Delia is a professional facilitator with decades of experience helping groups accomplish great things together. She loves connecting One Cool Earth volunteers with needed school garden education tasks.
Delia is equally at home helping a group of adults figure out what they want to do and supporting them in carrying it out, or helping students discover the magic of growing food, recycling stuff and caring for our water sources. Delia is the author of three books, includingCOLLABORATION SOUP: A Guide for Co-Creative Meetings and Other Conversations,which is based on the Stone Soup children’s fairy tale.
In addition to matching volunteers with garden education needs and working students in the garden, Delia is available to facilitate garden workdays as a teambuilding event for business and non-profit groups.
Shawna Whitfield, M.A.
Educator, Ocean View Elementary School
Shawna Whitfield currently teaches sixth grade at Lucia Mar's Ocean View Elementary in Arroyo Grande, CA, and is passionate about creating authentic, rigorous, and flexible learning opportunities for all students. Three years of collaboration with One Cool Earth has inspired and informed many instructional modules for teachers and students, and she looks forward to every collaborative conversation. Awarded site Teacher of the Year in 2015, she attributes this honor to being a part of a diverse and empowering network of professional and community educators. Ms. Whitfield received her M.A. from Cal Poly in 2017 in Educational Leadership and Administration and lives with her husband and two children in Arroyo Grande.
Aurora Communication Strategies
Dawn Ortiz-Legg is a highly experienced public affairs consultant who has supported the successful
development and construction of 870 megawatts of utility-scale solar projects in the central coast
region. Since 2010, Ortiz-Legg has coordinated external relations for First Solar, during all phases of the
Cuyama Solar Project, the California Flats Solar Project, and the Topaz Solar Farms. She has earned a
reputation as a highly effective communicator and relationship-builder who balances social and
economic development with environmental protection, and is widely recognized for her expertise in in
project advocacy, permit compliance, stakeholder engagement and risk management.
Ortiz-Legg holds a Bachelor of Arts from Pepperdine University, and a Master of International Public
Policy from Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies. She serves on the Board of
Directors of the SLO County Economic Vitality Corporation, the SLO International Film Festival and the
SLO County Council of Governments Citizen’s Transportation Committee.
Retired Nurse and Active Gardener & Herbalist
Suzanne has lived and worked in San Luis
Obispo County all of her adult life. She moved to
Atascadero in 1976, where her son and daughter grew
up and attended Atascadero public schools. Suzanne
has work as a Maternal/Neonatal nurse, Surgery
nurse , and Nurse Manager, for almost four decades in
this county. As an avid gardener and student of plants,
upon retiring she began volunteering with OCE at the
San Gabriel school garden, the elementary school her
grandchildren attend. In 2017 she completed the
Garden Nutrition Extender course through University
of California. Volunteering in the garden, teaching
kids, designing lessons, and preparing food tastings,
has inspired Suzanne to start an after school gardening
club. She is passionate about giving kids space and
time to play while learning respect of the
Suzanne lives with her wonderful husband, Nick, also a
OCE volunteer, and their cat, Milo.
Education and Outreach Specialist, NOAA Coastal Discovery Center
Carolyn Skinder staffs the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary's southern office and oversees operation of the Coastal Discovery Center at San Simeon Bay. The docent-run Coastal Discovery Center serves to educate over 15,000 visitors and school groups annually about the marine environment, the MBNMS, and the CA State Parks.
Ms. Skinder earned a Master of Science in Science Education from the University of Massachusetts, and a Master of Science in Marine Science and Policy from the University of Maine. Her career as an educator encompasses 15 years of teaching, designing, and directing programs in formal and experiential education. Her research background encompasses marine bird and mammal studies, as well as invertebrate community analysis. Prior to joining the Sanctuary in 2005, she worked closely with Maine's fisheries while studying benthic marine invertebrate communities as they related to the development of marine protected areas in the Gulf of Maine.