Meet the CLC Board

Glenn Oelker - President

Glenn Oelker grew up and completed his undergraduate (UC, Irvine) and medical education (UCLA) in Southern California. He practiced Comprehensive Ophthalmology for 32 years in San Luis Obispo County and northern Santa Barbara County, moving to Cayucos in 2014. Glenn was twice elected to the San Luis Coastal Unified Schools Board of Education, serving from 1998 to 2005. He also co-founded the T.E.A.C.H educational foundation, supporting students of that district. Glenn is married to Carol, a retired elementary and high school counselor. Several times a day, they can be found walking their Labrador Retriever, Pauli, up and down the beach and Hanglider Hill. Their two sons were raised in the area, one an architect and the other a laser/optics physicist on the faculty of the University of Glasgow.

Having been impressed with the accomplishments of the Cayucos Land Conservancy (CLC), in their efforts to establish a Cayucos greenbelt, Glenn joined their Board of Directors in 2015 and has been President since 2018. He is on the CLC Hillside Lot and Finance Committees, and is involved in interfacing with the Morro Bay Open Space Alliance and California State Parks. Interested in participating more in our community, Glenn also became a board member of the Cayucos Lions Club and the Cayucos Citizens Advisory Council.  He was thrilled to be involved in CLC's preservation of “dog beach”, a major addition to the Cayucos greenbelt.

Tom Seville - Vice President & Treasurer

Tom Seville grew up in a rural part of Southern California and has loved the outdoors since fishing with his father and camping with the Boy Scouts. In 1976 Tom graduated from San Diego State University with a degree in Zoology. After a time with the California Department of Food and Agriculture, Tom found his vocation as a Farm Manager, eventually leading to a MBA and 40 year career in the irrigation supply industry.

Tom and his wife Peggy first came to Cayucos in 1988 and were fortunate to move permanently to this lovely community in 2012. Both were struck with the beautiful ocean views, access to nature, and the ability to look away from the ocean and see rolling hills and open space. Tom soon realized the Cayucos Land Conservancy has been instrumental in preserving the land as Cayucos continues to offer its citizens, and visitors, a unique opportunity to experience the California Central Coast.

Tom is very pleased to volunteer, using his science background and business experience assisting the Cayucos Land Conservancy with its mission of preserving, and expanding, the greenbelt surrounding Cayucos for today’s, and future, generations.

Michael Baxter - Advisory Treasurer

Mike Baxter was born and raised in Utah, where he gained his love and appreciation for nature and the environment through his many fishing trips every summer with his father and brothers and the yearly family vacations visiting all the National Parks in the western U.S. Mike graduated from Brigham Young University in 1974 with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Accounting and has been Self Employed in the insurance business for the last 40 years.

Mike bought his home in Cayucos in 1991 and has been involved with conservation organizations in the local area since then. He is a member of the The Morro Bay Audubon Society, The Land Conservancy of San Luis Obispo, and the Museum of Natural History in Morro Bay.

Mike really enjoys the quiet rural nature of the community and wants to see it continue to be the wonderful, picturesque place it is, so his grandchildren can enjoy this place with their grandchildren as much as he enjoys sharing it with his seven grandchildren, now.

Marie Jaqua - Secretary

Marie Jaqua was raised in Seattle and left Washington to go to Graduate School. After moving to California, she completed her PhD in Organization Psychology. She retired from Hughes Electronics as Director of Corporate Human Resources.

Marie “discovered” Cayucos in the 1980s and was lucky enough to move here in 1999. She immediately became involved in community activities, serving for several years as a Crisis Counselor and Court Escort for the Women’s Shelter of San Luis Obispo and also for a short time as a mediator. She is currently a Senior Peer counselor and has been for many years. She is also a member of the Cayucos Citizens Advisory Council where she serves as Chair of the Land Use Committee.

Marie became a Director of the Cayucos Land Conservancy in 2008.  “ Cayucos is such a special place that it deserves the commitment of its citizens to maintain the beautiful natural setting and the spirit of the community.” She feels that it is an honor to be part of CLC Board and help to build a legacy for future generations.

Greg Bettencourt - Land Acquisition

Greg Bettencourt was born and raised in Cayucos. After attending college in Southern California, he moved back, as quickly as possible, to Cayucos with his wife, Mary, and two sons. He continued his teaching career at San Luis Obispo High School, where he taught English and served as a Guidance Counselor for 33 years.

