Our Team

Staff

Roxanne Sanders
Roxanne Sanders, GleanSLO Program Manager, Food Bank - Roxanne grew up in the Bay Area town of El Cerrito. She developed a deep love of 'community’ while studying city planning at Sonoma State University. Her first taste of working in agriculture was with a non-profit farm in Petaluma, California, which provided free or low-cost produce to low-income families, as well as nutrition education. In 2014, she moved to Templeton with her soon to be husband. Roxanne and her fiancé currently run a 2-acre organic farm as their “second job,” which is where her relationship with GleanSLO blossomed. She loves being outside and spending time with her family. She spends most of her free time traveling up and down the coast with her fiancé and their two 85 pound labs!



Emily Wilson

Emily Wilson, GleanSLO Program Coordinator -

Commonly known as Wilson or simply Willy, Emily Wilson grew up in the suburbs of Cincinnati, Ohio. After spending four years in Tallahassee, Florida earning her bachelors degree, she relocated to central coast California where she discovered her passion for communal living, mountainous landscapes, and rescuing fresh local produce. She spends her time outside of GleanSLO cycling around town, playing games, cooking, or making 'art'.

 

 




Steering Committee Team





Gail McNichols
Gail McNichols. Founder of Backyard Harvest - Gail was born in Paso Robles but grew up in the San Joaquin Valley, followed by the Bay area where she graduated from University of San Francisco with a Graduate degree in Public Administration and began a career with the State of California that lasted 30 years. Her career emphasis involved mental health, law enforcement, and program administration. She has lived in Paso Robles for the past 20 years during which time she has been involved with various community projects,including The County Commission on the Status of Women, Loaves and Fishes, and a World Cultural Exchange Group in which she has traveled extensively. In 2007 she was part of a small grassroots effort to start a local gleaning community to help our neighbors who were in need of food support. They began gardens with the motto “grow an extra row” and volunteered to glean local gardens and farms to donate produce to the needy. Gail started the nonprofit Backyard Harvest to address this effort. This small seed became a full garden under the nurturing of those who created GleanSLO.
"Gleaning the Templeton Farmers Market has been a joy, and although health issues have been a challenge I find myself unable to refrain from participating in GleanSLO in ways that I can contribute.I have had the privilege of being part of this group,watching as GleanSlo inspires others to support the food insecure in healthy ways."


Susan McTaggart
Susan McTaggart. Los Osos Community Member - Susan first discovered the San Luis Obispo area when she came to Cal Poly in 1974. After graduating with a BS in Natural Resources Management she moved to Washington state for ten years, returning to the central coast to raise her family. She taught elementary school in Atascadero until retiring in 2014. Being a long-time gardener and advocate for healthy eating, volunteering with GleanSLO was a perfect fit for her retirement time. She loves being able to help others by spending time outdoors harvesting fresh produce. She was immediately impressed by the sense of community and caring that GleanSLO and its volunteers represent, and is proud to be a part of this group.


Jennifer Codron
Jennifer Codron, Director, SLO Grown Kids - Growing up in Michigan, Jennifer feasted on produce from the garden during summertime. She attended Loyola University in Chicago where she earned a degree in Philosophy with a minor in Environmental Science. She has worked as a field biologist and an arborist. She currently volunteers as the Monarch Grove Elementary School Garden Coordinator. She is passionate about introducing kids to the pleasures and benefits of eating fresh fruit and vegetables.






Lynn Cullen
Lynn Cullen, Atascadero Community Member - Lynn was born and raised on a farm in Iowa and moved to San Luis Obispo County in 1989 to attend Cal Poly. She has a Master’s in Urban Forestry and Entomology and prior to retirement, worked for Pacific Gas and Electric as a Program Manager/Utility Arborist. After several years of traveling for work, Lynn is looking forward to being at home, engaging with her community and being available for volunteer work. With a Midwestern distaste for waste, experience as a youngster gleaning in the cornfield after harvest, a love of being outdoors and working side by side with a diversity of people, GleanSLO provides her with an ideal blend of fun and service. She believes that GleanSLO is at a key point of growth and change and appreciates the opportunity to participate and contribute.


Carolyn Eicher
Carolyn Eicher, GleanSLO co-founder - Carolyn Eicher loves to connect people through food--gleaning and harvesting, cooking and gardening. She was former GleanSLO Program Manager and also co-founded SLO Grown Kids, a local non-profit, to help promote school gardens. She loves photography and over the years has provided many photos for GleanSLO's newsletters, blog, Facebook and Flickr. She is proud to have helped create this gleaning program and loves that friendships have formed in fields, orchards, backyards and farms.





Nell Wade
Nell Wade, San Luis Obispo Community Member- Nell's passion for a healthy community began with a desire to know all about gardening and how things grow. After owning a florist shop in Orange County for 9 years, she joined the UCCE Master Gardener program where she created a venue for the OC Master Gardeners at Casa Romantica. Eventually this volunteer position grew into a part-time job at which she managed garden volunteers, cataloged native plants, helped with fundraisers and more. Nell has continued with the Master Gardener program after moving to the Central Coast with her husband, Jeff, in 2006. An active member of the community, Nell is a part of the CRFG (CA Rare Fruit Growers), a local group of Seed Savers, has completed a Permaculture Design Course and is currently the Treasurer of the SLO Grange #639. She started volunteering with GleanSLO in 2012 and finds the work to be rewarding and therapeutic. Through her work with these organizations, she realizes the importance of local food distribution and the need to feed the under served with local resources. Nell's love of gardening has come full circle to encompass feeding people, feeding soil and feeding community, in addition to growing a beautiful landscape.

Kylee Singh
Kylee Singh, Los Osos Community Member- Kylee is from Brawley, California, a small farming community in the furthest southeast corner of the state. Her connection to the land was established early in her childhood when her favorite pastime was doing field checks with her dad and "sampling" produce before harvest. Since high school, Kylee has lived all over California but has most recently moved back to the central coast after three years spent in Alaska. Kylee has a degree in Environmental Science from Humboldt State University (HSU) and her Masters in Public Policy (MPP '13) from Cal Poly. In 2016, Kylee and her husband Nick were lucky enough to move back to SLO County so she could take the role as Cal Poly's first Sustainability Coordinator. Throughout school and before her job at Cal Poly she worked with a variety of environmental non-profits including ECOSLO here locally. While she feels blessed to have established a career in sustainability, specifically as it relates to the university's resource management, her passion has always been in sustainable food systems. Her role on the Glean SLO steering committee is one fun way to continue working toward a more socially and environmentally just food web. When she is not working or gleaning, you can find her and her husband working on their house, on an adventure in the great outdoors, or growing, cooking, and preserving local bounty. She loves sharing her foodie skills and the fruits of her labor with her friends, family, and community.



Past Steering Committee Members, Founders and Contributors

Chris Aho
Bev Aho
Kathy apRoberts
Roger Burton
Megan Chicoine, Former Community Outreach Manager, Food Bank
Rob Coghill
Jim Cole
Norma Cole, Transition Towns, Institute for Sustainable Living
Greg Ellis, One Cool Earth
Caroline Ginsberg
Carl R. Hansen, Food Bank Coalition CEO
Lynn James
Jim Patterson
Dr. Liz Schlemer
Pam Stein
Stephanie Teaford, Community Liaison, STRIDE, Cal Poly, Board Member, Food Bank Coalition
Dr. Linda Vanasupa