The Board of the Morro Bay Open Space Alliance is an all-volunteer group of people who want to preserve the greenbelt and access to nature around Morro Bay. If you are interested in joining this working Board, there is an application form at the bottom of this page.
Glenn Silloway, Chair
Glenn moved to Morro Bay from Minnesota in 2003. He is a political scientist by training, a marketer by occupation, and a conservation supporter by conviction. He is active in several community-based organizations in SLO County and serves on the Morro Bay City General Plan Advisory Committee.
Janet Gibson, Vice Chair
Janet’s experience in environmental non-profits comes from a decade of various positions within the Green Building Council. As a geologist by training and an earlier occupation, she still loves rocks and the landscapes they create. Much of her free time is spent happily hiking in and around the Big Sur coast.
Tina Metzger, Secretary
Tina owns a land use planning firm, and is a member of the adjunct faculty at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo College of Architecture and Environmental Design.
Bill Luffee, Treasurer
Bill moved to San Luis Obispo County in 1974 and then to Morro Bay in 1999. He is a Cal Poly San Luis Obispo graduate, a business owner, and a strong supporter of conservation. He is a member of the Morro Bay Harbor Advisory Board, and is deeply concerned about Morro Bay in general.
Dianne is a retired biology teacher. She has lived part time in Morro Bay since 1975 and full time since 2004. She has been or is involved in several environmental activities in the area including membership and fundraising with the Cayucos Land Conservancy, marine mammal rescues with The Marine Mammal Center, San Luis Obispo Women’s Hiking Group, and Morro Bay in Bloom.
Donna Burke studied Biology at Cal Poly and the University of Queensland in Australia. Her passion is to educate youth to appreciate the wonder and beauty of our natural world. Donna enjoyed being a Naturalist at a local outdoor school during the school year, and Lifeguard and Morro Bay Junior Lifeguard Coordinator during the summers. She enjoys traveling and led college students in an intensive indigenous scientific study to Fiji, New Zealand, and Australia. Currently, she teaches high school Earth Science, Biology, and Environmental Science and is the school’s Science Curriculum Specialist. It’s very important to her to share her subject knowledge and the value of protecting our environment with current and future generations.
Joe moved to Morro Bay from Southern California on a full time basis in 2015. He is a lawyer by education and a feature and television assistant director by professional experience. He currently serves on the Morro Bay Planning Commission.
Nicole has enjoyed open space all over the country before moving to Morro Bay in 2007. As the owner of a holistic health clinic, Nicole understand how important a connection with nature is for our overall health and well-being. An activist and community organizer, Nicole worked for years to protect Cerrito Peak/Eagle Rock from development. She joined our board in the 2017.
I retired in 2014 from Cal State Long Beach where I was a professor and
chair in the Psychology Department. My area of concentration was
neuroscience and my most recent research was on possible ways to combat addiction. When we were working, Laura and I often came to the Central Coast on breaks, focusing on wineries. When we both retired we decided to leave the Southern California gridlock and settle up here. We now live in one of the houses that surround Cerrito Peak. It did not take long for us to learn the history of Cerrito Peak, including the threats of development. That led us to join MBOSA which in turn increased our awareness of the importance of open spaces of all shapes and sizes. I support MBOSA's effort to purchase Cerrito Peak, but view this as a short term goal.
Long term, I see MBOSA becoming a recognized force for preservation in the Central Coast.