Meet the Team

Jazmine Olson
Operations Manager

Jazmine’s extensive background in office administration and management combined with several years experience as a resource counselor for learning disabled adults, makes her a perfect fit as D’Vine Path’s Executive Assistant.  As a third term California commissioned notary public, a registered Special Olympics of Southern California coach, and with a Certificate of Proficiency in Yoga Instruction, she brings a broad and adoring perspective to the team.  Jazmine loves nature and is happiest exploring with her family and dogs.  She is passionate about environmental health awareness, natural living, personal growth and creativity.  She is very grateful to be an active participant in changing lives through D’Vine Path.

Christal Gaines-Emory
Media Coordinator

Christal graduated from Fallbrook High School with honors, where she was elected as Chapter Reporter for the Fallbrook FFA Chapter.  She was the Co-Vice President of the CREW - Creating Relationships with Every Warrior - Club and completed her community service hours working in special education classrooms.  American Sign Language was her second language choice in high school and she is already utilizing it by teaching a weekly ASL class to D'Vine Path students and staff.  She currently interns at The Village News, Fallbrook's local newspaper, and also attends California State University Long Beach where she majors in Journalism. 

Facilitators

Serena Batali
Lead Facilitator

"Growing up with an autistic sister, the world of autism is my second home.  I strongly believe in empowering these individuals to be the best they can be, and am proud to encourage my students to improve on themselves with everything they do.  This is a special population with unbelievable talents and loving hearts, and with genuine encouragement,

I know they can live the life of their dreams." - Serena Batali

Serena obtained a degree from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo in Communications with a minor in Child Development and is certified as an Independent Facilitator for the Self-Determination Program.  She lives in Fallbrook, CA.

Kayleen Trento
Facilitator

Kayleen comes to D'Vine Path with a lifetime of experience working with her learning disabled brother. She is an EMT and is currently attending nursing school to further her education in the healthcare industry.

Jesus Hernandez
Facilitator

Jesus is a native of Vista, California with a passion for helping others find their passion.  He comes to D'Vine Path with a background in assisting individuals with learning disabilities reach their full potential.  Being a former Academic Advisor at Long Beach Unified School District, his motivational presentations have been heard at middle schools in North San Diego County. He studied School Counseling at Cal State Long Beach and obtained his Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology, with an emphasis in Educational Psychology.

Jacob Cain
Facilitator

When Jacob came to D'Vine Path as a volunteer during its first year of operation, he had experience helping learning disabled students in the CREW (Creating Relationships with Every Warrior) Club at Fallbrook High School.  He is currently a lifeguard, teaching swim lessons to children and people with special needs and is studying psychology and neuroscience.  It is his genuine desire to help and passion in creating an enjoyable learning environment that landed him the Resource Counselor position at D'Vine Path.

Board of Directors

Sandi Anderson
Board President

Sandi Anderson has 2 adult sons on the autism spectrum.  Advocating tirelessly for 30 years to help them reach their potential, she has amassed an arsenal of teaching skills. Using a myriad of teaching strategies is a lifestyle for her and has become the foundation of creative endeavors to meet her sons’ needs as well as those around them.  

Ms. Anderson created “Arts In Motion,” an adult day program sourced and provided through the San Diego Regional Center to teach life, social, academic and business skills to her son, Joel. Together they have established a micro enterprise supporting Joel’s painting, animation and speaking schedule: Joel’s Vision Arts. As an international public speaker, Ms. Anderson is best known as an encourager of other parents with special needs children. For the past 15 years, she has been a key volunteer with Autism Tree Project Foundation, coordinating their Football Mentor Program with University of San Diego by working directly with the university, players and families. It is her greatest joy to share hope to other families all over the world. 

sandi_autismmom@hotmail.com

Lenila Batali
Vice President and Program Director

Lenila Batali is the Founder of D’Vine Path. She holds a degree in Architecture from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo which she received in 1990. For the past 30 years she has practiced in the areas of architecture and landscape architecture. She is the owner of Designs by Lenila - an online design stationery company in business since 2003. In 2013, Lenila became a Certified Special Needs Family Life Coach. Lenila was the Founder and Director of Support Group for families with special needs for Jeremiah's Ranch. As a mother of someone with Autism, Lenila has been able to use her personal and professional experience to create an organization that serves those with disabilities. For the past four years she has served as an instructor for individuals with disabilities by teaching them in the areas of micro business, art and dance she has also helped developed a Batali Ranch Hands-On Work Program for adults with disabilities. She sits on both the Autism Professional Advisory Council for Mainly Mozart and the Fallbrook HS Workability1 Advisory Board. Lenila and her husband, Brent have two daughters, Tiana (26) who lives with autism and Serena, (23). They reside in Fallbrook, CA.  
 lenila@dvinepath.org   

