Napa County Landmarks Board of Directors 2016
Ernie Schlobohm, President
Ernest Schlobohm has been a permanent resident of Napa since 2006. A San Francisco native, he was fortunate to be raised in a Edwardian style home from which his appreciation for architectural and historical preservation is rooted. Now a retired entrepreneur, Ernie started and developed several businesses in export management, computer, retail, and restaurant industries; and was an independent business development consultant. He and his wife reside in a historic home in the “Old Town” district. Their house was featured on the 2006 annual “Holiday Candlelight Tour” and later received the NCL “Award of Merit”. Ernie has been an active member of the Preservation Action Committee since 2007 and assists with NCL events. In addition, he represented the Napa Abajo /Fuller Park area as a tour leader presenting concerns and recommendations within the DSP Transition zone to the Downtown Specific Plan (DSP) Steering Committee participants.
William Tuikka, AICP, Co-Vice President
Bill Tuikka was born in Massachusetts and has lived in California since 1980, and has lived in Napa since 1989. Bill has been involved in the preservation field since the 1970’s when he bought and restored an 1850’s house in central Massachusetts. Upon moving to California, he studied graduate-level Urban Planning at San Jose State University, specializing in historic preservation and urban design. He currently is a planner for the City of Vallejo and serves as Vallejo’s Certified Local Government coordinator and is staff to Vallejo’s Architectural Heritage and Landmarks Commission. Bill has extensive knowledge in applying the Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for Rehabilitation and has supervised many rehabilitation projects during his 25-year planning career.
Craig Songer, Co-Vice President
Craig Songer and his family have lived in Napa County since 1989, having moved here from East Hampton, New York. Craig is the President of Songer Construction Management, Inc., a general contracting firm located in the City of Napa. Craig is a LEED AP, member of the U.S. Green Building Council Redwood Empire Chapter, Board of Directors member for Napa County Landmarks, Napa Land Trust member and on the City of Napa’s Cultural Heritage Commission. Craig has worked on many historic houses as well as historic wineries and donates time to NCL and the community to help preserve historic windows, doors, and evaluate buildings.
Dan Cutright, Treasurer
Juliana Inman AIA, Secretary
Juliana Inman was born in Greensboro, NC. She graduated from North Carolina State University in Raleigh, NC in 1974. She has been a licensed architect in California since 1984 and was elected to the Napa City Council in 2006. Her first professional involvement in historic preservation was in 1976 as assistant construction superintendent for the restoration of the 1890 North Carolina Governor’s Mansion. Juliana established her architecture firm in Napa in 1990. In 1993, she was awarded Landmarks’ Volunteer of the Year for her efforts to save the Napa County Hall of Records. She is mother of twins Joseph and Anna Pfeifer, who both graduated from Napa High School.
Stephen Cuddy AIA, LEED AP
Stephen R. Cuddy, Architect is a Napa County resident married with two children. Stephen graduated from Cal Poly in San Luis Obispo in 1976. He is the principal design architect for MCA Architecture, which started in 1982 in Sacramento, opened a second office in Fairfield in 1996 and relocated to Napa in 1998. Stephen is best known in Napa for his work with the Napa Mill Complex which includes the Historic Hatt Buildings, home to the Napa River Inn Hotel, and, more recently, Napa Square, a new downtown commercial mixed use development featuring office, service commercial, retail and restaurant businesses. As a principal architect with MCA, Stephen has worked on numerous historic building types including Fire Stations, Court Houses, Mills & Warehouses, Hotels, Retail/Office Buildings and Single & Multi-family Residences.
Marie Dolcini was born and raised in Cleveland, Ohio, earned a B.A. in History from Mount Holyoke College and moved to San Francisco thereafter to work in environmental education and advocacy. She is a freelance writer, editor and communications consultant; her over 20 years of professional experience ranges from acting as a Senior Writer and Editor for the Sierra Club to Global Web Marketing Manager for Hitachi Global Storage. She and her husband relocated to Napa in 2001 when they purchased a derelict 1910 Craftsman bungalow downtown. Since then, they have completed restoring it and are raising two children to appreciate the history, workmanship, and (often idiosyncratic) charm of old homes.
A graduate of Leadership Napa Valley Class 23, Marie has served on the City of Napa’s Cultural Heritage Commission (2006-2010) and as Napa County Landmark’s Executive Director (2009-2010). She has also authored a monthly column for The Napa Valley Register entitled “Preservation Matters” offering tips and resources for restoring and remodeling historic homes. Marie is back on the NCL board after spending two years in Italy where she worked as website manager for the American Academy in Rome and as a research assistant on the University of Virginia and National Science Foundation 3D imaging project, Rome Reborn.
