Meet your Visitor Center Staff

Dusty Colyer-Worth— Visitor Center Manager

dusty@slochamber.org | 805-786-2767

Years in SLO: 30

What brought you to SLO?

I was born and raised in North County SLO, a 5th-generation Californian. I moved away for school but returned to live and work in the city of SLO— home is where the heart is!

When did you join the Chamber team?

I joined the Chamber as an Ambassador in 2013 and moved into my role as a staff member in February 2016.

Favorite SLO fun fact:

We always hear about the “Seven Sisters” in regards to our fantastic mountain range, but there are actually NINE Sisters! Black and Islay Hill often get left out as the two shortest. There’s also a tenth Sister that we don’t even talk about since she lives well underwater.

What is the number one thing you recommend people do on their first trip to SLO?

Besides stopping in the Visitor Center to get oriented? It may seem silly, but take a leisurely day in Downtown. Tour the Mission, walk along the creek, pop into Novo from the Creekside entrance for a glass of wine and then exit through the front to wander the Higuera Street shops.

Tip for experiencing SLO like a local:

Don’t be in a hurry! We call it the SLO Life for a reason. Kick back, slow down, don’t try and do everything in a single day. Go for a wine-tasting weekend, not just a day—pack a picnic and spend a spell at one location rather than trying to hit four wineries in a day.

Patty Rupprecht— Information Specialist

visitorcenter@slochamber.org | 805-781-2777

Years in SLO: 32

What brought you to SLO?

I went to Cal Poly and met my husband in the dorms. We lived in the LA and SF areas after graduation, and we thought someday we would like to retire to SLO. We decided why wait for someday? We moved back in 1990, and we continue to live and work here very happily.

When did you join the Chamber team?

Summer 2014

Favorite SLO fun fact:

SLO was the first city in the United States to ban smoking in public buildings.

What is the number one thing you recommend people do on their first trip to SLO?

Taste the tri tip!

Tip for experiencing SLO like a local:

Go to Luna Red for happy hour drinks and tapas, head up the street to the Palm Theatre to see a movie and then come back down to Giuseppe’s for dessert.

Haley Black— Information Specialist

visitorcenter@slochamber.org | 805-781-2777

Years in SLO: 23

What brought you to SLO?

I was born and raised here, actually! My family moved out here almost 50 years ago on both sides, one side from Nebraska and the other from Utah. I can definitely say I am grateful they did. 

When did you join the Chamber team?

July 2017

Favorite SLO fun fact:

Amelia Earhart stopped at Cal Poly in 1936 to have her Boeing 100 aircraft repaired by their students.

What is the number one thing you recommend people do on their first trip to SLO?

I like the Mission Plaza, especially during spring. Not only do you have the historical Mission and the history center there, but you can walk by the creek and find a restaurant with an amazing view. 

Tip for experiencing SLO like a local:

Have a drink at Black Sheep’s back patio.

Heather Minnoch— Information Specialist

visitorcenter@slochamber.org | 805-781-2777

Years in SLO: 22

What brought you to SLO?

My husband and I actually went to high school in Santa Maria, so when my company told me I could relocate anywhere in California I jumped at the chance to move back to the Central Coast. San Luis Obispo was our first pick and my husband was able to telecommute with his company in the Bay Area. Everything worked out perfectly!

When did you join the Chamber team?

Summer 2018

Favorite SLO fun fact:

Did you know SLO is home to a “Moon Tree”? This giant Redwood tree can be found in the Mission Plaza near the Broad Street bridge. When it was just a seed, it orbited the moon in the Apollo 14 Kitty Hawk command module in 1971. It was later germinated and planted right here in SLO, July 1976.

What is the number one thing you recommend people do on their first trip to SLO?

Begin with an early hike up Cerro San Luis, have coffee at Scout Coffee, shop downtown and lunch at Mint + Craft. Wind down the day with happy hour and snacks at Libertine (they brew sour beers), or have a cocktail at Sidecar and dinner at Buona Tavola.

Tip for experiencing SLO like a local:

Wander through the historic district of San Luis Obispo. Catch a movie at the Palm Theatre (they have the BEST popcorn in town!). Or, catch a concert at the historic Fremont Theater.

Tyler Fellbaum— Information Specialist

visitorcenter@slochamber.org | 805-781-2777

Years in SLO: 28

What brought you to SLO?

I was born and raised in Arroyo Grande. I love this area because of the friendly people and the outdoor activities, such as kayaking, hiking and biking.

When did you join the Chamber team?

I’m proud to say I’m the newest information specialist, joining the team in April 2019.

Favorite SLO fun fact:

Mission San Luis Obispo de Tolosa was built in 1772—the oldest building in SLO!

What is the number one thing you recommend people do on their first trip to SLO?

Hike Cerro San Luis. It has a wonderful view of San Luis Obispo and is one of SLO’s many awesome open spaces.

Tip for experiencing SLO like a local:

Enjoy a stroll through Farmers Market on Thursdays, where you can find everything from farm fresh produce to live music to a bounce house for the kids.

 Jade Sigmund— Information Specialist

visitorcenter@slochamber.org | 805-781-2777

Years in SLO: 21

What brought you to SLO?

I’ve spent my whole life in Templeton, which is in San Luis Obispo’s north county. After enrolling at Cal Poly in Fall 2016, I moved to the city of SLO to be closer to campus.

When did you join the Chamber team?

I joined the Chamber of Commerce as a Communications and Marketing intern during the Summer of 2019, and I joined the Visitor’s Staff immediately following my internship.

Favorite SLO fun fact:

Did you know you can watch hilarious improv comedy most Saturday nights at Cal Poly? The shows performed by improv troupe “Smile and Nod” are the best for going with friends and having some laughs.

What is the number one thing you recommend people do on their first trip to SLO?

If you happen to be here during a Thursday, you absolutely must see the Farmers’ Market! Otherwise, you can’t go wrong with ordering a Monte Cristo at the Madonna Inn’s Copper Café.

Tip for experiencing SLO like a local:

Don’t worry too much about planning every moment of your trip in perfect detail. If you see some up and coming musicians playing in a coffee shop, go in and take a listen. If you see a pop-up art gallery downtown, enjoy the local artwork. If you see a horse drawn carriage taking people around town, hop on! Essentially, SLO has little gems around every corner, so try to make the most of them.