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People: Week of July 14, 2014

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    Accounting

    Jill Jacobs

    Jill Jacobs

    Linkenheimer LLP CPAs and Advisors is celebrating Cecil Humes for his 50 years at the firm. He joined in 1964 after graduation from San Diego State University with a major in accounting. In 1969, he became a partner in the firm. From 1976–1983, he served on a statewide committee for the California Society of CPAs on insurance coverage for accountants, including two years as chairman. From 1984–1986, he was on the American Institute of CPAs national committee for insurance coverages for accountants. Mr. Hume is a member and treasurer of a local Rotary Club.

    After 10 years in Sacramento, Santa Rosa native Jill Jacobs is expanding her firm, Jill Jacobs, CPA, to Sonoma County. Her company specializes in helping small- and medium-sized businesses grow, offering tax preparation, outsourced CFO, bookkeeping and consulting services.

    Conservation

    Three new members of the board of directors for Audubon Canyon Ranch, which offers conservation science, habitat protection and restoration, and nature education programs, were elected.

    Barbara Ramsey

    Barbara Ramsey

    Barbara Ramsey, a 2002 graduate of the ranch’s docent training program, will fill the Bouverie Preserve Docent Council seat. Over the past 40 years, she has served at numerous nonprofit organizations, including board president for the Sonoma County Medical Association Alliance Foundation. She volunteers with the city of Santa Rosa and serves as vice chair of the Santa Rosa Board of Community Services. She holds a B.S. in nursing and a master’s degree in nonprofit administration.

    Joan Turner

    Joan Turner

    Joan Turner, an active volunteer with the ranch’s elementary school education program, will fill the Martin Griffin Preserve Docent Council seat. She holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in nursing and has held numerous professional roles as a nurse and nursing professor. Joe Mueller, a biology professor at College of Marin, will serve as a new at-large director. He has extensive knowledge of marine biology, mammalogy, ornithology and environmental science. In addition to the College of Marin Academic Senate and Curriculum Committee, he has served on the Bolinas Lagoon Technical Advisory Committee since 1994. In 2008, he received the Terwilliger Environmental Award, recognition that goes to educators actively involved in teaching public environmental appreciation and protection.

    Construction

    Warren Brown

    Warren Brown

    Warren Brown, president of One Sun, Inc., has been elected as president of North Coast Builders Exchange for the 2014–2015 year, beginning July 1. Other incoming officers include Clay Green of Cats4U as first vice president, Eric Ziedrich of Healdsburg Lumber Company as second vice president; and Jeff Scott of Mead Clark Lumber as secretary-treasurer. Monica Soiland Nelson of Midstate Construction became immediate past president.

    Education

    Students from Santa Rosa High School competed and won at a recent SkillsUSA National Leadership and Skills Conference in Kansas City. Barbara Moretto Dama was awarded a Skill Point Certificate in Internetworking. Robert Pinomaki and Jessica Souza-Diangson, competing as Team AD were awarded a Skill Point Certificate in Television (Video) Production. Industry leaders representing over 600 businesses, corporations, trade associations and unions recognized the students for their demonstrated excellence in 99 hands-on occupational and leadership contests, such as robotics, criminal justice, aviation maintenance and public speaking. All contests are designed, run and judged by industry leaders using industry standards.

    Rep. Jared Huffman, D-San Rafael, presented Preston Crowe, a San Rafael High School 10th-grader, a certificate of Congressional recognition for winning the first House Student App Challenge, with a game called “Stealth Square.” In it, a player controls a green square and navigates it through levels while avoiding contact with enemies, collecting keys, unlocking doors and collecting points. According to judges, the game hearkens back to video game classics like “Galaga” and “Pac-Man.” Mr. Preston’s app will be featured on the U.S. House of Representatives website and on display in a U.S. Capitol exhibit alongside apps from each participating congressional district.

    Entertainment

    Yuvanna Davis

    Yuvanna Davis

    Swing bandleader and producer Rex Allen signed an exclusive agent-manager agreement with Yuvanna Davis of Santa Rosa to represent his two orchestras, The Rex Allen Big Band and Rex Allen’s Swing Express. Originally from Los Angeles, she holds a J.D. from Empire College School of Law. Ms. Davis replaces the retiring Barney Ford, who continues as business manager.

    Sonoma State University appointed Melissa Sanders to the newly-created position of senior director for communications at the Green Music Center. She has been senior director of communications for the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra since 2008. In this new position, she will oversee public relations, marketing, advertising and other communications activities for the performing arts complex, including Joan and Sanford I. Weill Hall and Lawn, Schroeder Hall and Prelude Restaurant. She also spent 11 years in the public relations department of the New York Philharmonic.

    Finance

    Brian Purcell

    Brian Purcell

    Brian Purcell of Sebastopol joined Morgan Stanley ‘s wealth-management office in Santa Rosa as a senior vice president, financial adviser, and certified financial planner. He was with Merrill Lynch for seven years and is a Marin County native. He earned his MBA in finance from University of California, Berkeley.

    Health Care

    Bishr Al Dabagh

    Bishr Al Dabagh

    Bishr Al Dabagh joined the practice of Cynthia Bailey, M.D., and Advanced Skin Care & Dermatology in Sebastopol. Dr. Al Dabagh is a board-certified dermatologist and dermatologic surgeon, focusing on the diagnosis and treatment of skin cancers, Mohs micrographic surgery, reconstruction and cosmetic procedures. He also treats medical skin conditions including acne, rosacea, psoriasis, moles and pediatric dermatology. Recipient of numerous awards and honors, Dr. Al Dabagh attended the University of Michigan’s Honors Scholar Program, graduated with three degrees and was selected as student commencement speaker. He received his medical training at Case Western Reserve University, where he graduated at top of his class. He completed his dermatology residency at Duke University Medical Center, followed by additional subspecialty training in procedural dermatology at UCSF Medical Center’s Dermatologic Surgery and Laser Center.

    Real Estate

    Susan Irvine

    Susan Irvine

    Susan Irvine relocated to the new Glen Ellen office of Terra Firma Global Partners, a locally owned and operated boutique real estate company with offices in Napa, Sonoma and Marin counties. The office is located at The ARTHouse, 13758 Arnold Dr. Ms. Irvine was an agent at Frank Howard Allen for 12 years. She joins David Cole and Dave Brinkley in the Glen Ellen office. Mssrs. Cole and Brinkley joined Terra Firma earlier this year. Ms. Irvine joined Terra Firma in Sonoma in 2013.

    Wine

    California Association of Winegrape Growers selected Richard Keehn, founding chairman of the association and a Mendocino County winegrape grower and winemaker, as the trade group’s 2014 Leader of the Year. The annual award goes to the grower whose “record of exceptional leadership has benefitted California’s wine industry.” Mr. Keehn was elected chairman in 1974 and served for four years, remaining as a director for seven years. From 1978–1982, his wife, Karen, and he built a 50,000-square-foot solar-integrated winery in their vineyards, and by 1982, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms recognized McDowell Valley as a distinct viticultural area, the fourth such appellation in California. In 1983 the Keehns became members of the U.S. delegation to the International Organization of Wines and Vines in France. Mr. Keehn, was appointed in 1984 to the first California World Trade Commission Advisory Council. He resigned in 1986 to become a director on the California Board of Food and Agriculture, a position he held for eight years. He also served as a director of the American Vineyard Foundation and a director of the California Wine Institute. He retired from the wine industry in 1998.

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