2016 Lifetime Achievement Award

2016 Lifetime Achievement Award: Joel & Kathy Tranmer

The 2016 Lifetime Achievement Award was presented to Joel and Kathy Tranmer during the annual Cornerstone Society Gathering.

“It is an honor and a privilege for all of us at the Land Trust to present this award to Joel and Kathy for all of their incredible efforts over the years,” said CEO Doug Parker. “They have been directly involved in some of the organization’s greatest achievements.”

Joel and Kathy have both served the Land Trust in immeasurable ways throughout much of the organization’s 40 year history. They share a great love of the land, nature and the beauty of Napa County. Joel was born into the Land Trust – his father Harry Tranmer was one of the founders.

“Our family has spent many years in the great outdoors and have learned to respect the land and what Mother Nature has provided for us. It is important that we protect what we can for future generations,” remarked Joel and Kathy.


Joel and Kathy Tranmer
Joel served on the Land Trust Board of Trustees for six years and as Board Chair for two years. He later worked on staff as the CEO from 2008-2013. During Joel’s time as CEO the Land Trust became a nationally Accredited Land Trust through the Land Trust Accreditation Commission.  In the 1970s Joel founded a company that made home insulation out of recycled newspaper; a green product before its time. His commitment to the environment has always guided him.

Kathy also served on the Land Trust Board of Trustees.  She volunteered for many years and chaired two of the largest annual fundraising events for the organization.