Annual Report

June 1, 2022

Dear Friends,

When I think back on all that we experienced together in 2021, the ups and the downs, my heart fills with gratitude. I feel so grateful to the community that repeatedly showed up and supported Hidden Villa as we continued to weather the pandemic. I’m grateful to the staff who thoughtfully and creatively delivered our mission-focused programming, responding to the needs of children, teachers, and the community. And I am grateful that the 1,600 acres property is a thriving ecosystem that continues to be a refuge for our neighbors, flora, and fauna.

The internal ecosystem of Hidden Villa experienced significant transitions in 2021. We dug into the new Strategic Plan, making enormous strides towards investing more in our equity and inclusion infrastructure at Hidden Villa through accomplishments like the formation of the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Advisory Committee and the hiring of our Associate Director, Lynn Rivas. We also have been realigning our agricultural methods to support better climate mitigation and sustainable practices throughout the property. Another seismic shift was the departure of long-time Executive Director, Chris Overington. We are grateful to Chris for over 25 years of dedicated leadership. He shaped Hidden Villa into a vibrant, strong, and aspirational organization. We are also excited to take on the challenge of reimagining leadership at Hidden Villa and using this transition to begin the next phase of the organization; building on the legacy of the Duvenecks while stretching to realize the full potential of our vision and mission.

Hidden Villa’s external ecosystem in 2021 was defined by the spring-like resurgence of on-campus education programming. Preschool through 12th grade classrooms slowly began returning for field trips to our learning laboratory. While it was heartwarming to observe children exploring their curiosity and experiencing the wonder of nature, the biggest surprise was from the teachers. Field trip after field trip, they expressed literal tears of joy for the opportunity to connect with their students in such a safe, nurturing, and off-screen environment. One of our proudest accomplishments in 2021 was our return to hosting residential Summer Camp in person! Our team of youth advocates facilitated a season that supported not only the physical health of our campers but also provided a nurturing and supportive environment for their mental and emotional healing.

Please enjoy our annual report and read about all the powerful memories and accomplishments that your support made possible. And please, let me express again my gratitude to YOU.

With best wishes,

Peter Hartzell, Hidden Villa Board Chair

We wish to acknowledge that this beautiful land we call Hidden Villa is part of the ancestral homeland of Indigenous Ohlone peoples, who have never agreed to surrender these lands. We recognize that we benefit from living, working, and recreating in their traditional homeland.

Ohlone people fished and hunted and gathered plants here, and also tended this land and its resources with reverence, so that the land would continue to provide abundantly for its human and for its non-human communities. We owe a debt of gratitude to those who took such good care of this land, and a debt of justice for past and present wrongs committed against them.

On behalf of Hidden Villa, we wish to remind everyone that Ohlone people still live among us, and are now working to reestablish their cultural traditions and ancestral relationships to the land. With these words, Hidden Villa commits itself to supporting these efforts, and we invite each of you to do the same.

*This is a draft land acknowledgment as we are in the process of working with the local tribal authorities.  We presently use the tribal community ‘Ohlone’ in place of any name more specifically, as the historical tribal boundary line in which Hidden Villa resides is in question.

Hidden Villa is committed to the vision that everyone deserves a sustainable, healthy, and just future – not just the few and privileged. Through education, reflection, and community building, we will humbly continue to remove barriers and create opportunities that promote a diverse, equitable, and inclusive world for all, regardless of background or ability. Our work is far from done. We acknowledge the need to reflect, hold space, and learn from the ways we could have done more. Now, more than ever is the time for action.

We, the Employees, Board of Trustees, Interns, and the Volunteers of Hidden Villa will:

  • Govern ourselves in a way that authentically listens and invites community participation, questions power dynamics, and allocates resources from a Justice, Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Access (JDEIA) frame.
  • At the Staff level, engage in difficult conversations as needed, bring JDEIA issues to the fore for the leadership team, support and train staff, and devote resources towards recruitment/retention so that our team better reflects the Bay Area community.
  • Adapt and operate our education programs and agriculture practice thoughtfully to ensure all feel welcome and comfortable to be their complete selves.
  • Cultivate Community Partnerships that are relevant and empowering to the people we serve and the impact we want to make in our world.

Join us as we work toward this vision, as we stand in solidarity with many of the regional, national, and global efforts to establish environmental and racial justice  — working to create true and authentic equity.

Individual Donors

The donors listed below gave $500 or more in 2021. We are so grateful to all our donors!

