About the Napa Women's Circle Team

The Napa Women's Circle embodies feminist leadership with our collaborative, non-hierarchical group of Gardeners. Gardeners are volunteers who share their time, energy, resources, knowledge, and curiosity to shape the NWC into a site of community care where we may all plant and nourish the seeds for our collective liberation. 

Jackie Reynolds

What should we call you?  Jackie 

What pronouns do we use for you? She, her 

What’s one thing that your feminist utopia/revolution includes? 

Simple magical humans being! Following a first do no harm creed no one is fearful for their lives because of who or what they are and chose to be. Money is not the fair trade, instead the incredible talents each of us have are traded fairly. I know that’s two things but I’m not a rule follower.

What brings you pleasure? 

My career, coffee, nature watching my kids grow up, walking dogs, and so many other things.

Self-promotion time! How can people support you? 

Jenna chiming in on Jackie's behalf. Jackie is an awesome trainer and magical body worker. Join her for COVID-safe digital boot camps through Wine Country Crossfit or hire her for one-on-one training. 

Drop your Paypal/Venmo/donation group of choice 

Cash check or direct pay only. See how to contact me below. 

How can people connect with you? Find me on Instagram @corevalueshf and I will share my email or cell if you'd like to talk. 

Jenna Sanders

What should we call you? Jenna

What pronouns do we use for you? She, Her, Hers

What’s one thing that your feminist utopia/revolution includes?

Therapy for everyone! Specifically, therapy that integrates an understanding of the harmful impacts of systemic oppression in place of an overreliance on the role of personal responsibility to cope within these systems. 

What brings you pleasure?

Cats, cheese, my cat named after cheese, crossing finish lines, deep soulful conversations, reading, so many things!

Self-promotion time! How can people support you?

Support the Napa Women’s Circle! Attend our offerings. Share with people in your life who might love these spaces too. Also, I’m looking for a job - hire me. I'm very good at figuring things out. 

Drop your Paypal/Venmo/donation group of choice

Listen y’all, I’ve been working as a labor of love for the last 3 years (and happy to do it!), I will accept personal tips on Venmo: jenna-s-sanders or tips for the Napa Women’s Circle through PayPal with much gratitutde.
How can people connect with you? Instagram @jenna.s.sanders or email jenna@afierypeace at gmail dot com is great

Jenna Sanders, a white woman with shoulder length blonde hair, sits on cream blanket on gray steps. She wears a black sweater and tan patterned skirt with gray ankle boots. She holds a notebook and sits next to a stack of books and coffee mug.
Nicole Driscoll, a white woman with long brown hair, wears a white t-shirt and brown leather wrist watch. She smiles with a closed mouth while leaning on her hand propped on a table.

Nicole Driscoll

What should we call you? Nicole

What pronouns do we use for you? She, her, hers 

What’s one thing that your feminist utopia/revolution includes? 

I can tell you one thing my feminist utopia will NOT include, no more living for your job/career. Finding a realistic balance between how we earn money and the impact it has on our lives is overlooked in our capitalistic society. Implementing a healthy work-life balance is a crucial aspect of my feminist utopia. 

What brings you pleasure? 

Drinking coffee at 6pm and staying up late to binge tv or finish a good book.  

Self-promotion time! How can people support you? 

The Covid pandemic has forced me to explore other career pursuits and it’s led me to studying photography at my local college. I’m always looking for neat photo locations and subjects in northern California - send me your recs! 

*PS Always tip your servers and kitchen staff a minimum of 20% (on takeout too!)! 

Drop your Paypal/Venmo/donation group of choice

Personal: @nicdrisc on all cash apps. But more importantly support your local care work groups, like the Napa Women’s Circle.

