Our Organization

“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.” Most of us have heard this quote by Margaret Meade and are reminded how we all have the power to make a difference. Whether we volunteer at a soup kitchen or at a non-profit organisation, or donate to a cause, what we do today can lead to lasting change.

Such is the story of Maryann Schmid and Olga Martin Steele.

In 2018, they both saw first-hand how the devastating Mendocino Complex Fire affected local businesses in their community. Many lost their lives, homes, and livelihood. With 8 fires under 4 years, Lake County’s economy was greatly affected, and many businesses had a hard time getting back on their feet. This event gave both Maryann and Olga a chance to pursue a new life trajectory that could make a difference.

To help combat the effects of the fires, they founded 1Team 1Dream with a mission to encourage and nurture the entrepreneurial spirit in Lake County. To support this cause, they have dedicated their time, talent, and their own personal resources. Both residents of Lake County, both Maryann and Olga wanted to inspire and help create new opportunities for budding entrepreneurs, start-ups, and businesses in their community.

“The more we give our time and resources to help other small businesses, the stronger our community will be,” says Maryann. “Education is vital to address the county’s economic pain points. Our community can achieve business growth and economic stability only if we have a new mindset to meet the ever-changing digital landscape and environmental challenges in Lake County.”

Altruism is contagious. Soon enough, Maryann, Olga, and the board of 1Team 1Dream have spurred a ripple effect of generosity from like-minded philanthropic individuals, business leaders, and organizations who want to help the Lake County business community grow and thrive.

With the strong support of City of Clearlake and City of Lakeport, Savings Bank of Mendocino County, First Community Credit Union, as well as the funding given by many private businesses and organizations, 1Team 1Dream was able to launch the Hands Up Lake County Business Competition 2020, which provided participants with training, advice, and mentorship from experienced business leaders with a proven track record in the local community. The competition also provided cash prizes to help support the marketing and operations of their businesses. In 2021, the program became even bigger and better with the entrepreneurs workshop expanding to include topics on branding and digital marketing, with total cash prizes increasing to $50,000. This 2022, they will be raising the cash prizes to $100,000.

“At 1Team 1Dream, we want to work together as a community to change lives one day at a time. Through the business plan program and competition, we hope to have a meaningful impact especially during this unprecedented difficult time,” says Maryann. “Aside from businesses having to contend with wildfires that grow higher year after year, the coronavirus pandemic has caused a dramatic and sudden loss of demand and revenue for many entrepreneurs. The future may seem dire and hazy with smoke and uncertainty, but we can have a positive outcome if we have a strong business community that collaborates and helps one another.”

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 they have what it takes to 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.

The Board

Maryann Schmid
Maryann SchmidFounder
Entrepreneur and business owner Maryann Schmid and her husband Peter bought The Lodge at Blue Lakes as a business opportunity, to provide more jobs in Lake County, and to benefit the local economy. In 2021 she successfully sold the flourishing business and has focused her energy to giving back to the community. She serves as the Vice-Chair of the Lake County Tourism Improvement District, which has successfully increased local tourism, drawn in business, and shared the beauty of Lake County across the United States.

A graduate of communication arts, Maryann loves branding, marketing, and multimedia production, skills she has developed into a bigger vision. In 2018, after witnessing the devastation caused by the Mendocino Complex Fire to the local economy, she founded 1Team 1Dream. Their signature project, the Hands Up Lake County Small Business Competition, designed to develop small businesses, provide training for entrepreneurs, and raise the water level of Lake County. Now in its third year, it will host entrepreneurs as contestants vying for $100,000 in cash prizes.

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.
Helena Welsh
Helena WelshSecretary
Helena Welsh is the Executive Director of the Lake County Winery Association. Helena is the current President of the Lake County Chamber of Commerce and serves on other boards including the Lake County Wine Alliance, Middletown Music Boosters and the Rotary Club of Clearlake. She is also a Girl Scout Troop Leader and has a passion for running. Helena resides in Cobb where she is raising her children.
Monica Rosenthal
Monica RosenthalBoard Director
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 President of the Middletown Area Town Hall (MATH) Municipal Areal Council. Monica is also the incoming President of the Middletown Rotary Club.
Ben Alexander
Ben AlexanderBoard Director
Ben Alexander, a full time resident of Kelseyville, is a partner in the Los Angeles law firm Greenberg Glusker. His practice is focused on corporate and commercial finance and business transactions. Ben settled in Lake County four months after his first trip here. “As soon as I crossed the county line coming in from Williams, I knew this was the place. By the time I got to the traffic circle, I had a plan to move here. And now that I am here, I can’t think of a better way to thank the county than working with 1Team 1Dream.”

Ben is also a supporter of the Clearlake Gleaners, KPFZ Community Radio, SPCA of Lake County, Konocti Rod and Gun Club and the Lake County Bar Association. In his spare time he enjoys the lake by jet ski or kayak, rides horses and explores Clear Lake State Park and the Black Forest with his dog Hank.

Lisa Coleman
Lisa ColemanBoard Director and Treasurer
Lisa Coleman is a bookkeeper with over thirty years of experience who enjoys gardening and loves to work elections. She has been a Lake County resident since 1999 and currently serves as Board Director and Treasurer of 1Team 1Dream.