Valley Center Trails Association is made possible by a dedicated group of volunteers who have come together with a passion for trails and a desire to enhance our community.
Fred Wollman, Chairperson
I am Fred Wollman. I grew up in South Dakota and received my BS at the University of South Dakota. I met my wife Kathy on a blind date while working in Nashville, Tn. We moved to California in 1980 and settled into Valley Center in 1993 so our young children could see the stars at night.
We started backpacking shortly after getting married and our kids, JC and Andrew, have both been packing since before their first birthdays. We all love being outside watching the hawks, lizards and coyotes during the day and star gazing at night. I am passionate about trails and preserving wild open spaces as a way for Valley Center to become of community of friends rather than merely a place to sleep before driving back to work the next day.
Now that my children have left home (and no longer in soccer, karate and other sports) my best opportunity to meet people is to go for a walk. Valley Center is a beautiful place. The view from the ground on two feet while walking is very different from the view at 55 mph. With the number of home being built, decline in agriculture and increased traffic, Valley Center is at risk of losing the attributes that drew many of us here. Our sleepy country roads are no longer safe to walk or bicycle along. The dirt road or large parcel that was available to ride my horse now is paved, covered with homes and surrounded by fences and gates. If I am to go for a walk or ride a bicycle or horse safely, I must get into a car and drive to Hell Hole Canyon (in Valley Center), Wilderness Gardens (in Pala), Daley Ranch (in Escondido) or Palomar Mountain.
We need to follow the lead of other communities like Poway and Ramona, to develop our neighborhoods into friendly places where people leave the house to walk the dog, ride their horses and maybe even allow their kids to ride bikes to school and even talk to each other.
Join us in making Valley Center a great place to live and not merely a pretty place to drive through.
Rich Rudolf, Vice Chairperson
I grew up in the suburbs of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and finished high school in Geneva, Illinois. After graduation from Gettysburg College and the University of Virginia School of Law, I came to San Diego in Navy JAG in 1966. Admitted to Maryland and California bars, I worked for Legal Aid, was a Deputy County Counsel for 13 years, and Assistant City Attorney for Chula Vista and then Carlsbad for the next 13 years. I spent the last half of my legal career advising the Planning and Engineering Departments, Planning Commissions, and City Councils on planning and land use matters, CEQA, and Conflict of Interest.
We moved to Valley Center in 1994. My family consists of my wife of 50 years (as of September 2015), Jo-Ellen; daughter Jessica Hallisey, (husband Matt, daughter Ryan) living in Linda Vista; and our son Alexei Rudolf, (wife Beth and sons Oliver and Ellis) living in Oakland. I coached both our kids’ soccer teams, and then played soccer as an adult until I was 55. Family vacations focused around camping and hiking, leading to my interest in creating trails for Valley Center.
I am serving my third term as an elected Member of the Valley Center Community Planning Group, starting in 2001, and its Secretary for 2002-3. I have been a member or Chair of the General Plan Update (now Community Plan Update) Committee since 1998, and serve on the North Village, Nominations and Solar Committees.
We need trails in Valley Center to allow our kids to safely walk or ride their bikes to school, have a safe place for our cross country runners to practice without getting run over, a safe place to ride a bike away from auto traffic, and a place to get our many, many horse owners long-distance routes to truly enjoy the “country life.” There just is no substitute for the slow pace of life in direct contact with the beauty of the earth and breathing clean air, away from our cars!
Anita Noone, Trail Master
Anita Noone has been a resident of San Diego County since 1979, and moved to Valley Center in late 2014. She is a Feldenkrais Method(R) teacher who enjoys helping people with mobility and pain issues learn to move better and more more comfortably. Her hobbies include hiking, running, biking, and gardening.
Lori Jacobs, Treasurer
I am a SoCal girl from the San Fernando Valley, and have been enjoying life in Paradise Valley Center since 1990. I have a BA in Political Science from UCLA and my career has included politics, government, banking and accounting. I have worked at a north county CPA firm for twelve years, serving as firm administrator and managing various client accounts.
The rural character and agricultural heritage of the Valley Center area attracted me here, and I especially appreciate the sense of place and community the residents share. My husband Steve and I enjoy our hilltop Peaceful Hill Ranch with our horse, dogs, cats and ducks. We have paths and trails all around our five acres: through Manzanita, alongside boulders, winding under trees – they give character to the property, draw us out to experience it with our animals and they help to tell its story. I feel the same way about trails for our community – they help define our rural lifestyle and sensibility, and invite us to get out, share a walk and enjoy the neighborhood.
As a weekend life-cycle Celebrant, I create ritual and ceremony that speaks to our common life passages and that serves to build bridges among participants; and as a yoga and meditation teacher, I work with ways to live mindfully and in spirit. Personal sustenance rituals of walking, hiking, biking and riding are healthy whole body-mind activities too: good for us inside and out.
