Erica Flores Baltodano is President of The Baltodano Firm, A Professional Corporation, a plaintiff-side employment law firm in San Luis Obispo. A graduate of UC Berkeley Law and UCLA, Erica has nearly 20 years of experience as an attorney and policy advocate in the areas of civil rights, environmental justice, and employment law. Prior to opening her own firm in 2010, Erica served as Assistant Director and Counsel at a non-profit organization in Los Angeles called The Center for Law in the Public Interest and she helped found and manage The City Project, a legal and policy organization dedicated to equal justice, democracy, and livability for all. Erica teaches constitutional law at San Luis Obispo College of Law and is a SLO County Civil Service Commissioner.
Brian Stack is a Deputy County Counsel for the County of San Luis Obispo, specializing in land use. Brian has previously served as a volunteer attorney for SLOLAF’s Senior Legal Services Project and looks forward to now helping SLOLAF further its mission as a Board member.
Patricia Gomez practiced law in San Luis Obispo for thirty years, with the Law Firm of Ernst & Mattison, the County of San Luis Obispo and in private practice. Her legal work was primarily in personal injury and employment law and, while in private practice, she also consulted to nonprofits in program development and grant writing. Patricia was a founding board member of SLOLAF (then SLO County Legal Alternatives, Inc.) and served on numerous nonprofit boards over the years. Most recently she was on the boards of Pacific Central Coast Health Centers and French Hospital Medical Center where she chaired the Community Benefits Committee. Having retired in 2016 Patricia now has the time to enjoy travel, gardening and reading politics and mysteries.
A San Luis Obispo native, Michael has served business banking clients on the Central Coast for the past 16 years. He is committed to building business relationships founded on trust and open communication as he helps entrepreneurs, business owners, and real estate investors attain their goals. Michael has a bachelor’s degree from UC San Diego, an MBA from Cal Poly, and he is also a graduate of Wells Fargo’s College of Commercial Credit. In addition to the SLOLAF Board, Michael serves on the Board of Mission Community Services Corporation, the local SBA-funded Women’s Business Center, and actively supports the local chamber of commerce and other nonprofits. When he isn’t in the office or the community, he is trying to keep up with his two littles ones, Chiara and Ezra, and squeezing in hikes and bike rides with his partner, Christina.
John Fowler, CPA, has over 35 years of accounting, corporate and nonprofit management experience, in both the private and public accounting arena. The former President & CEO of Peoples' Self-Help Housing, John brings the ideal combination of executive skills to the position, and since retiring December 31,2021 he has resumed his CEO coaching/consulting practice, with clients across the US ( California, Oregon and West Virginia currently). He brings expertise in financial management, as well as all areas of real estate development.
Tina is the Owner/Broker of Goosehead Insurance in San Luis Obispo. In 1994, Tina completed the Paralegal Program at Sawyer College in Ventura, while working in various law firms over an 18-year span. In 2000, she graduated from Southern Nazarene University with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Organizational Leadership. Later, she passed the Series 6, 63, 7, 65 exams to become a financial advisor, along with the mortgage exams. These experiences are the foundation on which Tina has sharpened her skills to help others manage risk effectively through the proper insurance channels. Tina's specialties include personal-lines insurance, including auto, home, life, disability and long-term care. She has served the community through various roles with the many area Chambers of Commerce, served on the Board of the National Association of Women Business Owners, and is currently a member of the Atascadero chapter of Kiwanis. In her “off time”, you’ll find Tina camping at a Vintage Trailer rally with her husband, daughter, and two “Frenchies”, while enjoying local wines, good food and a warm campfire.
Lisa Boutelle Lazzara attended college and law school in North Carolina, where she also practiced law for several years. She relocated to San Diego, California and became a member of the State Bar of California in 1988. She has practiced law in San Luis Obispo since 1995 and is the President of the Law Office of Lisa Boutelle Lazzara, A Professional Law Corporation. Employment law is the focus of Lisa’s practice. In addition to the SLOLAF Board, Lisa has served on the Board of Directors of the San Luis Obispo County Bar Association and on the Stampede Club Board at Cal Poly-San Luis Obispo.
Bradley Liggett is a trial attorney with Harris Personal Injury Lawyers with prior experience in estate planning and trust and probate litigation. Brad has extensive experience representing elderly and minority populations in his private legal practice and hopes to expand his ability to assist vulnerable populations as a member of SLOLAF’s Board of Directors. Brad met his wife, a Paso Robles native, while pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in Spanish Translation at Brigham Young University. Brad went on to get his law degree at BYU, focusing on mediation and other forms of out-of-court dispute resolution. After law school, Brad made the sensible decision to follow his wife’s advice to relocate to San Luis Obispo. Brad hopes his work with SLOLAF will help underserved SLO County residents connect with legal resources to help them overcome challenges and live their best lives in this special part of the planet. In his free time, Brad enjoys songwriting, basketball, studying foreign languages, and hanging out with his wife and four young children.
Khouloud is a San Luis Obispo native and graduate of San Luis Obispo High School. She earned her Bachelor of Art Degree specializing in Political Science and English at San Diego State University and earned her Juris Doctorate at Thomas Jefferson School of Law. She began her legal career as a prosecutor in New Mexico. She also has experience in civil litigation focusing in areas of business law, contract negotiations, personal injury and employment law, as well as, extensive knowledge in Administrative Law. Ms. Pearson is a member of the State Bar of California and New Mexico. She is also a member of the San Luis Obispo County Bar Association and Women’s Law Association. She is admitted to practice in California, New Mexico and before the United States Supreme Court in Washington DC.
Kellie Phillips is an agent with New York Life Insurance Company, which comes after a 30 year career in Executive Management roles at a number of local tech companies here on the Central Coast. Kellie got her Bachelor’s degree in Business Management from Kent State University in Ohio, and moved to the Central Coast in 1989. Kellie started her career journey with a local telecom company Call America in 1990, back before cell phones, personal computers or even public access to the internet. Kellie gravitated early in her career to helping others through change, focusing on the customer experience, which became her passion. As a New York Life agent, she continues pursuing the work she has always enjoyed the most, bringing life changing value, and a world class customer experience, to clients. For Kellie it feels like life has come full circle, after years of mentoring women in business, she is now helping them plan and protect their futures.