Board of Directors
Chair: Brian Veerkamp
1st Vice-Chair: Michael Ranalli
2nd Vice-Chair: Shiva Frentzen
Brian Veerkamp, El Dorado County Board of Supervisors
Brian K. Veerkamp is a 5th generation resident of El Dorado County, descendant of the pioneering families of Wagner and Veerkamp. He follows in the footsteps of his great-great uncle John Wagner, an El Dorado County Supervisor from 1919 to 1934.
Born and raised in El Dorado County, Brian attended local elementary schools, El Dorado High School and then pursued his higher education goals. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration with a minor in Economics. Two years of law school, two Associate of Arts Degrees, one in Fire Technology and the other in General Studies. He also earned many advanced leadership, governance, management and finance training certificates. He is a Charter Adjunct Professor with a Lifetime Teaching Credential for Los Rios Community College and continues to share his knowledge and training with Los Rios students.
Brian recently retired after 30 years in Public Emergency Services that began with a position as a Volunteer/Paid Call Firefighter and culminated in his last position as Fire Chief of the El Dorado Hills Fire Department. During his tenure as Chief, he worked collaboratively with many agencies within the County and surrounding region to serve and protect our people, their property and our business community. He was instrumental in the consolidation of Districts, the mitigation of many local disasters, the enhancement of service delivery levels and the protection of many precious assets of El Dorado County. The Department’s efforts under Brian’s leadership allowed them to maintain financial stability for Fire and Emergency Services resulting in cost effective, high level and efficient service to our citizens.
Brian’s commitment to “Service Above Self” is evident in the many ways he finds to give back to his El Dorado County Community. Fourteen years as elected board member with the Camino Union School District; three years as board member of the El Dorado County Emergency Services Authority JPA; twenty-five years as Emergency Medical Services Training Program Director for El Dorado County Fire Chief’s Association. He is a seventeen-year Rotarian, new member of Kiwanis Club of Placerville, Marshall Foundation for Community Health Board Member and also maintains affiliations with Boys and Girls Club, Tax Payers Association and the NRA.
Brian resides in Placerville with Lori, his wife of 32 years. He has two daughters, a son-in-law, one granddaughter and many other family members that call El Dorado County home.
Shiva Frentzen, El Dorado County Board of Supervisors
Shiva has been a resident of Cameron Park for 22 years. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting and Computer Science, as well as a Master’s in Computer Science from California State University, Sacramento. She has been in the technology field for over 25 years.
Shiva and her husband have enjoyed raising their two children in El Dorado County. Her son graduated from the University of Maryland with a Master’s degree in International Relations and completed his second deployment in Afghanistan as a Social Scientist with the Human Terrain System. The family is blessed to have him back in the U.S. after serving his country. He recently moved to Kansas City to settle down with his wife. Her daughter attends the University of California, San Diego majoring in Bioinformatics.
Shiva has been a business leader in El Dorado County for more than a decade. She is President of a local company specializing in website design, web hosting and an online business directory. Her online business directory was created in 2004 to help keep tax dollars in El Dorado County. The directory is an outstanding resource for residents and business owners to easily locate products and services in El Dorado County. As past president of the El Dorado County and Shingle Springs/Cameron Park Chambers of Commerce, she made significant contributions to the growth and success of the Chambers, while working tirelessly to promote a business friendly environment.
In 2010, Shiva Frentzen was elected to the Cameron Park Community Services District Board of Directors, where she concentrated her efforts on bringing financial accountability and transparency to the District. Maintaining the highest level of fire and emergency services has been top priority. She was the first CPCSD board member to advocate for an immediate end to deficit budgets and for creating financial reserves for the District. She was instrumental in bringing under control the excessive attorney fees being paid by the District. She actively advocates on behalf of senior citizens, youth and children by supporting programs that enhance the lives of these members of our community.
Her record as a community leader has not gone unnoticed. In 2012, Shiva received the Reader’s Choice Award for Civic Leader of the year in El Dorado County from Style magazine. She has also received the 2007 Community Service Award from the El Dorado County Chamber of Commerce for demonstrating a strong and ongoing commitment to the support of our community. Shiva was the recipient of the 2006 Larry Cameron Award for being instrumental in obtaining a $25,000 grant from El Dorado County to promote events in the Cameron Park/Shingle Springs communities. She was also instrumental in applying for a $35,000 Economic Development Block Grant from the state of California, to conduct a feasibility study for bringing a farmers market to Cameron Park.
Michael Ranalli, El Dorado County Board of Supervisors
Supervisor Michael Ranalli is a wine grape grower and has lived in El Dorado County, and in the Fourth District that he now proudly represents, for over 30 years. Michael and his wife Colleen have been married for 20 years and live in Lotus where they own and operate Ranalli Vineyards.
The youngest of four children, Michael is originally from a Western Pennsylvania steel town and came to California with a strong blue-collar work ethic. Hired by Intel Corporation in the late 1970s, Michael spent more than two decades at Intel in engineering, management and executive leadership with success across multiple continents, cultures, and languages.
