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Todd Garrett, who has been with W. Bradley Electric for six years, has been promoted to vice president of audio visual.

With six divisions — Electrical, Telcom, Security, Audio Visual, Traffic Signal and IT Services — the Novato-based company specializes in design-build commercial tenant-improvement and new construction in Northern California.

Elizabeth Burks, AICP, was named director of planning for LACO Associates, a Santa Rosa-based multidisciplinary consulting firm, in April.

Burks joined LACO in 2013 and has eight years of professional land use planning experience with specific expertise in permitting and CEQA compliance. She earned her bachelor’s degree in natural resources planning from Humboldt State University, and is a registered AICP certified planner.

Cordel Stillman was hired by Sonoma Clean Power Authority as director of programs. Formerly the deputy chief engineer at the Sonoma County Water Agency, Stillman graduated from San Jose State University with a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering.

He has more than 28 years of experience in the public sector in planning, design and construction management.

The agency also hired Rachel Kuykendall as programs manager. She is responsible for program design and implementation in the areas of distributed renewable energy, energy-efficiency, demand response, electric vehicles, heat pumps and related areas that reduce greenhouse-gas emissions and support affordable energy for customers.

Previously, Kuykendall was energy-efficiency program manager for the Energy Upgrade California’s Bay Area Multifamily Building Enhancement Program. She graduated from the University of California, Berkeley, with a bachelor’s degree in architecture and the Japanese language. She is a certified energy manager, LEED accredited processional, and certified passive house consultant.

Jeff Hansen retired as winemaker at Lula Cellars, a Philo direct-to-consumer winery he founded seven years ago.

Hansen, who has worked 30 years in the industry, will still be a partner in the 3,000-case-a-year winery and will become winemaker emeritus, available to work on special projects.

Matt Parish is taking over as winemaker.


Kathryn Santos was hired by Petaluma-based Star Staffing as client success manager. Born and raised in Sonoma County, she’s a Petaluma High School graduate and has earned a bachelor’s degree in agribusiness and marketing from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo.

Kathleen Fannan affiliated with RE/MAX Gold’s Vallejo office as a primary agent. She was previously with Rapisarda Real Estate. Fannan is a California and national Realtor.

Mike Molinar has been elected to the Sonoma Legal Aid of Sonoma County board of directors. Molinar is a certified public accountant who has more than 20 years’ experience in finance and accounting. He is currently the chief financial officer of Friedman’s Home Improvement and held previous senior financial-management roles at Orchard Supply, LLC, a subsidiary of Lowe’s; Hasting’s Entertainment; Aetna; and Safeway.

Molinar graduated with a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Arizona State University and an MBA in finance from Western International University.

On May 23, the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History hosted a winemaker dinner featuring local Mexican-American vintners, including Amelia Morán Ceja, president and owner of Ceja Vineyards in Sonoma; Rolando Herrera, proprietor and winemaker of Mi Sueño Winery in Napa; and Lazaro Robledo, tasting room manager at Robledo Family Winery in Sonoma.

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During their Washington visit, Rep. Mike Thompson, D-St. Helena, also honored Ceja and Herrera with certificates of congressional recognition for their contributions to the American wine industry.

Paul Bigham was awarded the President’s Award by Texas-based Direct Energy. It’s the top award for the company’s home-services brands. In 2006 Bigham opened a Santa Rosa-based franchise of Direct Energy brand One Hour Air Conditioning & Heating. In 2011, he opened a Mister Sparky residential electrical contracting franchise through the same organization.

Tom Coughlan was appointed president of St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church parish high school and elementary school. Previously, Coughlan served as director of development at De Marillac Academy, a tuition-free Catholic school and graduate support program for low-income families in San Francisco.

He was director of development and alumni relations at Justin-Siena High School in Napa. Coughlan’s career began as a teacher and coach in several Bay Area Catholic schools.

He is completing his master’s degree in Catholic Educational leadership from University of San Francisco. He earned an M.A. degree in education from St. Mary’s College of California and a bachelor’s degree in political science from University of California, Santa Barbara.