I love riding the southern California trails with my horse Cheeftan, and we would be thrilled to ride safely out along our own road and around our neighborhood. The Trails Association has worked diligently to lay out a wonderful network of trails throughout the Valley Center area. I joined up to help implement this visionary pathway system because I see trails as an asset for everyone to utilize and enjoy, and as a way to enrich and unify the community as it grows. What better symbol for community could there be than pathways that serve to connect us all! I look forward to having more local options for safely exercising and enjoying the beauty and diversity of our area while hiking, biking and riding out with Cheefie. Please contact one of the VCTA Board members if you would like to help out, too.
Pam Wiedenkeller, Membership Chair
I moved to Valley Center in 2012 with my husband Bruce and we both love the ‘country’ feel of our new home town. I’ve lived in a number of east coast states, and have always enjoyed the outdoors. My hobbies include gardening, hiking, biking, exploring the desert and stargazing.
With the development pressures that face San Diego county, I think it is more important than ever to do something to help preserve our beautiful countryside and to make Valley Center a safe place for all types of non-motorized travel. I love the VCTA vision of connecting all communities with trails and I am happy to do what I can to help achieve that goal. When I’m not working as a distributor of surgical instruments, I volunteer my time at the San Diego Humane Society in Escondido, at the Friends of the Library Bookstore, and of course as membership chair for VCTA. Please contact me directly if you have any questions about membership. My email is: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Minette Ozaki, Bicycle Representative
I am a fourth generation San Diegan. I grew up riding bikes and horses in my local canyons. I majored in Biology at UCSD and worked at the Scripps Research Institute in La Jolla for 10 years. I have been a youth trip leader for OutdoorOutreach and a tour guide for an adventure travel company. I am a past president of the San Diego Mountain Biking Association, a non-profit advocacy organization representing the interests of non-motorized trail users.
Currently, I am a certified Holistic Health Practitioner and Massage Therapist in Del Mar. I have an interest in Wildlife Conservation and am learning animal tracking with the Western Tracking Institute.
One of my favorite quotes is “We must be the change we wish to see in the world.” Some of the changes I wish to see are more Sustainable Communities in which we can safely ride or walk more and drive less. I would also like to see more opportunities for individuals to enjoy and experience the wilderness of the outdoors closer to home. We also need to preserve and protect our remaining open spaces. I think these things can be accomplished by integrating responsibly planned trails into our communities.
John Vick, Parks & Recreation District Liaison
During the day Jon works from his home as a medical consultant and at other times busies himself supporting community efforts that benefit Valley Center and our residents, such as Hellhole Canyon and the Valley Center Trails Association. A VC resident since 1998, he serves on the VC Planning Group and on several PG subcommittees (North Village, South Village, Trails and Mobility). He believes that a comprehensive trails system throughout VC will be a great asset for our community as well as making our roads more attractive and safer, and an enhancement to property values.
Hannah Engholm, Secretary
Bio to come soon!
Dottie Christensen, Equestrian Representative
I'm a native San Diegan and grew up in Normal Heights, Valencia Park and Spring Valley. I graduated from Mt. Miguel High, got married and then moved to Orange County. There I lived in both Costa Mesa and Huntington Beach. I went to both Orange Coast and Goldenwest Colleges. While in Orange County I sang with a woman's chorus and from that group we formed a smaller group that was invited by the USO to tour for them. We entertained our military troops in many places of the world during the Vietnam years.
We returned to San Diego in 1972, and lived in Encinitas, Cardiff and Elfin Forest. I was widowed in 1980, and moved to Valley Center in 1993.
I have 3 children; Dawn in Utah, Jeff in Texas and Katrina in El Cajon. I have 8 grandchildren (3 girls and 5 boys), and 2 great-grandchildren (1 of each!).
I worked throughout San Diego County, mostly in the "back-country" as a realtor from 1979 to present. I'm now semi-retired and have found that I finally have time to give back to my community.
I bought my first horse with my own money at the age of 11 and rode him all over Spring Vally and La Mesa. Then, in 1972, I bought my first horse as an adult, and have had horses up until 2010. I've ridden trails throughout San Diego County, from the coast to the desert. Since Valley Center had virtually no trails leading from where there are homes, I became quite interested in helping develop a trail system here.
I'm currently on the boards of the Valley Center Trails Association, Friends of Hellhole Canyon, and the Valley Center Vaqueros. In addition, I volunteer as a Senior Volunteer with the Sheriff's Department, I sing with the Rancho Bernardo Chorale, and I am a member of the Valley Center Kiwanis Club.
Victoria Bausone, Webmaster
I was born and raised in Northern Virginia, just outside of Washington D.C. and spent some time in Davis, CA before settling in Valley Center almost 14 years ago. My husband and I enjoy sharing the trails and hiking with our sons. We are naturalists at heart and love to camp, hike, bike and horseback ride.
While growing up, and especially in Davis, Ca, we had an abundance of trails and pathways available to hike, bike, horseback ride and stroll. The amazing amount of both backcountry and in town trails united the communities and made for independence and exploration, all with limited driving necessity.
This is my wish for Valley Center, to unite the community with trails for recreation and safe passage into town, the schools, the library and parks, so that we can all enjoy the beauty that surrounds us.