Raiza Giorgi – Owner | Publisher
Raiza knew from a young age she wanted to be a writer. After her beloved family dog Taxi passed away she wrote a story and had it published in the local paper and sparked her interest in Journalism. She graduated from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo with her degree and started writing for the Santa Ynez Valley News. Since marrying her best friend Toby Giorgi in 2011, she switched to freelance writing and photography to stay home with their two children Reagan and Sloane.
Her passion for the Santa Barbara area and writing never faltered and Raiza decided to create her own paper to highlight the wonderful communities and people that make this place the perfect place to live. She is shooting for the stars!
Shana DeLeon – Ad Sales Director
Shana DeLeon has called Santa Ynez Valley “home” for all but the first 2 years of her life. After graduating from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo with a degree in Agricultural Business, she married her high school sweetheart John, in 2003. While marketing and outreach is her vocation, her lifelong avocation as a committed volunteer for local causes that impact community never wavered. The focus of her volunteer efforts changed to children and families upon the birth of her children, Logan and Megan. She currently volunteers time to coordinate the Solvang School After-school Academy. Shana has a great passion for the Santa Ynez Valley and helping others. She is delighted to be part of Publisher Raiza Giorgi’s vision to share the wonderful communities and people that create the shining star we proudly call the Santa Ynez Valley!
Vicki recently returned to Santa Barbara after spending several years in Portland, OR. Sunshine and family called her back to beautiful home base. She grew up in the Santa Ynez Valley and lived in SB so she knows the area well.
Her work experience includes 15 years in Corporate Sales selling custom print solutions and close to 15 years in Real Estate. She’s excited to join Santa Barbara Family & Life Magazine as their Advertising Sales Representative and to help her clients grow their businesses through quality advertising and increased exposure. She enjoys building long term business relationships and prides herself on her communication and follow-up skills.
On a personal level, she loves gardening,reading, cooking, walking, road-trips and traveling! And most of all, spending time with her family!