NORTH BAY – The Business Journal has selected 14 nonprofit leaders from around the North Bay for its inaugural Nonprofit Leadership Awards recognizing individuals for their innovation, community engagement and growth.

The awards will be presented as part of the the Oct. 24 Nonprofit Boot Camp presented by Pisenti & Brinker LLP and North Bay Business Journal. In addition to the awards, the conference will deliver the latest information from experts in accounting, finance, law, technology, and organizational development and how they impact nonprofit funding, staff and board. 

The conference will include a morning panel of leadership award winners who will discuss key milestones they have achieved and the outlook for 2013. The panelists are David Goodman, executive director of the Redwood Empire Food Bank, Collette Michaud, founder, CEO and creative director of the Childrens Museum of Sonoma County, and Naomi Fuchs, CEO of the Santa Rosa Community Health Centers.

"Nonprofits are the critical third-sector, providing jobs, buying services and goods and -- most importantly -- helping our citizens most in need and enriching all our lives with the arts," said Business Journal Editor and Associate Publisher Brad Bollinger. "These leaders deserve our thanks and recognition."

Keynote speaker for the boot camp will be Kim Klein, author and fundraising consultant with Klein & Roth Consulting. She will be speaking on Our Future: It is not just about the economy and Gearing up for your year-end fundraisers. 

Other speakers include Christina Hollingsworth, CPA and Manager, Pisenti & Brinker; Bill Fogarty, SVP, Chief Credit Officer, Summit State Bank and Stephen Schilling, Director, Bernstein Global Wealth Management. Other speakers include: Joseph Breen, Employment Law Attorney, Jennifer Burt, CPA, Certified Quickbooks Pro/Advisor Pisenti & Brinker  and Andrew L. Jones, The law offices of Andrew L Jones.

The 2012 recipients of the leadership awards are:John Bell, Founder and Chairman, OkizuOscar Chavez, Executive Director, Community Action PartnershipCathryn Couch, Founder and Executive Director, Ceres Community ProjectMary Denton, CEO, Sunny Hills ServicesNaomi Fuchs, CEO, Santa Rosa Community Health CentersDavid Goodman, Executive Director,  Redwood Empire Food BankRobin Hampton, Executive Director,  Napa Valley Education FoundationMark Idhe, President and CEO, Goodwill Industries of the Redwood EmpireMatt Martin, Executive Director, Social Advocates for Youth (SAY)Marianne McBride, President and CEO, Council on AgingCollette Michaud, Founder, CEO and Creative Director, Children's Museum of Sonoma CountyKathryn Powell, CEO, Petaluma Health CenterAlan Silow, Executive Director,  Santa Rosa SymphonyCarolina Spence, Executive Director, Seniors Inc.

The event will be held Wednesday, Oct. 24 at the Sheraton Sonoma County – Petaluma Hotel.  Registration begins at 8:00 a.m., and the program runs from 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.  Tickets are $45 per person, for lunch and the awards program. Lunch check in is at 11:30.  Tickets for the complete program are $55 each.  Please contact Linda Perkins for reserved table information.

To register, contact Ms. Perkins at 707-521-5264 or, or go to  Walk-ins the day of the event are welcome.