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The American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP) recently announced that Paul Kivela, M.D., MBA, FACEP, an emergency physician at Queen of the Valley Medical Center in Napa and managing partner of Napa Valley Emergency Medical Group, was nominated to serve a one-year term as president, beginning October 2017.

Kivela will lead the 35,000-member organization and serve as a spokesperson for emergency medicine.

He is the medical director of Medic Ambulance in Vallejo. He was voted to ACEP’s board in 2010 and 2013. Kivela earned his medical degree at the University of Illinois, College of Medicine and completed his internship and residency in emergency medicine at the Los Angeles County-Harbor-UCLA Medical Center. He received his MBA at the University of Tennessee.


Michelle Phillips is the new manager for the relocated Community First Credit Union branch in Sebastopol, now at 328 N. Main St. She has worked in banking services for more than 20 years, including six with Community First.

Redwood Credit Union hired Ryan Beach as assistant vice president and regional manager of branch operations. Beach will provide leadership and guidance to branch managers, oversee staff development and training, and develop and implement branch goals, promotions and strategies. The credit union has branches in Sonoma, Mendocino and Napa counties.

Beach served as vice president and retail banking community manager at Umpqua Bank, formerly Sonoma National Bank, in Santa Rosa, and as assistant vice president and branch manager at National Bank of the Redwoods in Santa Rosa. He is an executive board member and workforce development chair for Santa Rosa Chamber of Commerce.


Gary Phillips, who headed the Sonoma Raceway’s ticketing department for 10 years before becoming vice president of marketing in 2013, will depart the company in January to pursue entrepreneurial aspirations. He will join Blue Collar Digital, a marketing agency.


Brian Washington, who has worked 20 years with the Alameda County Counsel’s Office in several roles, is expected to become Marin County counsel. Washington was selected after a nationwide search and extensive recruitment process including interviews with a professional panel and the Marin board of supervisors, according to the county.

Washington is set to start his new job Jan. 9 and serve a four-year term, as consistent with government code. As Alameda’s chief assistant county counsel, he supervised up to eight attorneys on public works contracts, purchasing, public health, finance, taxation and other government matters.


Insurance brokerage firm Woodruff-Sawyer & Co. hired Lisa Galligan as an account executive in the firm’s Novato office.

Galligan has more than 20 years’ experience in benefits and human resources. She specializes in a variety of areas including compensation, HRIS systems and web-based benefit administration systems. She has worked in industries including biotech, telecommunications manufacturing and public entities.

Prior to joining Woodruff-Sawyer, Galligan was a client consultant at Arthur J. Gallagher. Before that, she was human resources director at Quantum Shift Communications.


Bobbi DeMore, SRES, and Millie Anderson, SRES, both longtime sales and marketing professionals from senior residential communities in Marin County and the East Bay, have formed a seniors-focused residential real estate practice with Terra Firma Global Partners.

According to the firm, the Marin County-based team are specialists in helping home buyers and sellers over age 65 navigate the process of relocating from traditional family homes into age-appropriate homes in Marin and Sonoma counties and East Bay communities near Oakland and Berkeley. Both women earned the SRES designation from the Senior Real Estate Specialists Council of the National Association of Realtors and recently joined Terra Firma Global Partners.


Art Pinn, Kerry Guilfoyle, and Bill Stevens have been brought on to the John Anthony Family of Wines national sales team. Pinn and Guilfoyle are regional sales directors for the Western and Eastern U.S., respectively. Stevens is director of national off-premise accounts.

Company brands are John Anthony Vineyards, FARM Napa Valley and JaM Cellars.