Banking & Finance

Melody Cronbach joined Charter Oak Bank’s Napa office as vice president and central operations manager. Prior to joining Charter Oak Bank, Ms. Cronbach was with Pacific Valley Bank in Salinas as vice president and central operations manager.

Exchange Bank in Santa Rosa elected Steven Jenkins to senior vice president and manager of wealth management. He has 30 years of banking experience and has worked for Exchange Bank for six years.

Sonoma Bank promoted Aleia Coate, assistant vice president, from branch manager to community manager at its Sebastopol branch. Ms. Coate will continue to manage the Sebastopol branch and oversee the East Petaluma branch located inside G & G Market as well as the West Petaluma branch.

Business Organizations

Appointed to the Petaluma Chamber of Commerce board of directors were Thom Knudson with the firm of Behrens, Nelson & Knudson; Deb Padia of Comcast; and Matt White of Basin Street Properties.


ClairMail Inc. in Novato, provider of mobile banking and payment solutions, hired Todd Clyde as vice president of channels and alliances and Donald MacCormick as vice president of product management and customer adoption.

Purple Communications Inc., a Novato-based provider of video and text relay and on-site interpreting services, appointed Dominic Gomez president. Mr. Gomez comes to Purple Communications from Hanaro Telecom Inc., Korea’s leading integrated telecommunications provider.


Elected to the North Coast Builders Exchange “Construction Hall of Fame” were Leroy Carlenzoli, founder and president of civil engineering and land surveying firm Carlenzoli & Associates; Dave Koch, president of Koch Construction Co.; Ralph Locke of Syar Industries; and, posthumously, John Ramatici. The inductees will be honored at the 55th annual dinner meeting.

Rachel Lang of Code Source in Sebastopol, a private building plan review and inspection firm, was certified by the state as a Certified Access Specialist providing consultation to local agencies, permit applicants and members of the public on compliance with construction-related state accessibility standards.

Winners of the seventh annual architecture design competition for Marin County High School students, sponsored by the Marin Builders Association, included Elizabeth Rose Way, first place; Andrew Steier, second place; Clayton Alm and Kabir Sikand, third place; and Michael Ross and Daniel Thompson, honorable mentions. Students designed and created models for the SMART – Sonoma Marin Area Rail Transit – Larkspur Landing Transit Terminal.


Longview Education Associates, a green building education provider in the North Bay, hired Rebecca Valentine as program facilitator. Ms. Valentine, who holds a Green Building Professional Certificate from Sonoma State and is a LEED AP, previously worked in the solar energy industry and college support services.

Dr. Steve Estes, professor of history at Sonoma State University, was awarded a Fulbright Senior Lecturing Fellowship in Germany from April to July 2010. Dr. Estes is teaching two classes on American history at the University of Erfurt.


Mark Inman of Taylor Made Farms and Marcos Suarez of Prominent Realtors were appointed representatives for Supervisor Efren Carrillo for the fifth district on the Sonoma County Economic Development Board.


Janne Miglian joined Pacific Coast Planning in San Rafael, which focuses on group and individual health insurance. Ms. Miglian has more than 20 years of experience as a licensed agent in the health insurance industry.

Nonprofit Organizations

Audubon Canyon Ranch in Stinson Beach added Didi Wilson as director of development and communications. Cassie Gruenstein will serve as the new director of major gifts for the conservation organization.

Real estate

Keegan & Coppin agents Rhonda Deringer and Tom Laugero were selected as CoStar Power Broker Award winners for the Marin and north San Francisco Bay area, recognizing those that closed the highest transaction volume in commercial property sales and leases for 2008.

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