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Matt Fore

Environmental Services Manager

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 15 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.


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Emily Terrill

Environmental Specialist

Emily joined the Division in January 2014. She currently leads the business outreach team to establish and improve recycling programs throughout the City. She has made great strides to expand the Foodscraps Compost Program, and works closely with our city hauler, the School District, and other local organizations dedicated to keeping valuable material out of the landfill. Emily is bilingual, and 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 travelling in Latin America and currently serves our Spanish-speaking community.

Emily grew up in the hills of Humboldt County surrounded by chickens and redwood trees. She enjoys spending her time in mountains, backpacking, and gardening.


Seth Nickinson

Public Outreach Coordinator

Seth's role is to help the public understand how to fully utilize the modern 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 in Bolivia.

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

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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.



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 Coordinator

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 indoor 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 recently earned his Master of Environmental Science & Management at UCSB’s Bren School. His thesis was a Life Cycle Assessment of food products and how to use regional sourcing decisions to reduce carbon and water footprints for large companies.

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

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Daniel Rowell

Recycling Coordinator

Daniel is a Santa Barbara local who joined the division in August of 2015 after graduating from UC Santa Barbara's Environmental Studies program. Daniel aims to implement, develop, and monitor modern waste management programs. He works closely with businesses and multi-unit residential customers to establish new services or enhance their existing recycling and foodscraps diversion programs. During his time at UC Santa Barbara, Daniel worked for City Trash & Recycling as a volunteer intern over two years, completing several noteworthy projects including the production of a foodscraps collection recruitment commercial and the implementation of our customer relations management platform, Salesforce.

Daniel has played soccer his whole life, and spent time playing for the UCSB Men’s Club Soccer team. He also loves to travel, alpine ski, and surf.

Last Updated: Sep 21, 2015