Board of Directors
Matt Slepin is Founder and Managing Partner of Terra Search Partners. Matt founded Terra Search Partners in 2006 to provide a highly consultative and both a client and candidate centric approach to real estate search. Prior to forming Terra Search, Matt was a Partner with several executive search firms, including Heidrick & Struggles and Ferguson Partners. In addition to leading the firm, he advises clients and manages senior level searches for many of Terra’s clients.
Prior to starting in search in 1998, Matt held leadership, management and functional roles within the real estate industry for more than 20 years. He was founder and executive director of the Multifamily Housing Institute in Washington, DC. Matt has also worked in key development, advocacy and finance positions for the National Housing Partnership (developing and acquiring housing for seniors), National Association of Housing Cooperatives (as a lobbyist) and the Resolution Trust Corporation (helping lead the RTC’s affordable housing program). He further rounded out his real estate expertise with NV Commercial, a northern Virginia-based commercial property company, and Reilly Mortgage, one of the country’s leading apartment lenders. Matt graduated with a bachelor’s degree in political science from Oberlin College.
He is a Governor of the Urban Land Institute Foundation, a member of the Board of ULI’s San Francisco District Council and a member of the Urban Development and Mixed Use Council. Matt is past Secretary of the Board of Directors of the Jewish Home of San Francisco, one of the largest skilled nursing homes in California. He is also a participant on the Policy Advisory Board of the Fisher Center for Real Estate at the Haas School of Business at the University of California at Berkeley. He is a supporter of Oberlin College, Mercy Housing, the Jewish Home of San Francisco, and other charitable organizations. He enjoys road biking in Marin County; relaxing and traveling with his wife, Diane Olmstead, and daughters, Sarah and Cali.
Paul began working with youth and teens as a coach and mentor from a very young age. During his tenure as the Marin City Recreation Center Director, he implemented and developed numerous sporting programs such as basketball, softball, dodgeball, tennis, and skateboarding. These sporting programs were afterschool, intramural, and competitive league teams. He is a coach for the County Bears that participates in the AAU (travel ball). His most significant accomplishment was establishing the Star of the Sea basketball program in 2012. This program participates in the Marin County CYO league, in partnership with Saint Mary Church, which is the first CYO program from the Marin City/Sausalito area. In 2014, he expanded his focus on developing youth basketball skills by facilitating access to the Junior Warriors programs for kids grades K-3 from Marin City and Mill Valley. This resulted in three teams annually participating in the YMCA program. Paul is well-respected in greater Marin County and has developed strong partnerships to enhance the lives of youth. He is a graduate of Dominican University at California with a degree in Psychology. He is happily married to Tenisha Tate-Austin, an assistant Principal at Hall Middle School. Paul and Tenisha are the proud parents of a son, Kiran, and a daughter, Symil.
Carla Buchanan is a psychotherapist in private practice in Marin. She did her undergraduate studies at the University of California at Berkeley and has maintained an active involvement with the University. She’s a past member of the Executive Board of UCB’s College of Letters and Science and presently serves on the Advisory Board of The Center on Civility and Democratic Engagement at UCB’s Goldman School of Public Policy. The Center focuses on preparing current and future leaders to successfully engage people of diverse backgrounds and viewpoints in the resolution of public policy issues. Carla also serves on the Board of the Rhoda Goldman Plaza in San Francisco. She holds two Masters degrees, one from Dominican University in Counseling Psychology and one in Educational Therapy from San Francisco State University. She manages a family charitable foundation, the focus of which is education and the issue of hunger in the Bay Area. A third generation San Franciscan, Carla has lived in Marin County for twenty-five years and has two adult children and two young granddaughters, all of whom also live in the County. She spends much of her free time hiking and running on Mt. Tam.
