Bonnie Colwell

Hillary Tentler

Reservation Specialist

Diane Duncan

Development Manager and Board Liaison

Benjamin Brown

Office Manager

Elizabeth Macias

Development Coordinator and Archives Assistant

Susan Boettner

Creative Director

Laura M. Bridley

Laura was appointed Planning Commissioner, 2nd District, Santa Barbara County, in April 2019, and in early 2020 was elected Chair of the Planning Commission. She is an experienced consultant working in land use and transportation planning as well as historic preservation and non-profit administration. Laura has worked as a Contract Planner for the City of […]

Mari Mitchel

Mari is a native Californian, born in Pasadena and raised in San Marino.  Immediately following graduation from Pitzer College, she lived and worked in Kenya, first as a volunteer then employed in non-profit relief and development work.  Upon returning to the United States, Mari was employed by the Presiding Bishop’s Fund for World Relief focusing […]

Merryl Brown

Merryl is the President and Creative Director of Merryl Brown Events based in Santa Barbara with a presence in Los Angeles and New York. She is a former international banker with American Express Bank and Bankers Trust in New York and held the position of Director of PR and Events at Saks Fifth Avenue Santa […]

Geoff Crane

A sixth-generation, Santa Barbara native and co-founder of Giffin & Crane General Contractors, LLC, Geoff has been involved with Lotusland since 1995 and served as Trustee from 2004 to 2011 and again from 2013 to 2019. During that time he served as Chair of the Facilities Committee and assisted in numerous projects or repairs around […]


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