Staff / Board
Theresa Andrews, Administrative Director
A.S., Management and Marketing, Napa Valley College
Theresa has 20 years combined experience in both private and non-profit small businesses management. Her specialties include project management, human resources, and program development as well as process improvement. Theresa is a true Napkin, born and raised in Napa. She holds an Associate of Science degree from the Napa Valley College, with a concentration in business management and marketing.
Erin Erickson, Lands Program Assistant
B.S., Wildlife Conservation and Management, Missouri State University
Erin started her field career 10 years ago clearing and maintaining trails for the U.S. Forest Service in the Colorado Rockies where she was a Backcountry Wilderness Ranger for the Mt. Zirkel Wilderness. She constructed large portions of the Continental Divide Trail, working closely with many volunteers while building sophisticated trail features during her time in the mountains. She most recently lived in Oregon where she banded and surveyed Northern Spotted Owls as part of a significant demographic study for the BLM. Erin lives in Angwin and enjoys camping and cross country skiing with her husband and toddler.
Mackenzie Gilliam, Stewardship Assistant
B.S., Wildlife, Fish and Conservation Biology, University of California, Davis
Mackenzie grew up taking trips to the Klamath River, developing a love for the outdoors and a commitment to protect and preserve the natural environment. Led by her passion, she studied at University of California, Davis, earning a degree in Wildlife, Fish and Conservation Biology. She spent two years in the San Francisco Bay Delta studying Delta smelt followed by some time in Alaska working with salmon. Before joining Land Trust of Napa County, Mackenzie served as the Education and Outreach Coordinator with Napa Wildlife Rescue. In her spare time she loves making pottery, painting, hiking, and cooking.
Jorgen Gulliksen, Communications Associate
B.S., Marketing & Management, University of Oregon; M.A., Visual Communications, San Francisco State University
Jorgen’s storytelling experience spans over a decade and includes award winning recognition both regionally via the California Newspapers Publishers Association as well as nationally with the National Press Photographers Association and the Eddie Adams Workshop. Additionally, Jorgen’s public relations company Linea Found cemented his wide-ranging proficiency in graphic design, video and social media while helping clients refine and express their message. Jorgen volunteers time with the St. Johns Men’s Club and Napa Little League and enjoys sports, comedies and traveling with his family.
Kimberly Howard, Development Manager
B.S., Nutritional Science, Georgia State University
Kimberly is a development professional and entrepreneurial leader with experience in management, sales and marketing, corporate partnerships, strategic planning, social media/website and event planning and production. Kimberly is a former sales executive and has an extensive event planning background which spans 25 years. Her event experience includes project development, planning, production, management, fundraising and marketing for corporate, nonprofit and for profit organizations with events ranging in size from 50 – 50,000 attendees. Kimberly has experience in the environmental, restaurant/hotel, primary education, and wine industries. Prior to joining the Land Trust, she was co-founder and VP Marketing of an environmental consulting business based in CA.
Megan Lilla, Assistant Stewardship Coordinator
B.A., Politics, University of California, Santa Cruz
Megan has been leading diverse groups of students and volunteers in community-based ecological restoration projects since 2004, working with non-profit organizations in the SF Bay Area, Southern California, and the Pacific Northwest. She was an Americorps member with EarthCorps in Seattle in 2004, and has since worked with local bay area organizations such as Save the Bay and Merritt College’s Environmental Management and Technology Program. Prior to joining the Land Trust, she served four years as the Restoration and Nursery Manager for the Friends of Sausal Creek in Oakland.
