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.
Kimberly Barrett, Development Manager
B.S., Nutritional Science, Georgia State University
Kimberly is a corporate sales executive and event planner with 25 years experience in corporate events, sales and marketing. Her event experience includes project development, planning, production and management for corporate, non profit and for profit organizations with events ranging in size from 50 – 50,000 attendees. She has an extensive background in Sales and Marketing Management with experience in the environmental, restaurant/hotel and wine industries. Prior to joining the Land Trust of Napa County, she was co-founder and VP Marketing of an environmental consulting business.
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.
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.
Jill Jacobs, Major Gifts Officer
B.A., Philosophy, University of California, Berkeley
Jill is a fundraising professional with 20 years of experience in major gifts, planned giving, corporate partnerships, capital campaigns, board development and strategic planning. Before she joined the Land Trust of Napa County, Jill served as a major gifts officer at the San Francisco SPCA and Guide Dogs for the Blind. As Development Director at Buckelew Programs, a mental health and recovery services organization, Jill created a new development department that doubled annual revenue and funded a new on-site nursing program. When she’s not working to inspire community support for a great cause, Jill enjoys hiking, swimming in the ocean, live music and her sassy rescue cat Tallulah.
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.
Kurt Nystrom, Finance Manager
B.S., Mechanical Engineering, University of Rochester, M.B.A Finance, University of Florida
Kurt has worked for 25 years in financial and administrative roles for non-profit organizations, including Chief Financial Officer positions at Copia and the San Francisco Museum Project (the Old Mint). Prior to coming to Napa in 1998, he worked in management and finance positions in banking and for not for profit organizations in Miami, Fl. Kurt is a former Board member and Chairman of the Napa Chamber of Commerce.
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 8,300 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.
Jenny Pessereau, Grants Coordinator
B.G.S., Journalism and French, Ohio University
Jenny has 15 years of experience in outreach, public relations, and organizational leadership at volunteer-supported nonprofits in Napa, including Stone Bridge School, Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators-Napa Valley, New Tech High School, Martha Walker Native Habitat Garden, and CNPS. In her spare time, she and her husband Philippe enjoy gardening at the Napa Community Garden, hiking at Point Reyes, and cooking a great meal with friends and family.
Lena Pollastro, Land Project 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.
Randy Skidmore, Conservation Project Manager
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
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, Napa Valley Nursery School and Community Resources for Children.
Greg Bennett, Chair
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, Vice Chair
Steve is a retail real estate developer and specialty-food consultant working on a number of benchmark projects throughout the United States. He is Founder and Chief Executive Officer of The Carlin Company and Oxbow Public Market in the Napa Valley. His background includes 20 years as Managing Partner with Oakville Grocery Company, a leading Northern California specialty foods retailer; Project Manager responsible for planning, leasing, and opening the highly successful Ferry Building Marketplace in San Francisco; and licensee / consultant for Napa Farms Market, the landmark artisan food specialty market in San Francisco International Airport’s Terminal Two, and Berkshire Farms Market in Logan International Airport in Boston. He is currently working on new projects in Seattle and Everett WA, in Sonoma CA, Oakland CA, Albuquerque NM, and Culver City CA.
Linda Cantey, Treasurer
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.
Ann Taylor Schwing, Secretary
Ann Taylor Schwing is of counsel in the Municipal Law practice group of Best Best & Krieger LLP. Prior to joining the firm in 2010, Ann was of counsel with McDonough Holland & Allen in Sacramento for 24 years.
Ann’s practice focuses on litigation where she specializes in appeals, motions and research and on conservation easements. She divides her time between work for the firm, writing legal treatises, involvement in The Anthony M. Kennedy Inn of Court, and serving on several nonprofit boards and the Land Trust Accreditation Commission.
