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. To contact Julie, email jrandall@santaynezchumash.org.

Julio Carrillo 

Environmental Specialist

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. To contact Julio, email him at jcarrillo@santaynezchumash.org.

Keri Dodson

Administrative Assistant

Keri Dodson is the Administrative Assistant for the SYCEO Team. She assists with both administrative and programmatic functions. Keri has worked for the Tribe since 2005, spending 8 years working on the front lines at the Chumash Casino Resort and the past 6 with the Tribal Government Office as an administrative professional. In her spare time you can find Keri spending time with her daughter Kenzie and enjoying the beautiful Santa Ynez Valley. To contact Keri, email kdodson@sybmi.org.

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.  Her email is:  tromero@santaynezchumash.org.

Dave Ezell

Environmental Technician

Diego Cordero

Environmental Technician