The Hadden Family
Jackie and Dave Radcliffe
Sally Abel
Ben Hammett
Stephen Rafferty
Irene and Alan Adler
Peter Hartzell and Beth Harrison
Polly Ragusa
Ana and Amer Akhtar
Bibiana and Oliver Heckmann
Sunai and Stephen Raillard
Margie Alving
Sheryl Heckmann
Bill Reller
Greg Ames
Christopher Heiser and Kate Heiland
JC Renteria
John Austin and Kathara Green
Nancy and Jerre Hitz
Dedrick Rhone
Debbie and Paul Baker
Karen Holl and Michael Loik
Salma and Rick Richmond
Mark and Kay Barchas
Christy and Chuck Holloway
Diana Rigg
Ned and Jimi Barnholt
Carol Hoskins
The Riordan Family
Wendy and Joel Bartlett
Laura Hull
Richard Robbins and Susan Casebeer Robbins
Toni Bassett
Ruth and Joshua Hutchins
Laetitia Rodrigues Barbosa and Peter Cousins
Buz and Anne Battle
Sue and Kurt Jaggers
Monique Rossman
Steve Beck and Jane Baxter
Lei Jin
Natalie and Brian Rumao
Ann Benninger
Pat Kalish
Susan and David Russell
James Bigwood and Jay Cha
Jaya Kamath and Suresh Babu
Francine and Stephen Ruvolo
Miriam and Alan Billinger
The Kaplan Family
Caitlin Sandowski
Meri-Beth Bird
Maragaret and Francis Keeler
James Sandmand Jr.
Norma Jean Bodey Galiher
Breene Kerr
Thomas Sartor
Craig Britton and Carleen Bruins
George Kirkpatrick
Mike Sasnett and Roberta Saxon
Linda Brownrigg
Rachel and Richard Klausner
Elizabeth Schwerer Duffie and Kingston Duffie
Thomas and Wally Brunner
Larry Klein and Milbrey McLaughlin
Amy and Dan Scrivner
Kristen and David Bryan
Brian Kleis and Jim Lock
Scott Seaman
Rose Cabral
Liz and Rick Kniss
John and Carolyn Seyfarth
Katharine Carroll and Alison Rosenthal
Charles and Stephanie Knowles
Ruth Sherer
Nancy and John Cassidy
Bill and Donna Krepick
Marc and Lisa Sidel
Amie Chang and Henry Massey
Susan Lang and Robert Levenson
Dr. Seth Simas
Lisa Chen and Jordan Klein
Peter and Sue LaTourrette
Greg and Dilshad Simmons Family
Steven Chen
Mark and Debra Leslie
Roland and Kimberly Smith
Alison Chubb and Stephen Ruoss
Elizabeth and Bernard Lilly
Rhonda and Howard Smith
Steve and Diane Ciesinski
Tom and Ann Livermore
Sharon and Corey Smith
Craig Cilker
Peggy and Pedro Lizaur
Dave and Erin Sobota
Nancy Clark
Terri Lobdell and William Johnson
Susan and Yuen So
Anne and Terry Clark
Norman Lomas
Camille and Jim Spar
Leslie Claytor-True and Ramon True
Vicente Lovelace
Laurie and F.B. Steele
George and Patricia Clifford
Marcie Maffei
Ronan Stefan Collobert
Ginger and Pat Connolly
Robert Mansfield
Beth Steinberg
Bill Coughran
George and Judy Marcus
Judith and Hans Steiner
Sibby Coxhead
Linda and Jerry Mar
Nat and Marcia Sterling
Dynse Crunkleton and Scott Wilson
Kim Marinucci Acker and Jeff Acker
Maureen Stone and Doug Wyatt
Michaela Crunkleton Wilson
Catherine and Philip Mast
Anne Storer
Michele Culberson
Kelly and Luke Matiasevich
Robert Lee Stuart
Anne Dahle
Kathleen McCahill
Heather and Sean Suchter
Colleen DeLizza
William and Marla McCormack
Sha Sundaram
Amanda and Brian Demers
Ellen McGinty King
Leah Sutton and Jeff Schmidt
Roberta and Steve Denning
Vicky and Jim Merchant
Kay T. Takahashi and Richard Dean Brewer
Lisette Derouaux and Jeff Weiner
Carol Michaels and David Jones
Francine Tanner
Stephen Dorow
Micki Miller
Colleen and Geoff Tate
Diane Duerr-Levine and Matt Levine
Pamela and Richard Montgomery
Rebecca and John Ternus
Ken and Jenniffer Ebbitt
Lisa Monzon
Jack and Barbara Tooley
Chis and Carol Espinosa
Sherilyn Moody
Julia Tung
Sandra Fairon and Bruce Leak
Katherine Moore
Diny van der Velden and Joel Sommers
Sally and Craig Falkenhagen
Marie and Geoffrey Moore
Mara and Rick Wallace
Jon Fan
Joanna Mountain and Heyward Robinson
Anna Walsemann-Alletti and Giuseppe Alletti
Janet Fire
Theron Paul Niederer
Chris Waters
Nancy and Skip Fletcher
Gary and Liz Nielsen
Barbara Weinstein
Marci Fox Greene and Wayne Greene
Amanda Oakson and Randy Salim
Suzanne Werner
Monique and Daniel Gagnon
Cindy and Ron Olander
Bill and Jan Whitmer
Marion Gallagher
Christine and Rene Ong
Judith and Peter Wolken
Nan Geschke
Lynn and Susan Orr
Amy Wu
Mary and Clinton Gilliland
Michael Pao
Luis and Gina Yanez
Norman Godinho
Tarang Patel
Jack and Suzanne Yang
Tom and Susan Goodenough
Sharon and John Patterson
Connie Yi
Nicola Gordon
Silja and Nate Paymer
Kelly Younger
Diane and Harry Greenberg
Rich Peers and Allison Butler
Donna Young
Catherine and Christopher Green
Carrie and Greg Penner
Charisse Yung
Kathryn Groth
Lee and Kitty Price
Anna Zara and Robert English
Eva Grove
Dan and Helen Quinn
Lilyana and Peter Gunadi
Diana Quon and Davis Hershey


