About 1Team 1Dream
WHO WE ARE
1Team 1Dream is comprised of civic-minded individuals and businesses with creative ideas, passion and the willingness to help Lake County become a stronger community. We develop programs to help build economic stability within Lake County. We raise funds to support great ideas, programs and businesses that could make a positive and sustainable impact on the local community.
100% of the donations will be distributed to programs that support local economic growth, resilience and stability.
Inspired by fire, 1Team 1Dream was formed after the Mendocino Complex Fire, the largest fire in California history. With 8 fires under 4 years, Lake County’s economy was greatly affected. Many businesses had a hard time getting back on their feet. So many families had lost their homes and their income. Many were displaced from the evacuation.
After receiving tax exempt status as a nonprofit, 1Team 1Dream founders Maryann Schmid and Olga Steele decided to take action. In the Fall of 2019, they launched their signature project, “Hands Up Lake County,” a program that fosters a competitive and employment-rich local community. The response was extremely positive, providing the encouragement the founders needed to move forward.
MEET THE TEAM
A lifelong entrepreneur, Maryann Schmid's long-standing advocacy is to foster an employment-rich community in Lake County. Because of this, she founded 1Team 1Dream to inspire and create new opportunities for budding entrepreneurs and startups in Lake County. Maryann and her husband, Peter are the owners of The Lodge at Blue Lakes—the major sponsor of 1Team 1 Dream.
Olga Martin Steele
Community advocate Olga 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 is the Executive Director of the Lake County Winery Association. Helena serves as one of the Board Directors of the Lake County Chamber of Commerce, Lake County Complete Count Committee, 1Team1Dream, as well as being a Certified Tourism Ambassador for Lake County.
Owner and General Manager of Paradise Skate Roller Rink & Arcade, Jeff serves as President of the Lakeport Rotary Club. He’s a Certified Tourism Ambassador for Lake County. and is currently serving on the Board of Directors for the Lake County Chamber of Commerce, Roller Skating Association and 1Team 1Dream. Father of three grown sons, Jeff enjoys spending time on the lake.