Join us Thursday, June 18th, for our weekly webinar series and learn how to write an expert reopening plan and risk assessment to self certify your business for reopening. As more industries begin to open, we will continue to look at best practices and hear from businesses who are planning for — and beginning — the reopening process. Don’t miss this timely and informative conversation, where you will have the chance to see example risk assessments and gain tactical knowledge on reopening your doors to the community.
Greg Avakian took the role of Director of the Parks and Recreation Department for the City of San Luis Obispo in September 2019. He holds degrees in Recreation Management as well as a Master’s in Education with a focus in Leadership. While gaining over 25 years of experience in both university and municipal recreation, Greg became known for his mentorship and development of employees, industry expertise in aquatics and recreational sports, and innovative events and programs.
Natasha Prybyla grew up in Southern California and decided to stay in San Luis Obispo after earning a degree in journalism from Cal Poly. When experiencing a lifechanging and inspiring massage remedy to alleviate pain relief in her jaw, Natasha’s newfound passion soon turned project and coalesced into what is now Sloco Massage + Wellness Spa in San Luis Obispo. Sloco is the world’s first and only Certified B Corp Day Spa. Natasha volunteers on the Green Spa Network and SLO Foods Co-Op boards, as well as the SLO Chamber Business Council.
Ryan Heath is husband to Natasha and Director of Sales + Smiles at Sloco Massage + Wellness Spa. Bay Area born, SLO raised and graduate of University of Oregon with a degree in Journalism, Ryan spent the early part of his career in the hospitality sector in northern California, specifically restaurant management. Ryan is a member of the Rotary Club of SLO Daybreak and volunteers on the City of SLO¹s Promotional Coordinating Committee and SLO Chamber’s Legislative Action Committee.
Lori Bjorklund-Silva is a fifth-generation San Luis Obispo resident and has held the role of Member Accounts Manager for the SLO Chamber since 2005. In this role, she manages the Chamber’s database, member accounts, registration for all Chamber events, and is the lead contact for questions regarding billing and membership listing updates. Her work helps ensure that the Chamber is a vibrant, member-based and member-responsive organization. Lori is a proud graduate of Leadership SLO, Class XX.
Samantha Welch is the Operations Director of Blue Mango Management Services, the group behind SLO County restaurants Novo, Luna Red, Robin’s in Cambria and Mint+Craft. Welch studied Hospitality and Tourism Management at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst and additionally pursued Six Sigma Greenbelt and Level II Sommelier certifications.