Paul Chakmak – President

Paul joined the Vintage House Board in 2019 and served as Treasurer before becoming President in January 2020.  Paul has served as a consultant to operators and investors in the gaming, lodging, and leisure industries since 2014. Previously, he was executive vice president and COO for Boyd Gaming Corp. and a senior member of CIBC World Markets’ West Coast leveraged finance group. Paul has more than 18 years of experience in investment banking, specializing in structuring, underwriting, and distributing senior debt and high-yield financing, and in providing financial advisory services. He has served on the board of advisory directors of the Southern Nevada market for U.S. Bank and on the board of directors for the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority and chaired its audit committee. He also served as vice chair of the Nevada Resort Association and the University of Nevada, Las Vegas campus improvement authority board. Paul has a double B.A. degree in economics and political science from Claremont McKenna College.

Holly Seaton, Ph. D. – Vice President

Holly has been a clinical and consulting psychologist for the past 15 years. She also served as a consultant and as vice president of a leadership development company. Her background includes teaching at the college level, and healthcare as a nurse practitioner. She is on the board of Rotary and involved with La Luz Center.

Celia Kruse de la Rosa – Secretary

Celia joined the Vintage House board in 2019 and is the marketing and community outreach manager for Sonoma Valley Hospital.

Dennis Bloch – Treasurer

Dennis joined the Vintage House board in 2019. He has over 30 years of experience in investment banking, finance, and management, advising a broad range of clients on capital-raising alternatives, capital structures, project finance, and mergers and acquisitions, culminating in developing and leading a 50+ member business unit of a major bank. Dennis obtained an MBA with a concentration in finance from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. He graduated magna cum laude from the University of California, Los Angeles, with a B.A. in economics. Dennis was born, raised, and has spent most of his life in California. He and his wife have owned a home in Sonoma for over 15 years and moved to Sonoma full time after they both retired. Dennis enjoys golf, bocce ball, reading, working out, travel, and hanging out and walking with his black standard poodle, Valentine.

Hewitt Jackson

Prior to moving to Sonoma in 2015, Hewitt taught middle and high school students in Marin County for 13 years. His subject areas were history, cultural studies, internet and social media literacy, and social emotional learning. Prior to teaching, he had an extensive career in the technology, publishing, and entertainment travel management industries, specializing in conference, trade show and event development, marketing, and management. Hewitt and his wife have volunteered at several Sonoma nonprofits, including Friends In Sonoma Helping (FISH), Teen Services Ready to Work Program, Senior Project Judging at Sonoma Valley High School, and the Sonoma International Film Festival. He loves the casual, outdoor lifestyle that Sonoma offers and enjoys walking, biking, and exploring the Valley. Hewitt holds a humanities and cultural studies degree from Dominican University of California in San Rafael, Calif.