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!


Margot Inman
Margaux Inman, GleanSLO Program Coordinator, Food Bank - Margaux grew up in Paris and then moved to San Luis Obispo in 1998. She studied Biology and Environmental Sciences at UC Santa Cruz, when she wasn’t biking around town gleaning the many public fruit trees. After graduation, she spent most of her time traveling and volunteering. Along the way, Margaux found a passion working for non-profit organizations. Ready to come back to the Central Coast, she wanted to continue with this passion, but this time benefiting the community she had grown up with. Margaux has always valued the importance of fresh produce and being connected to your food and believes that this should be accessible to all. In her free time, Margaux enjoys spending time outdoors, hiking, biking, building/fixing things, and soaking up the sunshine.


Dylan Jones
Dylan Jones, GleanSLO Volunteer Coordinator - I was born and raised in Santa Maria, California. I never really noticed the environment until I began studying environmental science at Willamette University in Salem, Oregon. I grew up playing sports and played football and ran track in college. After graduating I served an Americorps term with the Center for Natural Lands Management in Olympia, Washington doing prairie restoration. Being in the northwest for those years really made me miss home, especially the weather, so it’s great to be back. I’m very excited that I get to go to work everyday and make a serious difference in my home community. In my free time I enjoy working out and watching my garden grow.




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.


Kathy apRoberts
Kathy apRoberts. San Luis Obispo Community Member - A constant theme in Kathy’s life has been giving back to her community. She has successfully used her skills as an educator to serve in a variety of roles as a volunteer. She is most proud of her years of service as a member of the board for the American Diabetes Association - Southern California Affiliate. She helped develop an educational model used to support children with diabetes and their families. The resulting program, One to One, was successfully implemented in both local hospitals and support groups throughout Southern California. After moving to San Luis Obispo six years ago, she became a Master Gardener and an active volunteer with GleanSLO. “I am honored to have the opportunity to help ensure that nutritious, local food gets in the hands of those in need.”


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.



Past Steering Committee Members, Founders and Contributors

Chris Aho
Bev Aho
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