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.
2016 Annual Meeting – 6 November 2016
Over 60 members of the Association enjoyed the opportunity to chat with other members over wine and munchies and learn about the Safe Passage project. UEA President Fred Sweeney conducted a short business meeting, followed by an informative talk by Ariel Colonne, our City Attorney.
The annual election for the Board of Directors was held by email and mail-in ballot between December 5, 2016 and December 24, 2016. Five positions on the Board of Directors were open for the 2017-18 two-year term. Ballots were received from 76 members of the Upper East Association, representing 26% of the membership eligible to vote. Since this exceeds the 15% quorum requirement, the election is complete.
The nominated slate, consisting of the following five individuals, was elected and will serve a two-year term for calendar years 2017-2018.
- Steve Forsell
- Steve Hinkley
- Joan Livingston
- Isaac Madarieta
- Fred Sweeney
Meet the 2017 UEA Board Officers
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.
Lisa Burns – Vice-President & 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.
Steve Forsell – Secretary
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.
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.
Steve Hinkley is the President/CEO of MOXI, a new science museum that will open on Lower State Street in early 2017. Prior to his arrival in Santa Barbara in March 2015 he served as the Vice President of Exhibits and Education with the Perot Museum of Nature and Science in Dallas, Texas. Steve and his wife Morgan have a 22-month-old son, Blake, and they feel fortunate to call the Upper East their home. When time allows, they travel and explore the California coast. Steve is also a professional landscape photographer who enjoys hiking, bicycling, and guitar.
Joan Livingston – Treasurer
Joan is a retired attorney who serves on the Santa Barbara Community College District Board of Trustees, an elected position she has held for over 19 years. A 35-year resident of Santa Barbara, she has been active in local politics for many years. Joan is a member of the Travel Century Club having visited her 100th country, Mauritius in the Indian Ocean, on a 42 day cruise last year. Gardening and travel/dining writing are hobbies now filling in her post-retirement free time. She has served as the UEA representative to the Allied Neighborhoods Association and has been active in city planning matters. She represents the interests of the UEA to Looking Good Santa Barbara, which coordinates the Adopt-A-Block graffiti abatement and neighborhood clean-up and recycling programs.
Isaac Madarieta is the Chief Operating Officer at Aqua-Flo Supply, a regional distributor of landscape and irrigation supplies. Starting as a journeyman electrician in Idaho, Isaac relocated to southern California to advance his career, holding leadership positions in electrical distribution and manufacturing. Isaac enjoys cycling, rock climbing and mountaineering and spending time with his 2-year-old twin daughters, Savannah and Emily. Isaac and his wife, Nita, moved to Olive Avenue in Santa Barbara in May of 2016.
Fred Sweeney – President
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 designer of the new Santa Barbara Airport Terminal.
Fred 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 as president and is the chair of the City of Santa Barbara’s Single Family Design Review Board.
Tim and his wife Martha have lived in the Upper East for 20 years. Tim is a 25-year partner with Starbucks Coffee Company as a Project Manager in Construction. The Townsends enjoy traveling, cooking and spending time with family, friends and their two Golden Retrievers in Santa Barbara or at their cabin in the Western Sierras. Tim is an avid runner and has a passion for classic cars. He was appointed to the Board in February 2017.