How can people connect with you? Instagram/twitter/clubhouse @nicdrisc | email: nic.drisc at gmail dot com  

Shanle Vandermeer

What should we call you? Shanle or Shan if you’re feeling spunky

What pronouns do we use for you? she/her/hers

What’s one thing that your feminist utopia/revolution includes? Cappuccino water fountains. But also a massive slow-down where life simply demands less of us. Where we can be creators instead of producers, where we invest in one another as we do ourselves, where we stop long enough to feel the grass under our feet and the birds overhead and begin to understand again that we all belong to the earth.

What brings you pleasure?

Nature, getting caught in the rain, my bull terrier Penny, going new places and seeing new things, making stuff, story-telling by way of clothing choices, holding my partner’s hand, and the essential “good food with good wine and good friends.”

Self-promotion time! How can people support you? 

I am actively building a committee of advocates to join me in demanding that Rep. Mike Thompson (CA-5) support an increase in federal funding for pancreatic cancer research. If you or someone you know has been impacted by this disease and would like to share their story, or if you would like to support these efforts, shoot me an email! Check out pancan.org to learn more.

Drop your Paypal/Venmo/donation group of choice

Oh why thank you! The best way to contribute to my work with NWC is to support NWC directly. I’d also love to know what inspired you to give - shoot me an email and let me know what spoke to you!
How can people connect with you?

Email me at shanle.vandermeer at gmail dot com

Shanle Vandermeer appears in a black and white photo wearing a button up shirt and large hoop earrings. Her hair is pulled back and she looks directly into the camera.
Stephanie Der, a woman with brown skin, brown almond shaped eyes, and short black hair smiles while wearing an orange, purple, turquoise and white striped scarf and small, stud earrings.

Stephanie Der

What should we call you? Stephanie

What pronouns do we use for you? she/her/hers

What’s one thing that your feminist utopia/revolution includes? 

Top of the line health care, delicious food, and long-term housing that is not dependent on our ability to work. 

What brings you pleasure? 

Reading (special shoutout to AO3, IYKYK), snuggles, the sun on my skin, lying in bed covered by heavy blankets

Self-promotion time! How can people support you? 

If you’re looking to gift your Napa house/condo/townhouse to someone, please consider me! Feed me! Send or make me food. Send me cat pics and vids.

Drop your Paypal/Venmo/donation group of choice

Email me for my Paypal, Venmo, or CashApp. Jenna chiming back in. Stephanie is the person behind the vast majority of Feminist Book Club selections. If you love our picks, consider sending her a grati-tip. 

How can people connect with you? 

Email me, sder at alumnae.mills dot edu. If you’d like my social media accounts, send me an email. 

Mystery Gardener

What pronouns do we use for you? She/her/ella

What’s one thing that your feminist utopia/revolution includes?

I want the limits we currently put on ourselves and accept from others to seem as archaic as leeching.

What brings you pleasure?

A morning completely alone with coffee, black, at 135 degrees F, in a clean kitchen. 

Drop your Paypal/Venmo/donation group of choice

Planned Parenthood Northern CA 

How can people connect with you?

Join the Napa Women’s Circle, get to know everyone, I’m in the mix of people there.

A note about our Mystery Gardener:  There is a Mystery Gardener because, although I live a totally normal life, I have been the victim of stalking and he has a history of resurfacing. It is at the same time a part of daily life and something I no longer think about constantly- although there are many things I do slightly differently than other people. 

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Humble Beginnings

Alex Meraud a white woman with long curly black hair is seated on a purple blanket on green grass. She wears black leggings and a white longsleeved shirt and holds a green mug. Jenna Sanders a white woman with brown hair pulled into a bun sits on a purple blanket wearing black and white patterned leggings, and a black longsleeved shirt holds a white mug.

The Napa Women's Circle began with a realization between two friends, Jenna Sanders and Alex Meraud. Women need a safe space where we can be fully seen and fully heard. A place where we can be all the layers of our personalities, not just mother, survivor, boss, caretaker.  

 

What began as an experiment on Jenna's living room floor soon became a community of compassionate, engaged, thoughtful, open, generous, and kind humans united in our pursuit of replenishing ourselves so we can be positive change-makers in our communities.