Dianne attended the University of Nebraska and Bemidji State University, where she earned her B.S. in Education. She taught in the Minneapolis School District and continued her educational career in Southern California, teaching in Huntington Beach and Long Beach school districts. In 1971, Dianne and her family moved to Napa Valley. After raising a family, she worked in the hospitality industry, both in wineries and restaurants. Dianne has been a loyal supporter of the Robert Louis Stevenson Museum since 2006.
Tom Hixson is a fifth generation native Californian who grew up on his family’s walnut and almond ranch in Butte County. Following his education at UC Berkeley, Tom taught English at several colleges in the US as well as overseas before moving to a career in commercial real estate. Since 1987, Tom has provided real estate acquisition services for the federal government, first as a GSA employee in San Francisco, and later as a commercial broker for Carpenter/Robbins headquartered in San Ramon.
Tom has been actively involved in volunteer work most of his life, starting with a stint in the Peace Corps in Colombia followed by multiple Habitat for Humanity projects in places such as Vietnam, Armenia, Romania, and Nepal ; in addition, he has devoted considerable energy to projects involving poverty alleviation and support of pet adoption services. Tom and his husband, Kevin, moved from San Francisco to Napa in 2018 and are currently in the process of renovating an 1871 Victorian.
Katie Cincotta graduated from Fairfield University with a BA in international studies. While at Fairfield, she took a course on Victorian British Literature, which is where she discovered her love for the works of Robert Louis Stevenson. She continued her studies at The George Washington University, and graduated with a MA in global communication. While in Washington, DC she spent much of her time visiting the Smithsonian Museums. Katie moved to St Helena 3 years ago, and was thrilled to discover the RLS Museum. Since 2016, Katie has been strategic initiatives manager at The Culinary Institute of America, where she manages thought leadership programs for the college.
Mary received her B.A. in Political Science at Willamette University and her M.B.A from Pepperdine University. She began a career with law firms in 1969 with secretarial and paralegal positions, eventually leading to office administration. Mary began working for the law firm of O’Melveny & Myers LLP in 1984, first managing the firm’s paralegal department before becoming the office administrator for the new San Francisco office in 1988. She returned to the Los Angeles office in 1992 to assist with special projects that included event planning, associate compensation, and participating in the firm’s audit committee. In 1994 Mary became the firm’s real estate project manager, overseeing office construction projects in both domestic and international offices, including Los Angeles, New York, Washington, D.C., Century City, Silicon Valley, London, Hong Kong, Shanghai, Beijing, Tokyo, Singapore, and Seoul.
Although she officially retired at the end of 2008, Mary continued to work with the firm’s real estate group as an independent contractor through 2016. Her responsibilities included working closely with architects, contractors, and furniture manufacturers, as well as managing the construction budget.
Reece has been a longtime resident of the Napa Valley having moved to Calistoga in 1986 and purchased the Calistoga Bookstore in May of 1987 which he operated until its closure in 2006. Prior to this, Reece spent much of his career in the automotive industry. Beginning in 1964 with General Motors in Fremont, California on the production line. He then moved into Industrial Relations and in 1970 was promoted to Organizational Development Coordinator responsible for coordinating and running team-building seminars. In 1976 he was transferred overseas to Tehran, Iran for a three-year assignment overseeing small assembly operations. In 1978 he returned to California to become the General Supervisor of Industrial relations. He then transferred to GMAD in Saltillo, Mexico to serve as Personnel Director and to assist in the construction of a new assembly plant in Ramos Arizpe, Mexico. In 1986 he left GMAD in Wilmington, Delaware and returned to California where he moved to Calistoga.
A recent Bay Area transplant, Jennifer moved from the United Kingdom to pursue her legal career on the other side of the Atlantic. Drawn to life and works of Robert Louis Stevenson, she is excited to join such a talented and creative Board to keep his spirit alive.
Mario Sculatti has been a lifelong resident of the Napa Valley. Growing up with his family in St. Helena and Calistoga, he has striven to make this community great. With his wife Katie and new son, Leo, Mario has continued to build on the family industry with ROAM Antiques & Design in Calistoga and his new wine venture, Mario Sculatti Wine Consulting. In addition to his business ventures, Mario has also served as a member of St. Helena City Council. A graduate of Economics and Architecture from the University of Virginia, Mario brings a great passion for history and the Valley to the Board of Trustees.