Meet the Team

Elly Iverson
Elly Iverson

Project Manager

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Ellyette “Elly” Iverson, founder of eji event co., is a passionate local entrepreneur with a diverse background.

Raised in Santa Barbara, she spent eight years abroad, gaining a range of event and project management experiences in cities like San Diego, Cusco, Washington DC, New York, and San Francisco.

After returning to Santa Barbara in 2016, she played a key role in building out the event program for a new science museum, and began producing unique pop-up experiences throughout town.

Elly launched eji event co. (then eji experiences) in 2019, focusing on arts and culture events for the community. Despite challenges posed by the pandemic, she successfully pivoted to virtual events and continues to support a robust line-up of local non-profit organizations through her event planning expertise.

In her free time, Elly enjoys cloud spotting, ocean swimming, and good cocktails.

Isaac Hernandez
Isaac Hernandez

Filmmaker

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Isaac Hern√°ndez de Lipa harnesses decades of experience as a photojournalist and filmmaker to craft honest, moving mini-documentaries that help nonprofits extend their reach.

His short films, PSA’s and social media videos have figured prominently in record-breaking fundraising campaigns for many Santa Barbara and international nonprofit organizations.

His film Better Together, narrated by Christopher Lloyd, summarizes his love for humanity and what we’re capable of when we put our differences aside.

Isaac is also an award-winning photographer and an accomplish artist and designer.

Sonia Aguila
Sonia Aguila

Narrator

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Sonia Aguila, born in Santa Barbara, California, returned to California at 11 with limited English skills. Despite this, she excelled academically, becoming high school Salutatorian. She earned a teaching credential and a Master’s in Education from the University of California, Santa Barbara.

For 26 years, Sonia has taught 2nd grade Dual Language Immersion at Canalino Elementary School, Carpinteria, CA. She co-wrote and implemented the Dual Language Immersion Program at Carpinteria Unified School District and now chairs it.

Recognized for her excellence, Sonia was named Carpinteria Unified School District Teacher of the Year in 2017, California Bilingual Teacher of the Year in 2022, and National Bilingual Teacher of the Year in 2023.

Outside teaching, Sonia hosts Festival Infantil, a children’s radio show on Radio Bronco 107.7 FM, and contributes as a columnist in the education section of the Latino Newspaper. She also mentors aspiring teachers while pursuing a PhD.

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