About

Oak_tree-xOur mission is to educate, advocate and act to protect and enhance San Luis Obispo County natural resources

We promote resilient ecosystems and healthy lifestyles in San Luis Obispo. We envision a conscious community that understands and values the essential inter-dependencies of natural systems, human health, and the local community which actively takes responsibility for a healthy environment on quality of all life in San Luis Obispo County.

HISTORY OF ECOSLO

45 Years of ECOSLO

45th Anniversary Celebration

STAFF

Mary Ciesinski

Mary Ciesinski

Executive Director

 

Mary CiesinskiExecutive Director of ECOSLO, is a motivated nonprofit professional with business background and experience in the tech industry.  She is passionate about bringing sustainable organizational practices to nonprofits, elevating them to new levels of community engagement, which allows for operational growth in programs, services, and volunteer needs.  Mary has a life-long love for and dedication to the environment, our collective home.  When not working at ECOSLO, Mary can be found relaxing at the beach, enjoying a backyard bonfire with friends, or caring for her gardens of veggies, roses, and succulents.

 

Eden Knapp

Eden Knapp

AmeriCorps Volunteer Infrastructure Program (VIP) Fellow

Eden Knapp, AmeriCorps Volunteer Infrastructure Program (VIP) Fellow 2019-2020 for ECOSLO, is serving her second year in the AmeriCorps program, but her first year with ECOSLO.  She grew up in Huntington Beach, CA and moved to San Luis Obispo in 2013 to attend Cal Poly.  Eden graduated from Cal Poly in 2017 with a Bachelors of Science in Anthropology & Geography and has been living in the area ever since.  She spent most of her childhood camping and backpacking all over California, Oregon, and Nevada so she is very excited to have the opportunity to give back to the environment.  When not serving through ECOSLO, Eden can be found roller skating or visiting a local movie theater.

 

Anna Talken

Anna Talken

Sustainability Assistant

Anna Talken, Sustainability Assistant for ECOSLO, is originally from the Bay Area and moved to San Luis Obispo to attend Cal Poly.  She graduated in 2019 with a degree in Biology and a focus in Marine Science. Spending a majority of her free time traveling and exploring the outdoors, she has always had a passion for protecting the environment and incorporating sustainability into all aspects of her life. Anna is excited to join ECOSLO as the Sustainability Assistant and to help promote sustainability within the SLO County community in an effort to protect the special Central Coast environment. When not working at ECOSLO, she can usually be found in the ocean (surfing or diving), hiking, making things, or camping in Big Sur—her favorite place in California.

 

Jess Villalon

Jess Villalon

Program Assistant

Jess Villalon, Program Assistant for ECOSLO, is originally from the east coast and moved to San Luis Obispo in 2015.  She is passionate about nature, animals, and educating people on awareness for the environment and how impactful our own actions can be.  In her free time, Jess can be found at a local yoga studio or hiking along one of the many trails in SLO County with her furry companion, Willow dog.

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Nicole Sisneros

Nicole Sisneros

Chair

A California native, but a SLO transplant, Nicole moved to the area in July of 2013. Her passion for conservancy began during her childhood when she started writing letters to then-President Reagan regarding water recycling. Looking for ways to be involved in the community she calls home, Nicole joined the ECOSLO board in July 2018.

 

Andrea Biniskiewicz

Andrea Biniskiewicz

Vice Chair

Andrea is the former Social Media Strategist Intern and current Marketing Committee Chair for ECOSLO. Her interest lies in increasing environmental awareness and community via digital media and valuable time spent outdoors. You can find her at a trail head after work or enjoying the dog beach on the weekends!

 

Chris Hamma

Chris Hamma

Secretary & SLO Stewards docent

Chris is a longtime outdoorsman who grew up in San Diego County and has lived in SLO County for nearly 15 years. In addition to obtaining BS and MS degrees in Natural Resources Management from Cal Poly SLO, he has worked for and volunteered with the U.S. Forest Service, National Park Service, SLO County Parks, and UC Berkeley Forestry, as well as spent several years working in the hotels and restaurants in Yosemite. Chris has served as a SLO Stewards docent with ECOSLO since 2015 and joined the Board of Directors in December 2017.

 

Melissa Danehey

Melissa Danehey

Treasurer

Melissa is a nonprofit professional and native North Carolinian, whose love for the California coast drew her here in 2014. She has a BS in Animal Science/Nutrition and Masters in Nutritional Sciences. Her passion for local environment grew over the years after discovering her love for running, surfing, and paddle boarding. In her spare time, Melissa also competes in ultra marathons, plays piano, and spends time with her teenage daughter and two dogs. She is also a foster/resource parent and a Big Sister.

 

Ayla-Louise Mateo

Ayla-Louise Mateo

Member

Born in Trabzon, Turkey and living overseas while growing up, Ayla-Louise has always been a worldly person, and when she came to Cal Poly in 2007 for a bachelor’s in landscape architecture, she fell for San Luis Obispo. As a licensed landscape architect, lecturer at Cal Poly, and a student earning a master’s in city and regional planning, she has found her niche in the environment. When she does not have her head stuck in a book, she enjoys spending time with her husband and two small dogs hiking around San Luis Obispo, traveling, playing the flute, and baking. Ayla-Louise joined the board in May 2020.


 

ECOSLO is currently recruiting for new Board Members, specifically to focus in the following areas:

  • Advocacy
  • Volunteer events
  • Fundraising

If interested, please contact info@ecoslo.org or call (805) 544-1777 for more info!

Updated January 2020

 

 

 

We thank former board members for their service and dedication to ECOSLO:

 

Jodee Bennett
Bill Bradlee
Krista Burke
Susan Christopher
Melody DeMeritt
Mike di Milo
John Ewan
Liz Scott-Graham
Nancy Graves
Alex Henige
Deborah Hillyard
Richard Krejsa
Laura Grace
Pam Heatherington

Carolyn Huddleston
Geoff Land
Tim LaSalle
Bob Lavelle
Sandra Marshall
Jan Marx
Christine Mulholland
Sean Murphy
Allyson Nakasone
Jim Patterson

Sandra Sarrouf
Scott Secrest
Sandi Sigurdson
David Slade
Noah Smukler
Chuck Tribbey
Pat Veesart
Dirk Walters
Mary White
Rosemary Wilvert
Cal Wilvert
Arlene Winn
Bob Wolf

If you are a former board member of ECOSLO and your name is not listed, please let us know!  You can contact us by phone or email – see our contact information below.  Thank you for your service and dedication to protecting SLO County’s natural resources.

CONTACT US

Office Location & Hours

Office Address:

2830 McMillan Ave, Unit 2
San Luis Obispo, CA 93401

The nearest major intersection is Broad St. & Orcutt Rd.  Click here for Google Maps directions.

Please note the office continues to remain closed, due to COVID-19, for the safety of our staff and volunteers.

Office Hours: Typically our team is able to be reached via phone or email: 9:00am – 2:00pm on Tuesdays through Fridays

Call or Write

Phone: (805) 544-1777

Email: info@ecoslo.org

Mailing Address:

ECOSLO
P.O. Box 1014
San Luis Obispo, CA 93406

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