Mike Palladini, Stewardship Program Manager
B.A., Environmental Studies, University of California, Santa Barbara; M.S., Wildlife Biology, Humboldt State University
Mike manages LTNC’s preserve system, which includes 12 protected natural areas totaling nearly 10,600 acres. Mike coordinates all aspects of the preserve stewardship program, including habitat and watershed restoration, biological resources assessment and monitoring, conservation science research, and public access. Mike has extensive experience in both land stewardship and field biology. He spent eight years working on avian research and conservation projects for a number of organizations including the U.C. Santa Barbara Marine Science Institute, Point Blue Conservation Science, U.S. Forest Service Pacific Southwest Research Station and University of Montana Avian Science Center. Mike completed an M.S. program in Wildlife Biology in 2007. Prior to joining the Land Trust, Mike served as Land Steward for a watershed conservation group in northwest Montana’s Swan River Valley where he assisted private landowners with development of conservation plans and implementation of restoration and management projects.
Doug Parker, President & CEO
B.S., Economics, University of Colorado; M.S., Public and Private Management, Yale School of Management
Doug has worked in land conservation for over 20 years, serving as CEO of two different statewide conservation organizations. He comes from Audubon Vermont, where he has served as Executive Director since 2005, as well as Vice President of the National Audubon Society. Prior to that, Parker served as Director of External Affairs for the Colorado Conservation Trust and was State Director for the Nature Conservancy in Rhode Island. He was also Director of Marketing with TechnoServe.
Lena Pollastro, Land Programs Manager
B.S., Environmental Sciences, Washington State University; M.S., Natural Resource Sciences, Washington State University
Lena has over 20 years of experience in community-based land conservation, volunteer program management and environmental education through both domestic and abroad programs. She supervises all components of LTNC’s monitoring and enforcement program on easement and preserve properties, while working on new conservation acquisitions. Lena is also the Western representative of Stewardship Directors for the Land Trust Alliance. Previously, she served as the inaugural Stewardship Coordinator at the Inland Northwest Land Trust (WA). She holds an MS in Natural Resource Sciences and a BS in Environmental Sciences from Washington State University.
Bruce Ruddick, Finance Manager
BBA Accounting, La Trobe University, Mildura, CPA
Bruce grew up on the land in the country town of Robinvale (Victoria) located on the Murray River in Australia. Working in the wine industry as a supply finance accountant brought him to the majestic Napa Valley. He married a local Napkin and is proud to call Napa home. In his spare time, he loves spending time with family, exploring, exercising and playing golf.
Tracy Skelton, Land Project Assistant
B.A., English, Loyola Marymount University; J.D., University of San Francisco Law
Tracy has a lifelong passion for nature and the preservation of the natural environment. Her interest in environmental protection began while growing up in the central San Joaquin Valley, watching farmland convert into subdivisions and experiencing first-hand the impacts of air pollution. After college she worked at the San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District before entering law school to study environmental law. Her law practice has since spanned a wide variety of areas over the last eight years, most recently in the area of indigent defense. Joining the Land Trust connects Tracy back to her passion for environmental protection.
Randy Skidmore, Conservation Project Manager/Staff Attorney
B.A., English, University of California, Berkeley; J.D., California Western School of Law, San Diego
Randy retired from Coombs and Dunlap, LLP as a partner where he practiced business, real estate and land use law for almost 30 years. He is looking forward to using that background to do something new and different with the Land Trust by helping it procure protected lands. Randy’s relationship with the Land Trust spans decades, starting with his work as an out-of-house attorney for the Land Trust from 1988-1994 and later as a volunteer committee chairperson and member of the Board of Trustees from 2008-2010. Randy’s concern for the environment can be traced back to law school, where he wrote the article Nitrate Pollution and the California Environmental Quality Act: The Appropriate Solution to a Neglected Problem. In his spare time, Randy likes to play tennis, go fly fishing and enjoys creative writing.
Louise Vicencio, Administrative Assistant
B.S., University of California, Berkeley; M.S., Natural Resource Management, Humboldt State University
Louise worked with the US Fish & Wildlife Service for over 15 years as a Refuge Biologist and six years as the Land Trust Monitoring Coordinator before switching gears and joining the Administrative staff. She enjoys raising bees and chickens in her spare time.
