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.

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.

Dawn Carpenter

Board Member

Dawn Carpenter is Canadian born, lived in Southern California then in Toronto, Canada where she graduated from York University and now lives here in the Central Coast. Dawn has always enjoyed the outdoors beginning with camping trips in the Canadian Rockies and lakes with her family. She loves and respects the earth around her having seen such wonderful places as the Grand Canyon, Niagara Falls, mountain areas in Colombia, South America. Dawn volunteered helping with the Ecologistics’ conferences in the early years and have attended the conferences since then and now has become the latest member on its Board of Directors.

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.

Amy McDonald

Board Member

Amy is a lifelong animal and nature lover who grew up in the Pacific Northwest and moved to the Central Coast in 2013. She graduated from Cal Poly with a bachelor’s degree in Animal Science and is currently attending Monterey College of Law. She is interested in environmental issues and plans to practice environmental law after graduating from law school. In her free time, Amy enjoys hiking, kayaking, rock climbing and spending time with animals. 

Eva Ulz

Board Member

Eva Ulz recently took a detour from her lifelong career in museums and historic preservation to attend law school. She plans to practice environmental litigation with a focus on preserving California’s diverse cultural heritage. Eva discovered Ecologistics® while she was executive director of the San Luis Obispo County History Center and later of the Coastal Awakening (one of Ecologistic’s fiscal sponsees). She has also served on the boards of several Central Coast museums and was a member of the California Preservation Program Steering Committee. Eva is currently a member of the City of San Luis Obispo’s Cultural Heritage Committee and volunteers for the California Preservation Foundation’s education committee.