Address: 2425 Jefferson St., Napa 94558; 707-253-3563; nvef.org

Age: 54

Residence: Napa

Professional background: Business, Non-profit management

Education: Sonoma State University

Staff size: four staff members, nine board directors

Describe your organization.

For nearly three decades, the Napa Valley Education Foundation (NVEF) has been supporting public schools in Napa Valley by mobilizing public support and providing leadership to inspire students to achieve their educational potential.

Tell us a little bit about yourself:  

Served for nine years on the Napa Valley Education Foundation board and was granted Director Emeritus status upon retiring in 1997. In 1998, took on the directorship of the Foundation’s Music Connection program. The program has grown and now serves 3,000 students in the Napa Valley Unified School District (NVUSD) annually. In February of 2011, was voted on as the first Executive Director of the NVEF and are committed to the NVEF vision of inspiring youth to reach their full potential through vital educational programs and arts education in response to the needs of the 18,000 children in the NVUSD.

What is your role in the organization?

Executive Director of the NVEF, and Director of its program the Music Connection

What achievement are you most proud of?

for the past two years fundraising with the help of the community to sustain music in our elementary schools.  Over 1300 students this past year were given the opportunity to begin musical education journeys.

What is your biggest challenge today?

Fundraising…

What the next major project either under way or on the horizon?

continue to raise the funds to sustain music in our schools and find the means to reinstate general music at the 3rd grade level.

What product or service would/or is helping you do your job more effectively?

Fundraising software, admin assistance, help with marketing

How do you think your profession will change in the next five years?

most definitely more collaboration between non-profits and service organizations. 

Most admired businessperson outside your organization: Dr. Patrick Sweeney, Superintendent of Napa Valley Unified School District

Current reading: Winter of the World, Ken Follett’s second book in The Century Trilogy

Most want to meet: everyday heroes – I enjoy meeting new people and learning from each one

Stress relievers: Reading and being with my family

Favorite hobbies: Reading, Gardening, Traveling with my husband

Words that best describe you: Passionate, loyal, empowering

Is there something we didn’t ask that you would like to add?: Family: Married to the most wonderful guy for 30 years – two adult sons, both married to wonderful women – and an adorable Boston Terrier.