Our Central Coast Board


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President of Central Coast board

Douglas Daniels



Doug studied aerospace engineering at the University of Arizona. Most recently, he spent 20 years with the County of Inyo Water Department as Contract Manager and Assistance Director working to re-water the Owens Valley. Prior to that he served as Contact Manager and Master Scheduler for over 20 years for various aerospace companies in Southern California. Doug is a life-long fly fisherman and has been a member of the Santa Lucia Flyfishers for the past 5 years. 


Treasurer of Central Coast board

Lew Leichter



After spending the greater portion of his life in and around Los Angeles, along with his wife Sylvia, Lew followed the lead of their daughter and son, both of whom attended Cal Poly, and moved to the Central Coast in 1993. He has enjoyed every moment since in this wonderful area. Lew is a recently retired accountant with a passion for fly fishing. As current president of a local fly fishing club (www.santaluciaflyfishers.com), Lew is giving back by improving fisheries and habitat. He serves on a couple other Boards and is a Certified Mentor for SCORE.


Secretary of Central Coast board

Louis lefebvre



Louis is a Central Coast native, growing up in Paso Robles. He graduated in 2012 from Cal Poly with a BS and MS in civil and environmental engineering. Since graduating, he has worked extensively in protecting water resources through his work in water reclamation and reuse. Currently he is working with private industry and public agencies in meeting their water quality targets. With an enthusiasm for our local lands and water he brings an eagerness to serve the community, environment, and Board.



Katie received her bachelor’s of science degree in environmental health from Colorado State University in 1992. After working in the field of environmental program management for almost 20 years in both the private and public sectors, she decided to return to school to pursue a master’s degree in the environmental/natural resources field. In December 2016, she graduated from the University of Idaho with a master’s degree in natural resources. Katie currently works as the Stormwater Program Manager for the City of Santa Maria where she is afforded the opportunity to integrate the scientific, communications, and policy dimensions of her graduate degree program. In both her professional and volunteer activities, she strives to facilitate water quality improvement, implement public education programs, and promote water resource stewardship. She is passionate about protecting and honoring the water resources in our region that provide us with life, pleasure and meaning.


ron bryant board member

Ron Bryant


Ron started with CCSE as a volunteer for our Trout in the Classroom program. He loved the opportunity to talk to young students about the science and art of flyfishing. He started fishing at the age of eight and had been an advocate for healthy rivers and creeks since the early 1960s. He has been a member of the Santa Lucia Fly Fishers club since 2004. He is a veteran and both a retired police officer and sheriff. He is honored to be on the Board and looks forward to working with and learning from the other Board members.


Justin sutton

Justin grew up in Colorado and has always had a passion for the outdoors. He moved to California to pursue a degree in aquatic biology from UCSB and a master’s in city and regional planning from Cal Poly. Justin first worked with CCSE as an intern while attending grad school and is honored to now serve on the Board. When he is not working to enhance our state’s watersheds, you will find him at the beach, hiking or traveling with his family.    


Devin best

Devin grew up in San Luis Obispo, spending time hiking and biking on many of the local trails.  He has his bachelor's degree in ethnobotany from Humboldt State University, but quickly found a keen interest in watershed restoration and fisheries work after his time in Watershed Stewards Program.  He has been working in ecological restoration activities covering the west coast from Washington, Idaho, Oregon and California.  He has worked in various sectors of the market place including federal, state and non-profits. Devin is a strong advocate for community stewardship, collaboration and ecological restoration