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Matt Collins has joined Calix, Inc., (NYSE: CALX) of Petaluma as chief marketing officer. Collins brings more than 20 years experience to the position. The software firm stated Collins joins it from Dun & Bradstreet, where he was senior vice president of global marketing and go-to-market strategy.

Prior to joining D&B, Collins spent over a decade at IBM in senior marketing and strategy roles across IBM’s software, hardware and services businesses.

Collins received his MBA from Harvard University and a bachelor’s degree from Dartmouth College.

Sarah Scudder is the new president of Procureit5, a Petaluma print-procurement company. She has spent 12 years in the print management industry, most recently as chief growth officer for The Sourcing Group, LLC.

Tyler Pearson, PE, will manage the new Ukiah office of Munselle Civil Engineering & Land Surveying. He joined the firm’s main office in Healdsburg in 2015 with substantial knowledge of permit-processing and design in Sonoma, Marin and Mendocino counties, the firm stated.

The new offices are located at 168 Washington Ave., Suite G.

Miguel Olvera has been hired as the new accounting manager for PEAR Accounting Solutions of Napa. He has been employed with PEAR part time but recently transitioned to the new full-time position.

Olvera, a Napa Valley native, has a bachelor’s degree from California State University, Sacramento, with a concentration in finance and international business.

He has worked for Westamerica Bank, JPMorgan Chase and the California Franchise Tax Board.

Kathleen McNichols is the new spa director for The Meritage Resort & Spa in Napa.

“As the first fully underground spa in North America, we embrace our location nestled 40 feet below a hillside vineyard near Napa’s Grape Crusher statue and use it to provide guests with the unique experience of truly being ‘in the heart of the earth,’” McNichols said in a statement.

Nic Jones has joined the Goose & Gander as executive chef of the St. Helena restaurant. A chef, charcutier and certified sommelier, Jones is a Southern California native. Before relocating to the Napa Valley, Jones was the chef de cuisine for Abruzzi Restaurant in Humboldt County.

With 18 years of kitchen experience, Jones worked with David Katz, owner of Sub Rosa Salumeria in St. Helena and spent five years as a chef and charcutier at Farmstead at Long Meadow Ranch under the helm of executive chef Stephen Barber.

Sergio Morales has been appointed executive chef of the Indian Springs Calistoga’s main dining establishment, Sam’s Social Club.

According to the resort, he started his career in 2000 at Brannan’s Grill in Calistoga, and later was sous chef at Cindy’s Backstreet Kitchen. Morales later took the helm at Cook St. Helena, a petite eatery. Once its sister restaurant, Cook Tavern & Pizzeria, opened, Morales was promoted to head chef at both establishments.

Traci L. Carrillo has joined the law firm of Perry Johnson, Anderson, Miller and Moskowitz, LLP. She has 17 years of trial experience and previously served as a deputy district attorney for Riverside and Sonoma counties.

Gonzalo Romo has been hired as a community liaison to represent Redwood Credit Union at nonprofit and community events in Sonoma, Napa, Mendocino, Marin and San Francisco counties, the credit union stated.

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.

Prior to joining RCU, Romo worked for nonprofits in Marin and Sonoma counties, including the Conservation Corps North Bay, and the Boys and Girls Clubs of Marin and Petaluma. Romo currently serves as a member of the Sonoma County Community Development Commission. He is a graduate of Sonoma State University.

June Brashares is handling energy public-policy affairs for Zero Energy Associates of Sebastopol. She previously worked for Western Pacific Solar and has more than 20 years of experience in administration and energy policy in the private and nonprofit sectors.

Pam Davis has joined LandPaths as the development manager in support of its mission to connect people to the land. Davis currently serves on the Sonoma County Planning Commission, and prior to joining LandPaths spent many years working in the recycling, composting and solid waste industry as an educator and municipal affairs director.

Tyler Smythe has joined Cork Supply USA’s operations team as prepress technician. Smythe brings more than 17 years of experience in the printing industry to his new role, including facility with design software programs, plate making, sheet fed and web presses, as well as Flexo, offset, and digital printing. Most recently he served as prepress technician for Multi-Color Corporation (formerly Collotype), the company stated.

Anne Branch is the new executive director of the Napa Valley College Foundation. According to the announcement, her experience includes holding senior positions in higher education and social service organizations such as the University of Southern California; University of California, Santa Barbara; Braille Institute; and Hathaway Services.

John Granatir, owner of Blue Waters Kayaking, has been elected to The Friends of Lake Sonoma board of directors. Granatir will serve a three-year term.

Granatir founded the first kayaking company on Tomales Bay — Tamal Saka —in 1994. In 2004, Granatir purchased Blue Waters Kayaking and merged the two companies under the Blue Waters name. The company now offers kayak rentals, group events and tours at three locations — Point Reyes and Inverness on Tomales Bay, and Yorty Creek at Lake Sonoma Recreational Area.

Spinsters Sisters chef Liza Hinman has been named to the James Beard Foundation’s Women’s Entrepreneurial Leadership Program. As one of the first class of 21 recipients, the program aims to help female chefs and owners grow their businesses by cultivating women’s leadership in the culinary industry.

The Santa Rosa chef and her business partners from Spinster Sisters recently purchased Santa Rosa’s Astro Motel, which is going through a $10 million renovation. She’ll head to Babson College Sept. 10-15 with the rest of the class, which also includes Tanya Holland of Oakland’s Brown Sugar Kitchen.

San Rafael Chamber of Commerce’s Women of Industry Luncheon and Marketplace on Nov. 16 will recognize Marin businesswoman Patricia Kendall, medical group administrator of Kaiser Permanente’s San Rafael Medical Center. Kendall helped form Marin’s paramedic program.