Banking & Finance

Jason Ruiz joined Charter Oak Bank's Napa office as assistant vice president and loan officer. Mr. Ruiz has nine years experience in the banking industry in credit administration and portfolio management.  Prior to joining Charter Oak Bank, he was with Caixa Geral de Depositos in New York as a senior credit analyst and also held positions with M&T Bank, GE Capital, and Bank of America.

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President and CEO of Vacaville-based Travis Credit Union Patsy Van Ouwerkerk is one of the founders of the new Global Women's Leadership Network. The group was formed as a peer advisory program for women credit union leaders around the world.


North Coast Tile & Stone in Santa Rosa hired Leslie Caulfield as office manager, Nicki Henderson as design consultant and Jeremy Millsap as tile and granite estimator.


Dan Saski was named new drama instructor at Ursuline High School in Santa Rosa. He is currently the artistic director of the Young Actor's Conservatory at Sonoma County Repertory Theater. Katheryn Horton was appointed curriculum and professional development director, and social science instructor Rich Herrmann was named athletic director.


Maryanne Spyridis joined Mainstay Business Solutions as account executive for the North Bay region.


Jose Octavio Guillen will succeed Denise Gordon as chief executive officer of the Sonoma Superior Court  upon Ms. Gordon's retirement at the end of September. Mr. Guillen, currently the CEO of Imperial Superior Court, has more than 20 years of experience in court administration and previously served as executive officer in the Napa and Riverside superior courts as well as worked as trial court program services director at the Administrative Office of the Courts and as a court consultant on international court projects.


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Solar Power Partners Inc. in Mill Valley named Phil Henson vice president and chief financial officer. Hugh Kuhn, Solar Power Partner's vice president of operations and technology, was named senior vice president and chief operating officer.

Health Care

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Napa Valley Orthopaedic Medical Group added sports medicine specialist Brian Freeto, M.D., to its practice. Dr. Freeto is an orthopedic surgeon and recently completed a fellowship at the University of Arizona.

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Nathan Ehmer, O.D., joined the Santa Rosa Orthopaedic group. He is a board eligible orthopedic surgeon specializing in orthopedic trauma, complex fracture care and pelvic and acetabular reconstruction.

Nonprofit Organizations

Lifehouse in San Rafael appointed Brent Kush as the new director of finance and administration. Prior to joining Lifehouse, Mr. Kush was chief financial officer for The Sak.

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In addition, Eric Aanes was elected to the Lifehouse board of directors. Mr. Aanes is president of Titus Wealth Management in Tiburon.


Debra Keith, director of telesales and telemarketing for Autodesk in San Rafael, was named one of CRN's Power 100 Women of the Channel. CRN provides channel analysis and technology insight to solution providers in the IT industry.

Jim Dunn will serve as branch manager for Graybar's new branch in Santa Rosa. Dublin-based Graybar is a distributor of electrical and communications products and related supply chain management and logistics services. Mr. Dunn, a 22-year industry veteran, will lead the sales and service organization in Sonoma, Napa and surrounding counties.


Beaulieu Vineyard in the Napa Valley named Jeffrey Stambor head winemaker. Mr. Stambor joined Beaulieu Vineyard in 1989 and has been responsible for the red Bordelaise program for the winery's Napa and Reserve wines, including Georges de Latour Private Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon, the first reserve wine from California. He takes over from Joel Aiken, who has been with Beaulieu Vineyard since 1982 and winemaker since 1985. Mr. Aiken will begin a new career in wine consulting.

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