Christopher Thompson


Christopher is a Firefighter with Napa County Fire Department, Deer Park Station, 21, graduating from the Fire Academy in 2017. He was named Firefighting of the year in 2017. He’s also the Co-Director of Deer Park Fire Safe Council. Christopher is also a member of the Board of Directors of the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation in Scottsdale AZ, where he chairs the committees of Licensing, and Preservation. Christopher is self-employed and works as a consultant and electrical engineer, with projects throughout the world, and offices in the Bay Area and LA. He holds a BFA, and a BS in Electrical Engineering. He is an honorary member of the British Society of Interior Designers and a member of the Illuminating Engineering Society of North America and the International Association of Lighting Designers.

Paula Brooks

Vice President

Paula has been a Napa resident since 2003 and is a member of the Deer Park Fire Safe Council. Most recently she was a vintner for 15 years as the co-owner of Dancing Hares Vineyard in St. Helena. She also served on the Cameo Cinema Foundation Board for five years, most recently as President for two years. An active leader during the formative years of the software industry, Paula was first an executive at various enterprise infrastructure technology companies, then a founder and entrepreneur, and director of several more including a NYSE company. She was a member of the board of ADAPSO, the software industry’s only trade association at the time, and later helped found and served on the board of the PC software section within that association. Active in the political world, she served as a White House Fellows Commissioner under President George W. Bush, was on the board of the Seneca Network, a board member of the John F. Kennedy Center for Performing Arts, served on the Board of Governors of the Wilmer Eye Institute at Johns Hopkins Medicine, the foundation board at UCSF and the California Chamber of Commerce. She is now an active angel investor in tech companies with women founders or board members.

Piper Cole


Piper Cole has lived in Calistoga for over 10 years where she shares her passion for cooking and entertaining as CEO of Colbrook Kitchen, an e-commerce store selling high design, high functionality tools for the home cooks. Prior to that Piper was Vice President, Global Public Policy of Sun Microsystems. Piper led the team that negotiated the computer industry’s Model Cooperative Research and Development Agreement (CRADA) with the Department of Energy, chaired a multi company team in negotiating the reform of the export controls on encryption technology, and was on the board and the Executive Committee of the Information Technology Industry Council and on the Board of AEA. She also chaired the Public Policy Expert Group of the Liberty Alliance and co-chaired the Public Policy Council of TechNet. Piper served on the Board and the Executive Committee of the Peninsula Jewish Community Center, was the first woman president of Lawyer Friends of Wine of San Francisco, and is a co-founder and served as Grand Sénéchal of the Sous-Commanderie de Silicon Valley of the Confrerie des Chevaliers du Tastevin. She currently serves on the Board of Friends of the Cameo, on the Executive Leadership Board of the UC Davis School of Viticulture and Enology and on the Napa Valley Board of Advocates of Planned Parenthood Northern California.

Jerry Newell


Jerry was a Banker for 35 years, including 10 years with Lloyds Bank and 25 years with Bank of the West where he ran the Equipment Leasing Division. He was Executive Vice President and member of the Senior Management Committee when he retired in 2013. Jerry resides in Napa Valley and is a founding member of the Diamond Mountain Fire Safe Council and serves as its President. He is active on several nonprofit boards including Treasurer of Quarryhill Botanical Garden. Jerry studied at Georgetown University, London School of Economics, and Golden Gate University. He holds a BSFS in Economics and an MBA in Finance.

Joseph Nordlinger

Vice President, Grants Management

Joseph is also a Volunteer Firefighter with Dry Creek Lokoya Station 16 and the Chairman of the Mt Veeder Fire Safe Council. A long-time resident and wild land property owner in Napa County, Joseph has immersed himself in many of the issues related to forest land management and wild land fire. Joseph is the CEO of The Ascent Services Group – a leading national workforce management company that focuses on talent management for companies in healthcare/life sciences, financial services and technology. He is a Bay Area native and has been a Napa resident for 15 years. Outside of work, Joseph is interested in hardening homes against wild land fires, residential water and energy efficiency, drought tolerant landscaping, and suburban permaculture. Joseph also enjoys snowboarding, running, cycling, and fly-fishing.

