Staff Directory

Below find key contact information for Brooks Institute’s administrative staff.

Brooks Institute Leadership Team

The Leadership Team for Brooks Institute provides general oversight over the institution as a whole and directs both forward planning and review of the institute.

Administrative Contacts
Role Name Email Phone
President Susan Kirkman 805-690-7601 (Santa Barbara)
805-585-8807 (Ventura)
Director of Academic Affairs Amanda Brey 805-690-7640 (Santa Barbara)
Director of Finance and Operations Steve Hamaker 805-690-7607 (Santa Barbara)
Director of Career Services Laura Nielsen 805-690-4945 (Santa Barbara)
805-653-8396 (Ventura)
VP of Admissions Maggie Balderas 805-585-8034 (Ventura)
Academic Office
Role Name Email Phone
Registrar April Reyes 805-690-7694 (Santa Barbara)
805-585-8045 (Ventura)
Academic Advisor- Professional Photography Courtney Swink 805-653-8317 (Ventura)
Academic Advisor- Film, Visual Journalism, and Graphic Design David Lee 805-653-8318 (Ventura)
Program Leadership
Role Name Email Phone
Department Chair
Film | Communication
Gail Fisher 805-585-8342
Ventura Campus
Program Chair
BFA Film
Gail Fisher, Interim 805-585-8342
Ventura Campus
Program Chair
BFA Graphic Design
Barb Obermeier, Interim 805-585-8038
Ventura Campus
Program Chair
BFA Professional Photography
Bill Robbins 805-690-4801
Mason Street Campus, third floor
Program Chair
MFA Photography
Marcia Rubenstein 805-690-4922
Cota Street Campus
Program Chair
Liberal Arts
George Ayoub, PhD 905-690-8629 cell
Mason Campus/Ventura Campus
Interim Program Chair
BS Visual Journalism
Gail Fisher 805-585-8342
Ventura Campus