200x200_djenzenDoug Jenzen

Executive Director

Doug Jenzen holds a Bachelor of Arts in History from California State University Channel Islands and a Master of Arts in History from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo. Doug is also an author and has received several awards recognizing his work at the Dunes Center, including California State University Alumnus of the Year, Historic Preservationist of the Year, and Best Nonprofit Management and Governance Practices. He serves on the Board of Directors of the Santa Maria Valley Chamber of Commerce and the San Luis Obispo County Archaeological Society, the Programs Committees for both the California Association of Museums and Western Museums Association, and holds a seat on the Santa Barbara County Arts Commission representing the County’s 5th District.




Christina Hernandez

Outreach Coordinator


Christina was born and raised in Guadalupe and attended Righetti High School and Allan Hancock College. She lives in Guadalupe with her two sons and daughter. She enjoys playing in local softball leagues in her free time and helping serve her community.


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Alexis Elias

Educational and Public Programs Coordinator


Alexis Elias, a central coast native, has always had a passion for the ocean and conservation. She graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Biology from California State University Northridge, where she played NCAA Division 1 water polo.  Her passion for the ocean and traveling led her to pursue a Master of Science in Marine Biology from Prifysgol Bangor University in Wales. She has experience teaching ecology, wildlife conservation, and California history. Her passion for the natural world transfers into her extracurricular activities as well. She loves camping, hiking, and body surfing.



Join our intern team

The Dunes Center Internship Program offers interns an opportunity to learn job skills, engage with our program participants, develop lesson plans, and to have a rich, rewarding experience they can benefit from. For details, check out our Internship Program page.