PRESS RELEASE / ANNOUNCEMENTS Thursday, September 25, 2014

Coastal Housing Partnership Elects Karen Chackel as Board President

Karen Chackel, First American Title County Manager,

Elected President of Coastal Housing Partnership Board of Directors

SANTA BARBARA, CA: September 24, 2014 – Coastal Housing Partnership is pleased to announce the election of Karen Chackel as Board of Directors President.
A native of Santa Barbara, Karen Chackel started her career with First American in 1979 when the company had only one office in the county with a staff of eighteen. From receptionist to Escrow Assistant to Customer Service and Sales Representative to Sales Manager, Karen now manages the five Santa Barbara County offices and maintains the #1 position in a very competitive market.
Active in the real estate industry and in the community, Karen has been honored as Affiliate of the Year by the Association of Realtors and the Home Builders’ Association and as Woman of the Year 2007 by the Santa Barbara Region Chamber of Commerce. She serves on the board of the UCSB Economic Forecast. Karen, her husband, Roger, and their two beautiful daughters reside in Goleta.

Other Coastal Housing Partnership Board members include: Clarice Clarke, Lee & Associates; Teri Gauthier, Union Bank; Renee Grubb, Village Properties; Chuck Haines, UCSB; Austin Lampson, OnQ Financial; Gavin Moores, Capital Pacific Development: Joshua Rabinowitz, Fell, Marking, Abkin, Montgomery, Granet & Raney; Patrice Ryan, Cottage Health System; and Beth Sparkes, The Towbes Group.
Coastal Housing Partnership Board President Karen Chackel looks forward to working with this dynamic group of Board members. “I am looking forward to building on the organization’s successes as we continue to expand our membership base and program services. I am proud to be part of this nonprofit organization that helps local employers with the challenges of attracting and retaining valued employees stemming from the cost of housing in our local region.”
Corby Gage, Coastal Housing Partnership Executive Director, said “We are fortunate to have Karen leading the Coastal Housing Partnership Board. Karen’s long-time history with the local community and her extensive knowledge of the real estate industry are indeed valuable in our mission of making home ownership more achievable for local employees. Her real estate background and leadership skills will be a major asset to the nonprofit Coastal Housing Partnership in our efforts to help reduce the housing costs of local employees through our home buying program, refinance program and rental assistance program.”

The Coastal Housing Partnership, a non-profit organization, was founded in 1987 by a group of South Coast employers to develop solutions to the challenges local employers face attracting and retaining valued employees in our region of high-cost housing. Our objective is to make homeownership more achievable for local employees. Coastal Housing Partnership provides home buying education, home buying savings, mortgage refinance savings and rental savings to employees of member companies. Over the past 27 years, Coastal Housing Partnership has helped over 10,000 local employees become homeowners.

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