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DANA Board & Staff

Board of Directors

Rudy Stowell, President

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Alan Daurio, Past President

A native of New England like William Dana, Alan received the M.S. in Aeronautics and Astronautics from M.I.T. in 1971, moved to California and, there, received an M.S. in Public Administration from Cal State Long Beach in 1978. Alan began working as an aerospace engineer in 1970 and retired as a Senior Project Engineer from the Space Launch Operations Division of the Aerospace Corp. in 2005 after 25 years with that company. He also interned at the Fair Housing Council of West L.A. and in the Long Beach City Planning Dept. while attending Long Beach State. While living in Long Beach, he also volunteered for 15 years as a docent at Rancho Los Alamitos, a Spanish-era rancho.
Al has been a committed member of the DANA family. In addition to
serving as a seasoned docent, Al has played a steadfast role in the continuing development efforts of the DANA: DANA Board Vice President for two years, participating in event and strategic planning, bylaws revision, giving speaking engagements and in general outreach to community groups. With wife, Helen, they were Board co-Presidents for 2 ½ years beginning in 2011. During that period, he was deeply involved in shepherding the organization through an EIR process that resulted in county approval of a major conditional use permit affecting DANA’s Master Site Plan. He continues to serve on numerous DANA committees and, as Past President, sits on the Executive Committee.

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Brian Craig Kreowski, Past President

 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.

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Mary Mylan, Treasurer

Mary was born in New York and lived in New Jersey until moving to Nipomo in 1965 at the age of 10.  Mary believes  “The only person you should try to be better than is the person you were yesterday. Mary has been on the Dana board for about 5 years.  She has 4 grown children and three grandchildren. She earned an MBA from the University of La Verne whike her own children were attending college. She has recently retired from 28 years in banking, leaving her more time to enjoy reading, cycling and traveling. She and her husband host cyclists from all over the world.

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Roger Ridley, Secretary

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Garrett Dana

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Shirley Horacek

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.

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Bob Weiger

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”.

Staff

Sarah Allen – Administrative Assistant

Sarah has been the Administration Assistant at the Dana Adobe Cultural Center for over two 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.

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Alexis Carreno– Events Coordinator

Lexi just joined the Dana office family and is recently graduated from the University of Alabama with a degree in Communication Studies, a minor in Computer Science and focused on leadership and diversity. She was born and raised in Nipomo and is happy to be home to plan events for her local community. She loves to explore the central coast every weekend. Especially by going hiking with her Australian shepherd puppy and attending  pop up events. She likes to live the mentality that Smiles make the world go round and hopes to bring joy to al the events  to come at Dana.

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Colleen Becks- Membership Coordinator; volunteer—Docent, Collections & Docent Library; Librarian (P/T) at Hancock College

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.

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Kiesa Romero- Events and Administrative Assistant

Kiesa has always enjoyed being a part of something much bigger than herself. Born and raised here in Nipomo she attended Nipomo High School and was honored to serve as Associated Student Body President. She then enrolled at Allan Hancock College where she was named Scholar Athlete of the Year for 2019 and graduated with an associate of science degree in Business Administration. She is currently attending California Polytechnic State University for her Bachelors in Recreation Management and minor in Event Planning. She is set to graduate in 2021. Kiesa is excited for her future at Dana and hopes to gain experience in outdoor education and nonprofit management in effort to give back to the community she was raised in.

“Find your passion, get involved and leave a legacy.” – Kiesa

Benjamin Lapinski- Project Coordinator

Facilities and Maintenance