came to California from rural Georgia in order to get his Master’s Degree in Counseling and Health Education at JFK University. During this time he began his path in providing care to others by volunteering at the Berkeley Free Clinic and obtaining his counseling hours at the Pacific Center, also in Berkeley. He moved to Napa Valley in 1993, having worked in Marin for Hospice of Marin, Marin AIDS Project, and the Living Dying Project. Later, he was hired by Queen of the Valley Hospital to direct the HIV and Cancer Case Management Programs. Within a short time, he ended up being promoted to director of the hospital in charge of several departments.
Taking a few years off from health care, Jim obtained two additional degrees in viticulture and wine marketing and sales which returned him to his rural roots and farming. He began growing grapes in the western hills of the Napa Valley, but soon the call to service returned! He was hired by the Napa County Office of Education as a Logistics and Planning Manager to help implement community emergency exercises within the school districts and was trained under the Federal Emergency Management Agency Incident Command Structure (ICS). As the former Executive Director of the Volunteer Center of Napa Valley, Jim manages CVNL’s joint programs in Napa County by working closely with the many nonprofit agencies which provide services to the community. Jim’s favorite activities are biking around the Valley and kayaking in the beautiful Napa River. He enjoys traveling to Italy or India to recharge and visit with close friends.