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MEET OUR BOARD OF DIRECTORS & STAFF

THE MAKING OF A RADICAL PUBLIC ART DISTRICT

Founded in 2016, the Rail Arts District Napa (RAD Napa) is envisioned as a free outdoor contemporary art museum.  RAD Napa begins in Napa’s Oxbow District and continues northward for two miles along the Napa Valley Vine Trail bike and pedestrian path and the Napa Valley Wine Train tracks.  Murals, sculptures, landscaping, and parks are just some of the examples of how these semi-industrial areas and neighborhoods are being enlivened and transformed by the district. 

RAD Napa believes in the cultural, educational, and economic value of public art.  RAD Napa is a 501c3 nonprofit organization conceptualized by the Napa Valley Wine Train and the Napa Valley Vine Trail and is enthusiastically supported by the City of Napa, and members of the local arts and business communities.

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Chuck McMinn

Chuck McMinn

President & Executive Committee Member

Co-Owner, Vineyard 29 & Cru at the Annex

President, Napa Valley Vine Trail

Chuck and his wife, Anne, are the owners of Vineyard 29, a premium winery in Napa Valley producing 12 wines from 45 acres of estate vineyards and 100 acres of contracted vineyards.  Their approach to wine at Vineyard 29 is to combine time tested traditional techniques for winemaking with the best technology, facilities and equipment to produce the best wine possible. 

Prior to Vineyard 29, Chuck spent over twenty-five years creating, financing, working in and advising startup high technology companies. including Covad Communications, which he co-founded in 1996 to provide broadband data services to homes and businesses.    Prior to founding Covad, Chuck managed his own consulting firm Cefac Consulting and was a consultant at Gemini Consulting.  Chuck was also the President & CEO of Visioneer Communications and was a general partner at the venture capital firm, InterWest Partners. Chuck began his Silicon Valley career as the product manager for the 8086 microprocessor at Intel. Chuck received a BSEE from Brown University in 1974, an MSEE from Syracuse University in 1976 and an MBA from Harvard University in 1978. 

In Napa Valley, Chuck is involved in several non profit organizations including board member of the St. Helena Hospital and chair of its Foundation in 2010, President of the Napa Valley Vine Trail Coalition, which is designing, funding and building a 47 mile hiking and biking trail from the Vallejo Ferry Terminal to Calistoga and President of NapaLearns, a group focused on accelerating the adoption of project based learning and digital technology, curriculum, and associated professional development in all the schools in Napa Valley.  Chuck is the President of RAD Napa.

Greg Brun

Greg Brun

Site Development, Maintenance & Security Chair

Partner, Napa Valley Wine Train

Greg is a seasoned real estate developer and entrepreneur with a reputation for creativity, perseverance and giving back to the community. He is co-owner of SN Management, a development/consulting firm specializing in land acquisition and entitlement, and he is one of the founding partners in the current ownership of the Napa Valley Wine Train. Today he oversees the entitlement and development of the many Wine Train properties encompassing several properties consisting of Hotels, housing and restoration of the historic Rutherford Train Station. His commitment to the community is unmistakable based on his current Board Member service including not only Napa Rail Arts District, but also the Napa Valley Chamber of Commerce, Visit Napa Valley and Napa Green. “I joined the Napa RAD Board because I want to be a catalyst in creating a one of a kind public art district and join in the transformation of my back yard.”

Jordan Felling

Jordan Felling

Art and Design Committee Chair

Founder and Director, the Pollinate Brand

Growing up on Chicago’s North Shore, Jordan has called the San Francisco Bay Area home since 2006. Jordan recently joined the ONEHOPE team to lead business development and event strategy for the soon-to-debut ONEHOPE Winery in Rutherford in the Napa Valley. She is the co-founder of Napa Makes, a creative community event that takes place in Napa once a year at The Oxbow School.  Her roots as an artist and printmaker drive her personal studio practice – interested parties can now hire Jordan for a commissioned drawing for their wine label projects, branding or creative storytelling needs.

Cathy Holmes

Cathy Holmes

Board Member

Holmes & Moffett Commerical Team at Coldwell Banker Brokers of Napa Valley

Prior to joining Coldwell Banker Commercial in 2006, Cathy spent seven years in the mortgage industry and six years in residential real estate in both Texas and California. Cathy worked for Fortune 100 companies: Texas Instruments, American Airlines , and Sprint . Cathy is a Napa native , and a graduate of Napa High School. She graduated from the University of the Pacific in Stockton where she received a degree in Business Administration.

Steven Miller

Steven Miller

RAD District Plan Chair

Principal Designer, Steven Miller Design Studio, Inc.

Steven Miller founded Steven Miller Design Studio (SMDS) in 1999. SMDS and SMDS Hospitality provide consultation and interior design services for both residential and hospitality design projects. He earned a degree in Interior Architecture from the California College of Arts (CCA) where he also studied Art History, Industrial Design, and Furniture Design. Miller is also the Founder and Creative Director of the gallery of Applied Arts called the NWBLK.

Ashley Teplin

Ashley Teplin

Marketing and Public Relations Committee Chair

Studio 707, Founder + Creative Director

With unlimited connections in the culinary and wine world, for the past fifteen years, Ashley Nicole Teplin has used her extraordinary skill set to gain exposure and create virtual and real-world publicity for her diverse client set. In 2018, Ashley was awarded the Top 40 under 40 honors for Wine Enthusiast for her work with Teplin+Nuss and ability to ‘Spread the wine word’. Ashley is Immersed in the worlds of art, culture, wine, and cuisine, she wields her expertise in public relations, media production, photography, social media advisement, culinary and fine arts to forge new networks and strengthen existing relationships among her clients. Ashley holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of California at Los Angeles, as well as a culinary arts degree from the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, NY.

Cassandra Walker

Cassandra Walker

Education Committee Chair

Cassandra Walker has over 35 years of public and private planning and development experience.  She led the award-winning redevelopment efforts in downtown Napa For the City of Napa as the Community Development Director for 17 years.   Upon retirement Cass began consulting for a variety of Cities or redevelopment and economic development projects and activities. For the last four years she has been The Gasser Foundation’s Housing and Grants Consultant.

Her expertise is working with communities and organization to achieve their goals whether it is developing a long-range development strategy, working to implement key projects, developing  affordable housing,  or  community engagement and outreach activities.   Cass enjoys working with all types of organizations to achieve their goals.  Cass has set on a number of Boards of Directors for local and statewide organizations.  Her educational background includes a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Social Ecology from the University of California, Irvine and a Master’s Degree in Historic Preservation from Boston University. 

COMMITTEE MEMBERS

Ana Rizzo, Owner/Graphic Designer Ana Rizzo Creative

Colleen Sheehy, Executive Director, Public Art Saint Paul, an organization that places artists in leading roles to shape urban spaces, improve city systems, and deepen civic engagement

Janet Zweig,  artist who lives in Brooklyn, NY, working primarily in the public realm

Julie Henry, Assistant Director of Business, Development and Art Operations, Aerena/Bespoke Gallery, Napa

Leigh Krieger, Vice President, Minuteman Press of Napa

Liv Moe, an artist, curator, writer, and arts administrator. She is the founding Director of Verge Center for the Arts, a contemporary art center and artist residency program in Sacramento, California

Rebecca Lee, owner and developer of the Kyser-Lui building in downtown Napa.  She is an art collector and has a long history of supporting the arts regionally

STAFF MEMBERS

Shelly Willis, Director RAD Napa and founder of Shelly Willis Consulting

Kara Harrington, Our RAD Wall Coordinator