martin||Board Member, Vice Chair|
|Mykala Listorti||Board Member, Undergraduate Representative|
|Ethan Estrada||Board Member, Undergraduate Representative|
|Rylee (Kiya) Pupa||Board Member, Undergraduate Representative|
|Phoebe Racine||Board Member, Graduate Representative|
|Laura Ingulsrud||Board Member, Graduate Representative|
|Anushna Patel||Outreach and Education Coordinator|
|Katherine Fukuda||Outreach and Education Coordinator|
|Carissa Stewart||Administrative Assistant|
Jeremy is a fourth year undergraduate pursuing a B.S. in Physics and plans to take a fifth year to double in Earth Science at UCSB. Growing up in Newport Beach allowed him to nurture a dependency on (some might say downright addiction to) the ocean, and when he’s not in the water he’s probably running or reading on the sand. He is currently doing research on volcanic shock waves with Professor Robin Matoza and intends to translate his understanding of natural phenomena to the technological realm, specifically to renewable energy. In his free time, he enjoys painting, writing, and slapping the bass so as to express himself to his fullest potential – or maybe just to take his mind off of midterms.
Mike is a fourth year Biology major here at UCSB. Having grown up in Monterey, he prefers to spend his free time exploring nature, both free diving and backpacking along the Big Sur coastline. However, here at school, he can typically be found studying at the library. Mike just returned from studying Irish history in Dublin last semester and upon graduating, plans to go to Medical School.
Ethan is a second year undergraduate student pursuing a double major in Environmental Studies and Geography. He is a first-gen college student, and was born and raised in Bakersfield, California. Moving to the coast for school has been a blast, and he is loving every minute he spends in Goleta. You can find him working at NCOS as a CCBER restoration worker.
Rylee (Kiya) Pupa
Rylee is a first year majoring in Environmental Studies and is looking into to completing a double major in economics or statistics. In the future she wants to pursue a career in environmental law and policy. Growing up exploring the mountains surrounding the little valley of Ojai, her love for the outdoors has grown her a deep passion for protecting the environment. She is currently interning at the Gaviota Coast conservancy and hopes to engage in a wide variety of local environmental work in her time at UCSB. In her free time she enjoys hiking, reading, spending time at the beach, and snowboarding.
Mykala is a first year pursuing aquatic biology at UCSB. She loves to explore and travel the world, so she wants to preserve the Earth in any way that she can. She has a particular passion for protecting the ocean, and she feels lucky to call the seaside UCSB community her home!
It turns out that people care more about the environment if you can put it in the context of what’s on their plate. Learning this in her freshmen year of college, Phoebe decided to dedicate her life to advancing food systems, specifically aquatic. Now a third year PhD student at The Bren School, she spends most days thinking about large-scale marine aquaculture. After Zoom calls, you can find Phoebe making bad puns, working on an abalone chandelier, thinking about food, making food or eating food.
Laura has lived in Santa Barbara for the past 10 years, but grew up in Sacramento and Tokyo. She moved here to get an Environmental Studies degree at UCSB, quickly fell in love with the central coast, and stayed to work as a sailing instructor and environmental consultant before going back to grad school. She is now a 2nd year masters student at the Bren School of Environmental Science & Management with plant to pursue a career in marine conservation. Laura spends her free time playing in the ocean, obsessing over whales, and enjoying good food with friends.
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.
Anushna Patel is currently an undergraduate Aquatic Biology major and English minor at UCSB. She grew up in San Jose and loves the Bay Area for its variety of coastal hiking trails. As much as she loves everything marine related, she has an equal passion for literature. Particularly, she loves poetry concerning nature, seeing as she can often be found going on adventures with her dog, Buddy. Anushna hopes to combine her love for both science and writing to pursue a career in science journalism and bring awareness about the environment to the general public.
Katherine Fukuda is a fourth year Film and Media Studies major, and an Asian American Studies minor. As a southern California native, she enjoys paddle boarding, hiking, and working out. With her position as Outreach Coordinator, she hopes to help conserve the beautiful coastline she has grown to love and enjoy.
Carissa is a first year at UCSB and is pursuing a bachelor of arts in communication and planning to double major in Theater. She has always loved the ocean, but really got interested in preserving the environment and our coast after taking an Advanced Placement class in environmental science. She is so happy to be able to do her part even as a non-stem student and feels so lucky to be living in beautiful Santa Barbara.