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San Francisco-based Farella Braun + Martel announced the expansion of its St. Helena office with two new additions.

William Rasmussen joins the firm as a partner. He advises individuals and families on all aspects of sophisticated wealth preservation planning, including wills and trust agreements; estate, gift and income tax planning; probate and trust administration; asset preservation; and family business structuring and succession planning, the firm stated.

Rasmussen was a partner in the Houston office of Porter Hedges LLP. He is board certified in the area of Estate Planning and Probate Law by the Texas Board of Legal Certification. Rasmussen earned his J.D. from the University of Texas School of Law.

Lee Philipson joins the firm as of counsel. Farella Braun+Martel stated that Philipson has 41 years of trial experience both prosecuting and defending large, and sometimes high profile, complex cases. He supervised the Environmental/Consumer Affairs Division of the Napa County District Attorney’s Office for almost 10 years.

He recently served as chief deputy district attorney in the Sonoma County District Attorney’s Office and previously worked as a deputy district attorney in San Bernardino, Orange and Napa counties.

Labor- and employment-focused law firm Hirschfeld Kraemer added Aura K. Adams as of counsel, coinciding with the opening of an office in downtown Napa.

Adams joins Hirschfeld Kraemer after nearly 12 years with Fort Myers, Fla.-based retailer Chico’s FAS, Inc., where she was senior director, employment law counsel, working remotely from Napa. Her in-house experience also includes senior employment law and HR roles with Target Corporation’s Mervyn’s unit, the law firm stated.

Hirschfeld Kraemer is a California-based labor and employment firm with offices in Northern and Southern California.


Hood & Strong, LLP, an accounting and business consulting firm that also has office in Petaluma, named Maga Kisriev partner.

Kisriev joined Hood & Strong in 2013 and has served as tax director with the firm’s not-for-profit practice. He has 16 years of public accounting experience and spent nine years with national accounting firms, managing exempt clients.

Prior to moving to the San Francisco Bay Area in 2010, Kisriev worked for RSM US Alliance, formerly McGladrey, in its Washington, D.C.-area office, where he oversaw the regional exempt organization tax practice.

Ana P. Bagtas has been hired by Sonoma County as director of the Adult and Aging Division, effective June 13.

Bagtas was most recently the program manager for the Area Agency on Aging, Long-Term Care Ombudsman and Transition Care Services through the Marin County Aging and Adult Services.

A fellow of UC Berkeley Extension’s Bay Area Social Services Consortium and the Public Health Institute’s Women’s Health Leadership, Bagtas earned a masters in health administration from the University of Southern California.

Former Adult and Aging Division Director Diane Kaljian left the position earlier this year to become assistant director of the Sonoma County Human Services Department, the county stated.

The Sonoma County Board of Supervisors appointed Erick Roeser as the new auditor-controller-treasurer-tax collector. Roeser was selected to complete the unexpired term of the incumbent, Donna Dunk, who retired in May prior to the completion of her term. Roeser’s appointment will extend through Jan. 7, 2019.

Roeser has worked for the County of Sonoma for over 23 years, the last 16 of which were with ACTTC, the county stated. Roeser has a B.S. in business administration with an accounting emphasis from Sonoma State University.

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Jonathan Weintraub has recently joined the board of Santa Rosa-based Center for Climate Protection as treasurer.

Weintraub is a senior tax accountant at BPM LLP. He has served in the Army National Guard and is currently a first lieutenant, security manager. He is also enrolled in a Master’s of Science program with a concentration in taxation at Golden Gate University, having met all of the requirements for the California Board of Accountancy’s certified public accountant license.

He also has a Bachelor of Science in accounting from Sonoma State University.

Christopher Williams joined Bank of Marin as a business-development officer for its East Bay market.

The bank stated that Williams has more than 20 years of experience in business development and driving commercial lending solutions. In his new role, he will have responsibility for developing banking strategies to identify new commercial banking clients. Williams earned a bachelor’s degree in real estate, finance from Morehouse College.