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People: Week of April 28, 2014

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    Banking and Finance

    Ian MacNeil

    Bank of Marin announced that Ian MacNeil has joined the bank as business development officer in Santa Rosa.  Mr. MacNeil, formerly a manager at Rodney Strong Wine Estates and Davis Bynum Winery, brings more than 24 years of wine business experience, including customer service, wine sales, marketing, and corporate finance reporting to his new role at Bank of Marin. Mr. MacNeil will be based at Bank of Marin’s Santa Rosa office at 50 Santa Rosa Avenue and will focus on wine industry lending in all of the bank’s markets, including Sonoma and Napa counties and the East Bay.  He will report to Glen Stanley, Regional Manager for Santa Rosa.


    The Napa Valley Education Foundation named Jennifer Stewart executive director. Ms. Stewart was previously the assistant director of community programs for the Napa County Office of Education, where she has been employed since 2006.She has an extensive fundraising background, having worked for many years in nonprofit fundraising and for government agencies in grant writing and fund development positions.

    Employment & HR

    Will Staney

    Will Staney has been named Glassdoor’s head talent warrior and director of global talent acquisition. In this new role, Mr. Staney will leverage his expertise in social recruiting, HR data and analytics, and talent networking to build upon Glassdoor’s already successful talent acquisition program.  Prior to joining Glassdoor, Mr. Staney served as director of recruiting at SAP (formerly SuccessFactors), and as talent acquisition web strategy manager at VMWare, among other HR and recruiting roles.

    Christine Rodman

    Christine Rodman


    Stephanie Clark

    Stephanie Clark

    Santa Rosa-based Leap Solutions Group has added two new consultants. HR consultant Christine Rodman will provide human resources services in employee relations, recruitment, performance management, training and development, compliance, and benefits. Consultant Stephanie Clark will also provide human resources guidance, including total compensation design and implementation, workers compensation management, payroll administration and analytical review, project management and nonprofit administration.


    Fireman’s Fund Insurance Company appointed Mike Midgley as senior product director for health care professional liability. With over 20 years of health care and risk management experience, Mr. Midgley will be responsible for overseeing the company’s professional liability and related insurance products for health care accounts, including Allied Professionals, Medical Facilities and Senior Living Facilities. Mr. Midgley most recently worked in compliance, product development and risk management for ten years at American International Group, Inc. Prior to that, he held leadership roles at CNA HealthPro, Elmhurst Hospital Center and Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York.


    Bonifacio Torres

    The Volunteer Center of Sonoma County has announced several personnel changes. After more than five years with the Volunteer Center and most recently as the director of 2-1-1 Information and Referral Service, Jim Bray retired at the end of last month. Taking over the position is Bonifacio Torres, who has been in a supervisory role for 2-1-1 for almost five years.

    Keith Samse

    Keith Samse was hired as finance director for The Volunteer Center. He has been in accounting at a management level since 1985. Beginning in corporate accounting for start-up tech companies in San Diego, he migrated to non-profit and municipal accounting. He has many years of experience in helping non-profits improve their financial efficiencies focusing on financial information systems and infrastructure. Mr. Samse will oversee the financial operations of all programs and events within the Volunteer Center.


    John Burns

    Longtime Petaluma Argus-Courier Publisher John Burns has been appointed to oversee a new division of Sonoma Media Investments focused on weekly newspapers. Mr. Burns will now serve as publisher of the Sonoma Index-Tribune, which has served the Sonoma Valley for 135 years, in addition to his duties as publisher of the Argus-Courier. David Bolling will continue to serve as editor of the Index-Tribune, a position he has held for seven years. Mr. Burns has served as publisher of the Argus-Courier since 1999. He began work as a reporter with the Sebastopol Times, later serving as that newspaper’s editor before starting his own newspaper, the West County News, in 1984. When West County News was sold to Lesher Communications in 1986, he served as editor and general manager until 1995, when he left to become publisher of the Novato Advance. He is the outgoing president of the California Newspaper Publishers Association, a trade organization representing more than 800 daily, weekly and campus newspapers across the state. Sonoma Media Investments owns The Press Democrat, North Bay Business Journal, Index-Tribune, Argus-Courier and Sonoma magazine.

    Real Estate

    Jeanette Ditter, Cindy Tonascia, Linda Homer, Manda Mello, and Michelle Romero, Santa Rosa agents for Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage, have all been awarded membership in the Coldwell Banker International Sterling Society, an honor bestowed upon the top Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage sales associates worldwide. 

    Rebecca Celli

    Rebecca Celli, Celli Group Fine Properties of Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage’s Petaluma office, also earned membership into the Coldwell Banker International President’s Circle. Spiro Stratigos of Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage’s Novato office has also been awarded membership in the Coldwell Banker International Sterling Society

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