The Solano Land Trust Board of Directors typically meets once monthly on the first Wednesday of the month at 5:30pm at the Solano Land Trust office, excluding January, July, and December. Please contact Solano Land Trust at 707-432-0150 for more information and to verify the meeting time and location. The Solano Land Trust office is located at 1001 Texas St., Suite C, Fairfield, CA 94533.
Carole Paterson, President
Carole Paterson is a retired member of the UC Cooperative Extension staff in Solano County where she worked for 35 years, concluding her career as the department’s director. During her tenure she developed programs, conducted research, and managed projects focused on supporting not only the 4-H Youth Development Program, but other institutions and individuals having an interest or investment in children, youth and their families. She has served as a director for the Children’s Network of Solano County, the Vallejo Fighting Back Partnership board of directors, the Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Solano & Napa Counties; she helped establish the first Family Resource Center in Vallejo and has just recently been appointed to the Solano County Fair Board of Directors. Carole is committed to helping preserve open spaces and agricultural lands in Solano County for future generations.
Gale Spears, Vice President
Gale Spears joined the board in 2012. She is the City of Fairfield’s public information officer and has been with the City since 2005. A former 4-H member, Spears graduated from Vacaville High, San Francisco State University, and earned her MBA from University of Phoenix. She is keenly interested in preserving the character of Solano County and the quality of life enjoyed by its residents. Spears is a past board of directors member for the American Cancer Society/CA Division, Susan G. Komen Foundation/Sacramento Affiliate, and the Solano Midnight Sun Foundation. She is presently a member of the Municipal Management Association of Northern California. Spears lives in Vacaville, and enjoys the outdoors, golf, baseball, music, and traveling.
Steve Pressley, Treasurer
Steve Pressley joined the board in 2013 and is a member of the Project and Finance Committees. Steve is retired from the Greater Vallejo Recreation District where he was the Maintenance and Development Manager. His responsibilities included management and oversight of District projects and maintenance of parks and facilities. He attended California State University, Fresno where he majored in Botany. His experience includes 10 years as a California licensed landscape contractor, certified arborist and Pest Control Advisor. In addition he is a member of the Solano Ridge Trail Committee and Executive Lion’s Club of Vallejo. Steve resides in Vallejo and is an avid hiker and backpacker.
Linda Seifert, Immediate Past President
Linda Seifert joined the Solano County Board of Supervisors representing District 2 in 2009. Her district includes Benicia, Cordelia, Green Valley and portions of Vallejo, including open space on Mare Island and much of the Sky Valley / Tri-City and County / Cordelia Hills areas. Seifert’s service to Green Valley and Solano County has earned her support from citizens and organizations that champion open and transparent government and value community participation in the civic process. She is an advocate for preserving the agricultural character and resources of the county and for improved recreational resources. Prior to joining the Board of Supervisors, Ms. Seifert was a partner in a Walnut Creek law firm and later General Counsel for the California Dental Association. Her record of community involvement includes past president of the Green Valley Landowner’s Association, service on the boards of the First 5 Commission of Solano County, Child Haven, Yolo-Solano Air Board, Partnership Healthplan of California, Solano County Library Foundation, and the Tri-City and County Cooperative Planning Group Governing Board.
Sue Frost, Secretary
A fifth generation Californian, Sue Frost was raised in Walnut Creek and later earned a degree in Journalism form Cal Poly San Luis Obispo. Sue spent several years in corporate banking in San Francisco before moving to Benicia to start a family. Sue runs the Benicia Water Education Program and is also in charge of Benicia’s Coastal Cleanup Day. In addition, Sue teaches water conservation in the Vallejo School District. In her free time, Sue loves to garden and has been a Solano County Master Gardener for nearly 20 years. She is a member of the Solano Land Trust Community Engagement Committee. In addition to gardening, Sue enjoys travel, skiing and spending time at her family cabin in Pinecrest.
