The International Live Events Association Ventura-Santa Barbara Chapter is comprised of special event industry professionals from all disciplines; event planners, venues managers, rental companies, photographers, lighting/décor companies, entertainment and more.


Katie has been honing her knowledge about the Santa Barbara Event Industry since 2005. Event planning has always been a part of Katie’s life: from planning her little brother’s 8th birthday party to being involved in momentous productions like Sean &  Catherine’s ABC Bachelor Wedding at Four Seasons Resort The Biltmore Santa Barbara in January of 2014.  Her decade of local experience will provide you with a wealth of connections to knowledgeable vendors and premier venues, along with key insights to Santa Barbara and the surrounding areas. Katie’s organization and attention to detail are second to none.  She has an intrinsic passion for people, and her goal for each event is to paint a personalized picture of the honored guest(s) to each attendee.  Katie strives to ensure every celebration reflects her client’s individual personality and style – which means no cookie cutter designs or formulas –but merely illustrating just who they are. Though she is skilled with any type of event, weddings are Katie’s passion and specialty. She believes this special day should reflect the nuances of the couple and the love they share. That love and specialized character should be evident in every detail- and it is Katie’s job to guarantee it is.



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Lani started producing events at an age when most kids were just learning algebra. A California native, Lani’s passion for art and technology led him to the theatre to design lighting, sound and sets. After spending ten years working in the theatre and completing his business degree at UCSB, Lani founded LBPS Events in 2006. The company combined his fascination with creating illuminated worlds and his considerable technological know-how. Lani is currently the owner of SPARK Creative Events (formerly LBPS Events) which serves clients ranging from large universities, corporations and non-profit organizations to event planners and brides. Lani prides himself on excellent customer service paired with unique custom realization of each client’s vision. He leads an exceptional and ever-growing team that is raising the bar for event production throughout the central and south coast. Lani currently resides in Santa Barbara with his wife, three cats and dog.

Immediate Past President


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Santa Barbara native, Sierra, along with her husband Darin, started what she thought would be, primarily, a wine and beer tour company in 2011.  


Long-time ILEA member Zohe Felici hired Jump On The School Bus for their first wedding in 2012, when they had just one repurposed school bus.  


Flash forward to 2018 Jump On The School Bus is now the leading wedding transportation provider in the Tri County area providing epic transportation experiences for over 200 weddings per year.  As an added bonus, they also provide rehearsal dinner transportation and pre or post wedding wine tours.


The natural progression of planner/vendor connections being made through the event industry led Sierra to join ILEA in 2015 and she is presently serving the board as programs director at large.

Director of Programs


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Ciao! I am Zohe and I am a zealous wedding and event-preneur business ​mentor. I know the wedding and special event industry inside and out. From luxury hotels, systems, website building, social media and creative visualization, I have already done the trial and error. I thrive on extending my experience of what truly works, with a customized program just for you – exactly where you are in your business. I have seen and done it all. And my calling now is to help you do the same. With a myriad of experiences and the lessons I have learned, I will teach you what you need to know to succeed in an extremely stressful and competitive event planning industry. Together we will develop and grow your brand, establish and expand your client base, charge your worth for your services and everything in between.

Vice President of Communications


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Heather Legere is the Ventura-Santa Barbara ILEA's Director at Large of Membership.  She is also a Catering Manager at Catering Connection in Santa Barbara.  While she's only a few years into the industry, she says "the amount of knowledge I gain at every catering event I work, weather it be small or large, is so beneficial- I feel like I learn more every single day- but when I'm with the ILEA group- it's 10 fold! Everyone in this community has so much knowledge and expertise- and they are so willing to share and educate that it amazes me every time we meet up" When Heather is not working she enjoys time with her fiance Landon, daughter Madison and her baby- Tucker, the Chihuahua.

Director at Large of Membership


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