Board of Directors

Officers:

Brian Kreowski, Shell Beach, CA

Attorney

A self-proclaimed product of Arroyo Grande High School, Cuesta College and Cal Poly, Brian began practicing law 20 years ago after receiving his law degree from the California Western School of Law. He now works with other attorneys under the umbrella Shell Beach Law Group, and teaches political science at Cuesta College. Brian is a founding member of both the Shell Beach Improvement Group (SBIG) and Dinosaur Caves Preservation Society. He has played the role of "Surfin' Santa" for the past four years during SBIG's holiday stroll in Shell Beach. He also serves as president of the History Center of San Luis Obispo County, the alumni advisory board at Cal Poly and the Port San Luis Harbor Commission.

 

 

 

Vice President

Wes Armstrong, San Luis Obispo, CA

Dentist, Retired

Retired from 44 years as a dentist and rancher, Wes enjoys a wide variety of outdoor activities.  They include Scouting,  4H,  mountaineering,  skiing,  scuba diving,  skydiving,  racing motorcycles,  trail building,  logging,  snow surveying,  calf roping,  rock climbing,  backpacking,  sailing,  triathlons,  and marathons.  In addition Wes past experiences include being an Air Force veteran, First Aid and CPR instructor,  commercial fishing boat captain,  pilot and flight instructor and a planning commission member. He and his wife, Marilyn, have 5 grown children and 9 grandchildren. In 2014, Wes began leading a popular bi-monthly hiking program for Camp Fire youth, families, and the community. He also conducts training and leads the annual High Sierra Backpacking Trip. Wes looks forward to sharing the excitement and wonder of the outdoors with young people.

 

Secretary

Nora O'Donnell, CA

Acivity Director

Nora has a history with Camp Fire that began 50 years ago when she joined a group in San Luis Obispo as a 5th grader, under the leadership of Mary Luis, earning the Wo-He-Lo Medalion in 1975. Her experience as a CIT, and subsequent employment as a Counselor at Camp Natoma ignited a life-long love of volunteering, working with children and the great outdoors. Enlisting in the Navy in 1976 kept her from being a part of the Camp Fire tradition until 1993, when she moved back to San Luis Obispo to pursue higher education and raise her now 29 year old son. In Spring of 1994, while working as a waitress, she learned that Camp Natoma was seeking summer counselors. She applied, was hired, and was thrilled to learn that her son could attend as well. This transition back into the Camp Fire connection on the central coast led to employment as Director of Natoma for four summers, volunteer work with the Natoma Camp Committee and eventually service on the Board of Directors. This is Nora’s second term on the Board, with prior service as President and now as Secretary. Nora works for the City of Grover Beach Parks & Recreation Department, is a 24 year member of the Pacific Horizon Chorus, a barbershop-style a cappella group affiliated with Sweet Adelines, and believes that giving back to the community is a vital component to a well lived life.

 

Treasurer

Jeremy Thompson, San Miguel, CA

IT Manager

Jeremy has served on the Board since 2013, a natural transition from his 11+ years of volunteer work, helping with clean-up and maintenance at Camp Natoma. He is employed as a Senior System Administrator for Sports Warehouse, Inc., an online sports equipment retailer. Since becoming part of the Board, he has helped in various ways, including some networking and computer work at the council.

Directors:

  Heather Brough, Arroyo Grande, CA

  Business Owner

  Heather has a long history with Camp Fire, having been a youth member in the 1980’s and early 1990’s.  She grew up attending both Camp Tacanneko and Camp Natoma, earned her Wo-He-Lo medallion in 1994, and is now a club leader for her children’s group.  Heather     is a credentialed multiple subject teacher who changed her career after having children to help her husband build their general engineering company.  Heather oversees the financial aspects of their construction corporation and is busy as a mother to her two elementary aged girls. 

 Hillery Dixon, Arroyo Grande

 Elementry School Prioncipal

 Hillery has a long history with Camp Fire, having been a youth  member in the 1980's and early 1990's.

 

 

Barbara Babka, Grover Beach, CA

Lucia Mar School Teacher

Barbara works at Judkins Middle School, teaching AVID and Language Arts. She has partnered wtih Camp Fire to foster community involvement in her students. Barbara believes that education should encourage students to get involved in their communities. Barbara loves the outdoors, spending many hours hiking, playing tennis, and camping with her family. 

 

Maria Ramsey, Arroyo Grande, CA

LIS Project Manager

Maria has her BS in Biochemistry and has been working in the healthcare field for 26 years. She is a Laboratory Information System Project Manager at Central Coast Pathology where she has worked at since 2003.  She has been actively involved with the Camp Fire program for over 12 years; all four of her children have participated in the program.  Her two oldest daughters are WOHELO recipients; her youngest daughter is a candidate for the award.  Their participation taught them many life skills and lessons in addition to the importance of “giving back” to the community.  Maria and her family continue to volunteer at Camp Tacanneko, Cielo and Natoma along with numerous community events, candy sale, and enchilada making. In her spare time she enjoys working on her property in the flower and vegetable gardens.

 

  Alana Smith-Grove, Los Osos, CA

  Teacher

  Alana teaches 4th and 5th grade Special Education at Baywood Elementary School in Los Osos. She has been passionately involved with Camp Natoma and Camp Fire since 2007. Alana worked at camp for six summers as a Counselor and later as the Director of CIT’s and     Programs, and worked in the Camp Fire office from 2011-2012 as Office Manager. Alana grew up on the Central Coast attending school in Lucia Mar USD and high school at Mission Prep. After high school she went to UCSB for her BA in English/Art, took 3 years off to travel   and live in the mountains (North/West Lake Tahoe), and returned to the coast to attend Cal Poly for her Masters/Credential in Special Education. Alana loves spending time at the beach, practicing yoga, reading, hiking, traveling, and living in Shell Beach.

 

Julie Tizzano-Schumann, Santa Maria, CA

Business Owner

Julie has roots in printing and mailing. Her 5th-great-grandfather signed the Declaration of Independence as the Postmaster General. Her first job was a paper route (she broke the gender barrier against female workers at the time by using her brother’s name.) After studying business and foreign language at University of San Diego, and noteworthy achievements during 12 years of employment at Diablo Canyon, Julie rediscovered her calling in data, printing, and mailing when she started SLOCO Data in 1987. In addition to serving on Camp Fire’s board, she is President of the Rotary Club of the Five Cities Eco, Vice Chair of the Better Business Board, and serves in the Pismo Beach chapter of the International Footprint Association. She is a proud mother of three adult children, a certified scuba rescue diver, and enjoys trips to Mexico with her husband Steve, with whom “life is never dull.”

 

 

 Clint Francis, San Luis Obispo

  Assistant Professor, Biological Sciences Department, Cal Poly

  Clint grew up in Southwestern Colorado, where, through his experiences exploring mountains and deserts, he grew to love the outdoors and developed a desire to learn as much as possible about nature. Clint moved to the Central Coast with his wife and young daughter four years ago. As a professor at Cal Poly, Clint teaches and conducts research in ecology and conservation biology. Clint believes that science education should focus on allowing students to “do” science rather than just learn about it and that the outdoors provides an incredible living laboratory where youth can become passionate about nature and science and hone their critical thinking skills as ecological detectives.