Ian Anderson joined the board in 2000 and has held the offices of President and Vice President. He is a 4th generation farmer who deeply cares about the future of Solano County. He raises 4,000 lambs, most direct market to Niman Ranch; and grows 1,000 acres of hay and 3,000 acres dry land grain, which is enough for 3-4 million loaves of bread. He is currently President of the CA Association of Wheat Growers and also sits on Solano Land Trust’s ACE and Project Committees as Chair.
Jim Campbell joined the Solano Land Trust board in 2011. He has been farming in the Dixon area since 1969. Jim served as a Solano County Planning Commissioner from the mid 1980’s until January of 2005. He was also a Solano County Farm Bureau director during this same time frame. Jim is currently an associate director for the Dixon Resource Conservation District.
David Eimerl is a Ph.D. physicist with over thirty years of experience in lasers and optics, in both government and industry. He is a former chief scientist and program manager of the Laser Science and Technology Program in the ICF program at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. He also has over ten years of experience developing semiconductor products and laser products for the Telecom, consumer electronics and wafer processing sectors. He has extensive experience serving on several different boards in many capacities.
Mike Fortney joined the board in 2010. He is vice president of the Solano County Division of Placer Title Company and has been in the title and escrow business for 17 years. He is involved with local politics, and is passionate about ensuring that the children in our community have a safe environment to learn and play. When he is not coaching youth soccer or Bobby Sox softball, Mike volunteers with the Vacaville Boy and Girls Club, and serves on their board. He is dedicated to helping today’s youth become future leaders by mentoring and by teaching teamwork, decision-making, and life skills. Mike has also contributed his energy and skills to Solano County SPCA, Solano County Humane Animal Services, Vacaville Recreation Foundation, Solano Association of Realtors, Travis Regional Armed Forces Committee, Northern California Homebuilders Association, California Building Industry Association, Vacaville and Fairfield Chambers of Commerce, and Solano Economic Development Corporation.
A board member since 2008, Elizabeth Fry is a Vacaville real estate broker and the owner of Showcase Properties. She is also affiliated with Cabela's Trophy Properties. She has been a member of the Vacaville Public Education Foundation since 2004 and is a co-founder and president of the Solano Midnight Sun Foundation, which raises money to help women suffering from breast cancer. She is a member of the Northern Solano County Association of Realtors.
Ron Lanza of Wooden Valley Wines is a 3rd generation wine maker and grower from Suisun Valley California. In partnership with his brothers who focus on the management of over 400 acres of vineyards and winemaking, Ron’s focus is on management and marketing. The Lanza Family operates a small winery and supply fruit to many Napa and Sonoma wineries along with amateurs throughout the United States. Their winery has won many accolades over the years including being at the San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition where they won gold and double gold medals on their Petite Sirah and Merlot. Besides serving on the board of director’s for Solano Land Trust, Ron also serves on the boards of the Suisun Valley Vintners & Grower Association and the Suisun Valley Fruit Growers Association.
Albert Lavezzo joined the board in 2007. He is president and chief executive officer of the law offices of Favaro, Lavezzo, Gill, Caretti & Heppell, with offices in Vallejo and Fairfield. He is also past chairman of the board and general legal counsel of Surety Bank, now merged into First Bank and Trust. Albert has an impressive record of community involvement including past chairman of the Travis Air Force Base Regional Armed Forces Committee; past chairman and current board director of the Solano Economic Development Corporation; past City of Vallejo councilman; past chairman of the Vallejo Chamber of Commerce; past board director of the Vallejo Convention and Visitor's Bureau; and, past president of the Solano County Bar Association.
Paul Lum grew up in Dixon and graduated from UC Davis in 1982 with a degree in Ag. Science & Management. He lives on his family's farm north of Vacaville. From 1982-1985 he farmed with his father, Ton Lum, and partner Del Young, growing diversified crops near Vacaville & Dixon. From 1986 to the present he has been farming as an owner/operator - since 2005, he has been growing strictly almonds. Paul works for Solano Irrigation District as the Irrigation Specialist. He is past president of Solano Co. Farm Bureau, and currently serves as the Vice President of Solano Resource Conservation District as well as serving on the Solano Flood Control Advisory Committee.