Teresa Wiessner, Membership and Database Coordinator
B.A. with honors, California State University Sacramento
Teresa has over 20 years of data and systems management experience in non-profit, governmental and corporate organizations. She brings to the Land Trust her knowledge and background in information systems, teaching and training, customer relations along with a small business acumen. Teresa also enjoys volunteering her time with Stone Bridge School and Napa Valley Nursery School.
Linda Cantey, Chair
Linda Cantey, PMP, Founder Clarus Consulting, moved to Napa, CA in 2009 and supports several non-profits including NapaLearns, the Vine Trail, the Queen of the Valley Medical Foundation, and the Napa Valley Opera House. She founded Clarus Consulting Group in 1999. Clarus provides project management and process re-engineering consulting to technology driven industries, including aerospace and telecommunications, as well as government agencies. She earned her Project Management Professional (PMP) certification in 2002 and served as President for the Washington DC Chapter, the largest Project Management Institute (PMI) Chapter with over 10,000 members. She holds a BS in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Colorado.
Bill Nemerever, Vice Chair
In 2012 Bill retired from the investment business where he specialized in foreign fixed income management, most recently as a partner of Grantham, Mayo, Van Otterloo, a Boston-based institutional investment firm. Bill is a Fellow of the Society of Actuaries and a Chartered Financial Analyst who began his career at John Hancock Mutual Life Insurance Co. in Boston, working as a life insurance actuary, equity research analyst and portfolio manager. Prior to joining Grantham, Mayo, Van Otterloo, Bill worked at several investment firms including Wells Fargo Investment Advisors, State Street Bank and Fidelity Investments. Bill is currently a grape grower and small winery owner in Oakville, splitting the year more or less evenly between Boston and Napa Valley with his wife, Ginger.
John Coleman, Treasurer
John grew up in Menlo Park, California. He attended Whitman College in Walla Walla, Washington and following his graduation in 1973 returned to California to attend the University of California, Berkeley where he received an MBA in 1975. Upon graduation he joined Wells Fargo Investment Advisors, a pioneering asset management firm in quantitative analysis and indexed investments and subsequently was hired by Morgan Stanley & Company, where he became a Principal and senior institutional representative in the western states. In 1997 he joined Pacific Growth Equities from which he retired in 2009 as Vice Chairman.
John currently serves as Trustee of Whitman College and is Past President and current Board member of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Napa Valley. He and his wife Cathy O’Callaghan live in Coombsville.
Malcolm Mackenzie, Secretary
As is an experienced lawyer and respected senior partner with Coombs & Dunlap, LLP, Malcolm specializes in estate planning and administration, real estate and litigation.
Malcolm attended Stanford University and graduated with honors. He then went on to receive his law degree from Boalt Hall School of Law, University of California at Berkeley. He moved to the Napa Valley with his family in 1970 to join Coombs & Dunlap, and has been active in many church, school, and community activities.
Malcolm has served as President of the Napa County Bar Association, City Attorney for the cities of Napa and Calistoga, President of the Richard M. Sangster Inn of Court, and President of the Board of Directors of the Episcopal Diocese of Northern California. He and his wife, Martha, are the parents of three daughters and enjoy travel and the outdoors.
Paul is the General Manager at The Napa Valley Reserve in St. Helena. The Napa Valley Reserve is a private winery club with members from around the world who are passionate about wine and the way of life that surrounds it.
For 17 years, Paul helped build The Napa Valley Reserve into a one-of-a-kind winery, serving as General Manager and Owner’s Representative and also serves on the Meadowood Napa Valley Executive Committee. Before working at The Napa Valley Reserve, Paul was a General Manager at Jaeger Vineyards and a Partner and CPA with Pisenti & Brinker, LLP.
In 2016 Paul became a certified California Naturalist. Paul is an avid openwater swimmer who has served as both a coach and advisor to the USA Openwater National Swimming Teams. In 2010 Paul was inducted into the International Swimming Hall of Fame for his marathon swimming career including seven World Championship titles.
