Who We Are

Board of Directors

Michael Benedict

Michael has been involved in ranching and land use issues in SB County for over 50 years. He was a pioneer in developing vineyards and producing wines in the Santa Ynez Valley. He is a former 4th district SB County Planning Commissioner, a botanist, and an agricultural management advisor.

Doug Campbell

Doug has served on the CRC Board off and on since 2007 and has been actively involved in working with the Hollister Ranch Co-op to achieve a more sustainable operation and developing the market for grass-fed beef. Doug has been a property owner on the Gaviota Coast for more than 35 years and currently runs a small environmental consulting business.

Mark Chaconas

Mark works for the Cojo-Jalama Ranches. His responsibilities include managing the Ranch’s operations and representing the owners throughout Santa Barbara County. Mark is a 24-year resident of the community and over this time period he has worked closely with local, state and federal agencies.

John Deily

John is the founder of Deily Law Firm APLC, and has a busy law practice specializing in trust and estate litigation, administration, and planning. John has owned property on the Gaviota Coast since the late 1970’s and is very interested in environmental and conservation issues.

David Hill

Dave has been a property owner on the Gaviota Coast since 1986. He has served on various Hollister Ranch committees, including past president of the Hollister Ranch Conservancy, and the Rangeland and Watershed Committee. He has been a board member of the CRC since 2004. He has degrees in biology, ocean technology, and medicine. He retired in 2007 from practicing Podiatric Medicine with Sansum Clinic.

Kim Kimbell

Kim has long been an advocate for the Gaviota Coast, most recently as chair of the GAVPAC. As a past member of the Dean’s Counsel at the Bren School, UCSB, a member of the Board of Directors of the CEC since 1992, former Chairman of the Gaviota Study Group, and Chair of the Hollister Ranch Conservancy for many years, Kim is deeply involved in a wide range of conservation efforts focusing on the Gaviota Coast. Kim is a founding partner in the law firm of Allen and Kimbell.

Andy Mills

Andy wears a lot of different hats on the Gaviota Coast. He acts as the California Rangeland Trust’s Stewardship Director, helping ranchers throughout the state with conservation issues. Andy has been a Trustee for the Santa Barbara Land Trust and he is a long time director of the Santa Barbara County Cattlemen's Association. He is also currently the External Affairs Director for the Hollister Ranch Owners Association, a role in which he is responsible for all Hollister Ranch public and governmental relations.

Adam Rhodes

As a long time property owner on the Gaviota Coast, Adam has been involved in the Hollister Ranch Cooperative as a Board member, served on the Hollister Ranch Owners Association Board, and is an avid horseman and papaya grower, Adam has been willing to step into leadership positions when others hesitated.