Leadership

Volunteers are at the heart of this campaign. We are so grateful for their generosity of time, talent and dedication to Sonoma Land Trust’s mission.

Campaign Steering Committee

This committee is composed of volunteer leaders who contribute their time, expertise and generous gift commitments to ensure that campaign efforts are successful. Led by three co-chair couples who are the primary public representatives of the campaign, these members actively participate in fundraising and provide guidance on key strategic issues.

Simon and Kimberly Blattner

Simon and Kimberly Blattner
Co-Chairs

Tim Portwood and Jim Lauber

Tim Portwood and Jim Lauber
Co-Chairs

Harry and Dee Richardson headshot

Harry and Dee Richardson
Co-Chairs

Scott Hafner headshot

Scott Hafner

Steven Hightower headshot

Steven Hightower

Nancy Otto headshot

Nancy Otto

Ellie Rilla headshot

Ellie Rilla

Allison Sanford headshot

Allison Sanford

Marie andel

Leadership Council Members

This honorary committee is composed of notable community leaders who have a passion for land conservation and are lending their name and financial support to help the campaign succeed.

Sue Conley

Rob Das & Beth Berkson

Lynne Deegan-McGraw

Ken & Akiko Freeman

Peter & Ginnie Haas

Dick Hafner

Hal Hinkle

Mary Love

Bill & Jeanne Osterland

Jean Schulz

Board Members

Our Board of Directors are actively involved in the campaign through their own philanthropic support as well as encouraging others to join them in supporting our work.

Marie Andel, Board Chair

Allison Sanford, Immediate Past Chair

Tim Portwood, Vice Chair

Scott Hafner, Vice Chair

Judy Scotchmoor, Secretary

Gregory Appling

Jennifer Bice

Simon Blattner

Robert Brent

Dianne Brinson

Clay Clement

Duncan Higgons

Steven Hightower

Philip Jensen

Nancy Otto

Ellie Rilla

Wendy Smit

Peter Van Alyea

Quincey Tompkins Imhoff

Mike Valdovinos

Lewis Warren

Staff Leadership

Dedicated professionals power the work of Sonoma Land Trust.

Management Team

Eamon O’Byrne
Executive Director

Sheri Cardo
Director of Communications

Melissa Frediani
Operations Director

John McCaull
Land Acquisition Director

Bob Neale
Stewardship Director

Shannon Nichols
Director of Philanthropy

Neal Ramus
Director of Community Programs

Joe Rizzo
Director of Finance and Administration

Development Team

Shannon Nichols
Director of Philanthropy

Melissa Bennett
Development Program Manager

Deirdre Holbrook
Donor Engagement Officer

Reta Lockert
Donor Relations Director

Aja Walter
Development Associate