Michael Byrd, Board President
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Michael Byrd, a licensed real estate broker and owner of SLO HomeStore, serves California’s Central Coast as an exclusive buyer’s representative. A resident of Arroyo Grande, he serves on the San Luis Obispo County Latino Outreach Council, and has served on both the Arroyo Grande and Grover Beach chambers of commerce boards. He is a past president of the Grover Beach Chamber of Commerce, the Pismo Coast Association of Realtors, the Scenic Coast Association of Realtors and the National Association of Exclusive Buyer Agents.
Larry Vernon, Board Secretary
Larry Vernon is a retired Santa Maria Police Department sergeant who has lived with his family in Grover Beach for more than 40 years. His three children and six grandchildren were all born in the San Luis Obispo area. He has a bachelor of science degree in organizational leadership, and was a board member of Good Samaritan Shelter in Santa Maria from 1989 until 2017. He also served on the board of Fighting Back Santa Maria Valley from 2006 to 2010. He is committed to seeing the needs of his neighbors and helping them succeed as productive community members.
Ken Dalebout, Board Treasurer
Ken Dalebout has served as Chief Administrative Officer for Arroyo Grande Community Hospital and the Dignity Health Central Coast Service Area Vice President since 2011. In these positions, Ken has has responsibility for all services at Arroyo Grande Community Hospital. Ken has more than 20 years of experience in the healthcare industry. His background encompasses operations, business development and governance relations in both not-for-profit and for profit health care organizations.
Ken is the past Chair of the Arroyo Grande Grover Beach Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors. Ken is married to his wife, Angela, and has four children; two are Arroyo Grande High School graduates with two more on track.
Linda Pierce, Vice President
Linda is a resident of Arroyo Grande. She works with Lucia Mar Unified School District as the current Director of Student Services. Previously Linda worked as a teacher, district homeless and foster care liaison, and after school district program coordinator. In addition to Linda’s leadership with Lucia Mar Unified School District, Linda serves our community as a volunteer with several agencies. Linda has previously been recognized as Teacher of the Year. She is a graduate of San Diego State University and Cal Poly Masters in Education Administration.
Anna Miller, Vice President
Anna Miller currently serves as the Director of Property Management for Peoples’ Self-Help Housing (PSHH) supervising the property management, maintenance, compliance and accounting operations for the organization. Anna’s experience in the low income and multi-family housing industry spans nearly two decades. Prior to joining PSHH, Anna was with Mercy Housing Northwest as an Area Director of Operations and the City of Seattle Housing Authority as a Senior Property Manager, where she provided leadership in policy development and management oversight in all facets of property management operations for a portfolio consisting of over 2,000 units. Anna is knowledgeable of HUD, RD, and Tax Credit programs. She also has experience with Family, Senior, Disabled, Homeless, mixed use properties, and extensive rehab. A transplant from the Seattle area, Anna has been a resident of Grover Beach for the past two years. She volunteers her time with ECO SLO and other environmental groups.
Linda M Austin
Linda Austin brings a strong knowledge of the region, and desire to help with homeless issues in South County to the 5CHC Board. Linda is a 4th generation lifelong resident of Oceano. She is a licensed Realtor and continues her work in the family business, Guiton Realty, which has been in continuous operation in Oceano since 1921. Linda believes strongly in community service. She currently serves as Vice President of the Oceano Community Services District, Secretary of the Oceano Advisory Council, the Chair of the Oceano/Nipomo Tourism Board, President of the Oceano Depot Association, Inc. and Past President and member of the Oceano Kiwanis.
Nancy graduated from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo where she majored in Journalism and was a member of the tennis team. After graduation Nancy returned to her native Southern California where she earned national recognition in sales performance for Fortune 500 companies. In 1990 she relocated to the Central Coast and worked in broadcast radio and television sales management.
Nancy has been a top performing local Realtor for the past 17 years, working for Taylor Hoving Realty Group in Arroyo Grande. She also volunteers as a counselor to seniors through Wilshire Community Services and as a mental health advocacy speaker with THMA. She cares deeply about those living on the fringe of society, struggling with addictions and mental health issues, and would like to help make a difference.
An avid tennis player and yoga enthusiast, Nancy loves living in Grover Beach with her husband Steve Lieberman, and two dogs Coco and Betty. Their two young adult aged children live in Morro Bay.
Peggy Coon holds a bachelor of arts degree in sociology. As a former sales and marketing executive, she brings a 33-year professional background in health care and employee benefits to the Coalition. She participates in a variety of community enhancement projects, and has represented California State Parks Oceano District for the past 10 years as a docent chairperson, currently leading community outreach and education programs. Peggy and her husband David have lived in Arroyo Grande for 10 years.
Pat Cusack and his family are longtime residents of the area. A local businessman, Pat is involved in several business ventures, including Toyota of Santa Maria and Honda of Santa Maria.
Pat is very active with his church and several other community efforts especially focused on youth including youth sports and the development and restoration of Camp Arroyo Grande.