Robin oversees the Alpha Omega Collective, the umbrella brand for his Alpha Omega, Tolosa and Perinet wineries. He is the sole Managing Partner of Alpha Omega, a Napa Green-certified winery and vineyard he co-founded on the Rutherford Bench in Napa Valley in 2006, and Tolosa, a winery he co-founded in 1998 and whose entire estate vineyards in San Luis Obispo’s Edna Valley are sustainably farmed and Sustainability in Practice (SIP) Certified.
A graduate of the University of California Hastings College of the Law and Cal Poly, Robin practiced law for 40 years, including serving as general counsel for the Golden State Warriors for eight years. Robin owns and operates cattle ranches in San Luis Obispo County which are protected with Open Space Easements and last year worked with the Land Trust to protect a 4,461-acre ranch in Napa County through a Conservation Easement.
David is the President and Chief Operating Officer of Beckstoffer Vineyards, owner and manager of some of Napa County’s most historic vineyards. David joined Beckstoffer Vineyards in 1997 after nearly a decade in the corporate world. Since joining the company, his focus on streamlining operations and taking advantage of new technologies has served to help prepare the company for the challenges of the 21st century. Previous to joining Beckstoffer Vineyards, David (M.B.A., Wharton) worked in San Francisco for Bechtel helping structure financing for infrastructure projects around the world. David brings to the Land Trust Board not only his business background, but his previous experience on other local boards such as the Napa County Farm Bureau and the Napa Valley Grapegrowers, where he is a past president.
Greg is the Managing Partner of the CPA Firm G & J Seiberlich & Co, LLP, Napa Valley’s oldest and largest local CPA firm. He works extensively with the wine producing and grape growing industries, and leads the firm’s estate and trust planning division. For more than 30 years, Greg has specialized in tax and strategic planning services for small and medium-size businesses and their owners. He has extensive expertise in integrated tax planning, succession planning and estate and transfer tax planning. Greg’s years in public accounting and leadership positions on numerous local Non- Profit Boards adds great value to the existing talented Land Trust Board of Trustees.
Greg also serves as the Vice Chair of the Bank of Napa Board of Directors and is past President for the Queen of the Valley Medical Center Foundation among other professional affiliations.
Steve Carlin is a retail marketplace developer and consultant working on artisan food related projects throughout the Unites States and Canada. He is the founder and Managing Partner of Oxbow Public Market and The Carlin Company, and has been directly involved in four benchmark retail projects over the last two decades: the Ferry Building Marketplace in San Francisco, Oxbow Public Market in the Napa, Napa Farms Market at San Francisco International Airport, and The Oakville Grocery in the Napa Valley.
Steve is an active and sought-after consultant in the specialty food industry and a strong supporter of the “Buy Fresh, Buy Local” farm movement. He is committed to strengthening the local food chain (and consumer experience) by creating sustainable platforms for the growth and success of owner operated food and wine related businesses. He has served on the Board of Directors for Joseph Phelps Vineyards in St. Helena, CA and Oakville Grocery in Oakville, CA. He was president of the Board of Directors for the popular St. Helena Farmer’s Market in the Napa Valley, and has served on the Board of Directors for Visit Napa Valley. He is currently a Trustee of the Land Trust of Napa County and also an Ambassador of the Culinary Institute of America.
As the General Manager for Baldacci Family Vineyards since 2015, Kellie works closely with the Baldacci family to ensure outstanding stewardship of their 50+ acres in the Napa Valley.
Kellie grew up around her parents’ Napa Valley winery, Duckhorn Vineyards, working her first harvest when she was 12 years old. She went on to experience the French wine perspective firsthand in Bordeaux before earning a Bachelor of Science degree at UC Berkeley. After studying Agricultural Economics at UC Davis, Kellie joined Duckhorn Vineyards. Afterwards, Kellie was the General Manager at Ehlers Estate and Director of Sales and Marketing for Via Pacifica, an import and distribution company in Shanghai.
Josh is the Director of Research at RBO & Co., an independent investment advisory firm located in St. Helena, CA. His career experience includes equity research at Sanford C. Bernstein & Co. in New York, portfolio management at TIAA-CREF in San Francisco, and independent consulting for investment management clients.
