Our Staff

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Donna Jones

Executive Director
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. In her spare time she sings in a trio and a local women's ensemble, and loves to capture the beauty of our county and beyond with her camera.
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Stephanie Barclay

Legal Director
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 2013, the Board of Directors hired Stephanie as the Project Director of Senior Legal Services Project, and in 2014 promoted her to Executive Director of the organization. Stephanie 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 this growth, 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.
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Sadie Weller

Staff Attorney
Sadie Weller grew up in San Luis Obispo and graduated from SLO High in 2009. She received a bachelor’s degree in metabolic biology from UC Berkeley in 2012 and a law degree from UC Davis School of Law in 2017. After law school, she worked as a graduate law clerk for one year at the Contra Costa County Public Defender’s Office in Martinez, California. She then worked as an eviction defense attorney at Legal Assistance to the Elderly in San Francisco, helping seniors and adults with disabilities remain in their homes. Looking to return to SLO and contribute to her home community, Sadie joined the staff of SLOLAF in January 2020. Sadie enjoys hiking, re-discovering the Central Coast, rooting for the Lakers, and spending time with her family.</p> <p>
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Kevin Green

Staff Attorney
Kevin Green graduated from Loyola Law School in 2003. Kevin has worked as in-house counsel for an oil company and a general civil engineering firm but has spent most of his career practicing in civil litigation. More recently, Kevin joined SLOLAF as a staff attorney out of a desire to assist the most underserved individuals in the county. Kevin enjoys snowboarding, traveling, and spending time with his family.
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Christy Ferioli

Staff Attorney
Christy Ferioli graduated from Stanford Law School in 2012. She has spent most of her career as a legal aid attorney, providing pro bono legal representation to those in need. During her first four years of practice, she provided holistic civil legal services to low-income veterans and transition-age foster youth in Los Angeles. She assisted her clients with a broad range of legal issues, including public benefits, special education, citation defense, and consumer matters. Subsequently, Christy clerked for a federal district court judge in the Middle District of Florida, after which she spent three years providing representation in family law proceedings to survivors of domestic violence in Tampa. Christy recently relocated to San Luis Obispo County, and she loves her new home. In her free time, she enjoys hiking, biking, and wine tasting in the beautiful Central Coast.<br />
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Joseph Belmont

Law Graduate
Joseph joined SLOLAF in March 2021 and although relatively new to the team, hopes to establish himself within the SLO community as legal advocate. Joseph has extensive experience in service oriented legal assistance. He has a strong commitment to providing access to justice to the underserved and plans to continue in this path throughout his entire career. He hopes to refine and master his abilities in probate to provide SLOLAF clients with best advocacy possible. He enjoys gardening and fitness in his free time.
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Annette Lares

Office Administrator
Annette began her position with SLO Legal Assistance Foundation in 2019. Annette grew up on the Central Coast and moved to Visalia, California in 2014, where she began her career in the legal field. Initially taking a job with a law office specializing in family law, her passion for the law grew. Shortly thereafter, she accepted a position with Tulare County Counsel with a focus on juvenile and probate law. Within her position she served the county's most vulnerable individuals, children and the elderly. In 2019, Annette moved back to her hometown to be closer to family and continue her career in the legal field. Annette enjoys training in jiu-jitsu and muay thai, hiking, and being close to those she loves. At this time, Annette is focused on her career in helping the needs of others and spending time with her family.
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Francisco Ramirez

Community Housing Advocate
Francisco grew up in Paso Robles, graduated from Paso Robles High School and has been an active member of the Paso Robles community. He is on the board of directors of Latino Outreach Council and is a founding board member of the Hispanic Business Association. “It is my passion to serve my community and help others, which is why I have always done so much volunteer work. I am honored to be given this opportunity to be of service,” Francisco says. Francisco was a lead tenant spokesperson in the lawsuit that SLOLAF filed against Grand View Apartments on behalf of hundreds of tenants in 2019. He joins SLOLAF as our Community Housing Advocate, working in the community to increase awareness of tenants’ rights, legal access, and available resources among the Black and Indigenous People of Color in San Luis Obispo County, specifically focusing on rural underserved communities.
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Jill Whaley

Communications & Development Coordinator
Jill Whaley started her career journey as a Business Administration student at Cuesta College. She went on to work in the financial services field for several years before becoming a personal assistant. After being exposed to the nonprofit world through a local choir and connecting deeply with the business model, Jill put her talents to work, first as an Admistrative Assistant, then an Executive Director for two local nonprofits. Working with both clients and donors ignited her passion for relationship building and communications, two skills she now brings to the SLOLAF team. Jill is a San Luis Obispo native, living in the north county her entire life. Outside of work, her main passions are kayaking, camping, reading (mostly) nonfiction books, and drinking handcrafted teas.
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Anna Luque

Paralegal
Anna Luque has worked in the legal field for over 25 years. She started as a legal secretary in Ventura County, continued learning, became a Certified Legal Secretary and later a Certified Paralegal with a focus in family law. In 2004, she moved to the beautiful Central Coast of California and has spent most of her time working in civil litigation. Anna recently joined SLOLAF as a paralegal and is happy to be working with others in our local community who help those in need of legal assistance. Outside of work, Anna enjoys volunteering her time to help others and walking the beautiful beach, watching the otters, and collecting sea glass.