Monica Stevens, Co-Founder
David Stevens, Treasurer

Katie Somple


Katie Somple is the founder and broker of St. Helena-based Lifestyle Properties/WineryX Real Estate, a dual-specialty real estate brokerage. Katie is also a Napa Valley community leader and volunteer in her spare time. A graduate of Leadership Napa Valley, Katie’s desire to serve the community stems from the credo “to whom much is given, much is required.” In addition to acting as Chair of the dynamic St. Helena Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, she serves on the Board of Napa Emergency Women’s Services, Napa County’s domestic violence and sexual assault prevention agency. Katie’s strengths include resource networking, fundraising, and budgets. Her love and reverence of animals push the boundaries of reason. Currently Katie is owned by Phoebe, age 4, and Mae Flower, age 8, both rescues. 

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Edie Kausch

Born and raised in the Bay Area, Edie remembers being terrified of animals as a child — it wasn't until she was a young adult that her relationship to animals began to change. While visiting a friend's home, their large Manx cat jumped up onto Edie's lap, settled down, and began to purr. She quickly realized she wasn't going to die from cat affection, and so began her ongoing love affair with many more animal companions that entered, saved, and enriched her life. 

Four decades later, Edie is living a gypsy life caring for Napa Valley pets when their owners leave town on their travels. To help support this unusual lifestyle, she owns and manages a landscape design company. Among her clients are Clif Family Winery, Dancing Hares Winery, and Vineland Station. A highlighted achievement was bringing Lunafest, a women’s film festival, to the Napa Valley in 2009. Every year, the film festival has grown monumentally, making it a greatly anticipated annual event benefiting Napa Emergency Women's Services, Napa/Solano Girls On The Run, and The Breast Cancer Fund. As a longtime Napa Valley local, Edie can think of nothing better than to join forces with others in the area who protect and defend the natural world of plants and animals who teach us how to be more fully human. 

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Ashley Kassis


Ashley Kassis learned the value of prowess from a young age when at 12, she marched up to a well-respected business reporter and convinced him to be an emcee for her mothers’ latest fundraising event. That dexterity has continued throughout her life in both personal and professional aspects. She completed her first degree in Business Administration at St. Mary’s College of California, but attributes her current path in hospitality to two years studying in Barcelona where she obtained her degree in PR and Communications. While completing her thesis, she built an event management company alongside a business broker with strong ties in the Barcelona hospitality world and her pathway was formed.  

After her return to California and a two-year stint developing the marketing initiatives for a mental health care facility, she was drawn back to the hospitality world and ran the events department for one of the most recognizable wine brands in the United States. With over 7 years’ experience in marketing and events, Ashley flourishes in her fast-paced little town of Napa and finds enjoyment in searching out the next special experience for guests. Ashley is also committed to Jameson Animal Rescue Ranch’s foster program and loves her role as foster mama, preparing JARR animals for their forever homes! 

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