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 matt fore

Matt Fore

Environmental Services Manager

Programs/Sectors: Conversion Technology, Department Liason, Budget, Strategic Planning
Email: mfore[at]

Matt Fore has managed the Environmental Services Division since January of 2011, where he leads the team, keeps the media well-informed, and oversees strategic planning, contract management, and long-term solutions for solid waste. Before joining the City, Matt supervised the Solid Waste and Recycling Programs for Monterey County from 2006-2010. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Environmental Studies from UCSB, a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from San Jose State University, and is a Registered Environmental Health Specialist in the State of California.

In his free time, Matt loads his twin boys into a backpack to explore a new trail.

 Karen Gumtow

Karen Gumtow

Environmental Specialist

Karen has worked in turns as a commercial recycling specialist, outreach coordinator, and analyst at Environmental Services since 2003. Responsible for data analysis, trash/recycling rates, and development review, Karen also directs the Education and Outreach Specialists, Commercial Recycling Specialists, and Code Enforcement Officer. Previously, she managed the recycling program at Marine Corps Base Hawaii, after working for the Environmental Service Center at Naval Base Ventura County. She earned a BS in Environmental Engineering from Humboldt State University and joined the Peace Corps as a Fisheries Specialist.

When not creating mathematical models on her computer, she is typically biking, backpacking, or kayaking.

Lorraine Cruz-Carpenter

Lorraine Cruz-Carpenter

Looking Good Santa Barbara

After 14 years at the City, Lorraine currently has two roles. As Environmental Specialist II, she oversees recycling in city facilities, zero-waste events, and illegal dumping and single-use bag issues. As Executive Coordinator for Looking Good Santa Barbara, Lorraine administers the Adopt-A-Block program, Spirit of Service Awards, and neighborhood clean-ups with over 6,000 volunteers to date. Previously, she permitted 125 annual events as Special Events Coordinator for the Parks and Recreation Department, and served on the 2002 Olympic Torch Run Committee.

Lorraine holds a Bachelors degree in Sociology from UCSB, has two small children, and loves golfing and spa visits.


Seth Nickinson

Public Outreach Coordinator

Seth's role is to help the public understand how to fully utilize the modern set of solid waste services provided by the City. In his messaging and advertising he strives to make trash & recycling interesting. Seth joined the Division in 2013, and brings a wealth of experience in marketing and communications for sustainability. Prior roles include working with Fortune 500 companies at cutting-edge agency Saatchi S, and helping launch Jamie Oliver's Food Revolution, as well as varied freelance branding, research, and advocacy projects. A graduate of Harvard University, he is fluent in Spanish as a result of his Peace Corps Service.

Seth is recently married, plays soccer, and dreams of opening a restaurant.

sue sadler

Sue Sadler

Code Enforcement

Sue has been with the City since 2004 as part-time Code Enforcement Officer, implementing the "Garbage and Refuse Collection and Disposal" ordinance of Santa Barbara's Municipal Code. This entails health and safety concerns such as overflowing trash containers caused by inadequate pickup service, illegal dumping, rodent abatement, and educating residents and property owners about compliance. She also runs the City's bi-annual E-waste Community Collection and Recycling event. A 30-year local resident, Sue earned her BA in Kinesiology from Westmont College and is a licensed massage therapist.

She loves tropical scuba diving and paddles for a local outrigger canoe club.


Eric Lohela

Environmental Services Specialist

Since 2006, Eric has helped businesses and students conserve resources and reduce expenses, as staff lead for the Business Recycling and Foodscraps Composting programs, Green Business certification coordinator, Santa Barbara Unified School Districts recycling coordinator, and analyst for the Tajiguas Conversion Technology (Resource Recovery) project. Previously, he consulted with Carpinteria's SEW Consultants in AB 939 program management, riparian restoration, conversion technologies, and strategic planning for the public and private sectors. Eric serves on three non-profit boards, is a frequent speaker, and a frequent flyer who has visited four continents.

Fluent in Spanish, he studied Ethics and Public Policy at UCSB.


Hillary Allen

Administrative Specialist

This "Jill of all trades" can do anything from customer service to dumpster diving! Born and raised in Santa Barbara, she earned a BA in Art History from UCSB, including time in Florence, Italy. Before embarking on a trip around the world, Hillary managed several local, high-end stores, a law office, and a spa/salon. Home again, she settled in at the City of Santa Barbara Administrator's Office until transferring to Environmental Services. She enjoys working for our beautiful town, educating people about diversion, and having outdoor adventures with her family.

Hillary is a die-hard bicycle commuter - watch out for that Union Jack helmet!


Dustin Merback

Recycling Specialist

Dustin helps businesses manage their waste services and increase recycling diversion; he also conducts the waste audit portion of the City's Green Business Certification. For businesses wanting to establish or expand their recycling and foodscraps programs, he presents trainings, recommends service changes, and sells and delivers the blue and yellow bins. Dustin has experience working in water and land conservation and earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Environmental Science & Policy from CSU Long Beach. He is currently finishing his Master of Environmental Science & Management at UCSB’s Bren School. His thesis is a Life Cycle Assessment of food products and using regional sourcing decisions to reduce carbon and water footprints for large companies.

Dustin spends his free time hiking, camping, and cooking.             

emily terrill

Emily Terrill

Recycling Specialist

Emily helps businesses manage their waste services and increase diversion away from the landfill. She conducts the waste audit portion of the City's Green Business Certification, as well as presents trainings and recommends service changes for businesses wanting to establish or expand their recycling and foodscraps programs. Emily holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Global Studies from UCSB, with a minor in Women, Culture and Development. She has spent three years volunteering and traveling in Latin America and currently serves our Spanish-speaking community.

Emily grew up in the hills of Humboldt Country surrounded by chickens and gardens, and enjoys spending her time in the mountains, hiking, and practicing yoga.

Last Updated: Mar 19, 2014