Board of Directors


Sandra Cortez


Sandra Cortez has been a member of Gold Coast PPC since 2011. She says joining Gold Coast was one of the best moves for her career. Sandra loves creating good imagery and has a passion for all the arts especially Theatrical and Story Telling Photography.

Michael Collins

Vice President

Michael has been a member of Gold Coast since 1996. He is an international award winning photographer from Lompoc and the Past President of the Professional Photographers of California. He likes shooting baseball and high school seniors.

Stephine Adkisson


Stephanie Adkisson has been local since she was 2 when her parents moved to Grover City (now Grover Beach), then moving to their permanent home in Nipomo when she was 5. She has always had a camera in hand from family trips, to school, to church, to friends events, and so much more. Stephanie met the love of her life in 2005 and married in 2006. She has been photographing professionally since 2009 when her daughter was born. She worked for a local photographer as the production assistant for 10 years, making lots of connections and seeing some amazing photography from many local photographers. She became a member of GCPPA in December 2014 and has enjoyed the learning and friendships made.

Nancy Snyder


Nancy Snyder is a local girl, born and raised in Santa Maria. She’s been married to her husband Jim for 26 years and have 4 children and one beautiful granddaughter. She has been photographing professionally in the Santa Maria Valley since 1989. She worked for a local studio for 5 years as an apprentice and second photographer, then started her own business, Nancyʼs Portraits in 1993. She has been a member of Gold Coast Professional Photographers on and off since 1989 and she finds her membership invaluable.

Janine Bognuda

Hospitality Chair

Mario Lopez

Website Administrator

Mario Lopez is not only the website administrator, he has also contributed as a member of GCPPA since 2017.  Through his business, Aztec Photography in Lompoc,  he does lifestyle photography and landscapes. When he is not in front of the computer he can be found with a camera in hand.