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Tory Nosler

Tory Nosler is the chair of the Sonoma Academy Board of Trustees. She is a physician at the Occidental Area Health Center, providing accessible health care to our community. Previously, she was a junior high school teacher in the Amherst, Massachusetts public school system. She is currently a trustee of the Shelby Cullom Davis Foundation, The Peace by Pieces Fund and the Beam Reach Marine Science School. Tory graduated from Phillips Academy and earned a BA from Harvard University. She received a master’s of education degree from Westfield State College (in Massachusetts) and her medical degree from Stanford University. Her husband Zander Nosler is a mechanical engineer and the founder and CEO of Coffee Equipment Company, which was acquired by Starbucks in 2008. His newest venture is as founder and CEO of Kitsbow, a mountain bike apparel company. Together, they enjoy raising their three children, Sonoma Academy alumna, Clare '17, current Sonoma Academy students Silas Grossman '22, and Ryden Nosler '23.

Kitty Angell

Kitty Angell owns and manages Cape Creek Farm and Angell Family Vineyard. She farms her vineyard in the Dry Creek Valley, and produces small lots of zinfandel under the label Amelia’s Acre. Katherine was formerly vice president of sales and marketing for a national beverage company. A graduate of UCLA, she has served on the boards of the American Cancer Society, Sonoma Country Day School, and Live Oak School. Kitty is married to Robert Angell and they have two children, both Sonoma Academy alumni, Nicholas '09 and Amelia '15.

Tom Birdsall

Tom is a co-owner of Black Kite Cellars with his wife, Rebecca Green Birdsall, an owner and manager of hotels, and a member of nonprofit and company boards in Sonoma County. They have one child, Sonoma Academy alumnus Duncan '18.
Tom grew up in the East Bay, received an AB in economics from UC Berkeley, and a Masters in Public Policy from the Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University. Following graduate school he spent 18 years working to improve environmental policies and regulation as a partner in an economic and management consulting firm, working for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and large companies. He left that first career to found Sonoma Mountain Group to pursue a variety of interests in the non-profit and investment fields. In 2000 he helped to create the summertime Green Music Festival at Sonoma State University, and served as the Founding Executive Director of the Festival for its first three seasons. He also served as the Vice Chair of the Green Music Center Board of Advisors and helped get the GMC built and operating.
Tom has been active with a number of other nonprofit organizations, serving as a Director of the Sonoma Land Trust, a consultant to The Nature Conservancy, the Founder and President of California’s Artisan Cheese Festival (2006 to present), and Executive Director of the Donald and Maureen Green Foundation. Tom has been involved in developing and managing hotels and serves on the Board of Sonoma County Tourism. Tom and Rebecca have also been early investors in a number of local technology companies, including Advanced Fibre Communications and Enphase Energy, and Tom currently serves on the Board of Trevi Systems, a company developing low energy water purification technologies for desalination and industrial water reuse.

Lisa Cort

After earning her Bachelor of Science degree in Journalism from Ohio University, Lisa spent 13 years as a marketing professional creating, developing, managing, and implementing innovative communications programs in business-to-business and consumer markets at several Silicon Valley high-tech and interactive media companies. Lisa grew up in Cleveland, OH and has lived and worked in Boston, MA, San Francisco and Half Moon Bay, CA.

The Cort/Goldman family settled in Napa, CA in 2001. Their family supports, volunteers and focuses their philanthropic efforts on education and the environment. They are co-founders of the Blue Oak School in Napa, CA. Blue Oak School, opened in September of 2002 in a renovated and expanded historic school building in downtown Napa, CA. It is the first non-denominational, non-profit, independent K - 8 school in Napa County. Lisa served as the founding Board Chair (5 years) and Trustee at Blue Oak School until 2013, as well as Napa Valley Community Foundation (6 years), and the St. Helena Cooperative Preschool (4 years). They also own Dead Fred Vineyard in the Coombsville AVA of Napa County.

Lisa is married to David Goldman an engineer and a life long tinkerer. David and Lisa's son Gage Goldman graduated from Napa's New Technology High School in June 2016 and their daughter Lily Goldman graduated from Sonoma Academy in 2018.

Michael Dimock

Michael Dimock is a national food movement organizer and thought leader on food and farming systems and heads the nonprofit Roots of Change. He is currently developing and advocating for smart, incentive-based food and farm policies that position agriculture and food enterprises as solutions to critical challenges of the 21st century. His opinion editorials have been published in the Los Angeles Times, Sacramento Bee and San Francisco Chronicle and he is a contributor to the blog site Civil Eats. Michael serves on the academic advisory boards of the UC Davis Agriculture Sustainability Institute and the UCLA Law School’s Resnick Food Law and Policy Program as well as the nonprofit boards of the Food Craft Institute and the Wild Farm Alliance. Author, Katrina Fried, and Photographer, Paul Mobley, feature Michael in their book, Everyday Heroes: 50 Americans Changing The World. He began his career in 1989 as a marketing executive in Europe for agribusiness and in 1992 founded Ag Innovations Network to provide strategic planning for companies and governments seeking healthier food and agriculture. In 1997, he founded Slow Food Russian River and, from 2002 to 2007, he was Chairman of Slow Food USA and a member of Slow Food International’s board of directors. Michael’s love for agriculture and food systems grew from experiences on a 13,000-acre cattle ranch in Santa Clara County in his youth and a development project with Himalayan subsistence farmers in Nepal in 1979. In the 1980s, he was a campaign worker for California Governor Jerry Brown. Michael earned a BA in History with Honors at UCLA and a Masters in International Affairs at Columbia University. Michael is godfather to Sonoma Academy alumna Mondara Granados Carreiro '17.

