Board of Directors
Jim first became familiar with San Luis Obispo County as a child, with his annual camping trips to Pismo Beach, back in the days when Pismo Clams were still to be found. His parents decided to retire from the Bay Area to Arroyo Grande in the early 1990s. He first visited the Dana Adobe in 2010; his mother had passed away in December, and he needed a distraction. It happened that now past DANA President, Helen Daurio gave him an incredible tour and inspired his historical passions’ about the Rancho, and early California history.
He retired a few years ago, after working for non-profits, doing non-profit consulting and working with and for the government. During Jim’s government career he had a chance to work in the library, historical preservation, and archives fields. He also had the opportunity to serve on a few non-profit, professional association and government boards, including the Grouseland Foundation – which is the home and Indiana Territorial Governor’s Mansion of William Henry Harrison, the ninth President of the United States.
Brian Craig Kreowski
Brian Craig Kreowski, Jd, Esq. was born and raised in San Luis Obispo County. He is a graduate of Arroyo Grande High School and continued on to have concurrent attendance at Cuesta College and West Hills College before graduating from Cal Poly in Political Science. He then went on to earn his Law Degree from California Western School of Law in San Diego. Brian is now running his own Legal Practice and is a Political Science teacher at Cuesta.
Along with being a member of the Dana Adobe Nipomo Amigos since 2011 and Intrum President in 2013, he was the Past President of the History Center, and is currently President of the Shell Beach Improvement Group. Brian enjoys finding ways to improve the Central Coast Community and learn the history that gets lost in our communities. His Favorite quote is “Who we are is who we were” – Amistad.
Garett Dana is a 6th generation Nipomo resident and a direct descendent of Captain William Dana. He and his wife Jenna have three children and enjoy riding and raising horses, going to rodeos, helping with the family cattle operation, and traveling. Garett has been a board member since 2016 and feels honored that he can give his time and efforts to keeping the spirit of the Adobe alive.
Shirley Horacek is one of the newer DANA Board Members having a long time association with the Dana Adobe through the Nipomo Arts Commission with events and art exhibits, as well as ongoing membership. Shirley works with several Dana Adobe committees, helping plan and bring meaningful historical exhibits to the DACC. Shirley has resided in Nipomo for the past 29 years while working in the field of Education Administration as Superintendent/Principal of the Ballard School District in the Santa Ynez Valley. Upon retiring, Shirley was able to pursue her artistic passion with watercolor painting and mixed media and now belongs to several art organizations locally and nationally, as well as teaching a local adult watercolor class and participating in art shows. Shirley looks forward to the continuing growth and program expansion of the DACC.
Bob was born and raised in the Central Valley of California. After 3 years in the US Army he spent the next 40 years in the Los Angeles area. Bob has a BS in Business Management from CSU Long Beach, with a Chemistry minor. He also has an MBA from the University of Phoenix. Bob retired in Nipomo in 2008 after 40 years in the petroleum industry. Bob joined DANA in 2009, participating in the restoration of the Adobe. He has been a weekend docent for the past 5 years and has spent a total of 6 years on the DANA Board. With Len Hoskins, he formed the DANA Volunteer Force in 2017. Bob is a past treasurer and current member of the Dana Board. Bob enjoys playing tennis and golf on a weekly basis, fishing when he can and a week of snow skiing each winter. Bob enjoys Dixieland Jazz and volunteers at several festivals each year. Having been married to Rena (also a DANA Docent) for 54 years, Bob enjoys spending time with his family, consisting of 2 children, 5 grandchildren and 1 great grandchild. When asked what words of wisdom Bob lives by he says, “Several come to mind; “do unto others as you would have them do unto you” and “You catch a lot more flies with sugar than with vinegar”.
Sarah has been the Administration Coordinator at the DANA Adobe & Cultural Center for over three years. She is currently attending Allan Hancock College and is working towards transferring to a University to obtain a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting with a minor in Graphic Design. She was born and raised in Albuquerque, New Mexico for 14 years before moving to Nipomo. She’s been a California resident for over 6 years now. She enjoys spending her free time reading, painting, and taking walks along the beach with her family. The motto that she likes to live by is “the best preparation for tomorrow is doing your best today.” She looks forward to continuing her work at Dana.
Colleen has her Masters degree in Library Science (MLS) from the University of Arizona. She started Volunteering at DANA as a Docent in January of 2009. She is a California native and enjoys reading mysteries, gardening, volunteering, going to plays, long walks, and loving on her cat.
Fundraising & Volunteer Director
Krissy Arnal (maiden name is Mougeotte) is our new Volunteer Coordinator, she was 34 years old when she started with us in February 2020. She was born & raised in Santa Maria, California. She has two beautiful children with her husband of 10 years. Her home will always be the Central Coast because majority of her family still lives here. She comes to us from Blacklake Golf Resort, she was their Events & Catering Director and she owns Events by Krissy an Event Planning & Design business. She has a big heart and volunteers for many different organizations such as the OASIS Center in Old Orcutt, the Relay for Life of Santa Maria & Angel Gowns for Dignity. She was interested in working for DANA Adobe & Cultural Center because of her love for the outdoors, the education program and her passion for events. She graduates in June 2021 from Allan Hancock College with an Associates Degree in Catering & Event Management. She’s also a Registered Dental Assistant (since 2005) and a Certified Massage Therapist (since 2008). She wear many different hats and we are excited to have her here to grow our Docent & Education Program. She is amazed that we have such a passionate volunteers and is looking forward to working with us.
General Maintenance Supervisor
Ben moved to Nipomo from Birmingham, Alabama, in August of 2019 and has worked at DANA since then. He attended Young Harris College, The University of Alabama, and Shelton State Community College ultimately graduating with an Associates in Applied Science and a Certificate of Completion from the Welding program. During his off time he coached a youth lacrosse team in Orcutt and enjoys hiking with his girlfriend and their dog – a toy blue merle Australian shepherd female.