Tom Olmstead
Board Director and Viticulture Instructor

Tom secured his undergraduate degree in Arts from Augustana College, SD and his Ph. D. in Synthetic Organic Chemistry from The Pennsylvania State University. He currently teaches as an Organic Chemistry Professor at Grossmont College, San Diego. Tom lives in San Diego county and in his free time, when not traveling, manages his home estate vineyard.  
tom.olmstead@gcccd.edu

Randy Anderson
Board Director and Supported Employment

Retired Vice President and Dean Of Student Services with a demonstrated history of working in higher education. Skilled in Nonprofit Organizations, Academic Advising, Curriculum Development, Public Speaking, and Distance Learning. Strong professional with a Master's Degree from the University of Utah and a Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) focused in Higher Education/Leadership from Argosy University.       randy_a33@hotmail.com

Naomi Monthei
Secretary and Human Resources

Fallbrook, CA native, San Diego State University Liberal Arts graduate, with deep roots in the agricultural community, Naomi Monthei is a mother of two teen-aged children; one of them, who's life is impacted by developmental delay.  Naomi has been fortunate to work in both the High School and Elementary school Districts in Human Resources and Administrative capacities for over 15 years.  Recently, she received her Level 2 Award Certificate from the Wine and Spirits Education Trust (WSET). Naomi's connection and background in Special Education, Human Resources Management, and wine study appreciation make her a perfect fit on the D'vine Path Advisory Board.        
naomimonthei@gmail.com

Dianna Branche
Board Director and Hospitality Coordinator

Knowledge and hardworking with a hands-on style and a good grasp of marketing, Dianna brings over 20 years of experience in the food industry as owner and operator of successful restaurants and bakeries. Dianna is a Fallbrook native and is active with the Fallbrook Chamber of Commerce collaborating with the hospitality industry.    
little.diodato@gmail.com

Consultants

Christy Anderson
Volunteer Lisenced Family Therapist

Christy Anderson has an accomplished background in psychology and extensive experience as a family therapist. She has worked in the addiction treatment field as a counselor, as a therapist in a local mental health hospital, as well as teaching undergrad and grad school psychology classes at Calif State University, Fullerton. 

Dominic Chequer
Grant Writing

Dominic is an artist and freelance writer based out of Brazil. His focus currently is in the intersection between culture, ecology, spirituality, and technology. This is the substance which fills the pages of his passion in writing. Working with D'Vine Path integrates neatly with his way of life and values as education for a greener and more inclusive tomorrow appears integral to his vision of the Dream Society. 

Michele Cox
Volunteer Fundraising Coordinator

Dominic is an artist and freelance writer based out of Brazil. His focus currently is in the intersection between culture, ecology, spirituality, and technology. This is the substance which fills the pages of his passion in writing. Working with D'Vine Path integrates neatly with his way of life and values as education for a greener and more inclusive tomorrow appears integral to his vision of the Dream Society. 

Administrators

Lenila Batali
Executive Director

Lenila Batali is the Founder of D’Vine Path. She holds a degree in Architecture from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo which she received in 1990. For the past 30 years she has practiced in the areas of architecture and landscape architecture. She is the owner of Designs by Lenila - an online design stationery company in business since 2003. In 2013, Lenila became a Certified Special Needs Family Life Coach. Lenila was the Founder and Director of Support Group for families with special needs for Jeremiah's Ranch. As a mother of someone with Autism, Lenila has been able to use her personal and professional experience to create an organization that serves those with disabilities. For the past four years she has served as an instructor for individuals with disabilities by teaching them in the areas of micro business, art and dance she has also helped developed a Batali Ranch Hands-On Work Program for adults with disabilities. She sits on both the Autism Professional Advisory Council for Mainly Mozart and the Fallbrook HS Workability1 Advisory Board. Lenila and her husband, Brent have two daughters, Tiana (26) who lives with autism and Serena, (23). They reside in Fallbrook, CA.

