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Raven Castro, an agricultural communications graduate of California Polytechnic University, San Luis Obispo, has been hired as member relations and advertising coordinator at Sonoma County Farm Bureau. She is responsible for growing the farm bureau membership and advertising in the Sonoma Marin Farm News, the organization’s 24-page monthly newspaper. She also will develop sponsorship programs for businesses that want to support the farm bureau.
Sonoma Clean Power hired four to its management team:
Kelly Foley now is Sonoma Clean Power Authority’s general counsel for legal and regulatory matters. She also works with the CEO to obtain and oversee outside counsel. Ms. Foley has 20 years of legal experience including regulatory law positions at both Pacific Gas & Electric Company and Sempra Energy.
Kate Kelly has been named director of public affairs and marketing, managing marketing, advertising, communications, public relations and community outreach efforts for Sonoma Clean Power. Ms. Kelly has more than 20 years of marketing planning and strategy, advertising, communications, market research, public relations and community outreach experience. Most recently, she held marketing management positions for Redwood Credit Union.
Jonna Ramey was hired as customer service director, charged with developing and managing effective customer service programs including enrollment processes, call center staff monitoring and training, customer outreach programs and more. Ms. Ramey has more than 20 years’ experience as a communications and training expert.
Amy Rider joined the Sonoma Clean Power as program manager, responsible for designing and managing education and incentive programs. She has more than 10 years’ experience in energy efficiency and green building consulting. Most recently, Ms. Rider served as a service line leader and knowledge manager for DNV GL, a multinational energy consulting firm.
The Sonoma County Board of Supervisors approved the contract for Mark Bramfitt to serve as the Sonoma Local Agency Formation Commission’s (LAFCO) executive officer. He served on the board of the Valley of the Moon Water District for over a decade, being elected first in 2001. During this time, he was the board chair on three occasions, and served as the interim general manager for the water district in 2012. During his time on the board of the water district, he served on the LAFCO board as well, acting as its vice chair and chair of the policy committee in 2012. He has also served on the Sonoma Valley Groundwater Basin Advisory Panel, Sonoma Valley Citizens Advisory Commission and the Sonoma Valley Housing Affordability Advisory Group.
The Sonoma County Board of Supervisors approved the appointment of a new health officer, Karen Milman, M.D., M.P.H. She is the current prevention division director of public health for Seattle and King County, responsible for a budget of $46 million and staff of 180-plus. She starts Aug. 5. She was health officer of Nevada County from 2009–2012, providing medical oversight of all clinical services and administration of public health programs with achievement in smoking reduction, chronic disease reduction, integration of public health and primary care and emergency preparedness.
Otolaryngologist Susan Cordes, M.D., joined Ukiah Valley Medical Center. She has extensive experience including her involvement in Academic Model for Providing Access to Healthcare. In addition to participation in AMPATH, Dr. Cordes is actively involved in the humanitarian efforts of the American Academy of Otolaryngology/Head and Neck Surgery, and serves as vice chair of the humanitarian efforts committee. Dr. Cordes is joining otolaryngologist Laurie Spence, M.D., and is now accepting new patients at the Ukiah Valley Medical Center Outpatient Clinic.
Napa-based Payroll Masters hired Daniel Lowenthal as its new Sonoma County sales representative. Previously, he worked for a Santa Rosa-based business as a web designer. He also worked as a leasing professional for a high-end residential apartment community and as an outside sales associate for a large payroll company in San Francisco.
Laura Srebro and Katy Barfield joined Gaw Van Male’s estate-planning practice and its winery and vineyard team in Napa. Ms. Srebro attended law school at the University of Notre Dame. Upon graduation, she received the ABA-Bloomberg BNA Award for Excellence in the Study of Health Law based on her research and writing in the areas of long-term care planning and end-of-life care issues. She is an associate in the firm’s wealth preservation team, where she serves as a key member in the Elder Law practice area and assists clients in need of Medi-Cal Planning, veteran’s benefits and Special Needs Trusts. Ms. Barfield attended law school at University of California, Davis, creating and leading a student-run seminar dedicated to wine law and serving as president and founder of the King Hall Wine Law Society. She focused on business and intellectual property, earning a certificate in intellectual property law and a Witkin Award for academic excellence in trademark and unfair-competition law. She is an associate in the firm’s business department and is a member of the winery and vineyard team.
Viveka Rydell, CEO of PDI Surgery Center, joined Empire College School of Law’s faculty as a professor of business organizations. Before joining PDI in 2006 to head up the startup, which opened its doors in January 2008, Ms. Rydell worked for eight years as a litigator, first with Bingham McCutchen and subsequently with Coblentz Patch, Duffy & Bass in San Francisco. Throughout her legal career, Ms. Rydell also provided pro bono legal services and worked with many for-profit and nonprofit organizations to increase the number of services available to underserved communities. She graduated from University of California, Berkeley, School of Law (Boalt Hall) in 1997, and received her B.A. with honors from University of California, Los Angeles, in 1993.
Wine Institute, a trade association for nearly 1,000 California wineries, elected several local representatives to its board as officers. They include Margie Healy of Korbel Champagne Cellars in Guerneville, second vice chairman, and Chris Indelicato of Delicato Family Vineyards in Napa, secretary.
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