Patsy Van Ouwerkerk, president and CEO of Travis Credit Union in Vacaville, was named chairman of the Solano Economic Development Corp. board of directors. Ms. Van Ouwerkerk has spent 37 years in credit unions and has served on numerous state and federal credit union boards and committees. She became the president and CEO of Travis Credit Union in Vacaville in June. She is past chair of the Travis Regional Armed Forces Committee, is a member of the Major Employers Council for both Vacaville and Fairfield and was also a past chair of the board of the Vacaville Chamber of Commerce.
Santa Rosa Chamber of Commerce announced its 2013 board of directors. Doug Hilberman of AXIA Architects will be chairman, taking over for Redwood Credit Union’s Brett Martinez, who will serve on the executive committee as immediate past chair. Nine new appointees were Tiffany Krankemann of Krankemann Law Offices as chairwoman of Young Professionals Network; Mary Leonard-Wilson of Presidio Bank as chairwoman for finance; Steve Schofield of American River Bank as chairman for the advocacy council; Jodi Shubin of Pisenti & Brinker LLP as chairwoman for special events; Fred Van Milligen of JSDU as chairman for workforce development; Victor Assad of Medtronic; Terry Darcy of Darcy’s Fine Jewelers; Ken Fischang of Sonoma County Tourism; and Kelli Nevin of PG&E.
Jonathan Eldridge was named vice president of student services for College of Marin. Mr. Eldridge held for seven years a similar position at Southern Oregon University. Prior to that, he spent about 10 years at Lewis & Clark College in Portland, Ore., where he worked as dean of students and director of residence life and coordinator of judicial affairs. He received a bachelor’s degree in history with a minor in political science from Central Washington University. His holds a master’s degree from Colorado State University in student affairs in higher education.
Jerry Dunn will become the new human services director for the county of Sonoma. Mr. Dunn’s appointment is to fill the vacancy created by the planned retirement of Jo Weber, who had been the director since 2006. Mr. Dunn had been the board-appointed interim director since December 2011. Mr. Dunn joined the Human Services Department in 1997 to oversee the implementation of sweeping federal welfare-reform legislation. He was promoted to assistant director in 2007 and has directed budget development, human resources, contracts and purchasing, information technology, staff development, fair hearings and fraud investigations.
James Keller has been hired by the Napa Sanitation District to fill the vacancy left by former plant manager Sharleen Maglione, who retired in December after 28 years with the district. Prior to moving to California, Mr. Keller worked at the Buffalo (N.Y.) Sewer Authority for 27 years, finishing as the plant superintendent and also spent five years at Erie County working in wastewater management. Mr. Keller’s professional focus has been on improved wastewater treatment efficiency through reduced electricity and chemical consumption.
Residential Real Estate
Tom Kemper joined Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage as a sales associate and technology consultant in its Santa Rosa office. In his new position, Mr. Kemper will specialize in residential and commercial sales in Sonoma County. Prior to joining the brokerage, Mr. Kemper worked at CPS Real Estate for 11 years as an agent and branch office manager. He has received numerous sales awards.
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