Board of Directors
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 700 Main Street, Suite 210, Suisun City, CA 94585.
Gale D. Spears, President
Gale Spears joined the board in 2012. She is the City of Fairfield's communications manager and has been with the City since 2005. A former 4-H member, Spears graduated from Vacaville High School and earner her MBA from the 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 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 sports, live music and traveling.
Sue Frost, Vice President
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.
Paul Lum, Secretary
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 the Solano County 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.
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.
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.
John has been the District Manager for Dixon Resource Conservation District since 2000. He oversees the operation and maintenance of a 70-mile agricultural drainage system. John is also responsible for managing the Dixon Regional Watershed Joint Powers Authority with three other local agencies, and implementing the Dixon / Solano RCD Agricultural Water Quality Coalition Program which provides individual landowners and producers a way to comply with the State’s Irrigated Lands Regulatory Program. John is actively participating in the Groundwater Sustainability Agency formation process, where he and the District seek to provide a voice for all groundwater users. Prior to and since joining Dixon RCD, John has developed an extensive network with the local agricultural community. He has operated his own swine farm, managed agricultural operations on farms in seven counties in Central California, and served as an organic farm inspector for the California Certified Organic Farmers. John is a UC Davis Graduate with a Bachelors of Science Degree with a Major in Agricultural and Managerial Economics. He has also earned the Accredited Farm Manager designation from the American Society of Farm Managers and Rural Appraisers. John and his family live on the family farm where they are restoring the family’s home which was constructed in 1875.
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 at the Lawrence Livermore Laboratory and has fifteen successful years running his consulting and software company. He also has experience serving on several boards, from large companies to small non-profits. He and his wife Carol move to this area about five years ago and very much appreciate and enjoy its rural character and open spaces. As a keen hiker and outdoor enthusiast David wishes to preserve our local open space for future generations. He currently sits on the GVLA board and represents GVLA's interests to the SLT Board.
Deborah Durr Ferras
Deborah Durr Ferras practices law throughout the North Bay Area as a shareholder in Favaro, Lavezzo, Gill, Caretti & Heppell, PC. After settling in Vacaville in 1989, she was admitted to practice in 1991. Her practice is concentrated in probate, wills, and trusts; guardianships and conservatorships; termination of parental rights and stepparent adoption; family law; and debt collection. Deborah has been married to her husband, Jonathan, for 28 years, and they have one son, Brett, who is currently attending the VECHS program at Will C. Wood High School. Since moving to Solano County, in addition to the Solano Land Trust, Deborah has participated in and attended events with various community groups, including the Vacaville Sunrise Rotary (serving on its board for over 15 years and just completing a term as president), the Fairfield-Suisun Chamber of Commerce, and the Solano Economic Development Corporation. She routinely donates estate plans to the Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) program and Bethany Lutheran School.
Terry Huffman joined the board in 2016. He brings a unique combination of in-depth experience with ecological research and the environmental regulatory process. Prior to starting Huffman-Broadway Group, Inc. (HBG) in 1984, Dr. Huffman was the Chief Wetland Scientist for the US Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) from 1976 to 1981. He developed the Corps/US EPA wetlands definition and the technical criteria for the three-parameter methodology used to determine wetland boundaries. This seminal work led to the development of the wetland delineation methodology in use by the Corps and EPA today. His nearly 35 years of work with the Corps and as a private consultant has provided Terry with extensive onsite experience with virtually all types of aquatic and wetland environments and a unique understanding of the environmental permitting and compliance process. As HBG's president and Wetlands Regulatory Scientist, Terry has successfully managed a wide range of both small and multimillion dollar projects. As HBG's Lead Scientist, he is also actively involved in the technical design and implementation of projects and provides technical oversight.
Carole Paterson, a native of Solano County, worked for 25 years with the University of California Cooperative Extension as the 4-H Youth Development Advisor concluding her tenure as the Director of the Department in Solano County. She has served on boards, committees and commissions that have an interest or investment in children, youth and their families. Carole is committed to helping preserve open space and agricultural lands in Solano County for future generations.
Curtis Stocking is a Real Estate Broker and a native to the Vacaville countryside. He and his wife of 30 years, Susie, have raised four children; three daughters and one son. He grew up in a family business and that experience has given him a greater understanding for both the needs if the customers and the businessperson. Curtis has been very active in the community having served as President of Vacaville Police Activates, Chairman of the Vacaville Chamber of Commerce, Director of Solano Community Foundation, and the Solano Midnight Sun Foundation. He is now committed to the Wreath Project at the Sacramento Valley National Cemetery in Dixon. Curtis and his family Spearhead the fundraising drive to purchase wreaths for he fallen at Christmas and have done that since 2006 when that cemetery opened. In addition, he was recently elected to the office of President of the Board of Directors for the Northern Solano County Association of Realtors for 2017.
John M. Vasquez re-joined the Solano Land Trust board in 2017, having first been appointed to serve in 2007. Since 2003, John has been the 4th District Solano County Supervisor. He represents portions of Vacaville and Dixon, including what is considered some of the richest farm land in the state. Born into a farming family, John's childhood was spend working the soil. He continues to advocate for the preservation of agriculture and is supporter of open space. John is a member of the Vacaville-Fairfield-Solano Greenbelt Authority and the Solano County Regional Park Committee, which in 2016 received full board support to move forward with plans to establish a regional park district. John maintains memberships on numerous boards and commissions related to responsible land use and the protection of natural resources, including: Bay Conservation and Development Commission; Delta Counties Coalition; Delta Protection Commission; Lower Putah Creek Coordinating Committee, Yolo-Solano Air Quality Management District; LAFCo; Solano County Water Agency; and the Transportation Land Use Committee.