The SLO Food Bank Team

Meet the Team

We each came to the SLO Food Bank with a different story, but we’re united in our belief that every human being has the right to nutritious food. We consider it a privilege to serve our county with kindness, and to serve people without judgment.

 

Please contact staff in regards with inquiries or to request more information using their respective phone numbers and email address.
For general information please call our main office (805) 238-4664.

Executive

Garret Olson

Chief Executive Officer

Garret Olson spent the first 30 years of his professional life helping people in need during his career in Fire Service. Garret retired as the Fire Chief for the City of San Luis Obispo in 2018 and started a consulting firm with another former Fire Chief, Rob Lewin. When the COVID-19 public health emergency impacted… Read more »

Branna Still

Director of Development

Branna joined the SLO Food Bank team in June 2020 and is excited to be a member of a phenomenal organization that offers relief to those who are finding themselves in the most challenging situations. She was born and raised in Missouri. After graduating high school, she studied at the University of Missouri – Columbia… Read more »

Andrea Keisler

Director of Programs

​Andrea was born and raised in San Luis Obispo County. After high school, she moved to the East Coast where she earned her B.A. from Colby College in Maine. Her first experience working for a food bank included a year as a VISTA Americorps volunteer at the Oregon Food Bank in 2000. She taught nutrition… Read more »

Tim Parker

Director of Operations

Tim joined the SLO Food Bank in 2014, looking for a meaningful career change after previously working in the wine industry. He studied History and Philosophy at Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, and in his free time enjoys spending time with wife and daughter hiking, cooking and reading books.

Development

Tara Davis

​Volunteer & Event Coordinator

Tara went to Cal Poly to study nutrition and decided to make SLO her permanent home upon graduating in 2017. Her background includes nutrition and culinary education, event planning, and hospitality management. She started working for the SLO Food Bank in March 2019, which has fulfilled her long-time goal of working with the food insecure… Read more »

Suzie Freeman

Partner Services Manager

Suzie grew up in southern California and originally came to the central coast to earn her B.S. in Animal Science at Cal Poly. After graduation, she was working in animal nutrition and medical marketing before returning to school to complete a degree in dietetics and nutrition. Suzie started volunteering at the SLO Food Bank in… Read more »

Luise Gleason

Marketing & Communications Coordinator

Luise was born and raised in Germany. She moved to the USA in 2010 after graduating high school and completing a three-year dual training as media designer for digital and print media. During the seven years she lived in Connecticut, she acquired additional skills in photography, marketing, website maintenance and social media management. Her continued… Read more »

Programs

Emily Hansen

Community Food Programs Manager

Emily grew up in San Diego, and made her move to the Central Coast 5 years ago when she came here for school. She graduated with a degree in Food Science from Cal Poly in June 2017. While in school, she fell in love with the area and the community, and decided she was going… Read more »

Alexandra McPherson

Emergency Program Support Coordinator

Alex was born and raised in New Mexico and moved to SLO county in December 2019. She played collegiate volleyball and graduated from New Mexico State University with a B.S. in Sociology and Criminal Justice in 2012. She has spent the last 3 years on the east coast working at a Food Bank just outside… Read more »

Cameron Gonzalez

Nutrition Program Coordinator

Cameron is a current student at Cal Poly studying Food Science with a concentration in culinary. She enjoys looking for new ways to make recipes healthier, but just as tasty as before. She loves that the SLO Food Bank offers modified recipes to the community to show that healthy eating can still taste delicious. Cameron… Read more »

Roxanne Sanders

GleanSLO Program Manager

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…. Read more »

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… Read more »

Katharine Lane

GleanSLO Assistant Program Coordinator

Kat grew up in Boulder, Colorado and from a young age had an appreciation for the mountains and all things outside. After taking a year off to travel and learn about sustainable development, she found herself on the Central Coast of California attending Cal Poly, through a series of lucky coincidences. Kat studied Anthropology and… Read more »

Chuck Asmus

GleanSLO Driver

Chuck was raised in Southern California where he graduated high school. In Northern California, he earned a bachelor degree and teaching credential. For 33 1/2 years he worked as a clerk. Upon retirement he and his wife moved to the Central Coast. Chuck was recruited by legend recruiter and volunteer Marv to GleanSLO. After a… Read more »

Operations

David Phillips

Bookkeeper / Office Manager

David joined the SLO Food Bank in April 2018 as it’s first in-house bookkeeper. He enjoys the many opportunities to collaborate with the staff in creating a finely tuned system for tracking and sharing the financial information necessary in planning for the progress and growth of the SLO Food Bank. He is constantly in awe… Read more »

Gonzalo Martinon

Warehouse Manager

Gonzo has been working for the SLO Food Bank since July 2017. Before that, he was a server and manager in the food industry for 16 years. At the age of 7, he moved from Mexico City to San Luis Obispo. Helping people in need has always been a passion of his which he can… Read more »

Clifford Mendez

Warehouse Assistant Manager

Short biography coming soon!

Matthew Althoff

Partner Services Clerk

Matthew grew up in Minnesota before being drawn to the west coast. He attended Cal Poly as a biological science major with a concentration in marine science. He has also participated and organized some ocean conservation efforts including monitoring clam populations and organizing beach clean-ups on the central coast. More recently, Matthew has been working… Read more »

Kenneth Knott

USDA Clerk

Short biography coming soon!

Shadoe Venezuela

Warehouse Worker / Driver

Short biography coming soon!

John Budd

Warehouse Worker / Driver

Before starting his job at the SLO Food Bank in early 2019, John was a self-employed mechanic in Santa Maria. Being a part of our team and giving back to the community, makes this the best job opportunity he ever had. Whenever he is not at work, you can find him spending time with his… Read more »

Chris Vasquez

Warehouse Worker / Driver

Short biography coming soon!

Adam Martin

Warehouse Worker / Driver

Short biography coming soon!