President – Joe D.

Our President oversees the general operations of the club and acts as a liaison to the larger community, as well as provide leadership to our Core Group.  This is an elected position.

About Joe: I am a central coast native, born and raised. Have always loved the outdoors and camping, so finding a group like Great Outdoors was a wonderful thing for me. I have found that Great Outdoors gives me a chance to not only enjoy the many beautiful places we have here in California, but to make many new friends with some similar interests who just happen to be gay also. I love our motto, because it makes so much sense, this organization gives all the opportunity to truly get ‘out of the bars and under the stars.’ Hope to see you all at an event soon!

Treasurer – Brad H.

Our Treasurer manages and organizes our groups finances.  He issues checks, makes camp reservations, and handles membership dues.  When not balancing the checkbook, he helps out where he can. Treasurer is an elected position.


Day Hike Coordinator, Corporate Board Rep, Vice President of Outings – Thomas L.

Our Day Hike Coordinator organizes and schedules monthly day hikes, trips, outings and other social events generally include Santa Barbara and Ventura Counties.  It is an appointed position.

Our Corporate Board Rep represents our Chapter at our Quarterly Great Outdoors Corporate meetings.  They represent our chapter’s views on policies, vote, and share ideas that help all our Chapters.  They also bring information about our group back to our chapter.  Corporate Board Reps are appointed positions.

Our Vice President of Outings schedules and make arrangements for our various outings and coordinates our calendar with the other chapters of Great Outdoors.  They help coordinate other members of the Core Group.  This is an elected position.

About Thomas: I grew up on a ranch near Colorado Springs, Colorado and moved to Santa Barbara in 1971 to attend Brooks Institute of Photography.  Since 1989 I have been teaching art history at Santa Barbara City College.  I am eternally grateful for living in this region with its easy access to a huge variety and number of interesting and beautiful trails that provide rewarding hiking experiences.  In addition to the outdoors I enjoy great indoor activities such as museums, theatre, reading and making art.

Secretary – Nikki A.

Our Secretary records our monthly meetings and distributes the minutes to corporate and our core Group.  It is an appointed position.

About Nikki: Bio coming soon.


Webmaster – Chris F.

Our Webmaster is responsible for our chapter’s web site, email newsblasts, and coordinating with other webmasters in Great Outdoors. It is an appointed position.

About Chris: I moved to Southern California, from Illinois, in the summer of 2003. Soon after that, I discovered the Great Outdoors. The best thing about Great Outdoors is the fun people I meet while going on trips, most of these guys are my best friends. Volunteering for this camping group is one of the most fulfilling things I’ve ever done.  My favorite outside activities are skiing/snow boarding, ocean kayaking, road biking, and photography. I have other hobbies such as knitting, gardening, and vegan cooking.

Membership Coordinator – Bruce D.

Our Membership Coordinator organizes and keeps our member registry current, sends reminders to members who need to renew, updates our phone list.  It is an appointed position.

About Bruce: As a second generation native Californian, I grew up and went to school in Southern California.  In 2009, I retired and moved to Santa Barbara area (Carpinteria) after living in Santa Maria for 30 years.  I am full of gratitude for finding this “paradise on earth”, not only the beauty of nature which surrounds us, but the wonderful people that dwell here. I appreciate the Great Outdoors for being an organization where you can meet and make friends, especially when you travel or hike together.


Special Events Coordinator – Howard L.

The Special Events Coordinator organizes monthly potlucks and other social events.  Our potlucks cover the entire Central Coast area, including Santa Barbara and Ventura Counties.  This is a very important social position within our group.  It is an appointed position.

About Howard: Bio coming soon.

Outreach Coordinator – Sean D.

Our Outreach Coordinator seeks guest speakers, organizes events and reaches out to other groups.  They also supply our kiosks at bars, resource centers and other locations in our area.  It is an appointed position.

About Sean: Born in Brooklyn, N.Y., and raised in Cape Canaveral/Cocoa Beach, Fl. I love the So. Cal,- Central Coast area and I am blessed to live in Santa Barbara, one of the most beautiful regions in our country. It is an honor to be a part of the Great Outdoors organization and to work side by side with a group of amazing men who give unselfishly of themselves to help make our chapter the fun, productive, supportive and active group that it is. We do this for you, so please come enjoy the fun…



Member-at-Large – Brian M.

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