Raiza Giorgi – Owner | Publisher
Raiza has lived in the Santa Ynez Valley since she was 3 years old and 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 Ynez Valley 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!
Aimee Reinhart Avery – Pagination/Layout
Aimee is pagination extraordinare! She studied graphic design at University of Southern California and has decades of experience in the newspaper industry having worked for Santa Maria Times before coming on board with the SYV Star! Her husband Steve is in the Army and they love traveling around the world together. She loves all things Starbucks, Snoopy and Pride & Prejudice.
Dave Bemis – Copy Editor
Dave Bemis studied Journalism at the University of Oregon and has had a long amazing career working for many local papers from the Santa Barbara News Press, Santa Maria Times, South Coast Beacon and SYV Star! He loves to travel with his wife Casey and visit their family all around the country from Pennsylvania to California! He loves reading the news, and the funny pages especially Far Side.
Amberly Lahr – Office Coordinator
Amberly Lahr is a relative newcomer to the Santa Ynez Valley, but is married to a longtime Santa Ynez Valley resident Daniel Lahr. She completed her degree in Interior Architecture and Design through the Academy of Art University San Francisco’s online program. It gave her the ability to intern and work at both the Walt Disney World Resort in Florida as well as the Disneyland Resort in California. Through her time working for the Walt Disney Company, she discovered a passion for working with families to create experiences unique to themselves.She uses those skills to support the Santa Ynez Valley Star and the Santa Barbara Family Life Magazine in hopes that theses resources will provide both information and opportunities for families and individuals living within our community.