The Solano Land Trust board of directors typically meets once monthly on the first Wednesday of the month at 5:30 pm at the Solano Land Trust office, with the following exceptions in 2013: no meetings are scheduled in January, July, or December. Please contact Solano Land Trust at 707-432-0150 for more information and to verify the meeting time and location. The Solano Land Trust office is located at 1001 Texas St., Suite C, Fairfield, CA 94533.
Darrin D. Berardi, D.C., President
Dr. Berardi joined the board in 2006 and is on the Development Committee. He is the clinic director of Berardi Chiropractic Clinic in Fairfield. He attended Fairfield High and Solano Community College before graduating from Life Chiropractic College West in 1989. Berardi is a past president of the Fairfield-Suisun Rotary Club and current secretary of the Fairfield-Suisun Twilight Rotary Club. He lives in Fairfield, and enjoys mountain biking, hiking and golf.
Linda Seifert, Vice President
Linda Seifert joined the Solano County Board of Supervisors representing District 2 in 2009. Her district includes Benicia, Cordelia, Green Valley and portions of Vallejo, including open space on Mare Island and much of the Sky Valley / Tri-City and County / Cordelia Hills areas. Seifert’s service to Green Valley and Solano County has earned her support from citizens and organizations that champion open and transparent government and value community participation in the civic process. She is an advocate for preserving the agricultural character and resources of the county and for improved recreational resources. Prior to joining the Board of Supervisors, Ms. Seifert was a partner in a Walnut Creek law firm and later General Counsel for the California Dental Association. Her record of community involvement includes past president of the Green Valley Landowner’s Association, service on the boards of the First 5 Commission of Solano County, Child Haven, Yolo-Solano Air Board, Partnership Healthplan of California, Solano County Library Foundation, and the Tri-City and County Cooperative Planning Group Governing Board.
Jeff Dittmer, Treasurer
Jeff Dittmer joined the board in 2002 and is a member of SLT’s Finance Committee, Project Committee and Agricultural Conservation Easement Committee. He is a fifth generation Solano County farmer raising beef cattle, hay, and grain in the Fairfield area and is a graduate of the University of California, Davis. Jeff is a past president of the Napa Solano Cattlemen’s Assn., is on the boards of the Solano County Farm Bureau and Suisun Valley Farm Center, and is a member of the Solano County Agricultural Advisory Committee. He has also been involved in Solano County’s fire service for many years and is a Director of the Cordelia Fire District.
Ian Anderson, Immediate Past President
Ian Anderson joined the board in 2000 and has held the offices of President and Vice President. He is a 4th generation farmer who deeply cares about the future of Solano County. He raises 4,000 lambs, most direct market to Niman Ranch; and grows 1,000 acres of hay and 3,000 acres dry land grain, which is enough for 3-4 million loaves of bread. He is currently President of the CA Association of Wheat Growers and also sits on Solano Land Trust’s ACE and Project Committees as Chair.
Michael Fortney, Secretary
Michael Fortney joined the board in 2010. Mike Fortney is vice president of the Solano County Division of Placer Title Company and has been in the title and escrow business for 17 years. He is involved with local politics, and is passionate about ensuring that the children in our community have a safe environment to learn and play. When he is not coaching youth soccer or Bobby Sox softball, Mike volunteers with the Vacaville Boy and Girls Club, and serves on their board. He is dedicated to helping today’s youth become future leaders by mentoring and by teaching teamwork, decision-making, and life skills. Mike has also contributed his energy and skills to Solano County SPCA, Solano County Humane Animal Services, Vacaville Recreation Foundation, Solano Association of Realtors, Travis Regional Armed Forces Committee, Northern California Homebuilders Association, California Building Industry Association, Vacaville and Fairfield Chambers of Commerce, and Solano Economic Development Corporation.
In 1986, Bob Berman assisted in the establishment of the Solano County Farmlands and Open Space Foundation (former name of Solano Land Trust), and also served as the Foundation’s first president from 1986-1996. He currently serves on the Fee Acquisition and Mitigation Committees. Bob is a member of the Tri-City and County Cooperative Planning Group Citizens Advisory Group, and was a member of the Benicia Planning Commission from 1986 to 1994. In 2000, Bob received the Bob Walker Bay Area Conservation Open Space Conservation Award from the Bay Area Open Space Council, and in 2003 he received the Carquinez Strait Heritage Award from the Carquinez Strait Heritage Area Committee. As an environmental planner with 38 years of experience, he is owner of Nichols-Berman, an environmental impact assessment firm, headquartered in Benicia, California.