Tim Duncan

Tim Duncan is executive vice president of Silver Oak Cellars. He is a member of several other boards, including the LHI Board, and is the President of the Rex Foundation. A graduate of Regis University, Tim earned his Executive MBA from St. Mary’s College. He is married to Roo McKenna Duncan, and they have five children, three of whom are Sonoma Academy alumni: Matt Duncan '08, Haley Duncan '09, Hannah Schiweck '09, as well as Julia Schiweck and Luke Duncan.

Janet Durgin

Janet Durgin is the Sonoma Academy Head of School. She was previously dean of curriculum at Northfield Mount Hermon School. She has a master’s degree from the School for International Training and earned her BA from Northwestern University and The Evergreen State College.  She is the recipient of the NMH Academic Dean’s Award and was named Northfield NMH Parents’ Council Faculty Chair recognizing academic excellence. A founding member of The Five Schools—an association of new independent schools in California—Janet is a trustee of Megan Furth Academy in San Francisco. She has also served as a consultant on world languages curriculum at independent secondary schools. Janet is married to John Durgin, and they have two children, Keefe and Sean.

David Eiseman

David Eiseman is a partner in the law firm of Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan. David practices in the firm's San Francisco office, and his intellectual property and complex commercial litigation practice spans over thirty years. David grew up in St. Louis, is a graduate of John Burroughs School, and is a diehard Cardinals fan. He received an A.B. from Brown University and a J.D. from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law. David lives in Kentfield with his wife Claudia and his children, current Sonoma Academy student Nick '20, and Lindsay. His older children, Sam and Kate, live in Oklahoma City and Philadelphia, respectively.

Susie Hagemeister

Susie Hagemeister is married to Mark Martin and has two sons, both of whom are Sonoma Academy graduates, Luke Martin '13 and Shane Martin '16. In addition to serving on two other school boards she has served on the SA parent association board as president and garden chair. She has also chaired the SA fundraiser and the SA Annual Fund. She graduated from UCSB in Anthropology and has traveled to many corners of the world. She worked in retail management for Esprit de Corp and Smith & Hawken.

Chris Hanna

Chris Hanna is the President of Hanna Winery, with tasting rooms and winery locations in the Alexander Valley and Russian River Valley. She is an Adjunct Faculty Member in the Wine Studies Department at Santa Rosa Junior College. Chris is a veteran of non profit boards, having served as President of the Board of Trustees of the Alexander Valley Unified School District, and two time President of the Sonoma County Vintners, where she served as a board member for ten years. Passionate about food, Chris is the author of The Winemaker Cooks: Menus, Parties and Pairings, published by Chronicle Books in 2010, and has taught cooking classes around the country. She holds a BA from New York University and University of the Pacific, and an MA from Manhattanville College. Chris is married to Jake Whiteley, founder of Flying Goat Coffee in Healdsburg and Santa Rosa. Jake now develops luxury hospitality programs in Sonoma and Napa. Chris and Jake live with their son, current Sonoma Academy student Brian Whiteley '20 on Fitch Mountain in Healdsburg, and enjoy visits from grown daughter Abby.

Katie Jackson '04

“I have been sitting in on business meetings with my mom for as long as I can remember,” says Katherine (Katie) Jackson, oldest daughter of Barbara Banke and Jess Jackson. Still in her twenties and already an industry veteran, Katie cannot remember a time when the business and art of making wine wasn’t part of her life. Born in San Francisco, California, and raised amongst the vineyards of Sonoma County, Katie was exposed to wine from as far back as she can recall. “Winemaking was just a part of our lives,” she says. “Not just the business aspect, which my mom always made sure I was a part of, but all of the other facets of the industry.”

Not content to idle away her teenage summers, Katie started working in the family business in high school. “My first harvest was at Stonestreet Winery working in the cellar,” Katie says. “I learned the basics of winemaking from the bottom up, cleaning the tanks and filters, making yeast preparations and supervising maceration.”
Katie is now a part of Jackson Family Wines, focused on sustainability and government relations. She plays an important role in telling her family story to the public. “I love sharing my family’s passion for wine.” Focusing on sustainability and government relations at Jackson Family Wines and these are areas of increasing focus for Sonoma Academy.

