Arts & Entertainment

Luther Burbank Memorial Foundation elected to its 2010-2011 board of directors officers and executive committee Mike Sutton, Syner-G Systems, chair; Sherry Swayne, Bennett Valley Ranch LLC and Swayne Family Vineyard, first vice chair; Bruce DeCrona, Exchange Bank, treasurer; Ernesto Olivares, Santa Rosa City Council, chair appointee.

Banking & Finance

Tim Dalton, financial adviser for Merrill Lynch in Mill Valley, earned the Certified Special Needs Advisor designation administered by the Special Needs Financial Services division of the Merrill Lynch Wealth Management group.

Business Organizations

The San Rafael Chamber of Commerce hired Leonard Weingarten, a business adviser with the Small Business Development Center at Santa Rosa Junior College, to direct business development and Laurie Vermont of the Leadership Institute San Rafael as program manager.


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Rich Turner of Santa Rosa’s Green Valley Consulting Engineers passed his Certified California Professional Land Surveyor exam. John Navarro, engineering technician with Green Valley, passed his exam to become an AutoCAD Civil 3D 2011 Certified Professional.

Quattrocchi Kwok Architects in Santa Rosa promoted Jim Theiss and Aaron Jobson to principals and Debra McGuire to associate.


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The Sonoma County Economic Development Board re-elected James Bielenberg, CFO of Francis Ford Coppola Presents, as chair and Pam Chanter, vice president of Vantreo Insurance Brokerage, as vice chair.

Health Care

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Kimberly Opitz joined Napa Valley Orthopaedic Medical Group as a physician assistant.   Ms. Opitz graduated with honors from Loma Linda University with a Master's of Physician Assistant.


BioMarin Pharmaceutical Inc. in Novato appointed William Young and Kenneth Bate to its board of directors.  Mr. Young is a venture partner at Clarus Ventures of San Francisco and Boston.

Robert Thomas joined Santa Rosa-based Osseon Therapeutics’ board of directors.  Mr. Thomas has more than 20 years of senior management and board experience in the medical device industry.


Foley Family Wines in Sonoma County hired Lisa Bishop Forbes as director of winemaking for the recently acquired Chalk Hill Estate Vineyards & Winery. She was Chalk Hill Estate’s assistant winemaker for nine years.

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