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People: Week of Jan. 30, 2012

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    Health Care

    The Northern California Center for Well-Being has hired Annette Zucconi as its new operations manager as part of its leadership team. Ms. Zucconi has dedicated over 20 years to non-profit community education work and brings a breadth of curriculum development, contract and program management experience to the Center for Well-Being.

    Clinic Ole named Colleen Townsend as its new chief medical officer.  From 2006 to 2011, she worked as Clinic Ole’s assistant medical director. She had been serving as the clinic’s interim chief medical officer since Sept. 2011, after Dr. Robert Moore stepped down to become the chief medical officer at Farifield-based Partnership HealthPlan of California. Dr. Townsend started at Clinic Ole as a family physician 10 years ago through a scholarship from The National Health Service Corps.  The clinic has 24,000 patients and 30 providers. In 10 years the budget has grown from $2.6 million to $16 million. The clinic has expanded to include the Sister Ann Dental Clinic, Healthy Moms and Babies and OB/GYN services. The clinic also has grown from four sites to eight. 

    REACH Air Medical Services has appointed two key employees to new positions:  Omid Eslamipour to director of maintenance and Dale Pike to chief pilot. Mr. Eslamipour was previously director of quality assurance. He brings more than 25 years experience as a professional aircraft maintenance technician through senior manager of aircraft maintenance control for more than 450 aircraft at United Airlines.  Mr. Pike has been named chief pilot, having joined REACH as aviation training manager. His experience includes FAR 135 operations and US Customs Border Patrol.

    Mark Knight, St.  Joseph Health System’s interim vice president of strategic services for Northern California, will return to full-time consulting in February at Knight Consulting Group in Santa Rosa. Having served at St. Joseph Health System as an executive for the past seven years, Mr. Knight is returning to the company he established in 1998. Knight Consulting helps health care clients analyze their immediate and long-term needs; anticipate industry and public policy changes; develop strategies for growth; create new partnerships through merger, acquisition or affiliation; and integrate operations and delivery of services for maximum benefit.Mr. Knight has more than 30 years of executive-level experience in a diverse range of hospital and health care positions, serving as a hospital and HMO chief executive officer, a health care regulator at the state level, and as a strategic consultant for clients in the industry.

    The medical staff at Palm Drive Hospital has selected new officers for 2012. They are: Chief of Staff: Jorge Gonzalez, M.D., medical director of emergency services; Chief of Staff-Elect: Ingo Rencken, M.D., medical director of radiology; and Secretary-Treasurer: Misty Zelk, M.D., a specialist in pediatrics and internal medicine.

    A successful business woman, civic leader, two surgeons, and a real estate broker were recognized for their service and contributions to community during the Queen of the Valley Medical Center Foundation’s Annual Awards Dinner. The 2011 award recipients are: Gary Rose, realtor at Heritage Sotheby’s International Realty, – Karney Kenchelian Award for Dignity; Elizabeth Davis, president of Napa’s Alkar Human Resources, - Volunteer Award for Service; Dorothy Salmon, an executive consultant, civic and business leader, – President’s Award for Excellence;  Dr. William McClure and Dr. Rebecca Jackson , plastic surgeons and partners in Napa Valley Plastic Surgery, Sister Ann McGuinn Award for Justice. The five awardees were formally recognized for their contributions to our community at the Annual Awards Dinner on  Jan. 12 at the Napa Valley Country Club.

    Insurance

    Fireman’s Fund Insurance Company appointed Juliene Conway as chief marketing officer. Ms. Conway will lead the market management team and be responsible for agent and policyholder intelligence, innovation, marketing and communications. She will succeed Eleanor Barnard, current chief distribution, sales and marketing Officer, who will be retiring from Fireman’s Fund and continue to be available on special projects as needed.  Previously, Ms. Conway held senior marketing positions at Wells Fargo Funds Management, Wachovia Evergreen Investments, Ameriprise Financial, Fidelity Investments, and HSBC.  She holds a master’s degree in business administration and a master’s degree in music merchandising and management from the University of Miami. She also holds a bachelor’s of music degree from the Hartt College of Music at the University of Hartford.

    Real Estate

    Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage named veteran realtor Tim Freeman as manager of the company’s Santa Rosa office.  In his new role, Mr. Freeman will oversee more than 100 sales professionals.  Mr. Freeman started his career with Coldwell Banker’s Lincoln Park office in Chicago, one of the largest and highest producing Coldwell Banker offices in the country.  After a successful career in sales, he was promoted to assistant managing broker and helped coach and mentor the office’s 250 sales associates.  He later became manager of Coldwell Banker‘s Gold Coast office – the office with the highest average sales price of all local companies. Prior to his work in real estate, Mr. Freeman was a CPA with Deloitte & Touche and worked with several large retail companies, including Gap, Inc. and The Nature Company, in the fields of finance, strategic planning and organization building. 

    Wine

    Evening Land Vineyards, started in 2005 by former movie producer Mark Tarlov, hired Greg Ralston as chief executive officer, effective Jan. 23. The operation now produces more than 13,000 cases a year from 140 acres of vines in Occidental, Santa Rita Hills, Oregon’s Willamette Valley and the Burgundy region of France. Prior to Evening Land, Mr. Ralston was senior vice president at St. Helena-based fine wine importer and marketer Wilson-Daniels and spent more than 20 years at Napa Valley’s Chateau Montelena, the last 10 years as managing director. The executive search was conducted by Cypress Group of St. Helena.

    Nineteen-year wine industry sales veteran Sandra Roberts is the new director of sales for PlumpJack Group’s Napa Valley wineries PlumpJack in Oakville and CADE wineries on Howell Mountain. She is responsible for all domestic and strategic sales and crafting sales and marketing strategy. Previously, Ms. Roberts managed sales for Napa-based Crimson Wine Group and its four wineries. For seven years before that, she held regional sales managers positions in the Western and Eastern U.S. for Groth Vineyards and Winery. She also held positions at The Hess Collection Winery and Premier Beverage Co.

    St. Helena native Bette Abbott joined Napa Valley Grapegrowers as director of membership. She will focus on member outreach efforts for the nearly 40-year-old trade group representing more than 580 county growers and related businesses.

    California Association of Winegrape Growers will be presenting its first Leader of the Year award to Nat DiBuduo, president of Allied Grape Growers, a winegrape marketing cooperative for more than 600 growers in the North Coast and elsewhere in the state. The award will be presented at the association’s annual meeting and Awards of Excellence reception on Jan. 24 in Sacramento.

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