Board of Directors

John Ashbaugh

Board Member

Coming soon!

Sandy Baer

Vice President

Sandy moved to San Luis Obispo from San Francisco in 1983. A native of Missouri, she graduated from the University of Missouri-Columbia with undergraduate degrees in journalism and interior design, as well as an master’s degree in journalism. She has been active in community and civic organizations, working as staff and volunteer for the SLO Arts Council, SLO Symphony, Mozaic Festival, the History Center, Noontime Kiwanis and Flying Samaritans. Sandy served eight years on SLO city’s Promotions Coordinating Committee and is currently in her 7th year on the Cultural Heritage Committee. She wrote for SLO Journal magazine for 18 years, often doing research in the History Center’s research room.

Matthew Herrera

Board Member

Matthew D. Herrera descends from a multi-generational San Luis Obispo family.  His great-grandfather and great-great-grandfather were signatories of the city’s Committee of Vigilance in 1858. He is a past and present board member of the San Luis Obispo History Center, a member of the Order of Minor Historians, a member of the San Luis Obispo Historical Arms Society, a member of the Society of California Pioneers, and a lifelong member of the Old Mission San Luis Obispo de Tolosa Parish.

Pete Kelley

Acting Co-President

Pete moved to San Luis Obispo in 1968 to attend Cal Poly and major in history. His senior project involved locating primary documents from the Spanish days of Mission San Luis Obispo de Tolosa. Pete first joined the board of the History Center in 2000 and has served as chair of the Exhibits Committee since 2001. He has also volunteered in the research room since 2008. Over the years, Pete was the proprietor of three local cafes. He is currently president of the Avila Beach Community Services District.

Kelly Marshall

Board Member

Kelly is a third generation native of San Luis Obispo County. Raised in Pismo Beach, he graduated from Arroyo Grande High School. He attended the University of California, Santa Barbara where he received his bachelor’s degree in history. He continued his education and received a master’s degree in history from Cal Poly. Kelly is currently teaching in the county and has taught both middle and high school students. In addition to local history, Kelly enjoys cooking, camping, and old vinyl records.

Jack San Filippo


Born and raised in San Luis Obispo and Avila Beach, Jack is a fourth generation area resident.  After graduating from San Luis Obispo High School, Jack attended San Francisco State University where he received a bachelor’s degree in international relations. He returned to the Central Coast to earn a master’s degree in history from Cal Poly. An author of a local book on Avila Beach, Jack joined the board in 2014. Jack is currently the Director of Programing at  Point San Luis Lighthouse.

John Schutz

Acting Co-President

John came to San Luis Obispo 1998 years ago, following a career in the automotive industry in Detroit and Los Angeles. A native of Nebraska, he attended the University of Nebraska and the Chrysler Institute of Engineering. Building on his interests in history and woodworking, he joined the exhibit committee of the History Center (then the San Luis Obispo County Historical Society) during the 1999-2000 shutdown and remains active in the development and fabrication of exhibits. He is also on the collections committee. He served on the board for five years with 18 months as President in 2003-2004, and helped with three major relocations of our collections. He has also served on the Board of ECOSLO, on the County Grand Jury, and currently on the SLOCOG Citizens Transportation Advisory Committee.

Roberta Soules


Roberta grew up in Long Beach, California. She moved to San Luis Obispo to study social sciences at Cal Poly but instead studied taxation and accounting. She then pursued an education in financial planning at the University of California, Santa Barbara. Roberta provided tax and financial planning services for 40 years and is now semi-retired. Roberta first served on the board as treasurer from 2005-2011 and returned to that position in 2015.  She is also chair of the finance committee and serves on the exhibits committee. Roberta enjoys piano playing and gardening.

Board Meetings

There are no upcoming events at this time.

History Center Staff

Eva Ulz

Executive Director

Matthew Gray

Assistant to the Director

Cindy Lambert

Collections Manager

Aimee Armour-Avant


Randy Harris

Weekend Manager

Eric Van Keppel

Dallidet Caretaker

Lois Capps visits History Center summer 2015

History Center board and staff members with Congresswoman Lois Capps (center), 2015.
Photograph by Aimee Armour-Avant.

We’re Proud to Serve

History Center board and staff members work hard to ensure that the collections in our care will survive to inform and inspire our county for generations to come. We believe that the preservation of cultural heritage is a human right, and we strive to provide broad and equitable access to the opportunities and resources managed by our organization.

We welcome questions, comments, or suggestions. Call, email, or appear during public comment at our board meetings.

Interested in getting even more involved? Ask about joining, volunteering, serving on a committee, or running for the board.