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Miguel Luna has joined Silverado Farming Company of Napa as a partner. According to the company, prior to joining Silverado Farming Company in 2015, Luna held winemaking positions at Pahlmeyer, Dana Estates, Atelier Melka, Adamvs and Chateau de Fieuzal. He earned a B.S. degree in viticulture and enology from University of California, Davis.


Ukiah Valley Medical Center has hired Ryan Quattlebaum, CPA, as chief financial officer for the hospital and its extensive clinic network, effective April 3.

He is set to replace Aaron Poole, who recently moved to Adventist Medical Center–Portland.

Quattlebaum will leave his position as director of finance at Simi Valley Hospital, a 144-bed acute care facility where he has managed finance, accounting and budgetary functions. Ukiah Valley and Simi Valley are Adventist Health hospitals.

“Ryan’s background in labor management, cost control, and ambulatory growth will be invaluable to Ukiah Valley Medical Center and the Mendocino Region,” said Joe Reppert, chief financial officer for Adventist Health’s Northern California Region.

Quattlebaum in a statement said he is impressed with the Ukiah hospital’s innovative services and programs, including the Street Medicine program and the new Live Well Health and Wellness program, scheduled to launch this spring.

Previously, Quattlebaum was a Camden Group financial consultant to large health care organizations and a Ernst & Young senior associate for financial reporting for public and private technology, life science and health care clients.

Raised in Northern California, he earned a B.S. degree in finance from La Sierra University.

Exchange Bank hired John Mackey to be senior vice president and managing director of Investment & Fiduciary Services, beginning Feb. 27. Trust and Investment Managing Director Steven Jenkins is retiring after 21 years with the Santa Rosa-based bank.

Mackey reports to Chief Financial Officer Greg Jahn. The bank received its trust powers in 1963, Exchange Bank has grown to be one of the largest and most respected trust departments in Northern California.

Mackey is working alongside Jenkins during the transition. Assets under administration have grown from $250 million to over $1 billion during Jenkins’ time.

“We look forward to taking advantage of his vast experience working with affluent families and business owners to serve their retirement and wealth management needs,” Jenkins said in a statement.

Mackey has 33 years of experience managing professionals in financial and succession planning, investment management, retirement planning, and estate planning. He has been the senior wealth-management executive at Comerica Bank in Silicon Valley, president of Greater Bay Private Capital Bank in Palo Alto and a founding member of the Family Wealth Group at Wells Fargo Bank.

Matthew Delaney is the new managing partner of Santa Rosa-based JDH Wealth Management, switching hats with founding partner Tim Delaney. Matthew Delaney has been with 18-year-old JDH since 2005 and is called instrumental to growth since then.

Matthew Delaney and his wife, Allison, have two children. He coaches youth sports and serves on nonprofit boards.

Melinda Hepp launched Studio PR (yourstudiopr.com), a Petaluma-based public relations consultancy serving North Bay businesses.

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She has worked for nearly 15 years in marketing communications and public relations, most recently as vice president of Blattel Communications. Her clients have ranged from national to Sonoma County hyperlocal in industries such as real estate, construction, architecture, accounting, commercial banking, financial services, environmental services, health care, education, law and human resources.

Hepp co-founded a networking and education group now called Professional Marketing Group–North Bay. She was among the 2013 honorees of the Business Journal’s Forty Under 40.

She earned a B.A. degree in rhetoric and media studies from Willamette University.

Julie Kitchens affiliated with Terra Firma Global Partners, working with real estate clients from the brokerage’s Sebastopol office. Markets she knows best are the Russian River, Cazadero, Sebastopol, Graton, Occidental and Santa Rosa.

Raised in west Sonoma County, Kitchens started in real estate in 2004 with a Emeryville firm, originating home mortgages before transitioning to sales of single-family homes in Oakland and the Interstate 80 and Interstate 880 corridors.

