People: Week of Sept. 23, 2013

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[caption id="attachment_80115" align="alignright" width="180"] Sophia Montes-Castaneda[/caption]

Sophia Montes-Castaneda joined Mechanics Bank as assistant vice president and retail office manager for the bank’s Napa office. Ms. Montes-Castaneda has worked in the banking industry since 1999, most recently as vice president, banking center manager at Bank of America. She also has held posts at WestAmerica and Citibank. A graduate of Pacific Union College with a BA in business administration, Ms. Montes-Castaneda also holds an MBA from Holy Names University. Health Care

[caption id="attachment_80116" align="alignleft" width="180"] Robert Layne[/caption]

Fairfield-based Partnership HealthPlan of California hired Robert Layne as director of government and public affairs as it expands its reach into eight additional counties. A graduate of University of California, Davis, Mr. Layne has worked under three Assembly speakers. He has also worked for assembly members Dave Jones, Cristina Garcia, Mary Hayashi and Wes Chesbro. He also worked a as principal consultant for the Assembly Select Committee on Disabilities. His policy expertise includes human services issues, disabilities, Medi-Cal and underrepresented populations. Residential Real Estate

[caption id="attachment_80117" align="alignright" width="144"] Timo Rivetti[/caption]

Keller Williams Realty Inc. named Petaluma-based luxury specialist broker associate Timo Rivetti amongst its top 25 agents in the country, for production in closed volume. Mr. Rivetti, a top producer in Sonoma County real estate for the past 15 years, ranked in the top 25 of Keller Williams' 88,000 U.S. agents this June. He came to the Petaluma office in 2010 after a long stint as a top producer for RE/MAX.

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