Staff

IMG_try1195 Christina Hernandez

Outreach Coordinator

Christina was born in the Santa Maria Valley and has been a lifelong resident of Guadalupe. Her passion for social equity began when she started working for Nonprofits and visually experiencing firsthand the disadvantages the rural community had. She now proudly holds 10 years of experience working with nonprofit organizations. She holds a deep passion to bring community members and organizations and establish equity for all. Christina has served as the Outreach Coordinator for 7 years. She manages all administrative tasks at the Dunes Center, among them, planning and organizing the logistics of the     numerous community outreach programs the Dunes Center offers annually.

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Alexis Elias

Interim Executive Director

Alexis has a strong background in science and education. She studied Biology during her undergraduate degree at California State University Northridge while also playing Division I water polo. During her undergraduate degree, she realized her passion for the marine environment, later pursuing her Master of Science degree in Marine Biology at Prifysgol Bangor University in Wales, United Kingdom. She has five years of experience teaching children from elementary school to high school about various subjects, including water safety as an ocean lifeguard to teaching native mammal and bird ecology of the Central Coast. During the COVID-19 closures, Alexis has created over 100 immersive online activities for children to do from the safety of their homes and has managed interns remotely and in person to offer virtual and in-person summer camps and after-school programs.  Her passion for the natural world transfers into her extracurricular activities as well. She loves camping, hiking, and any activity involving water.

 

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