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Meet Our New Board Members

08/11/2022

 

We are happy to welcome 3 new members to our Board:

  

Debby Hight

Engeneering & Route Committee Chair

Debby Hight retired from Yountville as its Deputy Public Works Director in December 2019 after a very productive 5 years managing its capital improvement projects. Prior to that she served as the St. Helena Assistant Public Works Director for 4 years with 10 months as its Acting Public Works Director. 

Debby graduated from UCLA in electrical engineering and began her engineering career in the Southern California working for Hughes Aircraft on the design of aircraft and space-based radar systems.  Along the way she spent a few years as a flight test engineer on the B2 Stealth Bomber’s radar system at Edwards AFB.

In 1989 she had a change of direction and joined a small civil engineering firm, Triad/Holmes Associates in Mammoth Lakes CA, to begin her civil engineering career.  Obtaining her civil engineering license, she gained experience designing infrastructure for residential and commercial development projects with 4 years of structural engineering of buildings in snow country.  Triad moved Debby to the Napa Valley in 2000 to open and run the Napa branch office for the next 10 years.  These days, you will find Debby sailing, fishing or at a ballgame and just generally enjoying most outdoor activities.

  

  

Pat Clarey

Representing State Park Association

Experienced Fortune 200 C-Suite professional in a highly regulated company with 25 years’ experience developing, managing and executing corporate strategy for large scale government, specialty health care management and health care programs. 

Current P/L manager of $5.1 B Medicaid business in both California and Arizona serving more than 1.3 million members.

Prior role as Chief Compliance and Privacy Officer for corporation with experience in risk management, regulatory compliance, privacy regulations, vendor oversight, executive compensation, internal audit, SEC regulation of public companies, corporate governance, marketing, communications and federal/state government. Extensive experience in long-term strategic positioning of companies in a volatile changing corporate environment.

Previously served as Chief of Staff to the Governor of California, managing a budget of over $110 B, staff of 100, 3,000 political appointments and the daily operations of the executive branch of California State Government. Previous corporate roles at Transamerica Corporation, Chevron and Ashland Oil Corporations. Currently serving a 10-year term as President of the California State Personnel Board and previously served on the board of California Public Employees Retirement System (CalPERS).

 

  

Holly Krassner Dawson 

Alternate for Napa Valley College, Member of VINE TRAIL Marketing Committee

Innovative, collaborative and strategic senior level communications leader deeply committed to fostering an inclusive environment and with a demonstrated track record of creative storytelling, marketing and communications. 

Holly is currently the Director, Public Affairs & CommunicationsDirector, Public Affairs & Communications at Napa Valley College. She is responsible for the Napa Valley College’s communications efforts to keep the community, stakeholders, and general public informed of the College’s myriad programs, events, accomplishments and services. As Director, Public Affairs & Communications, Holly keeps the community, stakeholders, and general public informed of the College’s myriad programs, events, accomplishments and services.  

Holly founded NapaValleyKid.com the go-to Guide for Families in Napa Valley. She created the website and accompanying newsletter when her daughter was three and she realized there was a need for such a resource in our community.    

Holly also served 2 years and the Executive Director of Leadership Napa Valley/  Leadership Napa Valley (LNV), which launched in 1987, is a nonprofit community leadership program. The program annually selects class members from a diverse cross-section of Napa Valley applicants. During the nine-month program, class members develop leadership skills, learn teamwork and experience the many different components, from government to nonprofits that make Napa County such a special place to live and work. In the practicum portion of the program, participants work in teams to develop meaningful projects intended to have a lasting positive impact on the community. Today, LNV is recognized as one of the best leadership training experiences in the country. To date, more than 800 people have graduated from the program with a deeper commitment to making Napa Valley a better place to live, work and grow.