Citizens’ Bond Oversight Committee
Christie Cooney, chairParent/Guardian and PTA Representative
Christie Cooney is a second-generation Carpinterian and product of Carpinteria schools, having attended Canalino Elementary, Main School, Carpinteria Junior High and graduating from Carpinteria High School. Ms. Cooney earned a degree in Mass Communications from UC Berkeley and has more than 20 years of experience in the Marketing and Public Relations fields. She is currently an Implementation Manager for FreshRealm, a fresh food supply company in Ventura.
Ms. Cooney has three children in Carpinteria schools at all three levels — elementary, middle and high school. Her parents were both CUSD educators, and her husband is currently a teacher at Carpinteria High School. She is active in multiple school support groups and currently serves as Co-President of Parents for Canalino, Treasurer of Parents for Carpinteria Middle School and Secretary of both the Parents for Carpinteria High School and Carpinteria High School Booster Club boards.
Gary M. Blair, vice chairAt-Large Community Member
For nearly 35 years, Gary Blair served as the CEO of the Santa Barbara Superior Courts where he was responsible for overseeing 300 employees across 8 sites, managing an annual budget of $32 million and administering the construction of multi-million dollar building projects until his retirement in 2013. Recently, Mr. Blair was elected to a Trustee position of the Santa Barbara County Employees Retirement System which has the responsibility of overseeing $2.8 billion in investment funds.
Mr. Blair has two daughters that currently attend Carpinteria High School. He is an active member of the CHS Boosters Club and the CHS Site Council and served on the Measure U Site Committee for CHS.
Mr. Blair received his bachelor’s degree from the University of California, Santa Barbara where he graduated with honors and later received his master’s degree in public and social affairs. Mr. Blair’s fiscal expertise is extensive, and he is deeply committed to his role on the Measure U Citizens’ Bond Oversight Committee.
Wally BurquezAt-Large Community Member
Wally Burquez has lived in Carpinteria for all of his 58 years. He is currently a Fire Captain for the Carpinteria/Summerland Fire Department, and has been employed there for 37 years. He holds a State Certified Fire Officer Certificate and numerous other fire related certificates. Wally attended local schools in Carpinteria.
He currently holds the position of At Large Community Member for the CBOC. He has also previously been involved with two other CUSD committees, including Native American Image Committee and for a school principal selection committee. Wally has been a high school-level sports official with the Channel Coast Official’s Association for 34 years and currently holds the title of Board President. Wally has two sons; the younger currently attends Carpinteria High School. He has been married to his wife, Candi, for 19 years.
Denver ComptonAt-Large Community Member
Denver Compton came to the Santa Barbara area in 1981 as a captain in the U.S. Army to serve as an Assistant Professor of Military Science at UCSB (in Army ROTC), teaching military history. At the end of four years in that position, he chose to become an Army Reservist, subsequently teaching history for two years at Dos Pueblos High School and then serving initially as Director of Admissions and later as Dean of Admissions and Dean of Students at Villanova Preparatory School in Ojai. In 2001, he accepted a position as Managing Editor of Historical Abstracts with ABC-Clio in Goleta and retired in 2013.
From 1987 to 1997, Mr. Compton held a position as an Individual Mobilization Augmentee (]MA) in the Office of the Chief Army Reserve at the Pentagon, specifically as Chief Historian and later as a Congressional Action Coordination Officer, spending up to five months on active duty in a year, with the cooperation of Villanova Prep. He retired from the Army Reserve as a Lieutenant Colonel in1997.
Mr. Compton is also a veteran of the Vietnam War. During the First Gulf War (1991), he served in the Pentagon and edited/wrote the Army Reserve’s unclassified after action report for Desert Shield/Desert Storm after the conflict ended.
Denver and his wife have lived in Carpinteria for nearly 25 years.
Jennifer CotaBusiness Representative
Clyde FreemanSenior Citizen Group Representative
Clyde Freeman is a Senior Vice President with Montecito Bank & Trust as Manager of Construction and Community Development Lending and has been making commercial real estate and construction loans for more than 44 years. He is currently responsible for all of the company’s construction loans, affordable housing loans, and over a third of the commercial real estate loans, the largest segment of business in the bank’s portfolio.
Mr. Freeman holds a Certificate in Engineering Management for Construction from UCLA’s School of Engineering, a Master of Science in finance from California State University at Northridge and a Bachelor of Science in accounting from San Diego State University. Clyde is also a Vietnam Veteran. He served in the US Navy and was awarded with Meritorious Unit Commendation for service in the Mekong Delta.
Clyde enjoys volunteering, which is evidenced by his commitment to community service. He has been involved with Girls Inc. of Carpinteria for more than five years where he currently serves as President and is a key member of the Finance and Facilities Committees. He joined the Carpinteria Lions Club in 2008 and is the Club’s 2nd Vice President as well as being a Board member for their Building Association. As a resident of Carp for more than 30 years, his love and appreciation for the community also inspired him to become a member and volunteer of Carpinteria Beautiful where he is actively involved in the annual Home and Garden tour as the treasurer for this event.
Clyde and his wife, Diana, have three grown children (two live in Carpinteria) and six grandchildren who, at one time or another, have attended Carp schools. Currently, two of his grandchildren attend Canalino Elementary School and one graduated from Carpinteria High School.
Aaron LentTaxpayer Organization Representative
Aaron Lent serves on the Citizen’s Bond Oversight Committee as the Taxpayer Association Representative and believes that Measure U is vital for the future of Carpinteria schools. Aaron’s two children attend Carp schools. His daughter, Audrey, graduated from Carpinteria High School in 2013 and his son, Adam, currently attends Carpinteria Middle School.
Aaron enjoys spending his time volunteering for civic, community and youth-based organizations including Carpinteria Valley Little League, Boys and Girls Club, and the Carpinteria High School FFA program, which earned him a Merit Award from the Carpinteria Chamber of Commerce. Aaron is also very passionate about his work with the Paxton Patterson Program at the Juvenile Facility and received the Southern Region CAPIA award for his dedication.
Prior to relocating to Carpinteria, Aaron served in the United States Air Force for four years and graduated from CSU Northridge where he studied sociology and criminology.
Paul PettineAt-Large Community Member
Paul A. Pettine III is a well-respected family law attorney and Managing Partner of Wilson & Pettine, LLP. In addition to his caseload, Paul serves as a Santa Barbara Superior Court Settlement Master for Family Law and has also served as a pro tem settlement judge in the past.
He is an active member of the Santa Barbara County Bar Association where he held the position of Chairman of the Family Law Section for five years and was also a member of the Bench and Bar Alternative Dispute Resolution Committee.
Hailing from Boston originally, Paul has lived in Carpinteria for nearly 25 years. He is an ardent supporter of Carp schools and is the immediate Past President of the Carpinteria Education Foundation. Paul also volunteers his time at Carpinteria High School fundraising for Softball, working as a Mock Trial Coach and serving on the Site Council.
He and his wife, Janet, are proud parents of daughters Scarlett, CHS Class of 2015, and Caton who attends Carpinteria Middle School. When he’s not spending time with his family, Paul’s other interests include cycling, all Boston-based sports teams, and cooking.