Beth Painter, President
Beth has worked as land use planner for several counties throughout California and in the private sector. She is currently owner and principal planner at Balanced Planning. She has a Master’s degree in Earth Science and a B.S. in Geology and served on the Napa County Watershed Task Force and Oversight Committee.
Ashley Anderson Bennett
Ashley is a Vineyard Manager at Cain Vineyard and Winery where her main focus is on watershed stewardship and erosion control. She has been actively involved with the RCD over the past decade in the Sulfur Creek Watershed Task Force, Napa Sustainable Winegrowing Group and projects to decrease sediment runoff from ranch roads on hillside vineyards. Ashley received a BA in Ecology and Environmental Studies from Vassar College.
Dr. Hoenicke is a systems ecologist and has spent a good part of his career making science relevant to decision-makers at the federal, state, regional, and local levels. He received his B.S. in Agricultural Sciences from the University of Bonn, Germany, and his Ph.D. in Ecology from the University of California at Davis. His working career has included development of monitoring and assessment programs, applying science-based criteria in prioritizing statewide conservation investment decisions, and leading a non-profit science organization. He is currently the Deputy Executive Officer for Science at the Delta Stewardship Council, which oversees the development of the co-equal goals of Delta ecosystem protection and assuring a reliable water supply for California. Rainer has been serving on the District Board since 2004.
Jon is a partner in a family-owned vineyard management business, Nord Vineyard Services, of Napa. He has a B.S. in Horticulture from Purdue University and an M.S. in Plant Protection and Pest Management from UC Davis. After receiving his graduate degree in 1994, he and his wife Nancy spent the next two years as Peace Corps volunteers in Guatemala before returning to Napa. He has been an active member of the Napa Sustainable Winegrowing Group since 1998 and has collaborated with the RCD and NRCS on a number of stream bank stabilization projects. Jon has participated in Fish Friendly Farming certification for numerous vineyards. Fluent in Spanish, Jon is often asked to speak on sustainable agriculture topics in that language.
Jim is the latest in a long line of Lincolns who have had a special role in the history of land stewardship and grape growing in the Napa Valley. He received a degree in Agricultural Science and Management from UC Davis and since 2002 has worked as a Vineyard Manager for Beckstoffer Vineyards. Jim has served on the Board of the Napa County Farm Bureau and was chair of the Natural Resources Committee. He also served on the Watershed Task Force and WICC Board. Jim brings an understanding of soil engineering and farming adaptive management which has contributed to the development of the county’s conservation regulations. He is an avid horseman and farmer.
Bill is a Registered Consulting Arborist (American Society of Consulting Arborists) and Certified Arborist (International Society of Arboriculture) with extensive experience in tree care and wholesale and retail nursery work. He has a private practice in Napa as a consulting arborist. Bill also writes a newspaper column – ‘Trees and People’ – that has appeared twice per month in the Napa Valley Register since autumn 1995. In 2011 he volunteered to get Napa involved in the Sudden Oak Death Blitz program, sponsored by the UC Berkeley Forest Pathology and Mycology Lab, and now coordinates Napa’s annual Blitz.
Gretchen Stranzl McCann
Gretchen has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Landscape Architecture from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo. She is a CLARB certified licensed landscape architect in California and Colorado, and has practiced in the Napa community for over 22 years. Among her professional passions is sustainable environmental design, in particular riparian and wetland restoration. Gretchen has been involved with many interesting and successful restoration projects for both private and public developments. She is technically current with practices in restoration design and best management practices regarding watershed development and protection and low impact development concepts and principles of environmentally sustainable design.
RCD Board Associate Directors
Joan Bennett is a city council member for the City of American Canyon and serves as chair of the Blue Ribbon Committee on Water in American Canyon. She is retired from the California Conservation Corps and has an interest in natural resource education. She desires to educate herself more about natural resources in Napa County in order to be a resource to the community.
Dennis was the RCD Resource Conservationist for over 12 years. He developed the Watershed Land Stewardship workshops that have been given numerous times in California, Nevada, Arizona and Hawaii and edited the Napa River Watershed Owners Manual. He has 15 years of hillside vineyard design, installation and management experience. He is currently a private consultant specializing in watershed management, organizational development and conflict management. He is presently working with multiple groups and agency programs in California and Arizona.
Joseph Nordlinger has a Bachelors’ degree in International Political Economics from the University of California at San Diego. Joseph’s skills are in leadership, business planning, organizational development and strategic alignment. He has been President and CEO of the Ascent Services Group since 2006. Ascent is a technology, business professional, and biopharmaceutical staffing, consulting and workforce management Company that is focused on efficient, value led, talent services for its clients and outstanding career opportunities for its professionals.
Joseph is a Sonoma native and has been a Napa resident for 10 years. Outside of work, Joseph is interested in residential water and energy efficiency, drought tolerant landscaping, suburban permaculture, & suburban bee-keeping. In particular, Joseph would like to assist in education, training and transformation projects that bring greater conservation focus to residential homes in Napa. Joseph also enjoys snowboarding, running, cycling, and fly-fishing.
Maya is the Viticulturalist for Diageo Chateau and Estates where she focuses on improving the longer term sustainability of the Diageo ranches. She received her bachelor’s degree from UC Davis in Fermentation Science and then received her MBA from Presidio Graduate School in Sustainable Management. She has spent the past fifteen years farming locally with an emphasis on organics and sustainability. As an Associate Director she would like to help increase awareness of the importance of farming and conservation of our natural resources to our local community and the businesses that work in the district.
Heather has been interested in sustainable systems since 1992 when she became a founding Director of a non-profit Sea Turtle conservation organization. Before coming to Napa, she spent 6 years as an endangered species consultant working as a liaison between the U.S Corps of Engineers, National Marine Fisheries Service and Marine Dredging Companies. It was during this period, while living in Arizona, that Heather became involved with groups focused on sustainable building, watershed protection and permaculture. Currently, she is a Viticulturist at Walsh Vineyards Management and is interested in finding new ways to incorporate sustainability into farming practices.
Margaret is an attorney who retired in 2008 as Chief Deputy County Counsel for the Napa County Counsel’s office. In that position she had acted as the Resource Conservation District’s primary and backup legal counsel since the early 1990’s. She has a Bachelor of Arts degree in History from UCLA and a Juries Doctor degree from the UCLA School of Law, and was admitted to the California State Bar in 1975. She is also admitted to the federal district courts (Northern and Eastern Districts) in California.
Bob Zlomke was District Manager and Senior Hydrologist at the RCD, where his technical work focused on flow modeling of the Napa River and selected tributaries, rainfall/runoff modeling, and the measurement of flow and sediment loads in Napa River tributaries. He is a California licensed engineer with an M.S. in Civil & Environmental Engineering from UC Davis. He is currently occupied as a furniture artist-craftsman, a business activity he began in Oakland in 1980 and has carried on since 1987 in Napa.