The Upper East Association is governed by a Board of Directors acting under the guidance of the organization’s bylaws.

The Board of Directors has adopted and follows a set of budget principles.

The Upper East Association annual meeting was held on Sunday afternoon November 10, 2019.

Our featured speaker was Santa Barbara historian Neal Graffy

The annual election for the Board of Directors will be held by email and mail-in ballot between December 4, 2019 and December 23, 2019.

New Board Members for 2020-2021 Board

The following individual was appointed to fill a vacancy for the 2020-21 two-year term

Barbara Harley.  Barbara settled in the Upper East in the Fall of 2018, after 30 years in Palo Alto.CA. Her career has focused on assisting universities and government agencies to develop entrepreneurial support programs (business incubators and science parks) for The World Bank in developing countries such as Tanzania, Kazakhstan, Romania, and Brazil, and government agencies in Japan, China, South Korea, and Southeast Asia. She is keenly interested in the growing entrepreneurial community in Santa Barbara, as well as many good-government issues. Her daughter and her family recently bought a home in the Eucalyptus Hills area.

The following individuals were elected for the 2020-21 two-year term

Greg Brown. Greg has lived in Santa Barbara since 1997, and has resided with his wife in the Upper East for the last 7 years. He earned his doctorate in Linguistics from UCSB and a Masters in Communication Disorders from CSU Northridge. He has worked for the Carpinteria School District for the last four years as a Speech-Language Pathologist. Before that, he taught a writing course in the ESL department at Santa Barbara City College and ESL adult education classes. He served as president and vice-president of the Santa Barbara Soaring Association for two years as well.  He is a current member of the Board.

Lisa Burns – Membership Coordinator.  Lisa Knox Burns is semi-retired after a 30-year career working as a land-use planner for Santa Barbara County and private environmental consulting firms preparing environmental impact reports. Her work has included preparing Santa Barbara County’s Housing Element, environmental impact reports for such projects as State Water importation to San Luis Obispo County and the Goleta Community Plan, and aesthetic guidelines for cell towers in rural areas. She and her husband, W. Scott Burns, have lived in Santa Barbara since 1977 and on Garden Street since 1994. Their son, Matthew, graduated from SBHS and is attending Vancouver Film School. Now working “on-call” with AMEC Earth & Environmental, Lisa spends her time volunteering at the Old Mission’s La Huerta garden on Wednesday mornings and taking SBCC Adult Ed classes.  She is a current member of the board.

Rod Hersberger – Co-President. Rod and his wife Susan purchased their home on E Los Olivos St in May 2014 and began living in it in August 2014 after renovations were completed.  Rod is a retired academic library administrator from the California State University and has been a Board member and secretary in a condominium association in Santa Barbara.  The Hersbergers enjoy cooking and travel, including visiting grandchildren in DC and staying at a family home on the Lynnhaven River in Virginia Beach.  Rod particularly likes maintaining and driving his cars.  Rod was appointed by the Board in March 2016 to fill the vacancy created by Saul Cooper’s departure from Santa Barbara.

Robert Mislang – Treasurer. Robert and his wife, Lara Secord Mislang both grew up in Santa Barbara and have lived in the Upper East for 14 years. They have 3 children (Miles 13, Danika 12 and Tate 4).   Robert is active in the community and has served on the board of directors for Santa Barbara Contractors Association, Phoenix of Santa Barbara aka Crescend Health, Roosevelt Elementary Educational Foundation (REEF) and the Santa Barbara Courthouse Legacy Foundation.  He is a current member of the board.


Meet the continuing members of the UEA Board 

Dan Fishbein, MD –  Website, electronic records. Dr. Dan Fishbein graduated from the University of California Santa Barbara in 1973 and received his Doctor of Medicine from the Medical College of Wisconsin in Milwaukee.  He trained in internal medicine (board certified) at the University of New Mexico School of Medicine.  Following his residency, he worked general internist for the Health Service Corps in Rincon (1980) and as a pediatrician at Khau I Dang Refugee camp on the Thai Cambodian Border (1980-1981).  He returned to the University of New Mexico in 1981 where he completed a fellowship in Infectious Diseases at the University of New Mexico.  Following his fellowship, he joined the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention where he worked as a “public health detective” until his retirement in 2010, when he moved back to Santa Barbara.  Dan & his wife Cynthie TinOo live on Anacapa Street. Retiring from the US Public Health Service/Centers for Disease Control & Prevention in 2010, he continues his research in public health and safety issues.

Steve Forsell – Co-President. Steve was the owner of a local real estate appraisal company for nearly 30 years. He has lived in Santa Barbara since 1968 and graduated from UCSB in 1972. He and his wife Mary have lived on the Upper East since 1985. He has been active locally in politics, educational institutions and government. He served 4 years on the Santa Barbara School Board and 7 years on the Santa Barbara Parks and Recreation Commission. In addition, he has served on several local boards and non-profit organizations.

Frank Paolino. Frank & his wife Allison live on Santa Barbara St. near Islay. They moved to SB in 2016 from Boston. They run a small software security company. They are very active in SB Newcomers club, where Allison is the current president.  They also began SBToDo, an online calendar of events in Santa Barbara.

Fred Sweeney. Fred and Jane Sweeney are 32-year residents of the neighborhood where they raised their two adult children, who now reside in Santa Barbara and Santa Cruz, California.  Fred is a semi-retired architect having been a partner for 34 years in one of Santa Barbara’s oldest architectural firms.  His last major project with the firm was as a designer of the new Santa Barbara Airport Terminal.  He has served on various boards of professional and other community organizations, including as president of the Cal Poly San Luis Obispo Alumni Association representing all 150,000 living alumni around the world.  He is the founding president of the Santa Barbara Architectural Foundation.  He is currently assisting on the Safe Passage project for the Los Olivos/Mission Canyon Road corridor.  Fred is also an avid watercolor scene painter with many of his paintings in private and public collections, including extensive representation of his work at the Santa Barbara Four Seasons Biltmore Hotel.  Fred currently serves on the Upper East Association Board and is the chair of the City of Santa Barbara’s Single Family Design Review Board.

Dr. Cynthie Tin-Oo, MBBS, MPH, MPA. Cynthie and her husband Dan Fishbein moved to Santa Barbara in 2009. Cynthie is a public-health physician humanitarian expert with a unique familiarity with Myanmar. She has over 25 years of experience mainly in international public health, most of it in Myanmar /Burma, where she has been a leader and provided technical assistance in education, health and development sectors for local, national and international organizations.  Her skills include organizational / program development, management, and operations (including financial, administrative and human resource management), cross-cultural communication, negotiation, team building, and leadership.  Cynthie has served on the Boards of a number of non-profit organizations in Myanmar and the United States. Currently, she is a board member of Partners Asia (Oakland),  and Harvard Club of Santa Barbara and Secretary of an Executive Committee of the Burmese Medical Association of North America.  Cynthie was appointed by the Board in November 2019 to fill the vacancy created by Jerry Jacob’s departure.