Sandra Marshall (Chair)
Sandra Marshall has been serving on the Board of Trustees since June of 2011; her term as Chair began in September of 2012. Marshall also serves as a Board Member of the Earth Day Alliance, Inc., a nonprofit 501c3, whose sole mission is to coordinate an annual Earth Day event for San Luis Obispo County; she has guided this growing event for the past 14 years. In 1991, she founded the Information Press, a free monthly publication distributed throughout San Luis Obispo County. Available in print and online, Marshall continues to serve as Publisher and owner.
Bob Lavelle (Vice Chair)
Bob Lavelle has been a member of ECOSLO for over ten years. He became involved in environmental activism in the 70s as a member of the Abalone Alliance and worked to block Diablo Nuclear Power Plant from being built in Avila. His focus is on energy issues. Bob graduated from UCLA with a law degree and still maintains his membership in the California State Bar. Currently. Bob owns his own construction company, Lavelle Construction, and is a licensed General Contractor.
Allyson Nakasone (Treasurer)
Allyson has been involved with ECOSLO since 1995. First as the bookkeeper and most recently as a the Board Secretary. She came to San Luis Obispo in 1994 to attend Cal Poly and decided to stay after receiving her degree in Soil Science. Today she has an active business as a full time Realtor and helps bring the green message to the Real Estate community. Allyson is a Master Gardener, certified EcoBroker, designated Green Certified Realtor from the National Association of Realtors and certified Green Building Professional by the California Department of Real Estate.
Deborah Hillyard has served as a member of ECOSLO for many years. Currently she works as an Environmental Scientist for the California Department of Fish & Game. Her education in biology and range ecology focused on the ecology and management of arid and semi-arid systems. She is familiar with many of the rare, threatened and endangered species of the Central Coast, and has facilitated conservation of their populations and habitats. Deborah has taught sections of workshops regarding rare plants, coastal prairie, maritime chaparral, and the various laws and regulations which apply to Central Coast species and habitats.
Carolyn joined the ECOSLO Board in June of 2012. She has lived in SLO County for more than 30 years, and remembers back when ECOSLO started the first recycling program in the county. She is currently working on her bachelor’s degree through the distance learning program of Prescott College (Prescott, Arizona), with a major of environmental studies, and a minor in sustainable community development. Her passion is to connect people with their environment, as we in the developed world have become so insulated from our environment. Carolyn also helps the Morro Bay National Estuary Program monitor the water quality in the Morro Bay watershed. Her day job is managing Templeton Gardens Senior Apartments, just down the street from Twin Cities Hospital.
Melody DeMeritt has spent many years serving the environment. She served as Treasurer on the Board of the Coastal Alliance on Plant Expansion in Morro Bay from 2000 to 2004. She was elected to the Morro Bay City Council in 2004 and served until 2008. After public office, she joined the Santa Lucian Sierra Club Executive Committee and was Chair from 2010 to 2012. Melody just retired after 30 years of teaching at Cal Poly and joined the Board of Trustees of ECOSLO in November 2012.
Nancy has lived in SLO county since 1996 and worked as an Audio Visual Specialist for the State of California. She has been an active volunteer in environmental and coastal issues, and the California Coastal Trail (CCT). She has served on the Coastwalk Board of Directors, the State Steering Committee for the CCT, O.R.C.A. Board of Directors,County Trails Advisory Committee and the Citizens Transportation Advisory Committee.
Tyler has a background as an elementary school teacher and spent the last 15 years teaching in kindergarten. He has also worked in different positions in county, state and national parks. He spent 12 years working as a California State Park Ranger in various units including the Tule Elk State Reserve, Fort Tejon and Empire Mine State Historic Parks, and several state recreation areas. Tyler loves spending quality time in the outdoors with family and friends. He especially likes to hike, kayak, and camp.