LCSLO Staff Members.

deputy director

Daniel grew up a stone’s throw from the Sand Counties of Wisconsin that helped shape Aldo Leopold’s land ethic. An early conservationist in the image of Leopold, Abbey, and Berry, Daniel has worked in, on, and for the land going on twenty-five years now, seventeen of which have been with The Land Conservancy. Daniel endeavors…

Executive Director

Kaila was born and raised in Ben Lomond, California, a small town nestled in the Santa Cruz Mountains. She grew up camping, fishing, hiking, and horseback riding with her family. She attended Cal Poly earning a B.S.in Animal Science with a concentration in Livestock Production and Rangeland Resources, and a M.S. in Watershed Hydrology and…

Executive Assistant

Marie Weiher grew up in San Luis Obispo, California with cherished memories of being a young child running freely through the hills of northern Morro Bay and Cayucos. Following graduation from San Luis Obispo High School, Marie moved to San Diego and earned a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism with an emphasis in Public Relations…

Volunteer and Events Coordinator

Niki grew up in Honolulu, Hawaii, exploring the natural beauty of the island. After moving to San Luis Obispo to attend Cal Poly, she earned a B.S. in Biological Sciences with a minor in Environmental Studies in 2021. Coming from an island, Niki grew up more interested in the ocean than land, but that flipped…

Monitoring Program Manager

Dylan grew up in Seattle, Washington and gained an appreciation for the mountains, clean water, and lush forests that surround his hometown. He graduated with a BS degree in Natural Resources Management and an MS degree in Forest Hydrology from Cal Poly State University in San Luis Obispo California. Dylan is enthusiastic about managing Land…

Cain Silvey

Conservation Program Manager

Originally from Omaha, Nebraska, Cain moved to San Luis Obispo for a job with the U.S. Forest Service and spent the next four years fighting wildfires throughout the West. He began working for The Land Conservancy in 2019, then went on to pursue an opportunity as a grant manager for the California Department of Conservation.…

pismo preserve outreach coordinator

Carolyn “CJ” Silas has spent most evenings throughout her life on a microphone talking sports & announcing games for college football & baseball at Cal Poly and Hancock College. By day she laces up her hiking boots or Roller Derby skates to get her blood pumping and her heart racing. She has been a volunteer…

Restoration Program Manager

Lindsey hails from the beaches of Ventura, California and spent much her childhood on her grandparents’ ranch in the Ojai Valley. Lindsey has a B.S in Environmental Management and Protection and a M.S. in Biological Sciences from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo. Much of her early career was spent working in youth environmental and science…

Westin Namanny, Restoration Ecologist

restoration ecologist

Westin grew up in the small town of Weed, located in the utmost reaches of Northern California. He spent most of his young life outdoors, hiking with his mom and dog, swimming in countless lakes, dirt bike riding with his dad, and snowboarding on the beautiful Mt. Shasta. Westin made the move to San Luis…

development manager

Heather grew up in Potter Valley, a tiny farm town in northern California. She spent much of her childhood playing at a friend’s ranch and exploring the wilds of the Mendocino National Forest with her family. Heather’s background includes restoration, resource management, and fire suppression. She founded her own thriving SLO based business in 2009,…