Jazmine Olson
Operations Manager

Jazmine’s extensive background in office administration and management combined with several years experience as a resource counselor for learning disabled adults, makes her a perfect fit as D’Vine Path’s Operations Manager.  As a third term California commissioned notary public, a registered Special Olympics of Southern California coach, and with a Certificate of Proficiency in Yoga Instruction, she brings a broad and adoring perspective to the team.  Jazmine loves nature and is happiest exploring with her family and dogs.  She is passionate about environmental health awareness, natural living, personal growth and creativity.  She is very grateful to be an active participant in changing lives through D’Vine Path.

Christal Gaines-Emory
Media Coordinator

Christal graduated from Fallbrook High School with honors, where she was elected as Chapter Reporter for the Fallbrook FFA Chapter.  She was the Co-Vice President of the CREW - Creating Relationships with Every Warrior - Club and completed her community service hours working in special education classrooms.  American Sign Language was her second language choice in high school and she is already utilizing it by teaching a weekly ASL class to D'Vine Path students and staff.  She currently interns at The Village News, Fallbrook's local newspaper, and also attends California State University Long Beach where she majors in Journalism. 

Facilitators

Serena Batali
Lead Facilitator

"Growing up with an autistic sister, the world of autism is my second home.  I strongly believe in empowering these individuals to be the best they can be, and am proud to encourage my students to improve on themselves with everything they do.  This is a special population with unbelievable talents and loving hearts, and with genuine encouragement,

I know they can live the life of their dreams." - Serena Batali

Serena obtained a degree from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo in Communications with a minor in Child Development and is certified as an Independent Facilitator for the Self-Determination Program.  She lives in Fallbrook, CA.

Kayleen Trento
Facilitator

Kayleen comes to D'Vine Path with a lifetime of experience working with her learning disabled brother. She is an EMT and is currently attending nursing school to further her education in the healthcare industry.

Jesus Hernandez
Facilitator

Jesus is a native of Vista, California with a passion for helping others find their passion.  He comes to D'Vine Path with a background in assisting individuals with learning disabilities reach their full potential.  Being a former Academic Advisor at Long Beach Unified School District, his motivational presentations have been heard at middle schools in North San Diego County. He studied School Counseling at Cal State Long Beach and obtained his Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology, with an emphasis in Educational Psychology.

Jacob Cain
Facilitator

When Jacob came to D'Vine Path as a volunteer during its first year of operation, he had experience helping learning disabled students in the CREW (Creating Relationships with Every Warrior) Club at Fallbrook High School.  He is currently a lifeguard, teaching swim lessons to children and people with special needs and is studying psychology and neuroscience.  It is his genuine desire to help and passion in creating an enjoyable learning environment that landed him the Resource Counselor position at D'Vine Path.

Board of Directors

Sandi Anderson
Board President

Sandi Anderson has 2 adult sons on the autism spectrum.  Advocating tirelessly for 30 years to help them reach their potential, she has amassed an arsenal of teaching skills. Using a myriad of teaching strategies is a lifestyle for her and has become the foundation of creative endeavors to meet her sons’ needs as well as those around them.  

Ms. Anderson created “Arts In Motion,” an adult day program sourced and provided through the San Diego Regional Center to teach life, social, academic and business skills to her son, Joel. Together they have established a micro enterprise supporting Joel’s painting, animation and speaking schedule: Joel’s Vision Arts. As an international public speaker, Ms. Anderson is best known as an encourager of other parents with special needs children. For the past 15 years, she has been a key volunteer with Autism Tree Project Foundation, coordinating their Football Mentor Program with University of San Diego by working directly with the university, players and families. It is her greatest joy to share hope to other families all over the world. 

sandi_autismmom@hotmail.com

Tom Olmstead
Board Director and Viticulture Instructor

Tom secured his undergraduate degree in Arts from Augustana College, SD and his Ph. D. in Synthetic Organic Chemistry from The Pennsylvania State University. He currently teaches as an Organic Chemistry Professor at Grossmont College, San Diego. Tom lives in San Diego county and in his free time, when not traveling, manages his home estate vineyard.  
tom.olmstead@gcccd.edu

