Feb 25, 2020 at 02:30 AM

2020 Board of Directors

By Troy Harris

The Montecito Emergency Response & Recovery Action Group, (MERRAG; pronounced “mirage”) elected their new president and board members in December at their annual meeting, which took place at the Four Seasons Resort Biltmore in Santa Barbara. Here are your board officers and members for the coming year.
President: Troy Harris (PP)
1st Vice President: Keith Yeager
2nd Vice President: Vicky Harbison (PP)
Treasurer: Tom Schleck
Secretary: Sue Ziliotto (PP)
At Large: David Boyd
At Large: Sandy Lin
At Large: Phyllis Marble (PP)
At Large: Sandie Owens
At Large: Warner Owens (PP)
At Large: Bill Vollero
At Large: John Ziliotto
(PP) = Past President
New members and officers were sworn in by Chief Kevin Taylor of Montecito Fire Protection District, who also presented the Volunteer of the Year award to Sue Ziliotto. The newly elected Board looks forward to another year of service. 


The Montecito Emergency Response & Recovery Action Group (MERRAG) is an official volunteer auxiliary of Montecito's three public service agencies. MERRAG provides crucial personnel and communications support during community emergencies as well as training for community members in recovery and response. Members play a critical role in helping to keep the public informed, whether with kiosks and maps during the Thomas Fire and subsequent debris flow, or in warning hikers heading up the trails of Montecito during peak heat and fire watch weather. MERRAG provided public information and was set up on the South Village lawn. Armed with bulletin boards, maps and handouts, MERRAG staffed the site until the area evacuations took place. They provided updated fire information as the fire approached, and vital pre-evacuation preparedness information. As the fire neared Montecito, MERRAG helped staff the public stations with incident public information officers.

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