Kaila Dettman – 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 Soil Conservation. Kaila has years of experience in bioengineering, erosion control, and stream restoration from working with an environmental consulting firm in Northern California, acting as a Research Assistant at Cal Poly and assisting a non-profit in local stream restoration in Sacramento… Read More Email Kaila
Daniel Bohlman – Conservation Director
Daniel hails from Fond du Lac, Wisconsin where he spent his childhood tromping about the local woods returning only at last light, pockets brimming with the day’s treasures. Searching for a respite to the long Midwestern winters, he arrived in California in 1996 and immediately felt at home. Daniel held careers as a professional Cyclist, climbing instructor, kayak guide and naturalist before deciding to pursue studies in biology. He holds a degree in Ecology and Systematic Biology from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo with a concentration in Botany. Following his studies he worked for The Nature Conservancy and The California… Read More Email Daniel
Joey Chavez – Operations Manager
Joey hails from Cuba, New Mexico a small town at 7,000 feet above sea level in Northern New Mexico, where his family raised cattle on their ranch. This is where he grew a fondness for the outdoors and the importance of using existing resources and serenity of open spaces After attending the University of New Mexico where is received his degree in Recreation, he was recruited to work at Yosemite National Park. Having never left the Land of Enchantment, he felt that this was an opportunity to begin exploring the world….Read More Email Joey
Scott Couture – Restoration Specialist III, Crew Leader
Scott grew up in the town of Sebastopol, California, a west Sonoma County town surrounded by vineyards and orchards. He was raised on equally healthy doses of the outdoors through skiing, backpacking, and music though countless concerts in the Bay Area. He attended San Francisco State University with the intention of pursuing a degree in music only to discover an Environmental Studies program which caught his attention….Read More Email Scott
Beverly Gingg – Oak Education Manager
Beverly Gingg grew up on a Paso Robles area cattle ranch. Her roots run deep in North County agriculture, and she has a lifelong passion for outdoor learning. Beverly earned an M.S. in Biological Sciences from Cal Poly in 1989 and has been involved in community leadership and science education, in the classroom and outdoors, for more than 30 years. Read more Email Beverly
Jon Hall – Restoration Manager
Jon spent much of his childhood in Clayton, California, a historic coal mining town at the foot of Majestic Mt. Diablo. Growing up exploring Mt. Diablo’s open spaces fueled his passion for the outdoors, being surrounded by nature, and preserving wild places.
Jon has a B.S. in Ecology and Systematic Biology from Cal Poly with a specialization in wildlife biology. After traveling for a year and spending six months working with sea otters in the Bearing Sea, Jon returned to Cal Poly to pursue an M.S. in Agriculture focused on invasive species ecology. Read More Email Jon
Judith Hildinger – Stewardship Associate
Judith has been a winter resident of San Luis Obispo for over 20 years. She found the Land Conservancy by volunteering to get wet in local creeks in the early 2000s. She thinks our County has amazing outdoor resources worthy of staunch and dedicated protection…. Read More Email Judith
Lauren Meers – Development & Outreach Manager
Lauren moved from northern California to attend Cal Poly in 2001 and graduated with a BS in Psychology. San Luis Obispo has been home ever since!
Lauren has 10 years of experience in the health and fitness industry, and one of her passions is teaching cycling classes at two local gyms. She joins our team coming from the local wealth management industry where she worked for the past eight yearss….Read More Email Lauren
Dylan Theobald – Stewardship Manager
Dylan grew up in Seattle, Washington and gained an appreciation for the mountains, clean water, and lush forests that surround his hometown. However, the sun and beaches of California were calling.
In 2006, Dylan moved to California to pursue a BS degree in Natural Resources Management at Cal Poly University. After graduating, he worked throughout central California for the U.S. Forest Service doing Forest Inventory and Analysis. Dylan enjoyed the adventures associated with seasonal work, but decided to further his academic framework and pursue a master’s degree…Read More Email Dylan
Jamie Bell – Outreach Coordinator
After graduating from Cal Poly in 2012 with a BA in English, Jamie’s passion for sports and the outdoors lead to a career merging her communications experience with recreational programming. Jamie comes to the Land Conservancy with three years of experience marketing recreational programs in San Luis Obispo…. Read More Email Jamie
Kyle Walsh – Conservation Project Manager
Kyle grew up exploring the forests and streams of New Jersey’s Sourland Mountains. He learned to enjoy working on and for the land as a farm hand and with an agricultural non-profit in New Jersey. With the West calling, he moved to California and completed a graduate program at San Diego State University focused on land use change and rangeland conservation in San Luis Obispo County. Read More Email Kyle
Lindsey Whitaker – Restoration Ecologist
Lindsey hails from the beaches of Ventura, California and moved to San Luis Obispo to attend Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo in 2006.
Lindsey has a B.S in Environmental Management and Protection from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo with special emphasis in environmental education. After completing her degree, she began working at the Guadalupe Nipomo Dunes Center as their Education and Administrative Coordinator. Here she was able to share her love of the unique coastal ecology of the central coast. Read More Email Lindsey