Meet the 2016 Women in Business winners

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Women in Business winners over the years

We are proud to recognize 25 women with our annual awards this year.

They come from a broad spectrum of professions including wine, biotech, law, accounting, banking, health care, wealth management, higher education, human resources and small business. We expanded our field of potential nominees this year to encourage more women who work in the fields of science and engineering which resulted in some outstanding nominees.

In each of the award winner profiles which follow (with expanded profiles on at, there’s a consistent theme.

One of determination and sense of purpose as each woman found their vision and then pursued their dream to become leaders, educators, innovators and entrepreneurs. “Don’t shy away from something you’ve never done before. Just because you haven’t done it doesn’t mean you can’t,” says one award winner.

Each woman credits someone along the way who helped them, a loved one, colleague or friend and now many offer their advice to other women following in their footsteps. One winner says, “Know yourself, stay strong and yet be open to growth and change every day.”

Our thanks to the 73 people who submitted nominations and congratulations as well to the 52 women who were nominated this year.

Our thanks, too, to Wells Fargo for underwriting these recognitions and to our presenting sponsors, Anderson Zeigler law firm, Burr Pilger Mayer, Exchange Bank, Kaiser Permanente, Redwood Credit Union, Smith Dollar attorneys at law, Sonoma State University and St. Joseph Health–Sonoma County along with corporate sponsor George Petersen Insurance. You stepped forward to support women business leaders. Thank you.

Finally, congratulations to our recipients.

Hali Croner

President and chief executive officer, The Croner Company, Kentfield

Laurie Daw

Partner, Grassi & Associates, Napa

Stephanie DeMasi

Owner and partner, FlyWine/Juslyn Vineyard, Napa

Sarah Dove

Director, SBE Career Center, Sonoma State University School of Business & Economics, Rohnert Park

Ramona Faith

Chief executive officer, Petaluma Health Care District, Petaluma

Kaelly Farnham

Marketing programs manager, Keysight Technologies, Santa Rosa

Gina Giacone

Associate, Summit Engineering Inc., Santa Rosa

Tani Girton

Chief financial officer, Bank of Marin, Novato

Susan Griffin-Black

Co-founder and co-chief executive officer, EO Products, San Rafael

Alicia Yandell Hamilton

Vice president, sales and marketing, Yandell Truckaway, SCW Warehouses, Benicia

Kelley Hartman

Senior vice president, Nelson Staffing, Santa Rosa

Katie Hawkins

Regional sales manager, Marmot Mountain LLC, Rohnert Park

Suzanne Landeros

Chief financial officer, Masterworks Electronics, Rohnert Park

Julie Mangada, Ph.D.

Postdoctoral fellow, The Buck Institute for Research on Aging, Novato

Kelly Mather

President and chief executive officer, Sonoma Valley Hospital, Sonoma

Robin McKenzie

Senior vice president of marketing and communications, Redwood Credit Union, Santa Rosa

Toni Moheng

Corporate tax practice director, Burr Pilger Mayer Inc., Santa Rosa

Rae Paulson

Assurance senior manager, Moss Adams LLP, Santa Rosa

Heidi Rickerd-Rizzo

Principal and founder, Terra Firma Global Partners, Sebastopol

Lori Selleck, M.D.

Internal medicine physician and assistant physician-in-chief for health promotion, Kaiser Permanente, San Rafael

Brandy Seppi

Chief credit officer, Summit State Bank, Santa Rosa

Tara Sharp

Chief marketing officer, Sonic, Santa Rosa

Lynn Stauffer

Dean of school of science and technology, Sonoma State University, Rohnert Park

Terry Wheatley

Executive vice president for sales and marketing, Vintage Wine Estates, Santa Rosa

Lori Zaret

Senior vice president and chief human resource officer, Exchange Bank, Santa Rosa

Women in Business winners over the years

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