Group: Staff

Shane Russell

Shane Russell Program Staff funarehffryy805@tznvy.pbz Shane was born and raised in Santa Barbara where he grew up a five minute walk from the ocean which sparked his love for the natural world. He started participating in WYP at a young age and has over ten years as a participant under his belt. During his experience …

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Gabriel “Gabe” Patino

Gabriel “Gabe” Patino (he/him/his/él) Program Staff / Personal del programa Gabe grew up in the Bay Area with his four brothers. His daredevil parents gave him a love for adventure and exploration. He was initially drawn to Santa Barbara on a visit to his older brother where he fell in love with the diverse …

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Lauren Winnewisser

Lauren Winnewisser

Lauren Winnewisser (she/her/ella) Co-Director of Development / Codirectora de Desarrollo Growing up and living near places like the sandy beaches of southern CA, the breathtaking mountains and valleys of Yosemite National Park, and the high altitudes and rainy seasons of Tepoztlán in central México, Lauren has always felt most at home within the wild spaces …

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Haidee Jimenez

Haide Jimenez (she/hers/ella) Program Staff / Personal del programa Haidee was born and raised in Santa Barbara; growing up in a first generation bilingual household she herself had few experiences in nature growing up. Seeking more than the materialistic things life has to offer she ventured into her spiritual self and found calm in …

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Morgan Judy

Morgan Judy (she/hers/ella) Program Staff / Personal del programa Morgan grew up chasing fireflies in the Georgia foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains and marshy coasts of Charleston, SC. Narrowly escaping a career in finance, Morgan has helped youth uncover their truest nature for many years. Her journey began as a hiking and backpacking …

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Chandler McLane

Chandler McLane (she/her/hers/ella) Donor Relations Manager Chandler grew up along the gulf coast of Florida exploring the white sandy beaches and crystal-clear waters of the Gulf of Mexico. After graduating from the University of West Florida in 2015, she spent several years working in the hospitality industry before finding her calling in the non-profit …

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Xochitl Pacheco

Xochitl Pacheco (she/her/hers/ella) Registrar and Administrative Assistant / Asistente administrativo y de registro Xochitl (pronounced so-chil) was born and raised in Santa Barbara and identifies as Mexica. Although her parents migrated, they taught her to strengthen her indigenous roots from Mexico and honor the land here. In high school, she volunteered with local nonprofits …

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Angelica Hernandez

Angelica Hernandez (she/her/hers/ella) REACH Program Manager / Director del programa REACH Angelica is a tenacious leader with deep passion for educational equity and social justice. She was born and raised in Santa Barbara, California. She is an advocate for first-generation college bound students. After graduating from Northeastern Illinois University, with her Masters in Educational …

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Ulises Rios

Ulises Rios

Ulises Rios (we/us/nosotros) Lead Program Staff / Personal lìder del programa Ulises brings years of experience working with young people to his work with WYP. He’s a Santa Barbara native. He grew up with the loving mentoring offered by the Santa Barbara United Boys and Girls Club and has been both volunteer and staff …

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Sonia Connors

Sonia Connors (she/her/hers/ella) Lead Program Staff + Senior Transportation, Risk Management and Expedition Manager / Personal líder del programa y Gerente senior de transporte, gestión de riesgos y expedición Sonia’s passion for the outdoors grows every day while spending time outside with kids. Although she spent her collegiate days and much of her career …

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