Board of Directors

Michael Jencks

Board Chair

Michael is a 5th generation Californian raised in a family with a strong tradition of public service. He is a teacher, lawyer, hiker, Bioneer, lover of all that remains wild, and a co-founder of two local non-profits, Ecologistics and BiodiversityFirst!

Stacey Hunt

Chief Executive Officer

Stacey spent her early years camping all over California and Oregon and playing at her family’s beach house at Monterey Bay. She raised her children to appreciate wild nature and now enjoys life in beautiful Los Osos. Since co-founding Ecologistics in 2010, Stacey has dedicated much of her free time to bringing environmental enlightenment to others.

Eric Berg-Johansen

Secretary

Erik is a Cal Poly alum and holds a Master’s Degree in City and Regional Planning. He has worked in the public sector as a City Planner in both Oregon and California, and in the private sector as a project manager for a northwest-based civil engineering company.  Erik currently lives in SLO and works as a local Realtor and land use planning consultant.  When he’s out of the office, Erik enjoys home improvement projects, gardening, pickleball, and golf.   

Saba Asghary

Treasurer

Saba is a Cal Poly alumni, currently pursuing a master’s degree at Cal Poly in City and Reiongal Planning. She completed her bachelor’s degree is in Environmental Management and Protection with minors in City and Regional Planning and Sustainable Environments in 2017. Since then, she has tailored her nonprofit work and career path around those fields, which have ended up to be her passion. She currently works as Environmental Planner for the civil engineering firm, 4Creeks. In her free time, you can find Saba at Spark Yoga, hiking trails, the beach or planning her next big adventure with her friends!

Doreen Liberto

Program Director

Doreen is founder and managing partner of Earth Design International.  She is a very experienced community planner, environmental planner, economic development advisor, educator, permit coordinator, professional facilitator and mediator.  She is on the Udall Foundation, US Institute for Environmental Conflict Resolution, and the National Roster of Environmental Dispute Resolution and Consensus Building Professionals.  Ms. Liberto currently serves as the consulting Community Development Director for the City of King. She served on the San Luis Obispo County Planning Commission from 1999 to July 2005, and was Chairperson twice. 

Ted Hamilton

Board Member

Ted is a long-time conservation activist and organizer. His passions include backpacking, gardening, and writing. Ted has worked for the Sierra Club and served as a manager for the employee-owned company Bookpeople in Berkeley, CA. He has been inspired by the example of Arne Naess to live by the principles of Deep Ecology.

Alyssa Adams

Board Member

Alyssa is a student at Cal Poly, working on a Bachelor’s in City and Regional Planning and a minor in Environmental Studies. She has always been interested in public service, previously volunteering with organizations such as Arroyo Grande in Bloom and the Rotaract Club of Santa Cruz County. She likes to spend any free time she has reading or hiking.

Deborah Bayles

Board Member

Deborah joined the Board of Ecologistics in 2020. She brings her extensive background in e-commerce, education and business to her role as a Board Member. As a psychotherapist, she is passionate about the positive interaction of nature and psychology on the well-being of people. A former member of the Fallbrook Land Conservancy, she owned and cultivated an organic avocado orchard with over 300 trees in Fallbrook, California for a number of years, and was a docent of the Santa Margarita Ecological Reserve. She enjoys hiking, drawing, and spending time with her Golden Retriever and two parrots.

Serena Chelberg

Board Member

Serena joined the Board of Ecologistics in 2020.  She is the granddaughter of Ecologistics co-founder Celia Zaentz, and attended several Central Coast Bioneers Conferences, which put into full bloom her growing interest in environmental issues.  Serena lives in Tucson, Arizona with her husband, Brian and their three dogs.  She hopes one day to start a 3-D ocean farming project.