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Getting to Know You: Jill Techel

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Jill Techel

Napa Mayor Jill Techel.

Inside Napa Valley magazine spent some time in 2016 getting to know Napa Mayor Jill Techel a little better as part of a series looking at the private side of well-known figures in the Valley. Here are some of the things we learned.

Last Vacation

In February I went to Aulani Disney resort in Hawaii with my son Eric and his wife and my three grandsons. It was such a treat to spend a week with them and the resort had lots of things to entertain the boys, a favorite was the Lazy River.

Last time I was nervous

I was very nervous after the 2014 earthquake. There were so many unknowns right away and so many challenges. The community came together and everyone helped Napa recover. I relearned how important it is to have a great community spirit behind you as you recover from a disaster.

Personally I was nervous to go skiing in Utah in January. I hadn’t skied for over 30 years. I took lessons and enjoyed the challenge and am ready to go again.

Last thing I lost

My phone. I used the find my iPhone app on my iPad and was able to find it. Technology is so amazing these days.

Last time I played sports

Locally I played wheel chair basketball a few years ago. The city was challenged by a team from the spinal care network. It was such a challenge to shoot sitting down, let alone maneuver the wheel chair. They let me shoot unguarded about 10 times and I never got it in the basket.

I played on a Broomball team in college at the University of North Dakota. This is a “game” that you play on ice in your boots and use a broom to hit the ball into the goal. I was selected to the all campus Broomball team!

Last stranger I helped

A tourist was looking confused downtown so I stopped and was able to give directions. That is almost a daily occurrence as I walk around town.

Last thing that made me laugh hard

I really enjoy my work with Leadership Napa Valley and when they do role-play exercises they really get creative and that cracks me up!

Last time I splurged

I bought a new hot tub for the backyard. It even has speakers so you can hook up to Pandora and I usually listen to the “oldies” from the ‘60s. I also splurge on my personal trainer Beth. She keeps me active and moving and ready for the day-to-day challenges I face.

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