We are honored to recognize the organizations that contributed more $2,500 or more in 2021.

Acton Family Giving
Elkind Family Foundation
Epispace Foundation
Fremont Group
Hurlburt-Johnson Charitable Trusts
Kiwanis Club of Mountain View
Los Altos Mountain View Commuity Foundation
Los Altos Town Crier Holiday Fund
Maxwell / Hanrahan Foundation
Maynard P. and Katherine Z. Buehler Foundation Fund,
Morgan Family Foundation
at the East Bay Community Foundation
Palo Alto Weekly Holiday Fund
Noble and Lorraine Hancock Family Fund
The Yellow Chair Foundation
The Sergey Brin Family Foundation
Whitney Education Foundation
Town of Los Altos Hills

Gifts Made in Memory:

Arthur Gerdes
Frank Furnari
Pete Maffei
Arthur Yotsuya
Gail Cheeseman
Philip Lewis
Branden Cason
George and Ruth Chippendale
Prahladbhai A. Patel and Hansaben P. Patel
Brandon Sutter
Glenn and Gwen Meier
Rev Richard Wiborg
Bob Niederer
Happy G. Lynn
Ruth Buneman
Chet Brown
Howard B. Storer Jr.
Ruth Hammett
Cleopha Zauner
John Jakubiak
Shirley-Anne Owden
Cliff Lloyd
Josephine and Francis Duveneck
Suzanne Bowler
Curtis Schneider
Julie Craig
T. Louis Snitzer
Kathie Underdal
Tom Forrest
Darla Tupper
Keith and Lucila McFarland
Twila Woods
Diane and Rex Butler
Lisabeth Kaplan
Virginia “Ginny” Harrington
Edward and Agnes Kurnick
Liz Dana
Virginia Roberts
Eitan Fenson
Marylin Wilson
William “Bill” McElhinney
Elizabeth Bowden Smith
Ms. Joan Bruce
Ethel Gwinn
Nora Chin

Gifts Made in Honor:

America Yanez
Garth Harwood
Noah and Eric Wolfson
Bill Younger
George Chippendale
Patti Foster
Bob Fisher
Harvey’s G
Peter Hartzell
Brenda Jones
Peter Thurston
Brooks Children
Ian O’Hearn
Rebecca Nelson
Camp Unalayee
Jena Rusmore
Reyaan Hebbar
Carol Sidel
Jiatao Wang’s Family
Rich Peers
Chris Overington and His Family
Joan Sherlock
Robert Leveson
Colin and Chloe Pao
Judie Wolken
Sally Falkenhagen
Colleen Healey
Karen Wilkes
Sawyer Haddock
Michaela Crunkleton Wilson
Laura Kenney and Bill Sundstrom
Shana Barchas
Donna Ross
Leon Beeler
Eduardo Oseguera
Linda Hellerich
Taia Larse
Elisabeth Nielsen
Lucy Zhang
Tanya Knowles
Elizabeth Aitken
Marc Sidel
The Drobots
Elizabeth and Jacobs Aitken
Susan Love
The Kind, Hardworking Staff at Hidden Villa
Elizabeth Odarley Morton
Mason James Bazley
William and Charlie Torbenson
Ellen McKenzie
Michael Brooks and His Grandchildren
Zack Ciesinski
Frank and Josephine Duveneck
Miguel and Jess


