Meet the staff of the SYCEO

Paul Swift - Administrative Specialist

 Paul Swift is the administrative powerhouse for our SYCEO Team.  He assists with both administrative and programmatic functions. He is a graduate of the University of Arizona where he received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Public Administration. He has nearly 30 years of public service experience working for both municipal government and non-profit/community development corporations.  In government, he directed the operations and activities of two separate City of Tucson Departments.  One of those regulated all land development and construction related activities within the City, and the other, developed partnerships with residents and directed City resources to neighborhoods.  He also served as the Director for a state-wide non-profit housing corporation in Arizona, Chicano’s Por La Raza. which advocated for and assisted Arizona residents avoid housing foreclosure.

Julie Colbert - Water Quality Specialist

Julie has been working in the Santa Ynez Chumash Environmental Office since June 2008. An enrolled member of the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe, Julie was born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area. As an undergraduate, she attended UC Santa Cruz where her research focused on uranium mining in the Black Hills of South Dakota and the associated health and environmental impacts on Lakota communities. After graduating with a B.A. in Environmental Studies, she worked for a consulting company performing groundwater monitoring and sampling where she developed a keen interest in water resources and pollution prevention. While in graduate school, Julie began working with the Tribe's water quality monitoring and pollution control programs. In 2009, she received her Master’s degree in Environmental Science & Management specializing in Water Resources from the Bren School at UC Santa Barbara. Since then she has led water resource management projects for the Tribe.

Julio Carrillo - Environmental Specialist & Landscape Manager 

Julio was hired as an Environmental Technician in May 2012 and moved up to an Environmental Specialist position in 2015.  Julio is involved in all aspects of the Environmental Office from landscaping, the Chumash BioFuel Program, Water Quality monitoring and the Community Energy Program. Julio has studied solar installation and is a. He is currently pursuing a degree in horticulture and is a certified Permaculture Designer. In his spare time you can find Julio on outdoor adventures with his wife Becky.

Teresa Romero - Environmental Specialist

Teresa Romero is the new Environmental Specialist for the Santa Ynez Chumash Environmental Office (SYCEO), Teresa most recently comes from her position as Tribal Administrator working with the Kashia Band of Pomo Indians, Teresa has also worked in Michigan for the Little River Band of Ottawa Indians as Biological Services Administrator. In her time with the Kashia Band of Pomo Indians, Teresa assisted in the acquisition of additional tribal lands including the Kashia Coastal Reserve, and oversaw all Tribal Government programs. While working with the Little River Band of Ottawa Indians Teresa assisted in development of hunting, fishing and gathering regulations and an N’me (lake sturgeon) rehabilitation project. Prior to her years working in Tribal Government, Teresa worked in non-profit administration, working for the San Francisco Symphony for over 15 years in Administrative Services. Teresa is active in local Chumash community events as a Coastal Band of Chumash tribal member.

Kelly Sträter-Gilroy - Environmental Technician

Kelly joined SYCEO in February 2016.  Although born in South Carolina, she has spent most of her adult life in the West.  Kelly is a tribal member of the state recognized tribe of Sumter Cheraw Indians (SC), and loves to spend her time outside camping, hiking, and sustainably gardening with her family.  While she was a certified massage therapist for 9 years, she fell in love with environmental science, completed a Permaculture certification, horticulture, soil science, and restoration courses at SBCC, and has moved on to her B.A. in Environmental Studies.

Clint Unzueta - Environmental Technician

Clint was born and raised on the Santa Ynez Reservation and is proud to be working and surrounded by friends and family while working hard to provide a sustainable landscape for the future. While he has already finished his study in Fire Science and Wild land Fire; every Tuesday, Clint assists in tending the fire and leading sweat lodge events, helps to build and maintain sustainable landscape, and continues to be a smiling face of encouragement to everyone he sees.  In July 2016, Clint attended a certification program in Tucson, Arizona for a month.  He returned after successfully completing the Water Resources Technician Training Program at the University of Arizona, sponsored by the Department of Hydrology and Atmospheric Sciences.  Clint continues to shine and is a welcomed addition to SYCEO.