Jay Jacobson, Architect
Mr. Jay A. Jacobson has 25 years of architectural practice and more then 20 years of professional practice in Napa County. His work has featured a wide variety of residential and commercial buildings including restaurants, seismic retrofit projects, historic renovations, winery work, a gallery, a theater and several custom residences throughout the county. In the greater Bay Area his work has included the adaptation and seismic retrofit of unreinforced masonry buildings, commercial air pollution control, projects for Wells Fargo Bank, Pacific Presbyterian Hospital, Reuters News Service, live/work warehouses, offices for the Veterans Administration and the Volunteers of America.
Mr. Jacobson is proud to be part of the Board of Directors of Napa Landmarks and a member of the Napa Landmarks’ Preservation Action Committee where he hopes to aid in the National Register designation for the Old Adobe and to campaign for the preservation of the first public hospital facility in Napa County currently on the site of the Napa County Health and Human Services agency.
Sarah Van Giesen
Born in Redwood City and raised in Santa Rosa, Sarah Van Giesen has made the Bay Area her home for most of her life. After graduating in 1988 from UC Berkeley with a major in Architecture, Sarah moved to Seattle to attend the University of Washington to study for a Masters in Architecture with a Certificate in Historic Preservation and Planning in 1994. While in Washington, Sarah worked for several firms as a project manager performing HABS/HAER studies on historic structures as well as managing a major fire damaged renovation to the historic St. Martins University built in 1895. In 1996 Sarah moved back to the Bay to live and work in San Francisco in various Architecture and Construction management jobs. In 2000, Sarah relocated to Napa to start a design practice as well as a new family life. Sarah is the proud mother of two active boys who are just starting their educational careers as Gators at Alta Heights Elementary School. Sarah was appointed to the City of Napa Cultural Heritage Commission in 2003 and currently sits as the acting Chairperson in addition she currently sits on the Steering Committee for the Downtown Napa Specific Plan.
Shari Kamimori is a Design Professional with over 25 years of experience in the architectural design field. She is President and founder of 3D Virtual Design Technology, Inc. (3DVDT), a digital survey firm based in Sonoma and San Francisco, specializing in 3D Laser Scanning and 3D Building Information Modeling or Scan to BIM, providing as-built surveys for the architectural, engineering and construction (AEC) industry. She holds a B.S. degree in Interior Architecture and has worked for and partnered with architectural and engineering firms where she developed her skills in 3D digital design in the United States and Germany. She is actively involved in historic preservation and proud to be serving as a Board Director for Napa County Landmarks and member of the Preservation Action Committee. She also serves as a member of the California Preservation Foundation Education Committee.
Karen Wesson is a California native. She was born in the Central Valley and has lived in the Bay Area all her life. Design has always been her focus, with a B.A. in Art and time spent working in the interior design field in San Francisco for many years. Karen owns one of the oldest homes in Napa, a circa 1855 Gothic Revival home in the Napa Abajo area. She has lovingly renovated and restored the home as well as completed extensive research on the history of the home and its many previous owners. Karen brought together her knowledge obtained from her research and created for Napa County Landmarks the brochure, Napa County Landmarks Resource Guide, to assist others in researching and preserving their historical homes.
Susan LePage was born and raised in Southern California. She is married with two daughters who both attend Napa middle schools. Although her career is in mental health and is currently a manager at Napa State Hospital, her love for historic homes and structures has been her passion since her teens. A active board member for Upland Heritage and her restoration of a Queen Anne in Upland California spearheaded her drive into historic preservation since 1999. The LePages have been docents and have hosted many historic home tours both here in Napa as well as Upland. She participated in helping form local historic districts in Southern California and conducted fund raising efforts for saving historic structures. A Napa resident since 2011 and home owner of a Luther Turton 1892 Queen Anne this has become a way of life for her and her family as well as an obsession. Susan has been an active member of Napa’s Preservation Act Committee and has assisted with several NCL’s event. Her and her husband often walk Napa’s downtown historic neighborhoods and is continuously appreciative for the beauty and unique features these homes have. She spends countless weekends finding and putting original pieces and furnishings from the 1800’s into their home while sensitively upgrading the home for todays living. An active restoration of their home brings her the highest reward possible, preserving the past for our future generations and ensuring that these one of a kind homes have an advocate in today’s changing world.