Meet your Visitor Center Staff

Dusty Colyer-Worth — Director of Engagement & Inclusion

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.

Haley Black — Information Specialist Coordinator

visitorcenter@slochamber.org | 805-781-2777

Years in SLO: 27

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.

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.

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?

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.

Ferris Franzen — Information Specialist

visitorcenter@slochamber.org | 805-781-2777

Years in SLO: 8

What brought you to SLO?

I’ve lived all over the US and one day when visiting to look at colleges, I found SLO! Between gorgeous weather and friendly faces, I knew this is where I wanted to live.

When did you join the Chamber team?

September 2021

Favorite SLO fun fact:

There are no drive-thru restaurants in SLO city limits.

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

Go to Terrace Hill to get a great aerial view of SLO. Take the trail starting from Bishop St. for ease of access. And if you’re so inclined, bring a picnic!

Tip for experiencing SLO like a local:

Bring or rent a bike in SLO! SLO is incredibly bike friendly, and you’ll be doing the environment a favor by not using your car to get everywhere.