Ann received the American Inns of Court Professionalism Award for the Ninth Circuit in 2004 and the Federal Bar Association Sacramento Chapter award for Outstanding and Tireless Service to the Federal Bar and Judiciary in 2003. She also is a recipient of the Melville M. Bigelow scholarship award for the graduate with the greatest promise as a scholar and a teacher of the law from Boston University School of Law in 1975.
Ann serves on the board of directors of Scribes, The American Society of Legal Writers. She is a fellow of the American Bar Foundation. She serves as commissioner and secretary for the Land Trust Accreditation Commission, and as an executive committee member and Master of the Bench for The Anthony M. Kennedy Inn of Court. Since its inception, she has served as a member and reporter for the Judicial Advisory Committee for the Eastern District of California and the Subcommittee on Local Rules. Ann is also a panel member for the Voluntary Dispute Resolution Program for the Eastern District of California.
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.
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.
John holds degrees in Forest Management, Forest Engineering, and certificates in Public Administration, and has worked in many roles with the U.S. Forest Service and the National Forest Foundation. He has been the Executive Team Director for the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Natural Resources and the Environment, and managed the Pacific Rim Forest Legacy Program, promoting the long-term integrity of forestlands in the west.
He retired from the Forest Services and became the Director of Conservation for The Nature Conservancy in Hawaii, where he was responsible for conservation, science, and land acquisition. He managed over 40,000 acres of forest preserves, working in partnership with other land managers on five islands. He became TNC’s Director for Land Protection and Conservation Partnerships, and was one of the first Directors of the Hawaiian Islands Land Trust, as well as Board Chair of the Pacific Islands Climate Change Cooperative. During his tenure, two major land conservation projects were achieved.
John returned home to Napa County in March of 2012 to spend more time with his new granddaughter. Hobbies: Traveling, hiking, tennis.
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.
Richard is currently a Natural Resource Volunteer with the CA Department of Fish & Game, where he assists Agency staff with a wide range of assignments including: Inland and Marine Fisheries; Habitat Conservation; Wildlife Management; Hatcheries and Education and Outreach. Richard spent 31 years from 1980 to 2011 as a realtor with Crown Realty, Morgan Lane and Heritage Sotheby’s in the Napa and Eastern Sonoma Counties. His career emphasis as a successful realtor was on residential, County agricultural and investment properties.
Richard holds a BA in Economics from Cornell University and has taken accounting and business management classes at NYU Business School. He has previously served on the Board of Directors for the non-profit affordable housing project in St. Helena – Stonebridge Apartments. Richard has also been a volunteer with the Land Trust since 1982 and has served on many committees in a wide variety of roles including: monitoring committee; protection committee; project committee; Chairman of the Linda Falls Permanent Preserve committee and assisting with Land Trust fund raising events.
Jack was General Manager & Winemaster of Napa Valley’s Silverado Vineyards for 25 years. He is recipient of the Robert Mondavi Trophy for Winemaker of the Year of the International Wine and Spirit Competition, as well as accolades from the Wine Spectator and numerous other journals. He is Winemaker & Partner of Trivium Wine, a limited production single-vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon from St. Helena.
Jack established Silverado as a national brand known for the quality of its wines. During his tenure, he directed four major winery building projects and developed seven different vineyard properties in Napa and Sonoma counties. His first vintage of Trivium Cabernet Sauvignon was one of a handful of Napa Cabernets in the San Francisco Chronicle’s Top 100 Wines.
Active in industry affairs, Jack is past president of both the Napa Valley Vintners and the Stags Leap District Winegrowers Association; he is co-founder of the North Coast Pierce’s Disease Task Force. Jack was instrumental in the development and passage of two important industry bills in the state legislature. He sits on the Enology Committee of the American Vineyard Foundation and chairs the Project Committee of the Land Trust. He is a director of United Cerebral Palsy of the North Bay.
Jack is a fifth-generation Californian who grew up among Santa Clara Valley orchards. He received a bachelor’s degree from Stanford and took his graduate study in viticulture and enology at the University of California at Davis.