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Tom Godfrey has been hired as operations manager for Cork Supply USA in Benica. He has served senior roles in supply chain planning, operations and program management throughout his 19-year career.

He holds degrees in management and economics and is a certified Lean Six Sigma Blackbelt, the company stated.

Sandy Barron is named manager of Redwood Credit Union’s San Rafael branch at 209 Third St. in San Rafael. Barron now oversees member service, staff management and daily branch operations, as well as local community and business-development efforts.

According to the announcement, Barron has served in management roles at Redwood Credit Union since 2008, including overseeing the credit union’s member service center, financial assistance department and regional branch services.

He previously held management roles at California Preferred Credit Union, which became part of Redwood in 2008, UNCLE Credit Union and Cal State 9 Credit Union, and he is a high-honors graduate of Western CUNA Management School. He has lived in Marin County for more than 20 years.


Socrates M. Vargas has been named banking services manager for Rabobank’s Sonoma location at 10 Maple St., Suite 101. In his new role, Vargas manages the daily operations and sales for the Sonoma office and community outreach, the bank stated.

Before taking on this role, he was a financial services officer at the Sonoma branch. Prior to joining Rabobank, Vargas worked at Westamerica Bank in Sonoma for 15 years.

Robert S. Lee was hired by the town of Windsor as its first information systems manager. He previously worked 16 years for the county of Sonoma in such roles as information security GRC officer, IT compliance analyst and project coordination analyst.

Stephanie Leavitt has been hired as director of sales and marketing at Bardessono Hotel & Spa in Yountville.

Beginning her career with The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, LLC, Leavitt has held sales and marketing leadership positions within the company at hotel locations like Bachelor Gulch, Half Moon Bay, Laguna Niguel and in Dubai. She is a graduate of Boston University.

Dr. John Laird has joined the Adventist Heart & Vascular Institute team at St. Helena Hospital. He previously led the team at UC Davis Vascular Center for more than 11 years and has performed more than 5,000 endovascular diagnostic and interventional procedures.

Emily Janowski has been hired as the membership development and advertising coordinator for the Sonoma County Farm Bureau. She is a recent graduate of California Polynic University, San Luis Obispo, and while a student worked two years as the member services coordinator for the San Luis Obispo County Farm Bureau.

Alexandra Stump has joined Vinventions, the parent company of Nomacorc, as a sales manager in California.

Stump has more than 14 years of experience in the wine-packaging business, the company stated. She will be based primarily out of Napa and Sonoma counties and will be responsible with providing customers with Vinventions’ full range of product offerings across the region.

Prior to joining the Vinventions team, she was a sales executive at Amcor Flexibles and, before that, a sales and marketing associate at Champagne André Clouet in Bouzy, France.

Liz Alarcon has affiliated with RE/MAX Gold in the Vacaville office as a primary agent. Alarcon has been in the industry for 16-plus years and is bilingual in English and Spanish.

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Puspa D. Amri, Ph.D., has been hired as an assistant professor of economics at Sonoma State University, beginning in the fall semester 2017. Her teaching experience includes posts with Ithaca College in New York; Pitzer College in California; California State University, Long Beach; the University of Indonesia; and the School of Advanced and International Studies at Johns Hopkins University in Washington, D.C.

Amri has given talks at the Office of the European Commission in Madrid, Spain; the Australian Institute for International Affairs in Perth, Australia; and at the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences in Beijing, China. She earned a Fulbright Scholarship for her doctoral studies in economics and political science at Claremont Graduate University in California

Sonoma County Water Agency General Manager Grant Davis has been appointed by Governor Jerry Brown to become the director of the California Department of Water Resources, effective Aug. 1. Acting Director William R. Croyle retired on July 1.

Prior to the water agency, Davis was executive director of The Bay Institute, a science-based nonprofit dedicated to protecting the San Francisco Bay-Delta Watershed and improving water management in California. Davis also worked for Rep. Lynn Woolsey, state Sen. Milton Marks and Assemblywoman Lucy Killea.


Sharon Wright has joined the board of directors for Habitat for Humanity of Sonoma County. Wright brings many years of leadership experience in multiple industries including business and nonprofit organizations as well as government, the group stated.