Gifts made to the Overington Legacy Fund in honor of Chris Overington

Amy and Dan Scrivner
Marc and Lisa Sidel
Carol Olson
Michaela Crunkleton Wilson
Christy and Chuck Holloway
Morgan Family Foundation
Claire Elliott and Douglas Kent
Nayna and Niranjan Patel
Claire SunSpiral
Nikki Bryant
Diane and Steve Ciesinski
Peter and Carol Thurston
Dr. Seth Simas
Rich Peers and Allison Butler
Elkind Family Foundation
Roland and Kimberly Smith
Judith and Peter Wolken
The Kaplan Family
Lee and Kitty Price
Tom and Susan Goodenough

Gifts made to the Katharine King Memorial Fund

James Bigwood and Jay Cha

Gifts made in memory of Bob Niederer to the Bob Niederer Farm and Wilderness Scholarship Fund

Christal Niederer
Steve and Diane Ciesinski
Roberta and Steve Denning
Zachary Ciesinski


Darla M. Tupper Revocable Trust
The Trust of Elizabeth Wallace
Hope D. Williams Charitable Remainder Unitrust


Charitable Partners

Bank of America Charitable Gift Fund
Community Foundation Santa Cruz County
East Bay Community Foundation
Fidelity Charitable Gift Fund
Goldman Sachs Philanthropy Fund
Latino Community Foundation
Raymond James Charitable
Schwab Charitable Fund
Silicon Valley Community Foundation
The U.S. Charitable Gift Fund

Matching Gifts

Apple, Inc.
Cisco Foundation
Hearst FDB (First Databank)
Intuitive Foundation
Juniper Networks
Microsoft Matching Gifts Program
Visa, Inc.

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The 2021 – 2024 Strategic Plan is a road map to strengthen and focus Hidden Villa to more effectively leverage our assets and resources in support of our community and our mission. This plan is a call to embrace the Duveneck family legacy and to strive towards a thoughtful and intentional building upon our property, programs, and community towards our core issues of Social, Food, and Environmental Justice.

The Strategic Plan focuses on four strategic areas of change and growth:

Organization and Culture:​ Internal work to create a more Diverse, Equitable and Inclusive organization, striving to be an anti-racist community, and to develop an environment which encourages curiosity, staff development and accountability.
Programs​: Aligning our target audiences for maximum mission impact, expanding and diversifying our reach through authentic community partnerships, and incorporating more evaluation and iteration in program development.
Infrastructure​: Reimagining our property to better facilitate self-directed learning and data-informed resource and stewardship management.
Sustainable Financial Model​: Shifting our revenue generation model over time in a fiscally responsible manner.


Thank you to our 229 volunteers for generously giving their time to Hidden Villa. They are critical to Hidden Villa’s impact and we could not do it without their support! Listed below are volunteers who gave 20 hours or more of their time. We greatly appreciate it!

Individual Volunteers

Deborah Bennett
Darryl MacDuff
Tonia Spiridi
Diane Ciesinski
Ginny Pitts
Dave Roos
Helena Cohen
Denise Sacks
Dream Volunteers
Bernie Lily
John Seyfarth
Barbara Zots

Board Members

Steven Chen, Secretary
Vicente Lovelace, Vice Board Chair Governance
Michaela Crunkleton-Wilson
Katia Ostrovsky
Diane Duerr-Levine, Vice Chair Mission Fulfillment
Tamra Owens
David Duveneck
Lee Price, Treasurer
Jerry Elkind
Jackie Radcliffe
Sally Falkenhagen
Dedrick Rhone
Gianna Fazioli
Caroline Rumptz
Peter Hartzell, Chair
Rita Comes Whitney

Committee Members

Eric Chang, Mission Fulfillment Committee
Rich Peers, Finance and Investment Committee
Amy Scrivner, Mission Fulfillment Committee
Bill Whitmer, Finance Committee

Support and revenue reflected here is that which was available to support operations in Fiscal Year September 1, 2020 – August 31, 2021.