Prior to joining Terra Firma, Kitchens worked with a Santa Rosa-based residential real estate company. Before real estate, she was medical assistant in a cardiology and endocrinology office, with a medical assistant certificate from Empire College, and worked in front-of-the-house restaurant management.

Celebrate Life Breast Cancer Foundation named Kristen Bennett president and appointed Tom Giles and Devereaux Smith to the board of directors.

Bennett has more than 30 years of executive administrative experience. She was diagnosed with breast cancer in 1994 and again in 2005.

Giles is the founder and managing director of TGC, a consulting company focused on leadership development and team effectiveness.

Smith has worked with for-profit and not-for-profit institutions for more than 30 years. Most recently, she was executive director of the Charlotte Maxwell Clinic, a 26-year-old public health clinic serving low income women with cancer, and a To Celebrate Life grantee. Devereaux was treated for breast cancer in 1996, the foundation stated.


Hahn Family Wines appointed Chuck Spelman vice president of sales. In this role, Spelman will lead Hahn Family Wine’s sales team, manage distributor relations and execute sales strategy. The company’s sales and marketing office is located in Napa.

Spelman has more than 30 years of wine and beverage industry experience. Most recently, he was the global sales manager at Mt. Beautiful Winery in New Zealand where he introduced and expanded the brand’s global distribution. He also held sales leadership roles at Aveniu Brands, Joel Gott Wines, DFV Wines, Robert Mondavi Wine Company and what’s now Southern Glazer’s Wine and Spirits.


Windsor Town Councilmember Bruce Okrepkie is the new chairman of Sonoma Clean Power, the default electricity provider for Sonoma County.

The agency in June will expand to Mendocino County. As part of the expansion, the board includes two representatives from Mendocino County: Supervisor Dan Hamburg, the power agency’s new vice chair, and Fort Bragg Mayor Lindy Peters.

Ylisa Sanford Seymour, a private wealth adviser with Ameriprise Financial in Santa Rosa and San Francisco, has been named to the Forbes’ list of “America’s Top Women Advisors.” She was the only North Bay adviser ranked.

Based on data provided by 11,000-plus financial advisers, the 200-person list recognizes those who have demonstrated high levels of ethical standards, professionalism and success. Seymour ranked No. 93, with $530 million in assets under management, typical account size of $500,000–$1 million and a new-account minimum of $250,000.

Sonoma Land Trust hired Shannon Nichols as director of philanthropy. She has 20 years of fundraising experience, most recently as vice president of resource development at the Boys & Girls Club of Central Sonoma County and director of development for San Rafael-based 10,000 Degrees.

She lives in Windsor with her husband and two teenage sons.

Century 21 Real Estate LLC recently honored three sales associates in Sonoma County with the Century 21 President’s Producer Award, in recognition of their outstanding sales production and commitment to quality service.

They are Carole McMahon, sales associate with Century 21 NorthBay Alliance in Rohnert Park; Mark Miller, sales associate with Century 21 Alliance in Santa Rosa; and Paula Lewis, sales associate with Century 21 Valley of the Moon, located in Santa Rosa.

Also, Century 21 Real Estate recently honored Century 21 Alliance with the Century 21 President’s Award. The annual award is bestowed upon those independent Century 21 offices that earn the Century 21 Centurion award and the Century 21 Quality Service Pinnacle award in the same calendar year.

Karen Collins was named Sonoma County Woman of the Year for California’s Third Senate District, which includes all or portions of Sonoma, Napa, Solano, Yolo, Contra Costa and Sacramento counties. In honor of Women’s History Month, state Sen. Bill Dodd recognized outstanding women who have made significant contributions to their communities.

Collins helped establish Sonoma’s Overlook Trail, chairs the Sonoma County Regional Parks and Recreation Commission, is on the Jack London Park Partners board, and in 2014 was named Sonoma Valley Conservationist of the Year. She received the Sonoma Valley Hospital Foundation’s Pulse volunteerism award, chairing a committee to establish a women’s health program at the facility.