Meet the Team

Administration

Lenila L. 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, Executive Assistant

 

Jazmine’s extensive background in office administration and management combined with several years experience as a resource counselor for special needs adults, makes her a perfect fit as D’Vine Path’s Executive Assistant and Secretary of the Board.  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 dog. She is passionate about environmental health awareness, healthy living, creativity, and community outreach.  She is very grateful to be an active participant in changing lives through D’Vine Path.

Alex Wilson, Bookkeeping

Alex is a California native and long-time San Diego resident.  She holds a Dairy Science degree from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo and currently works at Batali Ranch in their accounting department.  Alex loves reading, cooking, goats and gardening.  She and her husband, Derek have a two children, Ryan and Hannah, who also live in north San Diego county.

Program Directors

Julie Trafford, Community Relations Director

Julie Trafford began her education majoring in Communications at Cal State Fullerton and 

Arizona State.  She later became interested in teaching and has since spent the past twenty-five years working as an educator in various forms. Her passion for advocating for the learning different community began when her children were diagnosed with learning disabilities.  Her interest in the brain inspired her to obtain further education with the goal of helping her children and teaching students, teachers and administrators the gifts of the neurodiverse community.  She loves the outdoors, playing with her rescue dogs and watching her kids play water polo and field hockey.  Julie enjoys sharing her gifts of connection, giving back and helping to be the change we need to see in the learning different and neurodiverse communities.

Judi Hayden, Hospitality & Catering Crew Director

With a father who managed a myriad of country clubs and high-end restaurants, Judi Hayden grew up learning about and working in the hospitality industry. Her experience and strong work ethic led her to work for one of the most prestigious catering companies in Southern California, where she catered events for well known celebrities and politicians.  Every position she filled always ultimately led her to a teaching position, which she thoroughly enjoys.  After her son was diagnosed with a learning disability, Judi dedicated the majority of her time to volunteering, assisting in her son’s classrooms and obtaining the tools and resources necessary to best help in his learning process.  Judi continues to enjoy learning and teaching and it is her combined professional and personal experience that makes her the perfect Hospitality and Catering Crew director for D’Vine Path.

Facilitators

Phyllis Miller, Viticulture Program Facilitator

Phyllis began her career as a Registered Dental Assistant and managed the same dental office for nearly two decades.  She later went on to become the General Manager of the San Diego subdivision of HVAC Test and Balance. Having a son in the special education system gave Phyllis the opportunity to learn how to best support and encourage both children and adults with learning disabilities. It is her calm and organized nature that encouraged her son to maneuver through the special needs world, which resulted in great success. She now applies the same passion and tools to helping D'Vine Path students navigate through life to become successful in achieving their own goals.  Phyllis loves to garden, play tennis and assist her son in operating his own private vineyard and wine making business. 

Jenifer Boldt, Vocational & Life Skills Program Facilitator

Jenifer holds a Doctorate degree in Pharmacy from University of Illinois at Chicago College of Pharmacy. Professionally, she has 20 years experience as pharmacy manager,  clinical externship facilitator, educator, trainer and mentor. Jenifer is passionate about exposing everyone to the resources needed to make the educated decisions necessary to meet their current and long term goals. Since her retirement, Jenifer's early journey at D'Vine Path has been one of re-discovering the significance of generosity and humility in being a leader and the power of audacity and integrity in making dreams come true.

Instructors

Chris Miller, Vineyard Manager & Instructor

As a child with his own learning disabilities, Chris Miller’s interest in agriculture began to blossom early on. He began his studies at Fallbrook High School, participating in the Future Farmers of America program, where he learned how to grow and sell plants and breed and raise pigs.  After high school, he continued his education in the horticulture program at Reedley Community College then transferred to Mira Costa Community College, where he studied landscape design, viticulture and enology.  He currently attends Mt. San Jacinto College and has completed many courses, including wine making, vineyard management, hospitality, enology and winery technology.  He has interned and worked at several well-known wineries in Temecula Wine Country and is the current Vineyard Manager for Weins Family Cellars.  In his spare time, Chris enjoys making his own wine, building waterfalls and playing around in nature. His education and experience paired with his passion to teach learning disabled adults that their disabilities don’t have to hold them back in life, makes Chris Miller a wonderful fit as D’Vine Path’s Vineyard Manager and Instructor.

Mentors

Julie Trafford, Mentor

Julie Trafford began her education majoring in Communications at Cal State Fullerton and 

Arizona State.  She later became interested in teaching and has since spent the past twenty-five years working as an educator in various forms. Her passion for advocating for the learning different community began when her children were diagnosed with learning disabilities.  Her interest in the brain inspired her to obtain further education with the goal of helping her children and teaching students, teachers and administrators the gifts of the neurodiverse community.  She loves the outdoors, playing with her rescue dogs and watching her kids play water polo and field hockey.  Julie enjoys sharing her gifts of connection, giving back and helping to be the change we need to see in the learning different and neurodiverse communities.

Phyllis Miller, Mentor

Phyllis began her career as a Registered Dental Assistant and managed the same dental office for nearly two decades.  She later went on to become the General Manager of the San Diego subdivision of HVAC Test and Balance. Having a son in the Special Education system gave Phyllis the opportunity to learn how to best support and encourage both children and adults with learning disabilities.  Fast forward to current day; Phyllis thoroughly enjoys assisting her son Chris Miller, D’Vine Path's Vineyard Manager & Instructor, in operating his own private vineyard and wine making business.  Phyllis also loves to play tennis and garden.

Support Staff

Our amazing support staff team is comprised of mentors who are Sensitivity Trained

Tanner Gonzalez

Lisa Mangio

Carrie Walsh

Board of Directors

Lenila Batali, President

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 is also the Founder and Director of Support Group for families with special needs for Jeremiah's Ranch since 2011. 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. Lenila and her husband, Brent have two daughters, Tiana (25) who lives with autism and Serena, (22). They reside in Fallbrook, CA.

Sandi Anderson, Board Member & Creative Consultant

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.

Tom Olmstead, Board Member

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 and his wife live in San Diego county and in their free time, when not traveling, manages their home estate vineyard.

Randy Anderson, Board Member

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.

Advisory Board

Christy Anderson, Licensed 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. 

Naomi Monthei, 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.

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.

Jazmine Olson, Secretary

Jazmine’s extensive background in office administration and management combined with several years experience as a resource counselor for special needs adults, makes her a perfect fit as D’Vine Path’s Executive Assistant and Secretary of the Board.  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 dog. She is passionate about environmental health awareness, healthy living, creativity, and community outreach.  She is very grateful to be an active participant in changing lives through D’Vine Path.

Brent Batali, 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.

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