El Toyon Staff

Henry Batsel


Henry is a founder of the El Toyon Center along with his wife Terri. Not only does he have a sense of vision, he has a hands-on management style that can turn ideas into reality. With over 30 years construction experience, he has operated his own general contracting company, supervising as many as 30 sub-contractors and running multi-million dollar home construction on the shores of Lake Tahoe.

Community service has always been a priority to Henry. He is a volunteer for several organizations. In 2004, Henry was presented an Achievement Award for Public Service by the California Senate.

As of 2009, Henry has retired from his contracting business and is devoting and donating his time to completing repairs and renovations to the Victorian home that is the location of the El Toyon Center.  In his spare time, Henry enjoys playing fingerstyle guitar, gardening with Terri, and fly-fishing.


Terri Batsel

Co-Founder and President

Terri is a founder of the El Toyon Center. Beginning as a school teacher in 1975 she established and served as president of her family’s foundation for nine years until starting her own foundation with Henry in memory of both of their mothers.

It is her hope to enlighten people to the benefits and peace that effective communication can bring to one's life and faith. To this end she and her husband continue to financially support the El Toyon Center which includes a Victorian mansion, a detached classroom, cottage, greenhouse, and three acres of grounds.

Terri enjoys playing the piano, singing with her church choir, and gardening with Henry.


Henry and Terri have completed conflict resolution training at the Pepperdine University Straus Law School of Conflict Resolution, training provided by the National Association for Community Mediation, a three month class based on the Harvard Mediation model, and Conflict Coaching and Mediation training through Peacemaker Ministries.   Terri also completed church chaplaincy training offered through Educational Ministries, Rocklin, CA.