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Board of Directors

New Season has 9 Directors.  They serve unlimited terms.  Many serve for a few years and then retire as the work can be time consuming. If you are interested in becoming a director, please send a message through our CONTACT page on this website.
Jim Durst
President

Jim is an Organic farmer and lifelong resident of Esparto. He is a founding member of New Season Community Development Corporation and a board member of the Yolo Food Hub Network.  He is a former board member of the Yolo Food Bank and past recipient with his wife Deborah of the Agriculturalists of the Year award from the Yolo County Farm Bureau.

Bill Hailey
Secretary

A retired architect and urban planner with a specialty in historic preservation, Bill and his wife are lifelong residents in the area.  He has served on numerous planning commissions and was on the Board of the Yolo County Historical Society.  He and his wife live on their family farm between Madison and Winters, California. 

Lynn Rolston
Treasurer

Lynn and her husband farmed almonds in the Esparto area for many years and developed a community event center on their property.  Lynn was previously the Executive Director of the California Pharmacists Association and the California Pharmacist Association Foundation. Lynn is a founding member of New Season Community Development Corporation.

Alice Manas
Member

Alice and her husband grew peaches, apricots and apples throughout the area.  They built and ran the first USDA certified cut and wrap facility in the area.  Alice is a founding member of New Season Community Development Corporation.  In her other role, Alice was a partner in a law firm that handled child custody cases for Yolo County. 

Sue Heitman
Executive Director

Sue is a founding member of New Season Community Development Corporation who now serves as Executive Director of New Season. Sue worked on local projects first as board member then as Executive Director of Capay Valley Vision. In this capacity, she helped develop Esparto Streetscape design, the Tuli Memorial Park and Pool project, Taste of Capay and Esparto Murals projects, mostly through fundraising efforts. Sue also served on many local boards including First Five Yolo and the Yolo Community Foundation. Sue and her husband Larry are donors to local projects and enjoy their retirement. 

Randy Byrne
Member

Randy retired from Microsoft as a Program Manager for Microsoft Outlook.  He has lived for over 35 years in the Esparto area and has served on multiple community boards. These boards include Friends of the Esparto Library and the Yolo County Library Foundation. Randy is the New Season Community Devlopment Corporation board specialist in California cleanup funds and sites.  

Kelly Currywood
Member

Kelly is the owner of a flower farm, Circle Z Farms in the Esparto/Capay Valley area.  Additionally, Kelly is a project Coordinator for UC Davis specializing in construction project management.  Kelly is a member of many local organizations including the Esparto Chamber of Commerce and as a board member of Thriving Pink, supporting local women with breast cancer.

Noah Barnes
Member

Noah is a partner in Capay Organic, one of the largest family-owned organic operations on the West Coast.  Noah and his brothers were also the architects of Farm Fresh to You serving Certified Sustainable Agriculture boxes to residents on the West Coast. Noah continues to run the farming operation and lives with his family on their original organic farm. 

Paula Lorenzo Tackett
Member

Paula Lorenzo Tackett was the former Tribal Chair of Yocha Dehe Wintun nation.  Her efforts created the Cache Creek Casino Resort, Yocha Dehe Golf course and developed Yocha Dehe's Farm and Ranch operations in the Capay Valley.  Their farms cover a variety of crops, both traditional and organic.  Her vision led to the creation of Seka Hills Olive Mill serving the local community and surrounding area.  She and her husband live on Tribal lands. 

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