2016 Nonprofit Leadership Awards winners

Board Leadership

Elise Bulger, board member, Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Sonoma County

Linda Clapp, chairman of the board, Friends of Lake Sonoma

Gordon Dow, board member, Children’s Museum of Sonoma County

Nina Gardner, partner and executive vice president, Filice Insurance

Other honoree: Ryan Brennan, past president of the board of directors, Boys & Girls Clubs of Napa Valley

Executive Leadership

Bonnie Bergin, founder and president, Bergin University of Canine Studies

Tom Bieri, executive director, Community Support Network

Evelyn Cheatham, founder and CEO, Worth Our Weight (WOW) culinary apprentice program

Melanie Dodson, executive director, Community Child Care Council of Sonoma County (4Cs)

Elece Hempel, executive director, Petaluma People Services Center

Cami Kahl, executive director, Volunteer Center of Sonoma County

Madeleine Keegan O’Connell, chief executive officer, YWCA Sonoma County

Jenny Levine-Smith, director, Beth Ami Community Nursery School

Joe O’Hehir, CEO, Whistlestop

Christopher Paige, CEO, California Human Development

Ronit Rubinoff, executive director, Legal Aid of Sonoma County

Amber Twitchell, director, VOICES

Alena Wall, executive director, Center for Well-Being

Kitty Whitaker, CEO, Hospice by the Bay

Organizational Contributors

Active 20-30 of Sebastopol No. 63

All American Printing


Profiles of honorees: nbbj.news/profit16


Welcome to the fifth annual Nonprofit Leadership Awards for 2016 presented by the Business Journal and Pisenti & Brinker LLP.

This year’s recipients include the executive directors and board members of some of the region’s best-known nonprofits serving everyone from elementary school children to seniors as well as companies and individuals who are making a difference in their communities.

This year’s recipients, selected by the Business Journal editorial staff, will be honored at an awards luncheon Thursday, Oct. 27. It is our privilege to recognize them.

—Brad Bollinger, publisher

2016 Nonprofit Leadership Awards winners

Board Leadership

Elise Bulger, board member, Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Sonoma County

Linda Clapp, chairman of the board, Friends of Lake Sonoma

Gordon Dow, board member, Children’s Museum of Sonoma County

Nina Gardner, partner and executive vice president, Filice Insurance

Other honoree: Ryan Brennan, past president of the board of directors, Boys & Girls Clubs of Napa Valley

Executive Leadership

Bonnie Bergin, founder and president, Bergin University of Canine Studies

Tom Bieri, executive director, Community Support Network

Evelyn Cheatham, founder and CEO, Worth Our Weight (WOW) culinary apprentice program

Melanie Dodson, executive director, Community Child Care Council of Sonoma County (4Cs)

Elece Hempel, executive director, Petaluma People Services Center

Cami Kahl, executive director, Volunteer Center of Sonoma County

Madeleine Keegan O’Connell, chief executive officer, YWCA Sonoma County

Jenny Levine-Smith, director, Beth Ami Community Nursery School

Joe O’Hehir, CEO, Whistlestop

Christopher Paige, CEO, California Human Development

Ronit Rubinoff, executive director, Legal Aid of Sonoma County

Amber Twitchell, director, VOICES

Alena Wall, executive director, Center for Well-Being

Kitty Whitaker, CEO, Hospice by the Bay

Organizational Contributors

Active 20-30 of Sebastopol No. 63

All American Printing


Profiles of honorees: nbbj.news/profit16