Heidi Insalata Krahling
Heidi Insalata Krahling loves to cook for people. Whether it was growing up in Southern California, where her father often did the cooking for huge Knights of Columbus dinners, working as a chef for others, or serving as the chef of her own restaurant, Heidi has always enjoyed making others happy with her food. Opening Insalata’s (named in honor of her father, Italo Insalata) in 1996 was a natural step in her culinary career. Heidi says that the creation of Insalata’s was also about timing, “You just know when it’s time to work for yourself.” In 2009 Heidi also opened a wildly popular restaurant down the street from Insalata’s called Marinitas, serving luscious Latin inspired food and libations.
For eight years before opening Insalata’s, Heidi was executive chef at Smith Ranch, an upscale adult community in San Rafael. She took this position after spending several years as chef at Butler’s in Mill Valley, where she earned high regard from customers and food reviewers, culinary accolades from magazines such as Gourmet, Food and Wine, and Esquire, and critical acclaim such as USA Today’s USA’s Best Women Chefs, and San Francisco Focus Best Chef.
Prior to working at Butler’s, Heidi honed her cooking skills as a student at Tante Marie’s Cooking School and with Mediterranean expert Joyce Goldstein at Square One.
Heidi’s passion for working is passed to others through classes at Tante Marie’s, the Culinary Institute of America, Ramekins, and other Bay Area cooking schools. She also uses her energy and commitment in serving her community. Food, community, and family are the cornerstones of Heidi’s life today as they have been throughout her life. Today, her restaurant, her food and her community involvement testify to how these influences have shaped her life.
Director and Secretary/Treasurer
Brian is Global Client President and Head of US Ventures at Dentsu International, a worldwide Marketing and Advertising firm. He has 25 years of marketing experience working on brands like then-Governor Bill Clinton, Amazon, Microsoft, Walmart, Pinterest, and Intel. He has been at the forefront of the digital marketing revolution. He is a member of the American Advertising Federation Hall of Achievement, the Bay Area Innovation Group's Hall of Fame, and is an AdTech Industry Innovator. Brian lives in Mill Valley with his chef-wife, Tory, and their two children who attend Tam High. Brian volunteers with the Business Advisory Board of the San Francisco Unified School District, the Media Advisory Council of The Ad Council (Schoolhouse Rock, Smokey the Bear, etc), and with the Gun Safety Alliance. Brian enjoys biking, yoga, and skiing.
Gerry is the Chief Financial Officer of Four Corners Property Trust, a Mill Valley-based, public real estate investment trust focused on the acquisition and leasing of restaurant properties across the country (NYSE: FCPT). FCPT owns more than 800 restaurant properties across 79 restaurant and retail brands.
Gerry has more than 25 years of real estate and financial management experience across the United States and Europe in sectors including industrial, office, multifamily and retail. Gerry obtained a bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering and an MBA from Stanford University.
Gerry has been blessed to live in some amazing places (London, Denver, Santa Fe and various spots in the Bay Area) but has fallen in love with Marin County since moving here in 2015. Gerry lives in Belvedere with his wife, Suzanne, and loves mountain biking, golf, playing pickle ball and traveling with Suzanne and their two adult children.
Dan was born and raised in Northern California and has lived in Marin with his wife, Susan, for over 43 years. He is a local businessman who has developed real estate, owned and operated restaurants, and a self-storage business in Marin. He owned and operated Phyllis’ Giant Burgers which he sold in the early 1980s. He then went on to open Half Day Cafe in Kentfield and operated it for 13 years. He sold it to his daughter, who sold it in February 2018.
Dan has an undergraduate degree in Economics from UC Berkeley. In his early career, he worked for United California Bank and as a retail broker for Merrill Lynch in San Francisco. In 1969, Dan entered the restaurant business by moving to Atlanta to open the second restaurant for Victoria Station, a startup restaurant chain which grew to over a hundred units nationally. His last responsibilities for the company were scouting restaurant locations in the eastern United States.
He has been actively involved in the Saint Vincent de Paul Society, both as a volunteer and a member of various boards.
Dan and Susan have three children and six grandchildren. Two of their children own and successfully operate their own restaurants.