Meet Our Executive Team

Stacey Halvorsen

Office manager

Stacey joined the Dibble team in 2020. She comes to us with 10 years of experience in business management and is our Office Manager that wears many hats. Stacey oversees Accounts Payable and Receivables, and manages all aspects of our accounting, marketing, and IT.

In Stacey’s spare time you will either find her on one of her horses competing or at the lake with her family.

Gerald Pingrey

Commercial Account Manager

Gerald brings all levels of knowledge to the management team from the ground up!  He “grew up” in the business as we say, starting 34 years ago. Like all truly skilled future managers, he first worked as a crew member on a maintenance team and later he was promoted to crew leader and irrigation technician.  He has been working as an Account Manager for the last 25 years.

Gerald possesses a strong commercial landscape background.  Besides having in-depth knowledge of crew and site management he has additional practical knowledge of equipment and fleet management as well safety training. He has worked in both large commercial companies and smaller locally owned and operated ones.  This balance of knowledge and experience is put to good use creating cost saving efficiencies for our maintenance clients.

Gerald tops off his long list of industry specific skill with excellent attention to detail, valuing punctuality and good organization, creates and maintains great rapport with crews and clients alike and really knows how to get things done. He places himself firmly in the corner of our clients which makes it possible for him to work with some properties for over 20 years. During Gerald’s off hours, he can be found surfing or searching for and sampling rare Whiskey!

Sherrie Varnese

Director of Maintenance

Sherrie has a life-long obsession with plants and is a self-proclaimed “plant geek”. Despite the early interest in horticulture, she studied Computer Sciences in collage and started working in the industry after traveling and, most importantly gardening, in Ireland, the east coast and Hawaii. When an opportunity came to make a career change, she happily shifted to horticulture nearly 30 years ago. Her career has progressed through retail and wholesale nurseries, hotel grounds management, private estate management, design services, account management, operations, and department development and pretty much everything in between. After formally and informally consulting for us, she joined us full time in January of 2021 to run and further develop our Maintenance Department. In addition to management responsibilities, she specializes in ongoing horticulture training for our staff, design work and consulting, developing plant pallets and the problem solving the special issues facing HOAs. She is a member of ReScape California and focuses on issues relating to drought and fire safety for all our clients.

When Sherrie isn’t at work or helping her friends with their gardens, you’ll most likely find her with her nose in a book (history and anything John Grisham), trying (and failing) to make spaghetti sauce as good as her mom’s or spoiling her two little nieces Maddalena and Luciana who live next door.

Chris Palmer

Water Department Manager

Chris grew up in Sonoma County and entered the landscape irrigation trade at a very young age, following in his father’s footsteps. He has extensive professional experience in both field technician work and management, dating back to his first full time job close to 20 years ago. Spending eight years as an irrigation technician for a local landscape maintenance company, he cut his teeth learning the ins and outs of repairs, troubleshooting, controller programming, and system retrofit and design. Always eager to pass his skills and knowledge on to the new crop of talent, Chris was promoted to an Irrigation and Enhancements department manager around 2015, where he sharpened his customer service and employee management skills. Throughout his career Chris has focused on continuing education and kept up to speed on the latest ‘smart’ irrigation technology by constantly attending irrigation conferences and seminars.

We were happy to welcome Chris to the Dibble team in 2022. He brings a unique combination of field and technical skills, management experience and a specific vision to develop our Irrigation Department into the top landscape water management company in Marin and Sonoma Counties. As always, he will continue to teach and train staff on best practice technical skills as well as water advanced management and efficiency strategies while instilling service integrity as our core value. Our clients will have an opportunity to work and learn directly from Chris to navigate the ongoing drought conditions and trouble shoot and solve site specific issues. We believe our current and future clients will really benefit from Chris’ proactive mind set and approach.

In his free time, he enjoys spending his time outdoors with his girlfriend Stephanie and their dog Roy or watching/attending sporting events with friends.