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Kim Brown Sims, MBA, B.S.N., R.N., FACHE, has been hired by Queen of the Valley Medical Center in Napa as vice president of patient care services and chief nursing officer.

Brown Sims previously served for three years as the chief nurse executive at Sierra Vista Regional Medical Center in San Luis Obispo, the center’s announcement stated. Previous administrative and clinical roles include assistant administrator of women and children’s services for Sutter Medical Center in Sacramento, director of administrative services at Kaiser Permanente in Roseville and three positions in the Kaiser Permanente Sacramento neonatal intensive care unit: interim manager, assistant nurse manager and staff nurse.

Brown Sims has an Associate of Science degree in nursing from Solano Community College; a Bachelor of Science in nursing from California State University, Sacramento; and an MBA from Trident University International. She earned her vocational nursing certificate from Napa Valley College.

Alain Negueloua is the new general manager of the newly opened Las Alcobas Napa Valley, a Luxury Collection Hotel. Negueloua brings more than 30 years of experience to the 68-room resort in downtown St. Helena, the company stated.

Most recently, Negueloua was general manager with Mandarin Oriental Boston. Prior to that, he spent several years managing the 100-room Meadowood Napa Valley property. Throughout his career, Negueloua held a variety of senior management positions, including resident manager and general manager of Mandarin Oriental, San Francisco, and general manager of The Mark, New York. Before joining Mandarin Oriental, Negueloua gained over 13 years of managerial experience with Hyatt Hotels and Resorts.

Negueloua studied human resources management at San Francisco State University, and holds an associate of arts degree in hotel restaurant management from City College of San Francisco.

Randall Dockery is the new director of operations for Petaluma’s FrontRow, a firm that provides technology for schools. It has offices in Petaluma and is part of the William Demant Group, with 45 group companies located in over 20 countries and consolidated sales exceeding $1.4 billion.

According to the company, Dockery spent 11 years as senior supply chain manager for Calix. Most recently he served as vice president of customer solutions for Utelogy, with a focus on software-defined audio-visual technology.

Partner Jesse Debban has been appointed chair of the Business Transactions Group at Farella Braun + Martel. The law firm is headquartered in San Francisco with an office in Napa. Debban is a member of the corporations committee of the California State Bar. He earned his J.D. from the University of California at Los Angeles School of Law in 2006.

Gregory Gener recently joined Bank of Marin as the new branch manager in San Rafael.

Gener brings more than 35 years of banking experience. The bank stated that he is taking over branch manager duties at its downtown location from Jaime Ortiz, who has been promoted to the role of market manager developing business in the San Rafael market.

Gener holds a bachelor’s in political science from San Francisco State University and was an advisory board member of Working Solutions in San Rafael. He is a former director of both the Business Improvement District of San Rafael and Saint Vincent de Paul Society.

The North Bay Business Journal is looking for news of promotions, new hires and awards for possible publication in the People section. Email your press releases to people@busjrnl.com.

Anthony Capobianco has been hired as vice president of off-premise national accounts for Rodney Strong Wine Estates, a family-owned wine company that includes Rodney Strong Vineyards and Davis Bynum Winery. In this newly created role Capobianco will lead a team of four national account directors to expand the winery’s presence and share in the off-premise chain universe, the company stated.

Copabianco worked for Crossmark, where he managed strategic development and execution of the national off-premise grocery, wholesaler, and drug business for Kimberly-Clark. Previously, he spent nine years in various roles at MillerCoors, followed by serving as national account director for Treasury Wine Estates.

Benjamin Downing and Gretchen Nelson have taken new roles at Harvest Moon Estate & Winery in Santa Rosa.

Downing has joined the winery as assistant tasting room manager. He previously served as the tour and merchandise manager at Bella Vineyards and Wine Caves.

Nelson has been promoted to hospitality manager. She joined Harvest Moon last August and has more than 25 years of business experience.

The West Marin Fund, a community foundation supporting coastal Marin, has hired Sarah Hobson of Inverness as its first full-time executive director.

Hobson has years of experience working in the nonprofit and philanthropy sectors, including serving 12 years as the executive director of the New Field Foundation, which focuses on rural women’s organizations in West Africa. In West Marin, she served on the board of the Dance Palace from 2009 to 2014.

Susan Flannery Adams of Petaluma, Corinne Antipa of Santa Rosa, Liz Martin of Santa Rosa, Robert May of Windsor and Shelby Milanez of Santa Rosa have been appointed to the Santa Rosa Symphony board of directors.

Adams is faculty member in the School of Business and Economics at Sonoma State University. She holds a bachelor’s in international economics and cultural affairs from Valparaiso University and a master’s degree in human resources and organization development from the University of San Francisco, the symphony announcement stated.

Antipa is a longtime member of the Santa Rosa Symphony cello section. Antipa holds a bachelor’s and master’s degree in dance from Mills College and until this last school year, spent forty years on the faculty of Santa Rosa Junior College teaching dance technique, dance history and choreography.

Martin has been a season ticket holder since 1998. She has been involved in raising money to help support the music education programs of the Santa Rosa Symphony, most recently as the vice president ongoing fundraising.

May is a composer of classical music. May is a graduate of the Eastman School at the University of Rochester completing his master’s in composition with a minor in musicology and course work for his Ph.D.

Milanez spent more than a decade supervising the wardrobe departments for various film and television productions. She has degrees in sociology and gender studies from the University of Florida in Gainesville.

Jamei Haswell steps up this year as board chair, while Alan Seidenfeld fills her former role as vice chair. Ron LaBruzzo is the new treasurer, and Linda Castiglioni continues her duties as secretary, the symphony stated.

Rotary International honored Bill Gabbert of Petaluma Sunrise Rotary with the Major Donor Award.

Paul Harris the founder of Rotary has a donation program within Rotary named after him. For each one thousand dollars that a member donates the member receives a “Paul Harris pin.” Each pin recognizes the amount of giving the Rotarian has contributed. Gabbert was the first recipient in Petaluma Sunrise to receive a Paul Harris plus ten. That amounts to over $10,000 of giving.

The money goes to Rotary Internationals programs all over the world.