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State Assistance Fund for Enterprise, Business and Industrial Development Corporation (SAFE-BIDCO) announced the hiring of Erika Pearson Whittemore as chief financial officer and Sónia D. Castro as business development officer. According to the firm, Whittemore spent eight years at Exchange Bank in Santa Rosa, and has worked, in an accounting capacity, in a variety of industries ranging from banking to manufacturing.
Castro’s background is in sales and digital marketing. The firm said she was brought on board to help promote SAFE-BIDCO’s Northern California Rural Microloan Program and its Native American Loan Program.
SAFE-BIDCO was established by the California legislature in 1981 as a non-deposit lender and financial development corporation.
Vivian Chen, Greg Leat, Kate Jehue and Rachel Harlin have joined or taken new positions at Montgomery Taylor & Company, an accounting and wealth management firm in Santa Rosa. Chen is the firm’s new accounting manager. A graduate of Wayne State University in Michigan with a master’s degree in accounting, she has more than six years of experience as a CPA. Leat is the firm’s new tax manager. A CPA, he has worked at firms in San Francisco and Sacramento.
Jehue is the new receptionist. Harlin has shifted into a new role as the administrative assistant.
Marin Open Studios announced Nancy Thelen Rehkopf has joined its board as chair of the Marketing Committee and was appointed as vice-chair.
It stated Rehkopf recently retired after a 35-year career in bank marketing, where her most recent role was director of marketing and communications for Wells Fargo’s International Group. She is adjunct professor at Dominican’s Barowsky School of Business and a director of the Marin Symphony.
Eric Lofchie has been hired as the director of New Directions School, a nonpublic school operated by the Child Parent Institute of Santa Rosa. He has been a licensed marriage and family therapist since 2008 and previously served as the executive director at SOS Community Counseling.
Ukiah Valley Medical Center anesthesiologist Ron Guth, M.D., was recognized with the 2016 Physician of the Year Mission Award by Adventist Health. Ukiah Valley Medical Center, which nominated him, stated that Guth was one of 19 physicians to be honored from Adventist Health locations throughout California, Hawaii, Oregon and Washington.
“He brings a special, calming presence with his patients and staff. His unique manner eases patients’ minds, especially at a time when they feel most vulnerable, stated Heather Van Houson, vice president of Patient Care.
Jerry LeCato will work on new client development, communication, and integration for Santa Rosa’s Health Services Integration, a subsidiary of Syncordia Technologies and Healthcare Solutions. He has managed nearly all aspects of emergency medical system transportation programs, including operations management, sales and marketing, billing, public relations and quality assurance.
Amanda Bevins announced plans to open her criminal and administrative defense practice in Napa in January.
The attorney stated her firm, BevinsLaw, will focus on criminal and administrative matters in Napa, the North Bay, and the I-80 corridor.