Staff and Board

Meet the Connolly Ranch Team

Meet Our Board of Directors

Per Casey - Chairman of the Board
Per has been volunteering at the Ranch since 2016 when both his kids were campers. Having grown up on a 'retired' farm in rural NH, Per understands and loves the Connolly Ranch mission. He is committed to helping the Ranch provide farm-based education and experiences to the Napa Valley community and beyond. When not sitting in a board meeting, you might find him shoveling sand, setting up AV equipment or helping with recycling and trash collection for one of the Ranch's annual events. Per runs a website management company (Tenrec, Inc.) and lives in Napa with his wife Kit and two kids, Ana and Per Oskar.

Michele Truchard
Michele Truchard is a fourth-generation Napan, born into the Crane family of Napa Valley. She left Napa to earn a Bachelor’s degree in Nutrition and Dietetics with extended study in neonatal and pediatric nutrition. Michele started her career as a nutritionist in San Francisco at UCSF Medical Center and St. Mary’s Hospital, but wine country called her back.
Michele returned home to Napa after reconnecting with her future husband John Anthony Truchard. Combining her training as a nutritionist with her knowledge and appreciation of wine, Michele developed several successful food-and-wine pairing programs for the Terlato Wine Group’s Rutherford Hill and Chimney Rock wineries. In 2003, she helped John launch John Anthony Vineyards and bottle its first vintage of Napa Valley Syrah.
Michele eventually dedicated herself full-time to John Anthony Vineyards and raising their family of three children. John Anthony Family of Wines has since added two more labels: JaM Cellars in 2009 (JaM is short for John and Michele), and FARM Napa Valley in 2012.  Today, Michele is a spokesperson for the company and instrumental in producing exclusive brand experiences across the portfolio for trade and consumers—food and wine pairings, farm-to-table dinners, and live music events—as well as supporting local and national causes with John Anthony Family of Wines.

Trina H. Falace
Trina is an attorney with Buchalter, a firm consistently ranked among the leading law firms nationally.  At Buchalter, Trina regularly handles matters in the areas of business, real estate and land use, representing various wineries and vineyard managers.  She is a member of The Richard M. Sangster American Inn of Court, an organization that seeks to inspire the legal community to advance the rule of law by achieving the highest level of professionalism through example, education and mentoring.  Trina is passionate about the Napa community and committed to Connolly Ranch’s mission of encouraging the next generation of environmental stewards.  In her free time, Trina enjoys traveling with her family.

Holly Finkelstein
Holly Finkelstein holds a master’s degree in business administration (MBA) and is a native of Southern California. Before falling in love with wine and her husband, Judd Finkelstein, Holly served as the Program Officer of Steven Spielberg’s Righteous Persons Foundation, a philanthropic fund based in Los Angeles. As an involved member of the Napa Valley community, Holly has served on various committees for the Napa Valley Vintners Association, the board of the Napa Community Health Initiative, is a graduate of Leadership Napa Valley, and was named one of the “40 under 40” Business Leaders by the North Bay Business Journal. Holly loves working in the family business and if you are lucky, you might catch a glimpse of her putting her background of dance to use as a performer in local ballet productions or dancing the hula.

Gene Kelly
Continuing his family’s 40 year Napa Valley legacy,  Gene, coupled with his passion for agricultural and his wife Paula, has been creating wine for his family and friends for years.  He is thrilled to see the actualization of his life-long dream of growing grapes and producing premium quality wines.