Clinton Heise


A long-time Napa County resident Clinton resides in Berryessa Estates where he is an independent Real Estate Broker. He has a JD and a BS in Social Science with an AA in Conflict and Peacemaking. A musician at heart, Clinton is a violinist who was classically trained from the age of seven. Clinton’s volunteer services include Victim Offender Reconciliation Program (VORP) while an undergraduate. Later while in Law School he also volunteered at the Elder Law Clinic and the Community Resources for Independence. Clinton’s genuine concern and passion for working to preserve Napa communities has led him to become a member of both his local Fire Safe Council and Fire Wise.

Elaine Honig


Elaine is an entrepreneur who thrives on creating brands, building businesses, and helping others—be they animals or humans. A native Oklahoman with an Economics degree from Tufts University, she started out in the real estate business, and then spent 21 years in the wine business helping grow a small family project into a nationally recognized wine brand. In 2004, Elaine developed Wine Women & Shoes as a local community fundraiser which proved to be so successful, she grew it into a national nonprofit events company, STUDIO 4Forty. Today, they have raised over $75million net for their nonprofit partners. Honored as an Outstanding Woman in Agriculture, Elaine remains an active participant in her Napa Valley community. She has served on the boards of The Napa County Land Trust, where she was the President for 2 years, the diRosa Center for Contemporary Art, The Napa County Farm Bureau, The Napa County Sierra Club, and the Board of Advocates for Planned Parenthood.

Evan Kilkus


Evan Kilkus is true testimony to the statement that wildfire preparedness is possible and matters. Evan has been the Volunteer Project Coordinator with the Berryessa Highlands Fire Safe Council since 2011, where the volunteers and CAL Fire Work Crews have added 5 miles of shaded fuel break around their neighborhood of 350 homes. This effort has involved about 250 days working with crews putting in about 18,000 hours of hard labor, resulting in over 125 acres treated around the 500 acre neighborhood. These efforts have also result in homeowners removing tens of thousands of cubic yards of brush, trees, and overgrown landscaping from around their homes.  With a degree in Hospitality & Tourism Management from San Francisco State, and a love for vacationing and living at Lake Berryessa, his goal has been to help his neighbors enjoy the beauty of living in a safe forest by the lake.
Besides volunteering, for the last 12 years Evan has pruned over one thousand trees on his family’s property, delicately managing about 75% of their 60 acres. He may also be found reporting for the Lake Berryessa News in Eastern Napa County, sometimes using his drone or a Facebook LiveStream to visually show people the beauty and/or intensity of the lake or other situations of interest.

Peter Lecourt


Peter was born and raised in Angwin, has with deep ties in his community, and has been a member of the Angwin FSC since August 2017. His education started with a B.A. in French and a B.S. in Environmental Studies from Pacific Union College (PUC) in Angwin, followed by an A.S. in Forestry from the College of the Redwoods in Eureka, culminating in an M.S. in GIS from the University of Redlands – a worldwide leader in GIS studies. Peter is the first Forest Manager at PUC, where he also teaches an introductory course in GIS. As the Forest Manger, he is in charge of caring for some 1,100 acres of forested land, including wildfire mitigation. He recently completed execution of the PUC Shaded Fuel break, one of the largest wildfire mitigation projects in Napa County.

Carol Rice


Carol Rice leads a fire management consulting firm, Wildland Resource Management, which for 40 years has emphasized fire management, especially in the urban/wildland interface. She has been the consultant for Napa Wise since 2011, helping start Fire Safe Councils in Atlas Peak, Soda Canyon, Deer Park and Angwin. Her other projects have included planning and overseeing implementation of regional fuel management plans in the San Francisco Bay Area, writing the Community Wildfire Protection Plan for Sacramento County and Orange County, and conduct of various investigations and workshops regarding fire behavior, ecology, and economics.
She is a frequent lecturer regarding vegetation-fuel-fire behavior interactions, and has written over 40 technical reports and publications, including a reference book Managing Fire in the Urban-Wildland Interface. She holds a BS in Forestry and a MS in Fire Science and Management, both from the Department of Forestry and Resource Management University of California, Berkeley. Carol helped start the Wildland Fire Section for the National Fire Protection Association and served on its Board for 10 years, helped found the International Association of Wildland Fire (serving on its Board for 12 years) and is Past Chair of the California-Nevada-Hawaii Fire Council.