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Leadership Napa Valley Announces 2021-2022 Board of Directors and Class 34

September 16, 2021 3:20 PM | Anonymous

Leadership Napa Valley (LNV) announces its 2021-2022 Board of Directors. The Executive Committee includes President Danielle Barreca (Class 29), Hedgerow Property Management; Vice President Molly Rattigan (Class 31), Assistant to the Napa City Manager; Secretary Natalie Griffin Scott (Class 32), Development Director, Napa Humane; and Treasurer Katarina Mezeiova (Class 31), Director of Finance, The Westin Verasa Napa.

The Board welcomes new members Jon Crawford (Class 32) former Napa County Undersheriff; Kate Miller (Class 29), Executive Director, Napa Valley Transit Authority; Jessica Penman (Class 32), Director of Community Relations, Yountville Chamber of Commerce; and Robert Van Der Velde (Class 32), Senior Dean, Arts & Sciences, Napa Valley College. 

The Board expresses its gratitude to members retiring from the Board: Kristine Haataja (Class 30), Margaret Niland (Class 31), Catherine Heywood (Class 28), and Betsy Van Dyne (Class 30).

Class 34 began September 10, and is pleased to announce the selected class participants:
Katherine Anderson, Asset Manager, Melchor Corporation
Brenda Burke, Community Investment and Strategic Partnerships Manager, Jameson Humane
Kathy Cruz, Partner, G & J Seiberlich & Co. LLP
Chris Cutler, Principal, Stoic Technologies
Marlen De La Cruz Torres, H.R. Administrador, A.P. Administrative Assistant, La Morenita Market Inc.
Chuck Dell’Ario, Attorney, Alan Charles Dell’Ario, Attorney at Law
Craig Finster, President and CFO, Versus Systems
Patty Friesen, Retired Director of Public Affairs, Contra Costa Water District
Alma Fuentes, Owner, Celebrity Haven Senior Care
Justin Gomez, Financial Advisor, Edward Jones
James Hall, Real Estate Associate, Corcoran Global Living
Molly Hodgins, Instructor of Viticulture, Napa Valley College
Sara Hutchens, Job Placement Specialist, Napa Unified School District
Nancy Kerson, Administrator, Vine Village, Inc.
Celia King, Finance Director, Town of Yountville
Susan Larson-Bouwer, Owner, Larson Bouwer & Company
Amy Linn, Owner/Creative Director, Linn Design Studio
Sonya Luisoni, Senior Risk Services Manager, Safety National
Cristian Maldonado, Owner, Trini’s Catering
Laura Meltzer, Accounting and Benefits Specialist, Turnbull Wine
Lee Miller, Realtor, Avenue8
Emma Moyer, Homeless Programs Manager, County of Napa
Ryan O’Connell, Marketing Director, Inspired ADUs
Matt Reid, Winemaker, Benessere Vineyards
Rebecca Rowan, Owner, Devaux Ranch
Liz Russell, Self Employed, Consultant in Communications, Public Relations and Issue Advocacy
Isly San Pedro, Retired
Rebecca Schenck, Program Manager, Public Transit, Napa Valley Transportation Authority
Jill Wallace Cooper, Communication and Development Manager, Buckelew Programs

About Leadership Napa Valley
Now starting its 34th year, LNV began in 1987. The program annually selects class members from a diverse cross-section of Napa Valley applicants. During the nine-month program, class members develop leadership skills, learn teamwork, and experience the many different pieces, from government to nonprofits that make Napa County such a special place to live. In the practicum portion of the program, they work in teams to develop meaningful projects intended to have a lasting positive impact on the community. Award winning, LNV is recognized as one of the best leadership training experiences in the county. To date, more than 800 people have graduated from the program with a deeper commitment to making Napa Valley a better place to live, work and grow. Former Napa City Mayor, Jill Techel, has been the program director since 1996 and continues to evolve the program with current leadership tools and experiences. LNV is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization that relies on support from community. To find out more about how to get involved, visit

Applications for Class 35 will be available February 2022, please contact for more information.


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