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



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


Dominique Floyd has been the Associate Director of Front Porch since 2017, before then she was an intern for two years starting in 2015. 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 spending time outdoors, reading, listening to podcasts, and connecting with friends and family.

Kyle Smith

Community Relations Lead


Kyle Smith is excited to begin this new chapter at Front Porch as the Community Relations Lead. His journey in SLO began eight years ago when he attended Cuesta College after high school before transferring to Cal Poly, where he graduated with a Bachelor’s of Arts in Communication Studies in 2016. Throughout his college and post-college seasons, Kyle has worked within several ministry capacities, including church and parachurch communities. He is currently pursuing a Master’s of Arts in Theology at Fuller Seminary. Additionally, he enjoys outdoor recreation, listening to podcasts, and inventing new Crock-Pot recipes.

Theresa Eads



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 this past year, 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. Throughout her time in college she was involved in Young Life and became a leader for a local high school group and volunteered at Young Life summer camps. Front Porch was a big part of Theresa's college experience as she formed the most amazing friendships in this space. She is so grateful to continue being a part of Front Porch as an Intern and contribute to this community in a new way. 

Annalisa Balestreri



In June 2018, Annalisa graduated from Cal Poly with a Bachelors of Science in Communication Studies and Psychology. On the first Wednesday of her freshman year, Annalisa stumbled into Front Porch as a result of seeing the "Free Barbecue" sign hanging outside. She immediately fell in love with the welcoming environment and eclectic group of people here, and has been hooked ever since. Throughout her four years, Front Porch was Annalisa’s favorite study spot, most inclusive community, and most loved place of worship. She is both humbled and honored to call this place her home for another year.