Health Care

St. Helena Hospital Napa Valley has appointed Nia Lendaris as vice president for Patient Care Services. A registered nurse, Ms. Lendaris will be responsible for overseeing and coordinating all aspects of patient experience, quality of care, satisfaction, and improved outcomes. She completed a BS in nursing from University of San Francisco in 1982, then received an MS from UCSF in 1988. She began her career in cardiac nursing at Sharp Memorial Hospital, San Diego, then continued as a cardiac nurse and nursing educator at Queen of the Valley Medical Center in Napa, before coming to St. Helena Hospital in 1985.

Nonprofits

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The Redwood Empire Food Bank announced four new members to its board of directors in recent months: Suzy Marzalek, community volunteer and former Agilent controller; Barbara Graves, former director, prevention & planning, Sonoma County Dept. of Health Services; Gary Edwards, owner, Sage Marketing of Sonoma; David Guhin, deputy director of engineering services, city of Santa Rosa.

Education

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The College of Marin Board of Trustees has approved Kenneth Meier, PhD, as the college’s new vice president of student learning. Dr. Meier has served as vice president of student learning/economic development at Butte College since 2006. Prior to his tenure at Butte College, he served as vice president of student learning at Bakersfield College (2001-2006), interim executive dean of instruction and student services at Yavapai College in Prescott, AZ. He has PhD in higher education theory and history from University of Arizona, Tucson; an M.A. in European intellectual history from UC Irvine; and a B.A. in History from the UCLA.

Wine

St. Francis Winery & Vineyards winemaker Tom Mackey announced his retirement as winemaster and director of winemaking effective December 2011. Mr. Mackey started with St. Francis in 1983 when he became its first winemaker.  In 1997 the Wine Spectator named Mr. Mackey "Master of Merlot,” and he was named “Winemaker of the Year” by the Quarterly Review of Wines in 1999, among other honors. Heather Munden will continue as artisan winemaker and Katie Madigan, associate winemaker, will become the Sonoma County winemaker upon retirement of current Sonoma County winemaker Dennis Borell at the end of 2011. Mr. Makcey will remain a consultant to the winery.