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DANA Board & Staff

Board of Directors

Rudy Stowell, President rudystowell@gmail.com
Alan Daurio, Past President ahdaurio@sbcglobal.net

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.

Brian Craig Kreowski, Past President BrianK@sblg.legal

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 with a Bachelor’s in Political Science. He then went on to earn his Juris Doctorate in Law from California Western School of Law in San Diego. Brian passed the bar in 1992 and is now running his own Legal Practice, Shelby Law Group, and is a Political Science teacher at Cuesta for the past 22 years.

            Along with being a member of the Dana Adobe Nipomo Amigos sine 2011 and Interim 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.

Mary Mylan, Treasurer dmmylan@att.net

Mary has been on the Dana board for about 5 years. Mary was born in New York and lived in New Jersey until moving to Nipomo in 1965 at the age of 10 and has been here ever since. Mary enjoys cycling, reading and traveling. She has 4 grown children and three grandchildren. She earned an MBA from the University of La Verne while 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. Mary enjoys the motivational quote “The only person you should try to be better than is the person you were yesterday.”

Roger Ridley, Secretary rogerridley@hotmail.com

Bob Weiger, bweiger@sbcglobal.net

Bob is a past treasurer and current member of the Dana Board.  He also serves as a Weekend Docent and as leader of the Dana Volunteer Force.

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 Bachelors 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 then 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.

In his free time, 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.

Favorite quote/ motto:  Several come to mind;  “do unto others as you would have them do unto you”,  “If you can’t say something nice..shut up!”.  “You catch a lot more flies with sugar than with vinegar”.

Garrett Dana   garett.dana@gmail.com
Shirley Horacek bnshoracek@gmail.com

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 True bobtrue1949@gmail.com

Bob is a 4th generation San Luis Obispoian, who attended SLO High School, Cuesta College and Cal Poly. He spent 24 years in the US Army, first as a Physical Therapy Assistant. During the latter part of the Viet Nam War he worked at Ft. Sam Houston, on the Burn Unit, caring for our returning soldiers. He then spent 41/2 years at the United States Military Academy, West Point, New York, as an Assistant Athletic Trainer for Intercollegiate Athletics. Several years later he was a Battalion Personnel NCO for the 185th Transportation Battalion during Desert Storm. Upon his retirement in December1996, he worked 8 years at Blacklake Golf Course and then 12 years for Monarch Dunes Golf Course, ending that career as an administrative assistant.

Bob’s Great Grandmother, Christina Lopez Trujillo Naja worked for the Dana Family in the late 1890’s and remained a family friend until her death in 1943. With this in mind Bob volunteered with The Dana Adobe, and for the last 6 months has been serving on the Board of Directors and the Events Committee.

Staff

Robin Bogue – Executive Director

Robin has been with Dana for a year now and cannot wait for the years to come! Previously she graduated from CSU, Fresno in 1992 with a degree in Graphic and Interior Design with a concentration in Marketing.  Robin owned and operated Golden Image Graphics for 10 years and William James Cellars for 15 years. She’s a 4TH generation native of the Central Coast of California.  Robin spent her childhood roaming the hills in Shandon before moving to Santa Maria/Nipomo as an adult. She enjoy’s wine tasting, dinner on the coast, snow skiing with her family, summers at the lake, reading, designing rosaries, cooking/baking, traveling and concerts with friends. Her life motto she lives by is “It’s a wonderful life!!  Ingredients for Happiness and Prosperity:  BREAD that this house never know hunger. SALT that life may always have flavor and  WINE that joy and prosperity may reign forever.”

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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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Ricki Harms– Docent and Membership Coordinator

Ricki says her greatest accomplishment are her kids.  “I was a stay at home mom for 20 years, but I am excited to be able to be in a position where I get to dive into history everyday.” She’s been at Dana for a little over a month and is excited to kick things off. She’s from Santa Maria, but likes to get out and travel often. She admits to always including a historical site wherever she travels because she believes in keeping history alive and thriving. Ricki is an all around animal lover and enjoys her work days with the office cat Fig.

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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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Jan Barberi- Exhibit/Gallery Coordinator

Janis Barberi is a 4th generation Californian originally from Malibu; Jan grew up in Southern California  surfing up and down the coast from Malibu to Northern California and riding her horse all over the Santa Monica Mountains. She graduated from National University, San Diego, CA with a degree in Business Administration and a Minor in Marketing with a Focus in Consumer and Business Finance. Her earlier studies included Fine Art, Graphic Design, and Advertising. These courses and experiences during her childhood helped her define her hobbies today from exploring and admiring the outdoors,  hiking, riding her bike,  photography (published), writing poetry (published), listening to music, volunteering, and body surfing. Her Dana career started a year and a half ago and brings in the matra into the office that “Happiness is the new rich. Inner peace is the new success. Health is the new wealth. Kindness is the new cool.”

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Colleen Becks- Membership CoordinatorDocent, Collections & Docent Library; Librarian (P/T) at Hancock College: 

Colleen recieved her Masters degree in Library Science (MLS) at The University of Arizona. She is a California native that joined the Dana family in January of 2009 by volunteering and becoming a Docent. In her free time she likes to
read mysteries, garden, volunteer, go to plays, walk, love on her cat Peaches. She often listens to mellow music or jazz;  but more specifically listens to Dave Stacey while on car trips, along with James Taylor or Norah Jones.

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