Donna Jones's career in the business and financial services field includes work as Controller, CFO, and Executive Director, now adding SLOLAF to the list of organizations of which she's been at the helm. Prior to joining SLOLAF as its Executive Director, Donna spent countless hours supporting each of SLOLAF's fundraiser events, helping to ensure the financial success of the event and securing SLOLAF's Annual Fundraiser's place in a very short list of "must attend" events in San Luis Obispo County. As a CPA, she has worked for manufacturing, service and nonprofit organizations, along with being an active volunteer with several non-profits in our county. In addition to her extensive business, management, and human resources experience, Donna brings a passion for SLOLAF's mission and the clients we serve. A graduate of Cal Poly, Donna has lived in San Luis Obispo County for over 30 years.
Although Collette Hillier is our newest staff attorney at SLOLAF, she is not new to the organization. She served on the SLOLAF Board and volunteered at the Paso Robles Senior Center for five years. With over twenty years of legal experience, Collette obtained her law degree from Santa Barbara College of Law and passed the bar in 2007, as an associate attorney with Andre, Morris & Buttery (“AM&B”) she spent nine years in the firm’s business litigation section.Throughout her career she handled elder abuse cases, will contests, civil harassment cases, numerous real property disputes and a variety of other business disputes. Besides serving on the SLOLAF Board, Collette also held positions with the SLO Women Lawyer’s Association and she currently serves on the Board of the SLO Bar Association as the Editor of the SLO Bar Bulletin. She also held a position as an adjunct professor at Cuesta College in their paralegal program and will teach a course this summer in legal writing at SLO College of Law. Collette heads SLOLAF’s legal support for the Senior Legal Services Project (SLSP) and the Social Services for Veteran’s Families (SSVF) program. In addition to helping many SLOLAF clients of her own, Collette also coordinates SLOLAF’s wealth of volunteer support; matching the services needed with the extensive expertise of the SLOLAF volunteer attorneys.
Stephanie Barclay graduated from Santa Clara University School of Law in 1996 and practiced civil litigation at several bay area law firms, eventually becoming a Deputy Attorney General at the California Attorney General’s Office in the False Claims Section before returning to her hometown of San Luis Obispo in 2003. Stephanie worked as an Associate Attorney at the San Luis Obispo law firm Ogden & Fricks LLP practicing business and real estate law when she was invited to join the SLO Legal Alternatives Board of Directors in 2011. In 2014, the Board of Directors also hired Stephanie as the Executive Director of the organization, where she has increased the ability of SLOLAF to assist the most underserved in the county, and fostered strategic partnerships with other service providers. As a result of the growth, Stephanie fostered, at the end of 2018 SLOLAF was able to hire a full-time Executive Director and appointed Stephanie full-time Legal Director to enable her to focus on providing legal services.
Ms. Bancroft currently serves as SLOLAF's office administrator supporting the clients, volunteer attorneys, and grant reporting. She previously worked in the start-up technology sector and has over 15 years of experience in product development and project management. Over the years she has volunteered and participated in various local events in support of Special Olympics, Big Brother Big Sisters, United Way, RISE, SLO Botanical Gardens, and the Central Coast Green Building Council. Lennon is currently a student at the San Luis Obispo College of Law with an expected graduation date in 2019. Although she has not selected a future practice area, her interests include environmental and social justice..