During his career in education and in other volunteer undertakings, Greg developed and used skills in consensus building as well as organizational development and management. Greg became a founding member of the Cayucos Land Conservancy in 1999. While President from 2004 through 2012, he helped CLC transition from a fledgling land trust to an established organization with the capacity to meet its responsibilities into the distant future. He continues to serve as CLC’s Lands Committee Chairperson.

Aside from his family, Greg is attached to Cayucos beyond anything else. Its beautiful rural setting, people, history and lack of pretense are all a part of why he works to preserve Cayucos for his family and others. In addition to working to preserve Cayucos, Greg has spent much of the last 30 years advocating for public access (specifically trails) and land conservation throughout SLO County.

Lisa Bertrand - Title Consulting

Lisa Bertrand came to the Central Coast in 2004. A transplant from the Sacramento area, having worked in the title and industry for 40 years, she and her family wished to move back to this area of California for the sand, sea and surrounding hills/green spaces.

Lisa has been an invaluable volunteer, assisting first with the membership committee and now with the hillside parcel acquisitions.

Lisa first became interested in CLC when she worked with Roger Lyon on the Hearst Ranch conservation easement project. She credits her parents for her love of nature and the great out of doors and in conserving and protecting our natural resources.

Mary Bettencourt - Membership

Mary Bettencourt was born and raised in Southern California and has been a Cayucos resident since 1973. After receiving her Nursing Degree from Cuesta College, she worked at SLO General Hospital in the Medical-Surgical Department, managed the Outpatient Surgery Unit, went into the Quality Assurance/Risk Management Department until 2003, then worked as a visiting nurse until 2008.

In 2002, Mary began her involvement with the Cayucos Land Conservancy, working with membership services, and joined the CLC Board in 2003. She is the Membership Chair and is especially interested in communicating with CLC’s members, supporters and potential supporters. This year Mary has also been involved with the development of a new website for the organization.

Mary believes that the natural spaces around Cayucos cradle the spirit of our little town, giving residents and visitors room to breathe and the option of beauty anywhere they look. 

Joanne Riester - Standards & Practices

Joanne Riester was raised in the mid-west and has been a California resident since 1967. After receiving her MBA from Cal State, San Bernardino, she became a certified public accountant and worked for public accounting firms for over 25 years until her retirement in 2006.  During an audit of a local Land Conservancy, Joanne realized the importance of environmental planning and resource conservation.

Upon retirement, Joanne and her husband, David, moved to Cayucos and she became actively involved in Cayucos Land Conservancy. She is the Standards and Practices chair and is responsible for the creation of the Board Manual and the current goal of accreditation renewal by the Land Trust Alliance.  She has also served as Board President.

Joanne enjoys hiking in the open spaces and in 2007 began a Wednesday hiking group that has weekly explored trails in our County and other areas. “Once I saw the beauty of our Pacific coastline, I became determined to be a good steward of our land and to help preserve Cayucos for current and future generations.

Louisa Smith - Hillside Lots

Lou Smith is a fourth generation Californian, who was born and raised in Long Beach. In 1976, after attending City College, she moved to the Central Coast to attend Cal Poly. In 1978, she moved to Cayucos, finished her degree in Architecture in 1979, and started her professional career. By 1988, she had her own business, and in 1990 she was the only practicing female architect in SLO County. Lou raised her daughter in town and has been involved in a variety of community organizations through the years.

In 2005, Lou joined the CLC board. Her main focus is the purchase of the hillside lot parcels.

As an avid hiker, Lou believes in the importance of open space. And also as a practicing architect, she believes in growth, and that development can be accomplished successfully when good planning is implemented. Cayucos Land Conservancy is an organization much in line with Lou’s philosophy. She feels blessed to live in this special place.

Amber Sandoval - Brand Management

A native of the Central Coast, Amber's love for our clean beaches and expansive natural habitat feels innate... and a driving factor in her desire to play a role in preserving the open space around Cayucos for future generations. 

After attending the University of Hawaii, Amber returned home to the Central Coast to live in Cayucos. In her role with CLC, she hopes her contribution will grow awareness within the community and inspire the next generation to engage in land conservation.