Randy Anderson
Board Director and Supported Employment

Retired Vice President and Dean Of Student Services with a demonstrated history of working in higher education. Skilled in Nonprofit Organizations, Academic Advising, Curriculum Development, Public Speaking, and Distance Learning. Strong professional with a Master's Degree from the University of Utah and a Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) focused in Higher Education/Leadership from Argosy University.       randy_a33@hotmail.com

Naomi Monthei
Secretary and Human Resources

Fallbrook, CA native, San Diego State University Liberal Arts graduate, with deep roots in the agricultural community, Naomi Monthei is a mother of two teen-aged children; one of them, who's life is impacted by developmental delay.  Naomi has been fortunate to work in both the High School and Elementary school Districts in Human Resources and Administrative capacities for over 15 years.  Recently, she received her Level 2 Award Certificate from the Wine and Spirits Education Trust (WSET). Naomi's connection and background in Special Education, Human Resources Management, and wine study appreciation make her a perfect fit on the D'vine Path Advisory Board.        
naomimonthei@gmail.com

Dianna Branche
Board Director and Hospitality Coordinator

Knowledge and hardworking with a hands-on style and a good grasp of marketing, Dianna brings over 20 years of experience in the food industry as owner and operator of successful restaurants and bakeries. Dianna is a Fallbrook native and is active with the Fallbrook Chamber of Commerce collaborating with the hospitality industry.    
little.diodato@gmail.com

Consultants

Christy Anderson
Volunteer Lisenced Family Therapist

Christy Anderson has an accomplished background in psychology and extensive experience as a family therapist. She has worked in the addiction treatment field as a counselor, as a therapist in a local mental health hospital, as well as teaching undergrad and grad school psychology classes at Calif State University, Fullerton. 

Dominic Chequer
Grant Writing

Dominic is an artist and freelance writer based out of Brazil. His focus currently is in the intersection between culture, ecology, spirituality, and technology. This is the substance which fills the pages of his passion in writing. Working with D'Vine Path integrates neatly with his way of life and values as education for a greener and more inclusive tomorrow appears integral to his vision of the Dream Society. 

Michele Cox
Volunteer Fundraising Coordinator

Michele comes to us with a background in Sales and Marketing.  She has also worked in the wedding industry as a Wedding Planner and as a professional photographer.  She has extensive fundraising experience, serving as a board member at several schools and local youth sports programs.  Michele, her husband Brian and two children, Ryan and Justin come to us from the Sacramento area.

Nikki Semanchik
Attorney

Nikki Semanchik is the Founding Attorney of Semanchik Law Group.  Nikki started out her legal career advising small businesses and individuals in need of estate planning.  After assisting clients with tax planning through the formation of private foundations and charitable trusts, Nikki found herself drawn to nonprofit law.  Nikki is passionate about nonprofit law and enjoys speaking about nonprofit formation and compliance.  Nikki brings her passion for philanthropism to her personal life through her love of the theater and the arts. Nikki sits on the Point Loma Playhouse Board of Directors. Nikki also volunteers her time with the San Diego County Bar Association’s Wills for Heros program and throughout the year by providing pro bono legal services.  Nikki graduated from the University of Arizona with a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature and California Western School of Law with a Juris Doctor. A recovering “Zony,” Nikki has lived in San Diego for over eleven years with no intention of ever leaving. She now resides in Ocean Beach where she can frequently be found walking Sunset Cliffs with her husband, son, Sullivan and dog, Chloe.

Roxanne Greene
Accountant

Roxanne Green is experienced in the accounting needs for a diverse range of industries including industrial and commercial food manufacturing; veterinary; medical and dental; all facets of real estate and construction; farming, ranching and horse breeding and racing. She has assisted numerous non-profits in the set-up and use of a simple accounting system that minimizes the work of volunteers while ensuring compliance with government reporting regulations.

Brent Batali
Volunteer Treasurer

Brent grew up on a large family farm in Yakima, Washington, where his family grew and processed spearmint for Wrigley’s and concord grapes for Welch’s.  He graduated from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo and became a produce broker.  He currently owns a company that distributes conventional and organic produce throughout the United States.  After being inspired by Lenila's vision for D'Vine Path, together Brent and Lenila planted a vineyard at Batali Ranch for the purpose of providing a place for special needs people to learn new skills and socialize with peers.  He enjoys working with the students and getting back to the hands-on part of farming and wine making.