Jim Dantona – President and CEO
Jim Dantona joins the Chamber of Commerce with more than 20 years of experience in the public and private sector helping businesses grow and create jobs. His private sector leadership experience combined with his knowledge of how government operates makes Jim uniquely qualified to lead our Chamber of Commerce organization.
Over the past decade, Jim has served in executive staff positions for three Los Angeles City Council members, including chief of staff for Councilwoman Nury Martinez and for Councilman Tony Cardenas. He also served as interim chief of staff and senior planning deputy for Councilwoman Wendy Greuel. These roles gave Jim the opportunity to become a leader on economic development policy and to establish links with the private sector.
Jim’s extensive private sector experience focused on helping businesses grow and create jobs. As director of legislative affairs for Auto Parkit, he worked with government agencies to facilitate construction projects that created hundreds of new jobs. As human resources manager for Encino-based Westrec Marinas, Jim dealt with government regulations at all levels. And as property controller for Lake Natoma Inn, he managed large payrolls and the company budget.
Jim earned his bachelor’s degree in government from California State University, Sacramento. Before moving to the Central Coast, he and his wife Jennifer spent the last 25 years visiting and falling in love with the SLO community and are excited to now call it home.
Molly Kern – Director of Governmental Affairs
As director of governmental affairs, Molly Kern works with the Chamber president/CEO, the Board of Directors and advisory bodies to develop policy positions on relevant community issues. Leading the Chamber’s legislative efforts, she advocates on behalf of the business community on the local and state level.
Since joining the Chamber team in 2012, Molly has served in various roles, most recently as the director of communications and business education.
Molly has a degree in philosophy of public policy and ethics from UCSB and is a graduate of Leadership SLO Class XXIV.
Jacqueline Clark-Charlesworth – Director of Communication
Jacqueline Clark-Charlesworth joined the SLO Chamber team in 2018 as director of communications after a career in retail management. She moved to the Central Coast from San Diego in 2016 with a desire to live the “SLO” life.
Jacqui brings a strong background in marketing, brand development and public relations. As a part of her role with the Chamber, she oversees the communications team, the Chamber’s tourism PR work and the Good Morning SLO program.
Jacqui earned her bachelor’s degree from California State University San Marcos, where she majored in mass media communications and minored in liberal studies.
When she’s not heading the Chamber’s communications, you can probably find Jacqui enjoying some local libations with friends or exploring SLO County’s open space with her partner and their two rescue dogs.
Kaila Anderson – Director of Membership
Kaila Anderson joined SLO Chamber’s membership relations team in Nov. 2018 working to solicit new members, and to service and retain current members.
With a background in marketing and economics from Cal Poly, Kaila most recently served as director of marketing and communications for the Economic Vitality Corporation. In that capacity, she led a rebrand of the organization and collaborated with business and local government on policy and program development. Her position exposed her to the big picture issues that affect our local economy, including housing, infrastructure and workforce development.
When she’s not out and about with the business community, you can find Kaila playing golf, hiking or most importantly, cheering on the San Francisco Giants.
Dusty Colyer-Worth – Director of Engagement and Inclusion
Dusty Colyer-Worth first joined the Chamber staff as the Visitor Center Manager in February 2016, bringing a thorough background in marketing and retail management from his years with Whole Foods and New Frontiers before that. In 2021, Dusty took on the role of Director of Engagement and Inclusion, where he focuses on connecting and representing diverse perspectives within the organization and its membership.
In addition to leading the Chamber’s work on diversity, equity and inclusion and managing a Visitor Center staff of customer service professionals, Dusty leads the Chamber’s guest services efforts. Meet the team.
Dan Rivoire – Executive Director for Leadership Development
Dan Rivoire joins the Chamber as Executive Director for Leadership Development with extensive experience in the public, private, and nonprofit sectors of the economy. He spent the last three years in the role of Vice President of Wholesale and Organizational Development at iFixit preceded by four years serving as Council Member Elect with the City of San Luis Obispo and seven years as Executive Director of Bike SLO County.
Dan was born in Chicago, moved to SLO in 2003 to attend Cal Poly and quickly developed strong connections to local causes. He strives to improve local quality of life by promoting active living, bringing a new perspective to city government, and fighting for a more inclusive community.
Unless he’s out having fun playing hockey, surfing, or rolling around on his mountain bike, you’ll probably find him in the garden or kitchen, whipping up meals for the family. Dan lives in San Luis Obispo with his partner Megan and daughters, Veona and Antonia.
Michelle Axberg – Membership Experience Manager
Michelle Axberg joined the Chamber in 2013 and currently works with Kaila Anderson in securing new membership sales and ensuring that new members know how to utilize all of the marketing opportunities the Chamber provides to help promote, support and network their business. She also provides key, behind-the-scenes logistics support for the Good Morning SLO program and other Chamber events to make sure they are relevant and impactful.
Michelle is originally from Santa Clarita and holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism from San Diego State University with an emphasis in advertising and a minor in psychology.
She has an extensive background in sales starting with retail management out of college, 11 years at Kodak Office Imaging in Los Angeles and a ten-year stint at The Tribune.
Her partner Patrick, son Logan and two cats make up her family unit. She enjoys walking the hills around the Cal Poly campus, shell hunting at the beach, baking her famous Kentucky Butter Cake and is a lifelong fan of the LA Dodgers.
Lori Bjorklund-Silva – Member Accounts Manager
As member accounts manager since 2005, Lori Bjorklund-Silva spends most of her time managing and updating the Chamber’s member database, creating new member profiles and keeping information current for our Membership Directory, Visitors Guide and online listings.
Lori handles the registration for all Chamber events, such as Good Morning SLO, Insight Studio and the Legislative Lunch series. Along with managing registration, member accounts, Lori 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.
Born and raised in SLO, Lori is a fifth-generation resident. Married to high school sweet-heart, Mike, Lori’s family includes son, Dylan, daughter Kailyn and “favorite” son-in-law, Cole. Family is her passion—she is thrilled to be an auntie to one nephew and two nieces. Lori feels lucky to live just 10 minutes from the beach, and she is proud to be a graduate of Leadership SLO, Class XX.
Nicole Troy – Multimedia Communications Coordinator
Nicole Troy joined the Chamber team part-time in July 2020 before transitioning to a full-time role as the Multimedia Communications Coordinator in April 2021. In her role, she is largely responsible for creating and sending out Chamber emails, newsletters and articles along with creating and editing Chamber produced graphics and video content. She is a recent Cal Poly graduate holding a degree in journalism including an emphasis in public relations and minors in law and psychology.
Her previous work experience includes marketing for both the engineering and higher education industries. In her position, she works closely with Jacqui Clark-Charlesworth and Nicole Aichele as part of the communications team.