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Hudson Street Design of Marin, a division of HLC, Inc., announced that Matthew Owen has joined its professional sales staff in San Rafael.  Mr. Owen was formerly a sales representative for Collier Warehouse in San Francisco and Truitt & White in Berkeley. He specializes in residential window, door and hardware specifications and sales. He has worked closely with many local homeowners, contractors and architects over the last two decades.Health Care

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Chief of the Emergency Department for over 10 years, Kaiser Permanente Santa Rosa Medical Center’s Dr. Joshua Weil has been appointed assistant physician-in-chief for hospital operations. Dr. Weil takes part in multiple community projects and served on the Sonoma County Medical Association’s Board of Directors.  He participates on a number of local committees mostly related to emergency medical services and disaster care.  Dr. Weil also traveled to Sri Lanka to assist with the relief efforts following the tsunami disaster and to Baton Rouge, La., following Hurricane Katrina.Law

Longtime North Bay real estate veteran Rick Deringer has been named director at Santa Rosa law firm Lanahan, Steever and Anderson, LLP, where he will be heading up a division specializing in real estate and environmental law. He has extensive experience in all aspects of these areas.  The firm specializes in business law, bankruptcy, real estate and environmental law, creditor and lender negotiations and general legal issues. Mr. Deringer has spent 32 years obtaining approvals on real estate development projects and California Environmental Quality Act approvals and has a success rate of nearly 100 percent.

Mary Catherine Doherty, a lawyer with Anderson, Ziegler, Disharoon, Gallager & Gray for the past 15 years,  has recently started her own practice. In her previous position, she practiced estate planning and business law.  Tricia Shindledecker is providing independent services, having departed at about the same time from the Santa Rosa firm. Ms. Doherty's new offices are at 320 College Ave.

District Attorney Jill Ravitch has selected Laura Colgate as the interim executive director of the Family Justice Center Sonoma County. Ms. Colgate has served for the last 18 months as project manager.  She assumes the new one-year position, which will oversee the center’s facility opening in the coming months at 2755 Mendocino Ave.  in Santa Rosa. Ms. Colgate has extensive experience over 26 years including project management with Hewlett Packard and Agilent Technologies.  She currently serves as president of the Valley of the Moon Children’s Foundation board of directors.  Additionally, she has served on the Steering Committee of Voice our Independent Choice for Emancipation Support, which serves as a resource center for emancipating foster youth, since its inception in 2008.Nonprofit Organizations

Bob Sonnenberg and Eleanor Delaney are the newest members of Whistlestop’s board of directors. Mr. Sonnenberg, of San Rafael, has been working as associate director of planned giving for Guide Dogs for the Blind for five years.  Ms. Delaney has more than 20 years' experience in financial management, corporate efficiency, strategic planning and providing coaching and supervision to team members. Currently she is the CEO of OWL LLC, a company that specializes in developing financial awareness and financial management skills in the workforce.  Whistlestop works to end loneliness and isolation for seniors in Marin County and provides approximately 150,000 rides yearly throughout Marin County and beyond.Wine

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The Sonoma County Vintners Co-op announced the election of Fred Buonanno of Mendocino County’s Philo Ridge Vineyards as president of its board of directors for 2011--2012. Additionally, Linda Wetzel of Alexander Valley Vineyards was elected vice president of the board, John Hart of Hart’s Desire was elected as secretary/treasurer, and Michael F. Martini of Taft Street Winery remains an officer of the board as past president. The Sonoma County Vintners Co-op directly serves over 135 wineries in Sonoma, Mendocino and Lake counties, and an additional 250 wineries via its founding partnership with Pack n’ Ship Direct, in the Pacific Northwest, Napa Valley, Santa Barbara, Paso Robles and Santa Maria.