Wild Oak Saddle Club is a member-equity association and its board of directors and professional staff are partners in maintaining excellence in club management.
President, Board of Directors
Stephen J. Langs was born in Brooklyn, New York and moved extensively with his family along with his father, a Navy Captain. Their moves included stops in Virginia, Rhode Island, Florida, Illinois and San Diego, California.
In 1957 Steve’s father, Dr. Leslie W. Langs, opened a radiology practice in Santa Rosa. Steve attended Santa Rosa Jr. High, Santa Rosa High School and graduated from Montgomery High School as student body president. He attended the University of Southern California where he was president of the Beta Theta Pi Fraternity.
Steve began his professional career as a trust officer with the Bank of America, moved to Dean Witter and Company and later joined Morgan Stanley in Palo Alto. Steve’s wife, Kathlyn Devoto, is a third generation Santa Rosan. The Langs will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary in the summer of 2016. Among other interests, they are active in the Laguna de Santa Rosa Foundation and the Sonoma Land Trust. Stephen and Kathlyn have 3 children, one grandson and a granddaughter on the way.
1st Vice-President, Board of Directors
A woman of diverse talents, Jolene Cortright is a professional Realtor and community-minded volunteer. She’s a gregarious personality who enjoys social occasions at Wild Oak Saddle Club where she’s served the Board of Directors for the past six years. Jolene is First Vice President of the board; she’s also a member of the club’s Social Committee and Chair of the Membership Committee.
Jolene is a native Santa Rosan who holds a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo. A licensed Realtor, she’s been actively involved in Sonoma County real estate sales for the past decade+. Currently affiliated with Century 21 Valley of the Moon, Jolene has won eight industry awards over the last few years.
Residing in the Wild Oak neighborhood with her husband Sean and son Spencer, Jolene enjoys getting together with friends, cooking, traveling, and swimming. She’s also a fun fashionista famously known for her extensive collection of designer shoes.
The Cortrights have enjoyed socializing at Wild Oak Saddle Club since they joined in 2008. Jolene added, “We love the Saddle Club and have met and developed so many great friends there.”
2nd Vice-President, Board of Directors
Native Santa Rosan Scott Bartley is a principal of the prominent local architectural firm Hall & Bartley. Scott previously served on Santa Rosa’s City Council and also as Mayor for the city. A successful architect, Scott is a graduate of Cal Poly San Luis Obispo where he earned a Bachelor of Architecture degree.
Participating on numerous boards for the City of Santa Rosa, Scott has chaired both the city’s planning commission and design review boards. He is an active member of West Santa Rosa Rotary Club and previously served as the club’s president. Scott is a former president of the Board of Directors for the Humane Society of Sonoma County, where he headed the capital campaign for the Society’s new shelter.
In 1983, Andy Hall and Scott Bartley formed Hall & Bartley Architecture / Planning. The architectural firm has an emphasis on winery work with over 50 winery clients, and also designs residences, hospitality, private school and other commercial work. H&B has received awards for its designs of Meridian Vineyards, Michel Schlumberger Winery and St. Francis Winery. Scott is a member of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) and past president of the local chapter.
Scott’s contribution to the community also includes his service as Treasurer for the Sonoma County Family Justice Center’s Foundation Board, as well as board service for the AIA Redwood Empire Chapter. He currently serves as Second Vice President on the Wild Oak Saddle Club Board of Directors.
Scott lives in the Bennett Valley neighborhood of Santa Rosa with his partner, Chris Hightower and their two dachshunds, Bogart and Samantha.
Immediate Past President, Board of Directors
Kevin is a native of Santa Rosa, and a graduate of Stanford University and Loyola Law School. After practicing law in the Los Angeles film industry, he returned to Santa Rosa in 1997 to serve as a litigator at Lanahan & Reilley, LLP. In 2006, Kevin opened a civil litigation practice with partner Michelle Zyromski where he continues today. As a second-generation club member, Kevin’s leadership connects the Club’s historic beginnings to its current incarnation and future goals. His father, Tom Konicek. was a founding member and the Club’s special events and outdoor activities were the backdrop of his youth. His other affiliations include board membership in Social Advocates for Youth, the Santa Rosa Symphony Foundation, the Gray Foundation, and the Santa Rosa K-9 Foundation. Konicek’s wife and law partner Michelle Zyromski joins him in club membership.
Lori Darling brings years of professional club management to Wild Oak. For the past seven years she directed food and beverage operations for Santa Rosa’s Mayacama Club. In that role, she oversaw 300 events annually, including the club’s prestigious Celebrity Golf Classic, private membership events, and weddings. Prior to Mayacama, Lori was proprietor of the renowned and wildly popular Café Lolo, which opened in Santa Rosa in 1993. The cafe’s excellent food and wine list coupled with Lori’s flair for generous service made Lolo the favorite haunt of the local community and out-of-town celebrities alike, and served such entertainment luminaries as Martha Stewart and Jacque Pepin. Darling excels at member services, attention to detail and throwing a great party! Her warm hospitality contributes greatly to Wild Oak’s reputation for great club life.
Executive Chef Joe Farinacci is a culinary arts graduate of the prestigious Johnson & Wales University in Providence, Rhode Island. He attended Germany’s leading professional Wine and Sommelier School in Koblenz where he earned a European Wine Certificate, With Distinction. He completed the Management Training program with Hyatt Hotels and soon thereafter was promoted to Sous Chef Tournant at the Hyatt Resort in Lake Tahoe, Nevada. He also served as Restaurant Chef at the Hyatt Regency Santa Clara. Immediately prior to joining Wild Oak, Chef Joe worked four years for the premier Mayacama Club where he developed menus, oversaw banquet production and provided dining room meals for hundreds of club patrons.