Monica Stevens, Co-Founder
David Stevens, Co-Founder

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 learned the value of prowess from a young age: at 12, she marched up to Kelly Brothers, a specialist in asset management and a well-respected business reporter for several news stations, and convinced him to be an emcee for her mothers’ latest fundraising event. That dexterity has continued through her life in both personal and professional aspects.

Although she completed her first degree in Business Administration at the liberal arts college, St. Mary’s College of California, she attributes her current path in hospitality to the two years studying in Barcelona obtaining her degree in PR and Communications. While completing her thesis, she took an opportunity to build 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. There, she thrived, learning about winemaking, terroir, gastronomy, and the luxury world of Napa Valley.  

With over 7 years’ experience in marketing and events, including 5+ years in the Napa Valley hospitality industry, Ashley flourishes in her fast paced little town of Napa and finds enjoyment in searching out the next special experience for her guests.  Ashley also spends her days fostering animals through Jameson Animal Rescue Ranch, surviving off of smoothies and yoga, while trying to provide a little more sparkle to life through her valued friendships and family.  

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Elizabeth Hawkins


Elizabeth Hawkins is a Certified Professional Accountant for G&J Seiberlich & Co LLP in Napa and Calistoga where she serves a wide range of individuals and business including winery, construction, retail and not-for-profit throughout the Napa Valley. Elizabeth also serves as Vice-President/Treasurer of Mentis, which provides bilingual, professional mental health services throughout the county. She is Treasurer/Secretary to Napa Valley Support Services, an organization that provides employment, education and recreation services for developmentally disabled adults in Napa Valley. Elizabeth lives in Napa with her husband, two young boys, two rescue cats and one miniature Australian Shepherd. Growing up in the Valley and being a graduate of Leadership Napa Valley, she has strong ties to the community and believes in contributing her strengths to help Napa thrive.

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