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Eric Olsen
Member-at-large

I have been a member of this church since we moved to San Luis Obispo in 2004. In addition to my wife Dawn, I count our two daughters, son-in-law and two granddaughters in our immediate family. One daughter is in Connecticut and the other is in Seattle. A favorite saying is that “good children make good parents.” We are fortunate to have one jet engine engineer and one PhD economist in the family.

My religious background includes a long stint in Christianity where I was baptized as a Presbyterian and a transition to Congregationalism (UCC) when my family moved from New Jersey to Connecticut in 1970. The UU now feels like home. It seems only fitting that after giving the first half of my life to Jesus, I now enjoy the liberty of learning from other sources of wisdom, including my fellow UUs.

The UUSLO, for me, is a lot about service and engagement. I spent six years on the Board of Trustees early in my membership, serving as Board President for one of those years. More recently, I spent seven years working with the Leadership Development Committee. I am also proud to say that the UU Men’s Breakfast will be celebrating its tenth anniversary this coming August. We started as soon as the kitchen on Lawton became available.

On the secular front, I am a Professor in Industrial Technology in the Orfalea College of Business at Cal Poly. I teach undergraduate and master’s courses in lean thinking, six sigma, 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, and operations management.

I want to continue my contributions to the UU by serving once again as a Board Member. We have a lot we can do to make the world a better place for us all.
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