Board of Directors
Julie grew up in Northern California. She graduated from San Diego State University with a BA in political science and history. While attending college, she spent one year as a foreign exchange student in Uppsala, Sweden. She received her teaching credential at Cal Poly. Julie taught grades Kindergarten through tenth in the 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 his bachelors degree in international relations. He returned to the Central Coast to earn his masters degree in history from Cal Poly. Author of a local book on Avila Beach, Jack joined the Board in 2014. He volunteers his expertise in the History Center’s Research Room and at the 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 M.A. degree in journalism. She has been active in community and civic organizations, working as staff and volunteer for the SLO Arts Council, SLO Symphony, Mozaic Festival, the History Center, Noontime Kiwanis and Flying Samaritans.
Sandy served 8 years on SLO city’s Promotions Coordinating Committee and is currently in her 7th year on the Cultural Heritage Committee. She wrote for SLO Journal magazine for 18 years, often doing research in the History Center’s Research Room.
Pete moved to San Luis Obispo in 1968 to attend Cal Poly with a major in history. His senior project was locating primary documents from the Spanish days of Mission San Luis Obispo de Tolosa, graduating in 1970. 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 B.A. degree in history. He pursued his education and received his M.A. 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 15 years ago, following a career in product development 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 served on the Board for five years with 18 months as President in 2003-2004, and helped with three major relocations of our collections. He has also served on the Board of ECOSLO, on the County Grand Jury, and currently on the SLOCOG Citizens Transportation Advisory Committee.
History Center Staff
Community Engagement Manager
Dallidet Research Assistant
Eric Van Keppel
Dallidet Guard Dog/Mascot
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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.
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