Phil is a former financial institution management consulting Partner with KPMG, independent bank consultant, and former bank Chief Financial Officer. He earned an MBA in Finance and has both a CPA and a Real Estate Brokers license. He has served on the Boards of the Natural History Association and SLO CASA and serves as a Policy Advisor on Good Government for AARP of California. Phil is also the local coordinator for the Nipomo AARP-Taxaide site where he coordinates the activities of 23 volunteers who prepare approximately 800 tax returns for those who cannot afford a paid tax preparer. Their efforts return as much as $ 600,000 per year in income tax refunds.
Phil and his wife Candace own Paradise Real Estate. Candace is actively involved in many South County charitable activities.
Judith Higgins was born and grew up in Colorado. After completing an Associate’s Degree in Art she joined United Airlines as a flight attendant and moved out to Los Angeles. She married her husband during this period (45 years ago) and had two children. The family moved to Georgia where she became an entrepreneur (owning an import leather business and a botanicals business), went back to college studying Art & Sociology, and volunteered 8 years for CASA as a special advocate for children. She worked in business for over 15 years, first recruiting management level employees for manufacturing and distribution and then owning her own business (GMD Group USA) introducing beauty products Made in America to distributors in Asia. This business lead her to become a speaker in the beauty industry and travel around the globe to speak at beauty conferences. Hobbies are: biking, hiking, dancing, and writing short stories. She retired in 2015 and began a search for her next journey. After moving to the central coast 13 years ago and observing the growth of the homeless population, she decided to join a team of professionals in the field and help them in Marketing and Sales.
Pastor David Hutsko
David Hutsko currently serves as Lead Pastor at New Life Community Church in Pismo Beach, CA. Originally from the Midwest, he now resides in Arroyo Grande with his wife, Dana, and their four children. David is passionate about serving his community in ways that not only help those who are under-resourced but seeks to maintain and restore dignity in their lives. Throughout his ministry David has worked with people of various religious and non-religious backgrounds in order to find ways to love our neighbors in greater ways.
Paul is a retired teacher and principal of Dana Elementary School. He has served our community in many capacities including as a volunteer with several social service and youth sports organizations and through his church. Throughout his career and retirement, Paul has worked to help solve many community challenges, ranging from gang involvement to health and welfare issues.
Krista is an artist, a wife, and a mother of three. She is the Lead Organizer for SLO County YIMBY, an advocacy group for healthier, more affordable and accessible communities. Raised in coastal Virginia, she has lived in Mexico, Tunisia, Australia, and the Pacific Northwest. Krista holds an AS in Medical Assisting from Monterey Peninsula College and is passionate about public health, community engagement, public art, and building a future where we all have a place to call home. Krista’s family is dedicated to being and raising good neighbors who love and support people in practical ways. She lives in Grover Beach where she enjoys local thrift stores, neighborhood potlucks, and painting murals.
Richard Malvarose is a Central Coast native who took a 25-year leave of absence while serving in the US Army. He retired with his wife Diane and six children in Nipomo in 2012 and hasn’t taken a day off since. They are the co-owners of a real estate and property management company and he is extremely involved in his community. A past president of the Nipomo Chamber of Commerce; Board member and chair of the Land Use Committee of the South County Advisory Council; president of the Olde Towne Nipomo Association; Service Officer for the South County Veterans of Foreign Wars; vice president of South County Visitor Services; and past Veteran of the Year for the 35th District. He is committed to assisting anyone and everyone in his community that has a need no matter the circumstances.
Chief Jake Miller
Chief Miller is a 25 year veteran of the Pismo Beach Police Department, and assumed the responsibilities as Chief of Police in 2014. During his career, Jake has also served as an instructor at Allan Hancock College Law Enforcement Academy.
Jake earned his bachelor’s degree at Cal Poly and a certificate in criminal justice from the University of Virginia. He’s also a graduate of the Sherman Block Leadership Institute and the 249th Session of the FBI National Academy.
Amy Taylor is a native of the Central Coast, recently returning here after nearly 20 years in Southern California where she worked with special education students. Amy is an insurance broker focusing on Health plans. Amy has a passion for helping those less fortunate and an empathy and understanding for those in times of hardship. In addition to her service with 5CHC, Amy also volunteers serving the homeless with her church.
Richard Van Houten
Richard Van Houten, a resident of Nipomo, brings to the 5CHC Board of Directors an understanding of the needs of those who are homeless and marginalized. A retired information technology director, he has served for more than 20 years as a shelter and food service volunteer at Prado Day Center and the Maxine Lewis Shelter in SLO, and on various committees with SLO United Methodist Church. He was a BSA scoutmaster from 1992 to 2000.
Brad Wilbert is a retired Kern County Sheriff’s Department Commander and has lived in Arroyo Grande since retiring in 2005. He and his wife, Linda, have been married for 42 years, have four children, and eight grandchildren. Brad holds a bachelor of arts degree in Public Policy and Administration from Cal State Bakersfield, and brings to the 5CHC a strong interest in working with others to provide hope, support, and resources to those experiencing or facing homelessness.