Discovery Center Task Force
Cathie Babb is very active in promoting the concept of
a Discovery Center on the California Coast and directs
the operations of the Discovery Center Task Force. She
is also the Sciences Division Assistant at Cuesta College
and mother of eight children.
Dave Romero is former Mayor for San Luis Obispo, CA.
has spent the better part of life seeking to make San
Luis Obispo a place where we can all feel proud to live.
He believes the Discovery
Center would be a great boon to educaton and tourism
for the Central California coast.
Dr. Sachs is a chiropractor for the Health in Motion Chiropratic
Center. He has considerable expertise and resources for
family wellness programs.
Joy Pedersen is Coordinator of The Community Center at
Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo. She is interested in experiential
Mark Gaskell is a Farm Advisor with the University of
California Cooperative Extension and is responsible for
research and extension programs in San Luis Obispo and
Santa Barbara Counties. He has a doctorate degree in Crop
Production Physiology and more than 25 years of professional
experience in agricultural research, teaching, extension,
and commercial crop production. His current research and
educational outreach program focuses on alternative new
crop research and development and cost-effective nutrient
management in organic production systems.
Sue McClure teaches chemistry at Cal Poly and Cuesta.
She is interested in mentoring students competing for
Scientist Recognition Banquet this Fall.
Jenny Weaver works as an Agricultural Inspector/Biologist
for the San Luis Obispo County Department of Agriculture.
She has worked there since 1995 and is currently involved
in the pest exclusion and organic programs. She processes
organic registrations and performs inspections of organic
producers, handlers and retail facilities. Visit http://www.slocounty.ca.gov/agcomm.htm.
Jenny graduated from California Polytechnic SLO with a
B.S. in Fruit Science. She also received teaching credentials
from SJSU and Portland SU, OR.
Roger Anderson is a 5th generation resident of SLO County.
He has served as a councilmember and as mayor of MorroBay,
and is currently active on a number of Service Boards.
He believes in protecting and preserving our area's quality
of life, supporting local control, and providing opportunities
for future generations. He is running for county supervisor.
Alan Strasbaugh has worked at his family’s business,
forty-five years, since the age of twelve. Strasbaugh
designs and builds automated equipment for the Semiconductor,
Aerospace and Optics industries. Alan has worked in all
phases of the business and was CEO from 1978 to 1998.
He is currently Board Chairman. Under Alan’s direction,
Strasbaugh guided and funded the Robotics Curriculum at
Cuesta College and sponsored internship programs at Cal
Poly, Cuesta and Arroyo Grande High School. Alan has a
B.S. degree in Mechanical Engineering from Cal Poly, Pomona
and holds seven U.S. patents related to semiconductor
RodBlackner is Director of Food Services for Paso Robles
Public Schools. He has conducted research in food science
Dettmer, AIA, NCARB
Randy Dettmer, and his firm Dettmer
Architecture have been designing and building projects
throughout the western United States for over 29 years.
He has also been a member of the Cal Poly Department of
Architecture faculty for 20 years, teaching architectural
design, professional practice, and construction technology.
He has a Bachelor of Architecture from Cal Poly San Luis
Obispo, is a licensed general building contractor, and
commercially rated pilot. He is licensed to practice architecture
in California, Idaho, Colorado, Washington, and Hawaii,
and is currently Legislative Director of the American
Institute of Architects Central Coast Chapter.
A PG&E employee at the Diablo Canyon Power Plant, working in the nuclear power industry for over thirty years. A public outreach representative for NASA's and Caltech's Jet Propulsion Laboratory as a volunteer JPL Solar System Ambassador since January 2004, conducting free multimedia presentations for schools and community organizations about astronomy and space exploration. A member of the Board of Directors for the Endeavour Institute in Santa Maria, promoting STEM education outreach through space exploration and Earth-observing satellite missions. A member and past president of the Central Coast Astronomical Society. A member of SLOCoE's P-16 Steering Committee, promoting enhanced STEM education opportunities for SLO County K-12 school teachers and students. Past member and President of the Atascadero Education Foundation, chairing, designing and directing the installation of a hands-on math & science laboratory classroom at the Monterey Road Elementary School in 1993. Walt is a strong, vocal advocate of enhanced science, technology, engineering and mathematics public education opportunities for Central Coast children.
Gerard Pardeilhan is an optician specialist and has been
product manager for Strasbaugh's Precision Optics Equipment
line in San Luis Obispo since 1996. He became interested
in astronomy and optics after building numerous astronomical
telescopes through the 1970's. Gerard founded the popular
public observational astronomy program at the Lawrence
Hall of Science in Berkeley. During the 1980's and 1990's
he worked for Tinsley Labs in Berkeley and then Lick Observatory
at UCSC as a master optician.
