Our staff is dedicated to learning and living out the life of Jesus, and creating a space where students can do the same.

Joel Drenckpohl


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Joel has been the Director of Front Porch since 2013. He has a background in church ministry and client management. Joel has a BA in Communications from Whitworth University and a MDiv from Fuller Theological Seminary. He has lived and worked in Washington and Southern California prior to moving to the Central Coast of California. Joel lives in San Luis Obispo with his wife Kristi, and their three kids. When not connecting with people at Front Porch, he enjoys coaching baseball, camping, gardening, surfing, and spending time with his family.

Dominique Floyd

Associate Director

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Dominique Floyd has been the Associate Director of Front Porch since 2017, before then she was an intern for two years starting in 2015. One of her favorite parts of Front Porch is the consistency it offers in seeing students daily and getting to connect with them. Dom has a BA in Psychology from Azusa Pacific University. Dom loves living on the Central Coast and exploring all it offers with her husband, Barrett. She enjoys reading, taking a barre class, listening to podcasts, and catching with friends and family.

Kyle Smith

Donors Relations

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Kyle first came to San Luis Obispo nine years ago when he attended Cuesta College before transferring to Cal Poly where he graduated with a BA in Communication Studies in 2016. Throughout his college and post-college seasons, Kyle has worked within a variety of community building settings. This is his second year on staff and is excited to begin a new role in donor relations. Kyle lives in San Luis Obispo with his wife, Kate. He especially enjoys talking about ideas, comedy, and theology in addition to outdoor recreation, listening to podcasts, and going to new places.

Theresa Aldridge


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Theresa grew up in San Clemente, California and decided to attend Cal Poly just like her brother, sister, and father did. She graduated from Cal Poly in 2018, with a Bachelor's Degree in Psychology and a Minor in Spanish and hopes to have a career in the social services field. She loves working with and learning about humans and would love to contribute to making a difference in people's lives. Front Porch was a big part of Theresa's college experience as she formed the most amazing friendships in this space. Last academic year (18/19) she was able to continue being a part of Front Porch as an Intern and is so grateful that she gets to return as an Intern for another year! Theresa truly enjoys living on the Central Coast with her husband, Mike, while exploring all that the outdoors has to offer. She also loves to cook and cry while watching Grey's Anatomy.

Emily Biekert


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Emily graduated from Cal Poly in 2019 with a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and a minor in Sociology. She hopes her future includes being in a helping profession, and is excited at how Front Porch will push her toward that. Front Porch has been a place of friendship, connection, and growth, and Em cannot wait to share her experience here with students. She is so grateful to be able to spend time interning in a community that has impacted her in so many ways!

Paul Gillis-Smith


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Paul hails from the once-rural, now-bustling metropolis of Moorpark, CA, home to 34,000 delightful southern Californians.  He finished his degree in Political Science in 2019 at Cal Poly, where his mother and father also met and married, and where his sister currently studies engineering.  Paul heard about Front Porch in high school, and struck by what sounded like the magic and other-worldiness of free-flowing coffee (and he didn’t even drink the stuff at the time), assorted overstuffed couches, and an immense feeling of welcoming, SLO and its polytechnic public university seemed like the only sensible home for the next few years. 

When he isn’t in Front Porch, you may find him combing through the aisles of a used book store, editing or listening to podcasts, and talking to literally anyone who will listen about the historic, social, and ideological intersections of religion and science. 

Paul also loves writing about himself in the third person.