Board of Directors
Julie grew up in Northern California. She graduated from San Diego State University with a bachelor’s degree in political science and history. While attending college, she spent a year as a foreign exchange student in Uppsala, Sweden. She received her teaching credential at Cal Poly. Julie taught kindergarten through tenth grade in local schools for 11 years and was president of the Teachers’ Association. She also spent six years abroad teaching school in Rabat, Morocco and Lhokseumawe, Indonesia. Julie joined the board in 2014.
Jack San Filippo
Born and raised in San Luis Obispo and Avila Beach, Jack is a fourth generation area resident. After graduating from San Luis Obispo High School, Jack attended San Francisco State University where he received a bachelor’s degree in international relations. He returned to the Central Coast to earn a master’s degree in history from Cal Poly. An author of a local book on Avila Beach, Jack joined the board in 2014. Jack is currently the Director of Programing at Point San Luis Lighthouse.
Sandy moved to San Luis Obispo from San Francisco in 1983. A native of Missouri, she graduated from the University of Missouri-Columbia with undergraduate degrees in journalism and interior design, as well as an master’s degree in journalism. She has been active in
Matthew D. Herrera descends from a multi-generational San Luis Obispo family. His great-grandfather and great-great-grandfather were signatories of the city’s Committee of Vigilance in 1858. He is a past and present board member of the San Luis Obispo History Center, a member of the Order of Minor Historians, a member of the San Luis Obispo Historical Arms Society, a member of the Society of California Pioneers, and a lifelong member of the Old Mission San Luis Obispo de Tolosa Parish.
Pete moved to San Luis Obispo in 1968 to attend Cal Poly and major in history. His senior project involved locating primary documents from the Spanish days of Mission San Luis Obispo de Tolosa. Pete first joined the board of the History Center in 2000 and has served as chair of the Exhibits Committee since 2001. He has also volunteered in the research room since 2008. Over the years, Pete was the proprietor of three local cafes. He is currently president of the Avila Beach Community Services District.
Kelly is a third generation native of San Luis Obispo County. Raised in Pismo Beach, he graduated from Arroyo Grande High School. He attended the University of California, Santa Barbara where he received his bachelor’s degree in history. He continued his education and received a master’s degree in history from Cal Poly. Kelly is currently teaching in the county and has taught both middle and high school students. In addition to local history, Kelly enjoys cooking, camping, and old vinyl records.
John came to San Luis Obispo 1998 years ago, following a career in the automotive industry in Detroit and Los Angeles. A native of Nebraska, he attended the University of Nebraska and the Chrysler Institute of Engineering. Building on his interests in history and woodworking, he joined the exhibit committee of the History Center (then the San Luis Obispo County Historical Society) during the 1999-2000 shutdown and remains active in the development and fabrication of exhibits. He is also on the collections committee. He served on the board for five years with 18 months as President in
History Center Staff
Assistant to the Director
History Center board and staff members with Congresswoman Lois Capps (center), 2015.
Photograph by Aimee Armour-Avant.
We’re Proud to Serve
History Center board and staff members work hard to ensure that the collections in our care will survive to inform and inspire our county for generations to come. We believe that the preservation of cultural heritage is a human right, and we strive to provide broad and equitable access to the opportunities and resources managed by our organization.
We welcome questions, comments, or suggestions. Call, email, or appear during public comment at our board meetings.
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