Michael’s journey to the Board of Supervisors began with the creation of a business plan for his vineyard. He undertook an extensive study of the historic role of agriculture in the County, the evolution of agricultural market segments, trends, statistics and regulations. He was particularly struck by the steep and steady decline of the timber industry and looked for emerging economic opportunities that could replace that lost business. With this in mind, he especially focused on the role of grape-growing in the County’s agricultural economy.
The realization that local farmers and ranchers could not make a viable living in their own community hit Michael hard. It seemed the only people farming in El Dorado County were either families with generations of family tradition or people who had come to farming after some other successful business, hence "the gentleman farmer." Commenting on his vineyard business plan, his brother quipped "well, that’s a nice hobby."
During his research, he began to understand the relationship of different sectors of agriculture as well as the interplay of many other facets of El Dorado County, such as roads, jobs, law enforcement, education and health services. He came to realize that it is important to study and understand how the multitude of regulations affect all segments of our economy and each other.
Michael began attending Agriculture Commission meetings, Planning Commission meetings, County Budget hearings and Board of Supervisors meetings to educate himself on the policies and processes that affect the economic viability of our County. He discovered that his experience was very common. At every opportunity, citizens would speak about their devastating personal experiences that resulted from trying to accomplish reasonable projects within the County.
Michael’s voluntary attendance at various County meetings as an interested citizen in 2010 coincided with the mandatory five-year review of the County’s 2004 General Plan. In 2011, he began reading and researching the history of prior economic plans for the County and the formation of various committees. He became increasingly familiar with numerous aspects of the County’s General Plan, Zoning Ordinance and the interdependency with economic development. He and others also realized the need to remove significant regulatory barriers to economic stability and the difficulty El Dorado County has in attracting high tech companies with greater revenues, higher paying management, scientific and production line jobs.
Prompted by the fact that the County’s General Plan was not in compliance with state law and that regulations and excessive fees were stagnating the local economy, Michael actively participated in the Community and Economic Development Advisory Committee (CEDAC) meetings. He became the coordinator for the CEDAC led Regulatory Reform efforts and was appointed by the Board of Supervisors to CEDAC in 2012. CEDAC is an eleven member committee, advisory to the Board of Supervisors, which as prescribed by the Economic Element of the General Plan, is made up of business and industry representatives. His 22 years with Intel Corporation provided an ideal background to serve on a committee that advises our County on economic issues.
Even though his work with CEDAC was time consuming, Michael found that it was important to engage with other associations and organizations. He was asked to speak about regulatory issues within the General Plan at the Taxpayers Association of El Dorado County in 2011. He became a member of the Taxpayers Association in 2012, and was voted to their board in 2014. He joined El Dorado Wine Grape Growers Association in 2010, became a member of their marketing committee in 2011, and became a board member in 2013. He joined the Divide Chamber of Commerce in 2012 and became a board member in 2013. In 2013 he became a member of the El Dorado County Farm Bureau.
Dale Coco, MD
Dr. Dale Coco is a retired primary care physician with degrees in biology from Southern Methodist University and medicine from the University of Texas. Dr. Coco worked 15 years in private practice in South Lake Tahoe and Cameron Park. He retired from Kaiser Permanente in Folsom after over 17 years with the group. During his 35-year medical career, Dr. Coco served as chief of staff at Barton Memorial Hospital and on multiple committees at Marshall Hospital. He was a volunteer faculty member at the University of California, San Francisco, providing externships for third-year medical students and a volunteer clinical instructor at UC Davis, supervising residents in a clinical setting. He was also a member of the nurse practitioner training program at UCD providing internships for nurse practitioners. During his tenure at Kaiser Permanente he participated in the primary care delivery system remodel. He is a past president of the Cameron Park Rotary Club, coached youth sports, and was the sideline physician for the Oak Ridge High School football teams. Since retirement, Dr. Coco has served on the board of the American River Conservancy, the Citizens Review Committee for the Integrated Water Resources Plan at EID, and was on the board for Snowline Hospice. Currently, he is on the Citizens for Water Committee, serves as a commissioner on the El Dorado Local Agency Formation Commission, represents the District as a board member for the Regional Water Authority, and is also a board member for the El Dorado County Water Agency.
Duane Wallace has lived in Tahoe for 40 years. He has a BA in Business Administration from Ashford University and is a graduate of the Institute for Organization Management, USD. He has certificates in Special District Finance, Management, and Communication. He owned and operated two steak house restaurants for 16 years. He was the CEO of the SLT Chamber of Commerce for 12 years, is an Accredited Chamber Executive (ACE) and was a commercial business agent as well as an adjunct faculty member at Lake Tahoe Community College. Duane was the CEO of four Boys & Girls Clubs as well as a teen center. He was appointed twice by the U.S. Secretary of the Interior to the Federal Advisory Committee (FACA) that reports to the White House on Tahoe environmental issues.