Board of Directors
Randal Cruikshanks was born in Fort Bragg, California and raised in San Luis Obispo. His father taught at Cal Poly and his mother worked with the County School system. He was the second ever SLO High School exchange student to go to Germany. He is a graduate of U.C. Berkeley and University of Oregon (M.A., Ph.D.). After college, he achieved the rank of captain in the Army, while serving two years of active duty at the Headquarters, U.S. Army Europe (USAREUR) in Heidelberg, Germany. Randal taught international politics at the University of New Mexico (1970-1972) and then at Cal Poly, until his retirement in 1998. During his past tenure on the SLOCHS board of directors, he served as president. His three children and six grand children live in various parts of the country.
A Cambria native reared in the country, Dawn’s family divided their time between cattle ranches on the North Coast and a wheat ranch in Carizzo Plain. After attending local schools, she studied classical archaeology at University of California, Berkeley, as well as, American School of Classical Studies and British School of Archaeology, both in Athens, Greece. She has two advanced degrees. Dawn returned to the ranch and raises purebred Charolais beef cattle. Always interested in local history and stories, Dawn has given history lectures about the North Coast and walking tours in Cambria for the past thirty years. Her focus is on expanding History Center membership and creating an enriching experience to encourage more membership participation in events and programs.
Alex Gough, board secretary, is a long-time resident of San Luis Obispo, growing up in the historic Sauer-Adams Adobe, across the street from Mission San Luis Obispo where he and his wife currently operate their businesses, Adobe Realty and Yarns at the Adobe. The Sauer-Adams building, dating from 1800, is one of a handful of Mission Era buildings remaining in the town’s central core. Alex attended local schools, Mission High and Atascadero High, and for years he has devoted time to restoration of the adobe, and participation in several local non-profits, including the History Center, the Downtown Association and Prado Day Center(for the homeless). In his 20s, Alex worked with newspapers and magazines in the US and Europe and later in social services. Now once a week—every Wednesday noon—he rings the Mission bells and he serves as a docent for tours through the Mission and informally at the Sauer-Adams as well, where the courtyard is often a site for events by non-profits and visitors who often enjoy bread and pizza from the traditional hornito first built by the Goughs 30 years ago and rebuilt several times since. Alex has also worked with several other adobe projects, including ones at Mission San Miguel and the Presidio of Santa Barbara.
Brian Craig Kreowski
Joan Faubert Suttle earned an undergraduate degree in psychology and social sciences and a masters degree in business administration from the University of California, Irvine. She also received a master’s degree in theology from the Franciscan School of Theology, Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, CA. She has served on the college’s board of regents since 2005 including a term as board chair. As endowment trustee, Joan helped develop the school’s investment policy guidelines. Joan’s professional experience includes managing employee benefit programs (Insurance and Pension Plans) for small, medium and large corporations in California. She has a focus on finance and working with other historical organizations within SLO County. Joan and her husband, Bernie, live in Shell Beach.