Larry Burch is a long-term resident of Solano County. He has an environmental engineering background that has been useful in interpreting proposed land development plans and projects. Much of his past volunteer efforts have centered on responding to draft environmental impact reports and commenting on proposed developments. After retiring from his 40-year-long engineering career his activities include involvement in the planning of community developments and modifications; world-wide travel opportunities; participation in his church; music; photography and landscaping. He is an avid hiker and natural areas enthusiast. His community ties include being the President of the Green Valley Landowners Association, a Board Member of his church in Napa, and a volunteer at the Napa Opera House.
Jim Campbell joined the Solano Land Trust board in 2011. He has been farming in the Dixon area since 1969. Jim served as a Solano County Planning Commissioner from the mid 1980’s until January of 2005. He was also a Solano County Farm Bureau director during this same time frame. Jim is currently an associate director for the Dixon Resource Conservation District.
A board member since 2008, Elizabeth Fry is a Vacaville real estate broker and the owner of Showcase Properties. She is also affiliated with Cabela's Trophy Properties. She has been a member of the Vacaville Public Education Foundation since 2004 and is a co-founder and president of the Solano Midnight Sun Foundation, which raises money to help women suffering from breast cancer. She is a member of the Northern Solano County Association of Realtors.
Albert M. Lavezzo
Mr. Lavezzo joined the board in 2007. He is president and chief executive officer of the law offices of Favaro, Lavezzo, Gill, Caretti & Heppell, with offices in Vallejo and Fairfield. He is also past chairman of the board and general legal counsel of Surety Bank, now merged into First Bank and Trust. Mr. Lavezzo has an impressive record of community involvement including past chairman of the Travis Air Force Base Regional Armed Forces Committee; past chairman and current board director of the Solano Economic Development Corporation; past City of Vallejo councilman; past chairman of the Vallejo Chamber of Commerce; past board director of the Vallejo Convention and Visitor's Bureau; and, past president of the Solano County Bar Association.
Russ is co-owner of Dixon Ridge Farms and a fourth generation California farmer. Russ began farming organically in 1989 and has helped shape many organic farming concepts and practices for orchards. An advocate for farmland protection, Russ is a member of the California Advisory Committee for American Farmland Trust. He has been a featured speaker at national conferences on farmland protection and organic agriculture. In addition, Russ is past president of the Winters Joint Unified School District as well as the Solano County Agricultural Advisory Board. He attended University of California at Davis and recently completed a two-year fellowship with the California Agricultural Leadership Program. Russ serves on the Agricultural Conservation Easement Committee.
Carole Paterson is a retired member of the UC Cooperative Extension staff in Solano County where she worked for 35 years, concluding her career as the department’s director. During her tenure she developed programs, conducted research, and managed projects focused on supporting not only the 4-H Youth Development Program, but other institutions and individuals having an interest or investment in children, youth and their families. She has served as a director for the Children’s Network of Solano County, the Vallejo Fighting Back Partnership board of directors, the Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Solano & Napa Counties; she helped establish the first Family Resource Center in Vallejo and has just recently been appointed to the Solano County Fair Board of Directors. Carole is committed to helping preserve open spaces and agricultural lands in Solano County for future generations.
Gale Spears joined the board in 2012. She is the City of Fairfield’s public information officer and has been with the City since 2005. A former 4-H member, Spears graduated from Vacaville High, San Francisco State University, and earned her MBA from University of Phoenix. She is keenly interested in preserving the character of Solano County and the quality of life enjoyed by its residents. Spears is a past board of directors member for the American Cancer Society/CA Division, Susan G. Komen Foundation/Sacramento Affiliate, and the Solano Midnight Sun Foundation. She is presently a member of the Municipal Management Association of Northern California. Spears lives in Vacaville, and enjoys the outdoors, golf, baseball, music, and traveling.