Business Organizations

The San Rafael Chamber of Commerce recently announced the appointment of several new officers and directors. Laura Bertolli has been named 2013 board chair. She follows Richard Kalish, who served as board chair in 2012. Ms. Bertolli also served as chair from July--December 2011 while San Rafael Mayor Gary Phillips took a leave of absence in order to focus on his mayoral campaign. Ms. Bertolli is the corporate president of Bertolli's Auto Body Repair Inc. Her community service includes various community boards and organizations such as Rotary, Bank of Marin advisory, San Rafael Pacifics advisory, Rock for Good Foundation, PTA, and the Marin Catholic Interact Club.Commercial Real Estate

Strong & Hayden Commercial Real Estate announced its agent Michael Holcomb earned the CCIM designation. A CCIM (Certified Commercial Investment Member) is a recognized expert in the commercial and investment real estate industry. The CCIM lapel pin is earned after successfully completing a designation process that includes completing designation curriculum, submitting a portfolio demonstrating the depth of their commercial real estate experience and successfully completing a comprehensive examination. Fewer than 10,000 commercial real estate professionals have earned the designation awarded by the CCIM institute.Nonprofits

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Friends House, a not-for-profit continuing care retirement community in Santa Rosa, and Pacific Retirement Services, Inc., a not-for-profit senior housing and care provider that manages Friends House through its California affiliate, Retirement Services, LLC, announced that Travis Staples has been appointed to the position of executive director of Friends House, effective immediately. His selection came after a national search. The search committee was composed of Friends House residents, board members, and PRS executives.

The Pacific Coast Air Museum Board of Directors has selected Christina Olds as its new director of museum operations. Ms. Olds, who wrote a memoir of her father titled Fighter Pilot: Memoirs of Legendary Ace Robin Olds, has a long history of involvement with the museum and air show communities. She was most recently administrative director and communications coordinator for Sonoma County Building Economic Success Together, or BEST.

The Petaluma Community Foundation has appointed six new members to its board of trustees since its relocation downtown in August. The new trustees are Petaluma residents with long-standing experience in community, business, and philanthropic endeavors who are committed to PCF’s unique role to encourage collaboration among our local nonprofit organizations and fund solutions to identified community needs. The new trustees are: Paul Fordham, Matt Ingram  Shawn Langwell , Bailey Malone, Sue Murray and Carolyn Pistone.

Shirin Vakharia joined the California Alliance for Arts Education board of directors. It's a statewide arts education advocacy organization based in Pasadena and Sacramento. Ms. Vakharia is program director for the Arts, Social Justice and Interfaith Understanding at the Marin Community Foundation in Novato. She has over 15 years of experience in funding, planning, coordinating, implementing and evaluating programs, policies, and strategies. She formerly served as a Grants Committee member for the Napa Valley Community Foundation and as an Advisory Committee member for Big Brothers Big Sisters of North Bay. She holds a bachelor of arts degree in psychology and a master of arts degree in community counseling, both from the University of Cincinnati.Wine

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Nick Frey, president of the Sonoma County Winegrape Commission, will lead the Sonoma County Harvest Fair as board president for 2013. Mr. Frey takes the reins from current board President Steve Dutton on Jan. 1. Mr. Frey became president of the Winegrape Commission in September 2006. Previously, he was executive director of the Sonoma County Grape Growers Association, a role he held since since May 1999. He also serves on the Santa Rosa Junior College Foundation Ag Trust Committee, Santa Rosa Junior College Viticulture Advisory Committee, SRJC Shone Farm Foundation Board and Sonoma County Tourism Board. He received the Friend of Agriculture award at the 2006 Sonoma County Harvest Fair and Leadership Santa Rosa Honors for Agriculture in 2007 by the Santa Rosa Chamber of Commerce.

Windsor Oak Vineyards is taking steps to increase its distribution and has hired veteran winemaker Margaret Davenport, formerly with Clos du Bois Winery. Ms. Davenport’s first wines from the 2012 vintage, an unoaked chardonnay and sauvignon blanc, are due to be released in March. In the meantime, wines produced by former winemaker Julie Lumgair will be available on a limited basis. The winery’s plan calls for gradually building distribution while keeping production small. The winery will specialize in pinot noir and chardonnay from the estate's Russian River Valley grapes and cabernet sauvignon and other Bordeaux varietals from the vineyard's Chalk Hill blocks, which extend to nearly 1,000 feet above sea level.