Women have played and continue to play critical economic, cultural, and social roles in every sphere of the life of the United States by constituting a significant portion of the labor force working inside and outside of the home.
We've come a long way and we are a powerful force in business, politics, and homes. We have demonstrated intelligence, skill, and determination to overcome obstacles and succeed. We have pushed for big changes and advancements and we are winning.
Right here in Goleta Old Town are women leaders making impacts in business, powerful contributions in charity, and caring for families. In recognition of International Women's Day March 8th, we are celebrating women in business for the entire month of March.
2019 Women In Business
ALE ORTEGA BOTELLO
VICE PRESIDENT RELATIONSHIP MANAGER
COMMUNITY WEST BANK
Ale Ortega Botello is the Vice President Relationship Manager at our Goleta Old Town Branch of Community West Bank. For over 32 years, she has worked in the banking industry. This past year Ale moved to Community West Bank. She feels like she is 'home'.
Ale's primary focus is small business, and she helps them with their banking needs. Her goal is to find solutions for businesses' financial issues. She sees herself as a "problem solver". Whatever your business financial needs are, Ale can make suggestions to help your business.
With her job now at Community West Bank in Goleta Old Town, she now sees neighbors and friends on a daily basis. Generous in nature, Ale gives of her time to various non-profits and has done so for the past couple of decades to help improve our community. Ale loves living and working in Goleta.
She and her husband have two sons. The older served in the Marines and now attends school in the Bay Area. The younger son attends Santa Barbara City College.
Ale has a very full life and Goleta Old Town is lucky to have her.
LABORATORY & TECHNICAL SERVICES MANAGER
GOLETA SANITARY DISTRICT
Lena Cox holds a very responsible position at the Goleta Sanitary District (GSD). As the GSD Laboratory and Technical Services Manager, she ensures that each and every single hour of every day the effluent (treated waste water) discharged into the Pacific Ocean meets or exceeds the many requirements in place by the State of California to protect marine life (sea mammals, fish, and kelp for example) and those who enjoy ocean sports like swimmers and surfers.
During the 5 years Lena has worked for GSD, she recently received a state award of excellence. She received her degree from Humboldt State University in Inter Disciplinarian Studies. Her love of lab work and protecting the environment led her to her field of work.
Lena is a native Californian, and now lives with her husband and young son in Lompoc.
Thank you, Lena, for helping to protect all of us and the environment. Goleta Sanitary District is lucky to have you.
e encourage you to support the following businesses below which are owned or managed by women or have women in leadership roles.
Alicia’s Skin Care
Barbara Tzur, Owner
Cal Coast Locksmith
Carbajal Cell Phone Accessories
Eli Carbajal, Owner
Community Action Commission
Community West Bank
Ale Ortega Botello
Vice President Relationship Manager
Phebe Mansur, Owner
Dr. Crystal, Owner
Del Valle Grill
Destined For Grace
Eleni Tziouvaras, Owner
Family Discount Center
Feed My Sheep
Trudee Thompson, Co-owner
Miraya Raya, Owner
Goleta Valley Community Center
Jo Merit, Assistant Manager
Goleta Valley Paint
Colleen Ozab, Co-owner
Lela Rousseau, Owner
Gerrma Bernardo, General Manager
Housing Authority County of Santa Barbara
Le’ Wanda Croft, Goleta Housing Manager
Kitson Landscape Management
Sarah Kitson, Owner
La Guerrerita Mexican Restaurant
La Hacienda Mexican Grill
Latitude 34 Technologies LLC
Hallie Avolio, Co-owner
Mary’s Beauty Supply
Master Clean Master Care
Jennifer Housh, Co-owner
Ocean Health Center
Old Town Coffee
Sylvia Flaatan, General Manager
Safety Engineering International
Suzi Bozzini, Owner
Santa Auto Accessories
Santa Barbara Cider Company
Santa Barbara Gift Baskets
Anne Pazier, Owner
Super 8 Motel
Renee Fletcher, Manager
Teresa Spaulding, Owner
Zermeno Dance Studio
Daniella Zermeno, Owner