200x200_djenzenDoug Jenzen

Executive Director

Doug 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 is also an adjunct professor at Allan Hancock College, serves on the San Luis Obispo County Archaeological Society’s Board of Directors and the California Association of Museums’ Programs Committee, 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.



Bio pictureErin Gardner

Educational and Public Programs Coordinator

Erin grew up in Nipomo and received her degree in Environmental Studies from UC Santa Barbara. After college, she lived in Oregon where she worked as an Environmental Education Director for the Tualatin Hills Nature Park in Beaverton. Erin is excited to use her program coordination experience to share her enthusiasm for nature with her hometown community.



Gabriela Mendoza

Volunteer and Facilities Manager

Having grown up here on the Central Coast, Gaby developed a passion for the outdoors. She received her Bachelor’s Degree in Environmental Studies from the University of California Santa Cruz, and began her relationship with the Dunes Center by becoming a long-time active volunteer. Gaby has a love for travel, food, and disc golf. She believes strongly in grass roots and community action, and aspires to help the central coast develop more and more into an environmentally-conscious area.



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.