Larry Jordan gives back to his community

Larry_Jordan-bestBy Kate Joyce

Larry Jordan, CPA has run a successful accounting firm on the Central Coast for over twenty years, and has used his business as a way to give back to the community which supports him. Larry offers his services to local non-profits and faith-based organizations, groups that would not normally have enough money in their limited budgets to hire a professional accountant. He has also been involved in his community through years of coaching soccer.


Templeton Assembly of God

Jeff_SaylorA congregation reborn


When pastor Jeff Saylor, his wife Yolanda, and their two teenage sons returned to SLO County to lead the Templeton Assembly of God about a year and a half ago, they found a small but tightly knit parish of just eight people. The church had lost its connection with the community in a lot of ways, and Saylor believes God has called him home to address the matter.

“I knew God was speaking to me and calling me to the ministry,” said Saylor. “My only proof is that I didn’t want to do this. God had to drag me kicking and screaming, but it’s the best decision I’ve ever made. There’s nothing like doing what God wants of you.”


Luxury for less at Upscale Resale

Upscale_Resale_OwnersWomen’s consignment shop feeds North County’s “microeconomy”

By Laura E Zolnoski

It’s a crisp and sunny January morning in downtown Templeton. Partners Monica Firchow and Tamara Stavrianoudakis arrive at their shop and get right to work – chatting about new inventory and Tamara’s stylish jacket (which she picked up from the shop), and wheeling racks of clothing out onto their covered patio.

Templeton School District shines under new Superintendent

Joe Koski, Templeton SuperintendentSpectacular tomorrows

By Laura E Zolnoski

Templeton Superintendent of Schools Joe Koski celebrated his one-year anniversary with the district in February 2012. He came to the Central Coast from the Nuview School District, which is located in the San Diego area, where he had been for 24 years. Koski visited Templeton before applying and fell in love with the community and people. He says, “I have felt welcomed in Templeton. It is a great place to be.”

A passion for people

Baldwin_vineyardLaurie Baldwin helps community members find their dream home

By Laura E Zolnoski

Helping people has always been a passion for Laurie Baldwin, from her early employment as a Medical Technologist to her current profession as a Realtor. “ The Real Estate business is very different from hospital work, but it still gives me the opportunity to help others,” she says, “As a Realtor, I am constantly working with gathering information, finding answers, and ultimately changing people’s lives.”