2016 Flavor of SLO Team

Meet the 2017 Team


Event Chair:

Julia Cuprys ...Julia is a Santa Cruz native who found her way back to the Central Coast in 2015 after graduating from University of Washington in Seattle with a degree in Civil Engineering. She joined Rotaract in 2016 and is the President Elect for the upcoming year. She currently works as an Associate Engineer at Wallace Group pursuing her engineering passion with transportation design in the local communities. Julia is excited to expand her community outreach by working with United Way and Flavor of SLO. As an avid wine, beer, and food connoisseur she looks forward to working with these local agencies and tasting the best Central Coast has to offer!


Katie McGuire... joined Rotaract in 2015. She graduated from Cal Poly in June 2014 and is currently obtaining her Master's in Counseling & Guidance. Katie also works at Cal Poly in Career Services as an Event Coordinator. She loves the San Luis Obispo community and has lived in SLO for over 7 years. She is excited to help in this year's Flavor of SLO!


Marketing Committee:


Sharon Durant joined Rotaract in 2014 and has been an active member ever since, serving as Treasurer in 2015 and Community Service Coordinator in 2016. Sharon graduated from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo with a degree in Business Administration and now works at Lifewater International as Community Outreach Coordinator. Sharon is excited to help put on another great Flavor of SLO!


Michelle Florence is a Northern Arizona University alum but a Sonoma County native.  She moved to the Central Coast when the beaches were calling her name in 2014 and joined Rotaract shortly after. She is the current President for Rotaract and works at Pensionmark Financial Group as the Operations Manager. Michelle is super excited to be a part of the Flavor of SLO event again this year knowing it is a great opportunity to learn more about local wineries, along with supporting United Way and Rotaract.



Vendor Committee:

Jenna Milot...grew up in Southern California and moved to the central coast to attend Cal Poly. Jenna joined Rotaract in the summer to give back to the community she fell in love with. She currently works as a nanny for two wonderful families. When she is not working, she enjoys all SLO has to offer-hikes, runs, wineries, great food,good company…the list is endless. Jenna is very excited to be on the team for Flavor of SLO! 


Michael Hicks joined Rotaract in 2015. He is a SLO High School and Cal Poly alumni who hasn’t found a reason good enough to leave the central coast yet. He currently works as a 401k consultant for Hicks Pension Services. He loves it; however, he often dreams of taking to the skies. Sadly he doesn’t have wings (a plane) so he had to settle for a pilot’s license. He joined Rotaract to meet other individuals with similar aspirations and to give back to the community he grew up in.


Sponsor Chair:


Leslie McKinley has served as the Director of Resource Development for United Way of San Luis Obispo County for three years.  She retired from Cal Poly’s Orfalea College of Business as Director of College and Alumni Relations in 2008 and thought the life of Riley was calling to her, but life had other ideas!  She loves working with United Way and believes strongly in the good work they do for the community, and for relaxation she has been singing with the Vocal Arts Ensemble of SLO for 25 years!  Vocal Arts provides her with an outlet for two of her passions – singing and travel – so she feels that with her third passion, family, her life is very fulfilled.


General Committee Members:


Rachel Cementina is the Director of Community Engagement for United Way of San Luis Obispo County. She is proud to see how Flavor of SLO has grown over the past 8 years, and is looking forward to a successful event in 2017!