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.
Carole Paterson, President
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.
Gale Spears, Vice 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.
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.
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 the past President of the CA Association of Wheat Growers, member of the Solano County Agricultural Advisory Board and also sits on Solano Land Trust's Agricultural Conservation Easement 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 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.
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.
Ron Lanza of Wooden Valley Winery & Vineyards joined the board in 2015. Ron 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 supplies 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 & Growers Association and the Suisun Valley Fruit Growers 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 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.
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.
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.
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.