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The North Bay Business Journal is looking for news of promotions, new hires and awards for possible publication in the People section. Send your press releases to the North Bay Business Journal, Attn: Business Register, 427 Mendocino Ave., Santa Rosa, CA 95401; fax 707-521-5292; or e-mail people@busjrnl.com.Entertainment

Recognizing the important economic contribution of women business owners, professionals and entrepreneurs in Marin County, the San Rafael Chamber recently selected Ann Brebner, emeritus board member of the California Film Institute, as the Women of Industry Business Leader for 2014. As a young entrepreneur in the 1960s, she started a casting agency in Marin, contributing her talents to films such as American Graffiti, Bullitt and Harold and Maude. Besides co-founding the Marin Shakespeare Festival, she has written, directed, and acted in plays for the festival as well as the Alter Theater Ensemble. Now in her 90s, Ms. Brebner still writes and directs plays, is a published author and continues to serve as an inspiration to the Marin community.Finance

Willow Creek Wealth Management has named Kelly Noonan chief operating officer, a new position within Willow Creek. As the new COO, she is responsible for overseeing day-to-day operations, client services, as well as implementing best practices and processes. Ms. Noonan has more than 20 years of experience successfully heading up operations at Willow Creek, one of the leading wealth management firms in the U.S.

Ylisa Sanford Seymour has become an Ameriprise Financial private wealth adviser. Ms. Seymour, with an office in Santa Rosa, is one of approximately 9 percent of the nearly 10,000 Ameriprise financial advisors to achieve this status. She is part of Sanford and Seymour, a financial/private wealth advisory practice of Ameriprise Financial Services, Inc. To become eligible for this status, advisors must be experienced in serving affluent clients and must maintain high client satisfaction scores, complete specialized training and achieve superior business results. As an Ameriprise private wealth advisor, Ms. Seymour is focused on providing advice and financial solutions including retirement, tax and estate planning, insurance and asset management.Law

The Marin County Bar Association board of directors announced that Mee Mee Wong of San Rafael has been appointed its new executive director. Ms. Wong will lead efforts to expand MCBA's membership and continuing education programs. This year, MCBA has extended membership to non-lawyers who interact with the legal community and has launched sponsorship programs to sustain their community outreach and support. Ms. Wong has served as marketing director in the last decade for high profile law firms. She was formerly the president of the Bay Area Legal Marketing Association and served on its board for seven years. She has also volunteered her marketing skills with Women's Community Clinic, Asia Society Northern California and Bay Area Council. She holds an MBA from St. Mary's College.Nonprofits

Sonoma County Board of Supervisors announced the winners of the Jefferson Award to two local nonprofit organizations and three individuals for their Excellence in Community Leadership and Civic Engagement.  Founded in 1972 by Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, US Senator Robert Taft, Jr., and Sam Beard, staff to Robert Kennedy, the Jefferson Awards Program is designed to highlight public service in America. Each year the Board of Supervisors selects five Jefferson Awards honorees. This year there were 16 well-qualified exceptional individuals and non-profits who were nominated, with the following 2014 award recipients:   Dr. Jack Sherman, for his commitment to developing dental programs to meet the needs of at-risk children and youth in care at the Valley of the Moon Children's Center (VMCC) and the Sonoma County Juvenile Hall.  Dr. Sherman's role has transitioned from the role of consultant into the VMCC dental director, where he provides services that as a volunteer dentist go over and above;   Matt Martin, for his leadership and innovation in dealing with the issue of homelessness in our community, especially as it relates to homeless youth. As the executive director of Social Advocates for Youth (SAY), he has devoted himself to keeping the issue of youth homelessness at the forefront of our conversations, and was the primary driver for the 52,000 square foot 'Dream Center' campus for homeless and former foster youth; Catholic Charities of Santa Rosa, for providing a safety net for our community's most vulnerable residents in the form of programs for seniors, the homeless or those at risk of becoming homeless, the poor in rural areas, individuals with dementia, legal immigrants and refugees and, more recently, for their role in the development of the Safe Parking Program; Verity, for continuing to provide, since 1974, services and programs to victims of sexual assault, rape, and sexual violence, as well as to their families and support systems. They have been trailblazers in their efforts to support those who are victimized by sexual violence, military sexual assault, and human trafficking/sexual slavery; Fire Chief Steve Baxman, for his more than 40 years of volunteerism that goes beyond the missions of the organizations he serves. He is currently the fire chief at the Monte Rio Fire Protection District, and also serves as the chair of the board of directors of the Monte Rio Parks and Recreation District and as the operations chief of the Guerneville Fire Protection District. The County of Sonoma Board of Supervisors values the many strong partnerships the County has with the local non-profit community.  These relationships serve to leverage precious resources to provide the utmost in quality services to the community.  The board is proud to sponsor the Jefferson Awards, fostering the partnerships that build more collaborative opportunities which benefit all of Sonoma County.Wine

Michael Murphy is joining Hess Family Wine Estates as director for its western division, overseeing operations in Arizona, California, Hawaii, Washington, Oregon, Nevada, Idaho and Montana in the US, and the western Canadian provinces. Mr. Murphy joins Hess with a diverse background in sales and marketing, most recently at Treasury Wine Estates and earlier, in Australia, at Carlton & United Beverages, National Foods and Pepsi Cola. At Treasury he served as the regional market director for California and Hawaii, delivering impressive results while overseeing a team of 22 and managing key relationships in the retail chain channel. Earlier, also at Treasury, he served as a brand marketing manager for Greg Norman Estates, Meridian and Taz, as well as managing a joint venture with Boomerang Vodka and Wattle Creek Winery. He helped develop wine education programs with various national distributors, and led the Treasury wine education team.  He joined the company in 2005. A graduate of Monash University in Melbourne, Australia, he also attended the University of Southern California Marshall School of Business in the executive education strategic marketing program. Mr. Murphy will report to Chief Operating Officer John Grant.