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.
Thinking that he would work in Yosemite for the summer, something about that amazing place kept him there for 14 years. During his time in Yosemite, he hiked many trails, helped maintain trails, helped keep streams and rivers clean, and encouraged community members to think about their wellness while living in a National Park.
As strange as it may sound, the time came to leave Yosemite so it was decided that the Central Coast would be the next place to settle. Joey believed, that San Luis Obispo provides so many opportunities, that there is always something exciting happening in the area , “It’s a Small town, with Big City amenities.”
Before joining The Land Conservancy, Joey worked with the San Luis Obispo Downtown Association and the San Luis Obispo Chamber of Commerce. While with the Downtown Association, he assisted in the coordination of the weekly Thursday Night Farmers’ Market, the Concerts in the Plaza summer event series, and Santa’s House in Mission Plaza. During his time with the SLO Chamber of Commerce, he assisted and greeted members and guests that would come to the Visitor Center, while also supporting staff in many other tasks and endeavors.
Joey enjoys playing with his dogs, Pedro and Brando, improving his golf game, photography and traveling with his significant other, Michelle. Together they have traveled to many locations around the world, experiencing the cultures and sights that continue to inspire their souls.
For his final words of wisdom: “As we continue to grow….make sure to #enJOEYlife”.