Josh holds a B.A. from the University of Missouri, Columbia with a major in Finance and Banking and an M.B.A. from the University of California, Berkeley. Additionally, Josh is a CFA charterholder and a Certified Estate and Trust Specialist.
Josh was previously a Director and Board Treasurer for Destiny Arts Center, a non-profit based in Oakland, CA with a mission to end isolation, prejudice, and violence in the lives of young people. Josh lives in Napa with his wife and daughter and enjoys reading, running, fishing, and yoga.
Les is a senior partner with Wendel Rosen LLP in Oakland, where he specializes in real estate (easement, boundary and title disputes), eminent domain and land use law. Les graduated with honors and Phi Beta Kappa from UC Berkeley. He received his law degree from Berkeley Law (formerly Boalt Hall) and started his law career with the legal aid society. Les joined Wendel, Rosen in 1981.
Les’ connection to Napa Valley originated through his wife, Linda Clerici, a Napa native. Frequent visits to Napa led to the purchase of a second home in 1997, and also the family home in downtown Napa where her father was born. In 2010, Les joined the Land Trust Projects Committee and then the Protection Committee.
A variety of non-profit activities also keep Les busy. He is Secretary of the Board of the Regional Parks Foundation, the 501c3 arm of the East Bay Regional Park District and is a long-standing Board member of Rebuilding Together Oakland/East Bay. Les also mentors two college students through the Oakland Promise and reviews applications and interviews scholarship applicants for UC Berkeley through the Alumni Association.
Jason is a tech entrepreneur and Founder & CEO of August Home, a smart home lock system that provides keyless access and digital monitoring for home delivery.
Since 2011, Johnson has been the managing partner of Founders Den, a San Francisco technology incubator that’s been home to startups such as Skipflag, Outbound.io and Kaggle. Johnson is also the founder of the Internet of Things Consortium, a business development association for the Internet of Things ecosystem.
Prior to August Home, Johnson co-founded the mobile security company AirCover as well as the ebook software startup BookShout! and was featured in the Amazon Studios documentary “This is What We Make”.
Herta is the owner and co-founder of Peju Province Winery in Rutherford, a family-owned and operated wine business fostering sustainable and environmental consciousness since 1983.
After earning a bachelor’s degree in science from the University of Southern California, Herta worked with her husband Tony Peju, expanding floral shops into a nursery business. While searching for a larger farm to continue the nursery business, they came upon a 30-acre parcel in Rutherford that changed the course of their lives. With farming in the family’s blood and wine grapes already growing on the land, they built Peju Province Winery.
In 2007, Herta Peju and the Peju Province Winery earned the California Certified Organic (CCOF) designation for the H.B. Rutherford Estate Vineyard, part of the original parcel bought in 1983. In 2009, the winery became certified under the Napa Green Winery Program by the Napa County Department of Environmental Management. In 2019, Peju Province Winery completed the California Land Stewardship Institute’s Fish Friendly Farming Environmental Certification Program.
The Land Trust is in Kathy’s blood – by association. Fifty-one years ago, she married Joel, the son of Harry Tranmer, one of the Land Trust’s founders. Rarely did a family dinner go by without some discussion about Land Trust activities. For fifteen years she and her husband lived in the Tranmer Family home adjacent to the Land Trust’s Foote Preserve.
Kathy graduated from U.C. Santa Barbara and became a teacher. They have two sons and family activities revolved around the outdoors – backpacking, camping, mountain climbing, fishing and skiing.
She has previously served on the Land Trust board and for several years helped create and twice chaired “The Feast of Eden”, a major annual fundraiser. She has been an active Master Gardener for the last twenty years, including two terms as president. She also served on the Opera House board.
Kathy recently became an artist and is inspired by the constantly changing and awe inspiring beauty of the Napa Valley, and she welcomes the chance to be on the Land Trust board to further protect it.