Susan Greco-Neubert has taught science for many years
in SLO schools. She taught and developed chemistry, physics,
and AVID programs as well as courses that emphasize the
application of technology. She is currently serving as
Treasurer for the Discovery Institute.
Noah Doughty teaches science at Mission College Preparatory
in San Luis Obispo.
Mike di Milo owns Science Discovery, an educational development
company located in San Luis Obispo. His business creates
education programs, videos and museum exhibits and curriculum
that teach about various natural resource related topics.
Mike graduated from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo with a degree
in natural resources management, and has also taught environmental
education for Kern County Schools.
Natalie Schaefer, M.S. grew up in the redwoods of Humboldt
County, California. She graduated from CSU Chico with
degrees in Geography and American Indian Studies. While
completing her M.S. in Environmental Sciences, she involved
over 400 students in a service learning project restoring
park habitat in Carmel Valley. She's been in education
for over 20 years as a teacher, park ranger and programs
administrator. She currently resides in Atascadero, California
with her husband, son, dog and guinea pig.
Laurie Huffman has served as a bi-cultural/bilingual college
professor for 20 years. She specializes in online teaching
and training and is currently running for council woman
She also owns and manages a
tropical rain forest in Costa Rica which may become
the Costa Rica Discovery Center.
C. Chen, Ph.D.
Kathrine Chen is Associate Professor at Cal Poly State
University and is current chair of the Materials and Engineering
Department. She is actiive in promoting student outreach
has played a key role in opening Eastern Europe to American
and international film and television productions. Fluent
in four languages, he can converse with his European associates
in English, German, Dutch, and French, in addition to
a modest amount of Serbo-Croatian. He served on the Board
of Directors of the US-Yugoslav Economic Council. As an
actor, he is most recognized as the affable yet cantankerous
janitor on “Barney Miller. As a writer, Mr. Lichtman
penned episodes of a number of television shows, including,
'All in the Family" and "The Bob Newhart Show."
He is also a member of the New York Bar.
Kena Burke is executive director of the Children's
Health Initiative. She is a mother and a strong advocate
for better education. Her daughter recently competed in
the Young Scientist Recognition Banquet sponsored by the
Kira Olshefski has been a teacher for eleven years. For
the past five years, she has been teaching a sel -contained
class of 7th and 8th graders at Pleasant Valley School
in San Miguel. She has two daughters (5th grade and 8th
grade) are very active in 4-H and have a high interest
in the Sciences.
Melissa Guise is C-5 Coordinator for the Central
Coast Clean Cities Coalition. Their mission is to
promote the use of alternative fuel vehicles (AFVs) and
to expand the fueling infrastructure throughout the Central
Michael Holmes teaches science at Cuesta College and Alan
Hancock College. He is interested in promoting STEM education
in our local community.
Frank Fontes is employed with Lockheed Martin as a senior
systems engineer in their engineering leadership development
program (ELDP). The program was created to develop and
retain early career high potential professionals for future
leadership positions. His current assignment under this
program is serving as an engineering project manager and
control accounts manager. Frank
graduated from Calpoly, SLO in 2000 with a degree in Management
Information Systems and presently pursuing a Masters in
Information Technology at the University of Maryland,
A San Luis Obispo local, Patrick Mayeda is the Managing
Productive Impact, LLC. The company specializes in business
development and project management, assisting companies
in the preparation of business plans and economic impact
studies for large scale projects. Mr. Mayeda has previous
employment as an engineer and engineering manager for
a high tech manufacturing company, where he gained valuable
experience in project concept development, including the
preparation of operation images and feasibility studies.
He holds an MBA and a BS in Mechanical Engineering from
Dave Porter is Director of Director of Engineering at
DeGarmo CHT IA CMT
Diana is practitioner of metaphysics in mind\body and
is certified in Yoga, massage therapy, hypnotherapy, trans
personal astrology, feng shui, space clearing and soul
coaching. She runs a small spiritual bed & breakfast
retreat and spa in Shell Beach called The laughing Buddha
beach inn and spa. She has spent the past 10 years traveling
the world studying with indigenous cultures in Southeast
Asia, Brazil, Australi, and New Zealand and has over 1000
hours in mind body training through the Esalen Institute
in Big Sur. She has been in the Shell Beach area since
1984 and attended Cal Poly in mid 80's. She has two grown
daughters who attend Cuesta.
lives in Oceano and consults as audiovisual forensic expert.
He is world renowned for his work with instant replay
and in-flight video. He received an EMMY for the invention
of auto-tracking (Instant Replay), the NY Film Anthology
Award, and the AMIA Career Achievement Award. He holds
a degree from U.C. Berkeley.
Mrs. Shayler is a student in the MBA program at Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo. She has taught middle school mathematics at the San Luis Obispo Classical Academy and two other California schools on the Central Coast. She earned a BS and single-subject teaching credential in mathematics from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo. She is the recipient of Cal Poly’s Outstanding Mathematics Educator Award.