OUR ORGANIZATION

1Team 1Dream is a non-profit organization dedicated to educating entrepreneurs, businesses and the public on invaluable information on sustainable business practices that can collectively strengthen Lake County as a community.

The organization was formed in response to the years of fires that have led to loss of people, property and livelihood. With 8 fires under 4 years, Lake County’s economy was greatly affected. Many businesses had a hard time getting back on their feet. So many families had lost their homes and their income. Many were displaced from the evacuation.

To combat the effects of the fires and to achieve economic resilience, 1Team 1Dream founders Maryann Schmid and Olga Steele, launched 1Team 1Dream, a non-profit organization that will provide essential educational and training programs to help Lake County businesses and start-ups. The programs will have the following touchpoints:

1Team 1Dream is dedicated to a thriving Lake County economy.

Our values are rooted in the premise that change is possible and that we can make a difference in the lives of others by bringing Lake County closer to economic prosperity – one small business at a time.

We value the entrepreneurial spirit in those who would undertake a start up or continue their business enterprises despite some of the most enduring economic challenges in modern times.

We value the hard work, passion and determination of Lake County small businesses and believe the time has come for those who can to step up for those who persevere.

Leading Through Innovation

The rapid pace of the digital age can be very overwhelming, which poses as a barrier to innovation. 1Team 1Dream seeks to achieve a collaborative and growth mindset within the community, wherein everyone is open to continued learning and experimentation, not afraid to push boundaries, and continually adapting to change. With this mindset shift and a clear-purpose driven culture, we as a community, can lead with innovation.

Pursuing Excellence

At the core of 1Team 1Dream is the desire to effect the culture of excellence within the community. We take pride the accomplishments of our entrepreneurs, business owners and individuals who would like to strengthen Lake County. We are equally committed to educating and providing useful and relevant information to help the people we serve better adapt to rapid economic and digital changes.

Growing by Learning

Lifelong learning will help Lake County adapt to unexpected changes. 1Team 1Dream aspires to establish an educational platform that is widely accessible to residents of Lake County, and a culture of continued learning. By constantly re-inventing ourselves for the better, we can grow and strengthen Lake County. We help provide the latest trends on business management, digital transformation, and financial planning.

Maryann Schmid
Maryann SchmidFounder
A lifelong entrepreneur, Maryann Schmid’s long-standing advocacy is to foster an employment-rich community in Lake County. She firmly believes education is crucial to address Lake County’s economic pain points. By effecting a new mindset shift to meet the ever-changing digital landscape and environmental challenges, Lake County can achieve business growth and economic stability. Because of this, she founded 1Team 1Dream to inspire and to help create new opportunities for budding entrepreneurs, startups and businesses in Lake County. Maryann and her husband, Peter are the owners of The Lodge at Blue Lakes—the most generous sponsor of 1Team 1Dream.
Olga Martin Steele
Olga Martin Steele Co-Founder
Community advocate Olga Martin Steele is a well-known face – and voice – throughout Lake County. After witnessing the impact of 4 consecutive years of wildfire – and their toll on the region, Steele partnered with Maryann Schmid to create the 1Team 1Dream initiative. Steele currently serves as President of Lake County Community Radio, and has extensive experience in Lake County’s civic organizations, including Soroptomist International of Clear Lake, co-founder of The Lake County Silver Foundation, Inc., and Public Relations Director for the Annual Catfish Derby. She is a member of “100” Women Strong and the Land Trust. Her weekly radio show “Voices of Lake County” can be heard on KPFZ, 88.1 FM.
Lisa Morrow
Lisa MorrowTreasurer
Lisa is the Executive Director of Lake Family Resource Center, where she has worked since its inception in 1995. The Center provides multiple social service programs to the community including housing stability and wellness, connecting families to services encompassing physical, emotional, spiritual and economic health. Lisa also sits on the Board of Directors of Hope Rising Lake County, the Area Agency on Aging advisory board and is a recipient of the 2018 Soroptimist Ruby Award, given to women who make a difference in the lives of women, girls and families. As a leader in the effort to end domestic violence Lisa has also been active in the fight to end human trafficking. She has a daughter and enjoys supporting local competitive swimming teams and exploring the wonders of Lake County.
Monica Rosenthal
Monica RosenthalBoard Member
Monica Rosenthal is a farmer and small business owner. Along with her husband, she farms Rosenthal Vineyards and operates a boutique wine business in Lake County, R Vineyards. The Rosenthal farming operation has been in production since 1995. Her 30+ years in the wine industry began in the mid 1980’s. She worked for a handful of infamous wineries in Sonoma, Carneros and Napa as Tasting Room Manager, Hospitality & Events Coordinator, Advertising Specialist, and Director of Marketing and Public Relations. She has been in Lake County for more than 25 years and has been an active participant in economic development of our region. She has served on numerous boards including Lake County Winegrape Commission, Lake County Farm Bureau, Lake County Fair Board and the Lake County Economic Development Corporation. She also served as the District 1 Planning Commissioner and is currently the Vice President of the Middletown Area Town Hall (MATH) Municipal Areal Council.
Helena Welsh
Helena WelshBoard Director
Helena Welsh is the Executive Director of the Lake County Winery Association. Helena serves as one of the Board Directors of the Lake County Chamber of Commerce, Lake County Complete Count Committee, 1Team1Dream, as well as being a Certified Tourism Ambassador for Lake County.

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