The five members of ILRC's Board of Director represents California's diverse disability and ethnic populations. They volunteer their time and work together to govern through oversight, policy and procedure so that ILRC staff can do their best to serve people with disabilities living in the tri-counties region.
Board of Directors
(Roll over each board member's photo to read their bio.)
Elizabeth Sorgman President
Elizabeth Sorgman is a native Santa Barbaran and a graduate of Santa Barbara High School. She is a local architect that graduated from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo and has worked both for the County of Santa Barbara & the City of Santa Barbara Building Departments. She is currently responsible for reviewing plans for permit issuance and is also one of the City's California Access Specialists. She assists other City Departments with review of their construction documents to assure compliance with Americans with Disabilities Act and California Building Code requirements. Elizabeth and her husband Ken raised their three children in Santa Barbara and they all attended local public schools. They continue to be active with their extended family and were a foster family for the Little Dog House - that is how they came to adopt "Lucy the terrier".
Jim Marston Vice President
After losing much of his central vision, Jim Marston attended UCSB in 1994 to pursue an advanced degree to study what kinds of technology could be used to expand the activity space and independence of people with various disabilities. He has more than 20 years in academic research and published many papers and presentation on disability, as a Postdoctoral Researcher, Assistant Researcher, and Assistant Project Scientist, Department of Geography, University of California, Santa Barbara. He also was a Research Scientist, VA Rehab R&D Center of Visual and Neurocognitive Rehabilitation, Affiliate, Center for Assistive Technology and Environmental Access (CATEA), and Adjunct Assistant Professor, College of Architecture, School of City and Regional Planning, Georgia Institute o f Technology in Atlanta GA. He also serves on the board of Jodi House Brain Injury Support Center. He is currently the President of the City of Santa Barbara’s Access Advisory Committee, which reviews projects and policy for City staff.
Eric Rowan Treasurer
Eric Rowan practiced worker disability law for over 10 years. Subsequently, he earned his Masters degree in Psychology. Eric Rowan has worked in the fields of mental health and addiction for 10 years. He is currently the Director of the Dual Diagnosis Program at the Hotel de Riviera.
Gordon Guy Secretary
Gordon Guy is currently the Executive Director at Santa Barbara New House. He is a member of the "Fighting Back" Criminal Justice Task Force and served three years as the Vice President of the Board of Directors at the Alano Club of Santa Barbara from 2011 to 2013. He was formerly a founding partner with The Elephant Bar Restaurants and was with the company for 28 years with a total of 40 years in the restaurant industry.
Kit McMillion Member at Large
Kit has an MA in Counseling and has spent the last 25 years working in the Mental Health field. She has experience throughout the state working with at risk individuals of all ages. Since returning to Santa Barbara, Kit has worked in various capacities such as Senior Living Facilities, Adult Drug Alcohol Mental Health, the Mental Wellness Center, and a Public Health Facility. She has also been involved with committees with Santa Barbara County Behavioral Wellness. Kit volunteers for the Alzhemer’s Association and has been a board member and friend to ILRC for many years.
Nick Koonce Member at Large
Nick Koonce is the Web Systems Manager at Yardi Systems, where he has been employed for over 18 years. He is Co-Chair of the City of Santa Barbara's Access Advisory Committee and has been appointed to the eligibility list for the Santa Barbara Building and Fire Safety Code Board of Appeals, where he advocates for the disabled members of our community. He is a lifetime member of the Little People of America and has served as their Information Technology Chair. He was born and raised in Santa Barbara, where he is a homeowner, husband, father, foster parent and pet rescue advocate. Nick also has Diastrophic Dysplasia, an autosomal recessive genetic disorder of cartilage and bone development. His mother, Marian N. Koonce, was appointed to the National Disability Council, by then President Regan, where she helped to draft the legislation that we now know as the American's With Disabilities Act.