Sarah Aguilar, Director
An Orange County native, Sarah received her BS in Human Biology from University of Southern California. While there she served as President of Delta Gamma, was a Peer Leadership Consultant and ran an after-school sports program for underserved local students and taught classes at their school. Sarah received her Masters in Education from Southern Methodist University while teaching high school Physics and Environmental Systems full time with the Dallas-Forth Worth Corps of Teach for America. During this high school experience, Sarah also developed a joint hospitality/culinary career prep program, coached JV and Varsity basketball and softball and served as department head. Moving to Napa, Sarah learned that California and Texas have no reciprocity with teaching credentials. She therefore took a position with the Far Niente Family of Wineries (Far Niente, Nickel and Nickel, Dolce, EnRoute, Bella Union) in hospitality and is now in the Marketing Department. In her spare time, Sarah spends time with fiancé Sean, corgi pup Chloe, training for a race, reading, wine tasting with friends and seeking volunteer opportunities.
KEVIN COPE, Director
Kevin has been teaching for the past 18 years. He has a BA in Social Studies Education and also a MA in Innovative Education. He first started his teaching career at Vallejo Middle School. He eventually moved to Silverado Middle School in the Napa Unified School System. He has taught numerous courses such as history, AVID, technology, leadership, and math intervention courses. When he is not thinking of innovative ways of teaching students, you can usually find him running long distance courses on the valley floor. He has completed the Napa Valley Marathon four times and the San Francisco Chronical Marathon. His wife is also an educator and currently owns her own business called “Cope Consulting” which helps students and parents navigate the educational system to find success within the school day. His son Jack is a 7th grader at Silverado Middle School.
GLYNDA GRAVES, Director
I have worked in the retail business for 40 years. For the last 14-1/2 years I have worked at the Napa General Store as Office Manager. · As a member of the Napa Business Network for 7 years, I have served on their Board of Directors for 3 years. I am very proud of the fundraising the NBN has been able to do for local charities, with TRCNB being one of our many recipients. After living in Fairfield for 17 years, living in Napa for the last 5 years has been a joy and I now can boast a very short commute! · My husband and I enjoy traveling and wine tasting in our free time.
STACY SOBERALSKI HERSLY, Director
Stacy, as an internationally experienced consultant, has worked with Google (US and EMEA based), MTV Networks, Tribune Company, Omnicom Media Group, along with many successful global startups. Stacy is also the co-founder/owner and general manager of Hersly Wines, a boutique wine label based in Napa. Research, analysis, marketing and business development has allowed Stacy to quadruple the business in just 3 years. Hersly wines are offered at The French Laundry and Morimoto’s to name a few. Since 2006 Stacy has been involved in raising funds for St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital via events in NYC and Napa that have raised over $10 million for the hospital. Stacy and husband Adam were recent honorary guests at St. Jude’s Annual Summit in Memphis. In 2014 Stacy joined the Development/Advisory Committee for Aldea Children and Family Services in Napa. She is also a professional advisor and student mentor at DePaul University, where she holds a BA in Psychology. Stacy has an MS in Occupational Social Work from University of Illinois.
ROBIN LaBRIE-JACKSON, Director
Robin is the owner of Mira and Associates, Inc. She wears many hats as an Accountant, Bookkeeper, Tax Preparer, and Auditor to name a few. She also is a QuickBooks ProAdvisor consultant specializing in setup, training/seminars, payroll and offers phone and remote access consultations. She has an MBA with an emphasis on Behavioral Science and is currently completing her Doctorate in Business. Her thesis is on successful behavior and human choice as applied to business. She has started and owned several companies, founded a non-profit organization and has consulted and continues to work with many non-profit organizations.
KATHLEEN MONTGOMERY, Founder/Executive Director
Kathleen retired from a 41 year career as a Registered Dental Hygienist during which time she founded and owned Dental Hygiene Services for 15 years. She served on the Napa Valley Education Foundation Board of Directors for six years, Vintage High School Peer Support Advisory Council three years and Vintage High School Parent/Faculty Service Organization for four years. As Volunteer Coordinator for Playground Fantastico in 2002, she was instrumental in its building and completion in seven days with the help and dedication of over 1000 plus volunteers. Kathleen received the Soroptimist International Ruby Award for Women Helping Women in 2013. She was honored with the Jefferson Award, sponsored by Bay Area’s KPIX, in 2014 for outstanding public service by an individual making a difference in their community.
SANDRA RE SIMS, Director
Sandy, a retired banker, was born and raised in Marin County, graduating from California State University, Sacramento with a degree in U.S. History. She has been active in the community for over 20 years. She is currently the president of the board of directors of Aldea, Inc. and vice president of the board of NEWS. She has served on the NEWS board for 11 years, serving twice as president. Sandy is a graduate of Leadership Napa Valley, Class 24, and was elected as the graduation speaker by her classmates. She remains active in LVN. Over the years she has volunteered for Collabria Care, formerly Hospice Napa Valley, Parents Can, Napa Valley Marathon, Napa County Land Trust, The Queen of the Valley Foundation, V.O.I.C.E.S among others. In 2013, Sandy was named “Woman of the Year by State Senator, Lois Wolk, for Senatorial District 3. Sandy lives in Napa with her husband, Gordon, also retired. She is the proud mother of an elementary school teacher in Sacramento, Jessica. Her son and daughter in law, Charles and Linda, live in Suisun. Sandy enjoys traveling, attending theater and musical events, hiking, going to movies and reading. Time with family and friends are foremost.
DAVE ROBERTSON, Director
A friend of Dave’s once quipped that his resume “looked like a Berlin road map – all over the place.”
Needless to say his background has been as varied and widespread as the number of places he’s lived. After ending a decade in marketing firms and ad agencies, most recently the strategic firm Glennie Stamnes, he pursued his love of the outdoors by moving to a small mountain town and becoming a ski instructor. Hunting around for something to fill his summer non-skiing months he was directed to the local volunteer fire department. From that humble beginning, Dave launched himself into a fire career that eventually led him to becoming a captain as well as a paramedic school and fire academy training officer. Though an incredibly fulfilling career it’s physical toll sent Dave an early retirement. Not one to sit still, he moved onto the hospitality industry, where is currently becoming as the Director of Hospitality for the Napa Valley Film Festival and an event producer for Live In The Vineyard/Yountville Live. Dave is currently the Director of Operations at Feast It Forward, an online lifestyle and food network.
Dave brings a solid foundation of marketing acumen, high level customer service, and a lifelong study of leadership to the TRCNB table and is truly excited at the possibilities this new venture will present.
JIM WARREN, Director
Jim has been with TRCNB from its very beginning planning stages in 2009 up to the present. He has done everything from hauling supplies from storage units to TRCNB’s first home at 403 Gateway Road West to serving on the Board of Directors since inception in 2010. He graduated from Cornell University with BS and MS in Engineering. Employed by Caterpillar Manufacturing Management Program and then Trane Company for 41 years. Jim worked in technical sales for 18 years earning Top Ten Club Award. Trustee and Teacher for South Church, Boston, Junior Achievement Advisor, Soccer Coach, Junior League. Jim divides his retirement time between Napa and his hometown of Andover, Mass.