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[caption id="attachment_93489" align="alignright" width="192"] Cheryl Cruz[/caption]

Summit State Bank promoted Cheryl Cruz to vice president and special assets department manager. Ms. Cruz has 38 years of banking experience and has been with Summit for six years in the Special Assets Department. Her responsibilities include working with borrowers who have been especially challenged during the recent economic downturn. She has served on several community boards, including Sonoma County's July 4th Red White & Boom, Windsor's July 3rd Kaboom and currently Santa Rosa's Wednesday Night Market.Entertainment

The Sonoma Stompers Baseball Club has signed pitcher Will Krout for the 2014 season. Mr. Krout, a 30-year-old right-hander, is a seven-year veteran of professional baseball, having played most recently with Gary Southshore Railcats in 2013, where he was a vital part of the pitching rotation while winning an American Association championship. The Sonoma State University alumnus pitched two years for the Seawolves, where he went 11-10 with 96 strikeouts, including a team-high 53 in 2005. Over his 21 career starts at Sonoma State, Krout threw six complete and tallied 183 1/3 innings pitched. Krout also spent two-years at the Santa Rosa Junior college where he went 15-4, and worked 178 1/3 innings and fanned 114 batters between 2003 – '04.Nonprofits

[caption id="attachment_93490" align="alignleft" width="173"] Elaina Hunt[/caption]

Elaina Hunt, Summit State Bank's vice president of marketing and community relations, was named to the Petaluma People Services Center board of directors. The agency provides a variety of support services to the Petaluma community, ranging from youth counseling to senior care and has served more than 7,000 people within the last year.

[caption id="attachment_93491" align="alignright" width="173"] Deanna Schutz[/caption]

Deanna Schutz, assistant vice president and manager of Summit's Montgomery Village branch, joined the board of directors for Verity, a Santa Rosa-based clinic and call center that offers crisis support and counseling services to combat violence and sexual assault.

[caption id="attachment_93492" align="alignleft" width="242"] Matthew Tarver-Wahlquist, Angela Abbey[/caption]

Lifehouse in Marin appointed Matthew Tarver-Wahlquist as the agency's new vice president and chief operating officer and Angela Abbey as the new director of development. Mr. Tarver-Wahlquist joins the Lifehouse team after three years as the director of residential programs for The Cedars of Marin. Previously, he spent nine years at Opportunity for Independence, where he began as a direct support professional in a group home and went on to serve as the director of residential programs, director of day programs and eventually chief planning and communications officer. He is on the steering committee for the Marin Autism Collaborative and served on the San Francisco/Marin Autism Regional Taskforce. Ms. Abbey has been with Lifehouse since 2009 and is being promoted from development associate. Prior to Lifehouse, she worked for 12 years in retail marketing and visual merchandising, working at the corporate offices of well-known companies such as Gap and Bare Escentuals. Wine

[caption id="attachment_93493" align="alignleft" width="192"] Jason Jardine[/caption]

Jason Jardine was named president of Hanzell Vineyards, effective June 1. He succeeds Jean Arnold Sessions, who recently announced that she will continue private consulting work with the Jean Arnold Group and will announce a new wine industry imitative this fall with the Jean Arnold Group Foundation. Mr. Jardine has managed vineyards, directed winemaking and overseen strategy for a number of high-profile wine producers around the world.

 Jackson Family Wines hired Steve Heimoff as director, wine communications and education. Mr. Heimoff's responsibilities are working with the company's communications, public relations, digital and social media, and brand marketing teams in all aspects of content generation, consumer engagement and trade support. Mr. Heimoff joins Jackson Family Wines after 22 years at Wine Enthusiast magazine, most of them as California editor.