Board of Directors

WDDNA is managed entirely by a volunteer board of directors. Board members are approved every two years by a vote of members who attend the annual membership meeting, which is held each December. The organization has no paid staff, no office and no facilities of any kind.
 
Paul Blaise
Board President

Paul Blaise has been a producer/writer of marketing media since 1976. Along with his wife, Lizz, he has operated one of Northern California’s premier video marketing companies. The Blaises have two children and moved to Wilhaggin in 1992. Blaise joined the Wilhaggin Neighborhood Association at its inception in 2006. He became board president in 2011 and helped orchestrate the merger of Wilhaggin and Del Dayo into the current neighborhood association. Paul Blaise
 
Pat Landgraf
Vice President

Pat Landgraf has lived in the Del Dayo area for more than 30 years. She and her husband have three boys who attended Del Dayo School, Our Lady of Assumption School and Jesuit High School. She attended a Sheriff’s Department neighborhood training session in 2011 and became block captain for her area. When the Wilhaggin Neighborhood Association expanded into Del Dayo, she got involved and joined the WDDNA board. One of her main projects is organizing WDDNA’s annual National Night Out event at Ashton Park. She believes it is important for neighbors to get involved and work together to keep their neighborhood safe. Pat Landgraf
 
Debbie Desselle
Secretary
A native of Dallas, Texas, Debbie Desselle has a degree in photography with a minor in journalism from the University of North Texas. She has lived in Wilhaggin since 2012, enjoys daily walks on the American River Parkway and is a do-it-yourselfer, taking on many of her own home repairs. She is studying guitar and enjoys traveling with her family. Her daughter graduated from Rio Americano High School and is a student at Chico State. Debbie Desselle
 
Kathy Rodriguez
Treasurer
Kathy Rodriguez and her husband, Larry, moved to the Wilhaggin Del Dayo area in 2012 after she retired from Kaiser, where she had worked as a financial analyst in capital projects. She chose the neighborhood because it was close to the bike trail and she joined WDDNA’s board of directors in 2016 because she wanted to contribute to the neighborhood. She is in charge of drafting and monitoring the association’s budget, which exceeds $230,000 annually. Kathy Rodriguez
 
Kathleen Newton
Communications Director

Kathleen Newton moved to the Wilhaggin area in 2011 after a career as a newspaper journalist, editor and publisher. She was a reporter for several northern California newspapers, an editor at the Modesto Bee and the Los Angeles Times and managing editor of the Los Angeles Times Syndicate. As a publisher, she managed a group of McClatchy Newspapers in Amador and Calaveras counties, a large newspaper group in Riverside County and owned two weekly newspapers on the Oregon coast. She also operated her own marketing and custom publishing firm. She joined the WDDNA board in 2012 and is in charge of all the organization’s communications, including the patrol reports, newsletters, alerts and printed materials. Kathleen Newton
 
Maria Talcott
Membership Chairperson

A Sacramento native, Maria Talcott graduated from Rio Americano High School and has worked in accounting, finance and real estate.  She and her husband, Paul, moved to the area in 2001 and love living in a neighborhood with friendly neighbors who look out for each other. Maria Talcott
 
Brian Smith
Sheriff’s Liaison & Website Administrator

Brian Smith has lived in Del Dayo since 1981 and retired after a 35-year career in auditing and budgeting. Since 2013, he has been on the WDDNA board of directors, serving as the organization's website administrator and liaison with the Sheriff’s Department. He also manages the association’s street signs.  Brian Smith
 
Steve Swatt
Member At Large

Steve Swatt is an author and former journalist. He and his family have been Wilhaggin residents for more than 30 years. Steve was a reporter for United Press International and spent more than two decades covering politics, government and public policy for KCRA-TV. He also was a partner in a statewide public affairs firm and taught political communication at Sacramento State. Steve is the lead author of “Game Changers: Twelve Elections that Transformed California,” and the soon-to-be-released “Paving the Way: Women's Struggle for Political Equality in California.” Steve Swatt
 
Fern Waddell
Member at Large

A native of El Dorado County, Waddell graduated from CSUS with a BS in business. She became a CPA and partner in a local accounting firm. She was active in the California Society of CPAs, serving on the board and as president of the Sacramento Chapter. In 1980, she was active in the formation of Point West Bank and served as a director until the bank was merged with First Interstate Bank in 1988. She served on the board of KVIE and the Child and Family Institute. She retired after 40 years in her profession and became active in the Neighborhood Accountability Board under the guidance of the Sacramento County Probation Office.  She has four children, 9 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. Her hobbies include quilting, needlepoint, knitting, taking piano lessons and participating in an Italian-speaking group. Fern Waddell 
 
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