In addition to Sandy’s 25 years of practicing real estate in Montecito and Santa Barbara, her marketing team brings a collective 42 years of experience in real estate, each in varying disciplines of marketing and advertising.


Stephanie Thurston, Real Estate Associate

Stephanie has lived in Santa Barbara and Montecito 10 years. She spent nine years living in various beach front communities between Ventura and Santa Barbara. Stephanie has first-hand experience of how demographics, tides, traffic, neighborhood amenities, public parks and access, surf, and other factors impact many of these unique communities and she is able to offer this specific knowledge to clients interested in buying and selling in these areas. Stephanie graduated from the University of California at Santa Barbara with a degree in biopsychology. She earned her Master’s degree in Social Work from the California State University at Long Beach. Stephanie uses creativity, innovative thinking, strong communication and mediation skills to continually exceed the expectations of her clients.

Carrie Bahu, Graphic Designer • Bahu Creative

Carrie has been creating authentic designs for Sandy for almost 8 years and maintains over 15 years of professional experience as a creative director, brand designer and illustrator. She is currently Creative Director of her own design consulting company with clients such as Elizabeth Arden-Red Door Spas, KeVita and E! Entertainment. Her work has gained national attention on the Today Show and press in The New York Times, In Style and Cosmopolitan magazines.

Heather Rayburn, Marketing & Advertising

Heather has worked in marketing and advertising real estate for more than 11 years. For six years, she worked as the Operational Marketing Manager at the Portland, OR division for a national homebuilder and FORTUNE 250 company. She’s collaborated with a variety of real estate agents and executed numerous ad campaigns, small and large-scale events and opened 37 communities. She has also worked in marketing for property management and commercial construction.

Professional Photographers & Videographers

David Palermo, Photographer

David has been working as Sandy’s photographer for three years and began his career in digital technology while working at Apple Computer as a Product Manager for QuickTime VR, later becoming known as “360o virtual tours.” His day-to-day work includes interiors and exteriors for real estate, hospitality, luxury yachts, museums and fine art. He is based in Santa Barbara and travels internationally for his work.

Jake Longstreth, Photographer
John Kelsey, Photographer
Nest Films, Filmmakers