Nancy Lasseter

Nancy Lasseter is owner of Lasseter Family Winery. Previously she was a household engineer and a computer graphics engineer at Apple Computer. A founding trustee of Sonoma Academy, Nancy has raised funds for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation and volunteered for the Valley of the Moon Children's Home, Sonoma Valley Education Foundation, and Sonoma Community Center. She was co-recipient of the Jewel of a Woman Award from the Konocti Council of the Girls Scouts and was awarded Annual Frog of the Day from KFOG Radio. A graduate of Carnegie Mellon University, her self-defined major was computer graphics applications. Nancy is married to Disney/Pixar's John Lasseter, and they have five sons, four of whom are Sonoma Academy alumni: Joey, Bennett '07, Paul '09, Sam '11, and Jackson '15.

John Mackie

Co-Founder and Managing Partner at Carle Mackie Power & Ross LLP, a practice focusing on wine and food law, business organization and finance, mergers and acquisitions, real estate development and environmental regulation. He is the father of two Sonoma Academy alumni Clare '10 and Julian '10, and husband of former SA Board Chair Kate Ecker. He has been very active in all aspects of establishing and securing Sonoma Academy into the future including active involvement in fundraising on the Annual Fund Committee for four years and serving as a key advisor in AIG negotiations. He previously served a six year term on the Sonoma Academy Board of Trustees, Chairing the Finance Committee. John received his Bachelor of Arts from Claremont McKenna College and his Juris Doctorate, from Boalt Hall, University of California, Berkeley.

Rick Theis

Rick Theis is the founder of the Leadership Institute for Ecology and the Economy, a local nonprofit whose goal is to train leaders to create public policy that is environmentally friendly and socially equitable for a healthy economy and a sustainable community. He is one of the founding leaders of Slow Food Russian River and has been a delegate to several of their national and international congresses. He is a recipient of the Models and Mentors Award (Community Foundation, Sonoma County), and the Dick Day Community Activist Award (Sonoma County Conservation Action). He was executive director of the Sonoma County Grape Growers Association for 14 years and was a founding member of United Winegrowers for Sonoma County. He and his wife Carolyn live in Sebastopol in their home that won the Best New Construction and People's Choice Awards in the 2005 Sonoma-Marin Built it Green Home Tour. Their family foundation, the Fledgling Fund, supports conservation science as well as projects that support a sustainable and just community.

Mark Tukman

Mark Tukman manages Tukman Geospatial LLC, a digital mapping and geospatial data analysis firm in Santa Rosa. 
After growing up in central Marin, Mark attended Cornell University and received a Master of Environmental Management from Duke University.
Mark and his wife Kiyo returned to California in 1998. Mark opened Tukman Geospatial in 2003 and has spent the past 13 years providing natural resource mapping services for public and private clients, including the State of California, the Sonoma County Agricultural Preservation and Open Space District, and the Nature Conservancy. He has also provided pro bono mapping and GIS support to conservation organizations such as the Sonoma Land Trust. 
Mark and Kiyo have two daughters, Sonoma Academy alumna Gabrielle ’18 and current Sonoma Academy student Olivia ’20, and one son, Eli.

Bridget Twomey

Bridget Twomey is a graduate of The Branson School and Yale University, where she graduated summa cum laude and is a member of Phi Beta Kappa. In 1997, Bridget and her husband, Denis moved to Beaumont Farms in West Marin to run an equestrian facility that cared for and trained elite hunter/jumper horses. In 2011, they developed a nonprofit named The White Barn Project. Their farm is now dedicated to providing animal assisted therapy and experiential learning to developmentally challenged and at risk youth. Bridget also serves on the Board of Directors for Giant Steps Therapeutic Equestrian Center. Denis and Bridget live on their farm and have two children, current Sonoma Academy student Madeline '22 and SA alumnus Will '18.

Steve von Raesfeld

Steve von Raesfeld is the founding principal of vRǀa Architects, an architecture and planning firm specializing in wineries, artisan food and commercial projects. He graduated with Honors from the school of Architecture and Environmental Design at California State Polytechnic University, San Luis Obispo. In addition to architecture Steve is a licensed General Contractor. He spent the early years of his career working in construction and real-estate development. As an active member of the Sonoma County design and construction community he has served on numerous design review committees and planning commissions.

As the Staff Architect for Jackson Family Wines, Steve developed wineries throughout California, as well as Argentina, Chile, France and Italy. It was in this career that Steve was introduced to Sonoma Academy. As staff architect he worked closely with the Founders assisting with site acquisition, design and entitlements for the SA campus. This serendipitous introduction sixteen years ago left an indelible impression that continues to influence his unique perspective of Sonoma Academy.  

Steve and his wife Kathleen have two daughters, Sonoma Academy alumna Audrey '17 and current SA student Nina '19. Kathleen is also very active in the SA community serving in numerous capacities on the SAPA board and BNO committee. They live in Petaluma where their daughters are fifth generation residents of the area on both side of their family.

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