Women in Business awards

How the winners are chosen

The nominations include those submitted by our readers, previous honorees and our editorial department. The achievements and contributions of the nominees made the selection process difficult. Undoubtedly, many of this year's nominees will be named winners in the future. Winners were chosen based on many factors, including leadership roles in the organization, business-related innovations, vision and community involvement.


Winners since the awards started in 2001:


2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019

By category (2001–2010): Agriculture, Banking & Finance, Construction, Economic Development, Education, Employment/Human Resources, Entrepreneurship, Environmental Services, Health Care, Hospitality & Tourism, Insurance, Nonprofit, Professional Services, Real Estate, Senior Living, Special Award, Specialty Foods, Technology, Wine


Diane Aqui, partner, Smith Dollar PC, Santa Rosa

Kim August, senior vice president and senior relationship manager of lending, Summit State Bank, Santa Rosa

Andrea Biagi Bailey, director of sales and operations, Biagi Bros., Napa

Karen Behnke, founder and CEO, Juice Beauty, San Rafael

Maryanne Harris, vice president and business development officer, Exchange Bank, Santa Rosa

Patricia Hiserote, D.O., family medicine physician and director of the Kaiser Permanente family medicine residency program, Kaiser Permanente, Santa Rosa

Analisa Hunt, CEO and co-owner, Datum Technologies, Santa Rosa

Channing Hussey, director of operations, Private Ocean Wealth Management, San Rafael

Julia Jackson, CEO, Grounded Summit

Tania Kelley, senior vice president and head of marketing, Hennessy Funds, Novato

Kate Kelly, director of public relations and marketing, Sonoma Clean Power, Santa Rosa

Lisa Lichty, CEO, Star Staffing, Petaluma

Demae Rubins, principal for the planning division, Summit Engineering, Inc., Santa Rosa

Liz Ruetsch, director of worldwide sales and services for EEsof, Keysight Technologies, Santa Rosa

Barbie Simpson, president and owner, Simpson Sheet Metal Inc., Santa Rosa

Lisa Ward, M.D., chief medical officer, Santa Rosa Community Health, Santa Rosa

Tracy Weitzenberg, communications and public relations manager, Redwood Credit Union, Santa Rosa

Wendy Young, executive director, Sonoma County Medical Association, Santa Rosa


Robin Azevedo, CEO, McRoskey Mattress Company

Mary Lynn Bartholomew, area manager, Nelson

Sondra Bernstein, owner, Girl & The Fig; Girl & The Fig Caters, Fig Foundation

Nancy Corriveau, director of operations, Blentech Corporation, Santa Rosa

Michelle Crosbie, director, BPM LLP

Genie DelSecco, senior vice president and chief operations officer, Summit State Bank

Tiffany Devitt, chief information officer, CannaCraft, Inc.. Santa Rosa

Sherie Hickman, administrator, Novato Community Hospital

Judy James, director of government affairs for the North Bay region, Comcast Cable

Mishel Kaufman, senior vice president for risk management, Redwood Credit Union

Ann Lobdell Hudson, senior vice president and head of retail banking, Exchange Bank

Renee Mengali, principal, president, Mengali Accountancy, Inc.

Kim Stare Wallace, president, Dry Creek Vineyard

Elyse Weinstein, M.D., physician lead of The Permanente Medical Group (TPMG) Physician Recruitment and co-chief of mental health, Kaiser Permanente


Carrie Brown, owner, Jimtown Store, Healdsburg

Roni Brown, vice president and marketing director, Summit State Bank, Santa Rosa

Kristina Derkos, senior vice president of administration, Redwood Credit Union, Santa Rosa

Denise Dutra Maloney, director of business development, The Dutra Group, San Rafael

Katie Evans, vice president of operations, La Tortilla Factory, Santa Rosa

Anisya Fritz, proprietor, Lynmar Estates, Sebastopol

Jennifer 'Jenn' Fujii, founder and owner, Inspired Fitness Training Center, Sebastopol

Cheriene Griffith, operations manager, Chevoo, Healdsburg

Drea Helfer, president and compliance consultant, DH Wine Compliance, Santa Rosa

Madeleine Keegan O'Connell, CEO, YWCA Sonoma County, Santa Rosa

Shauna Lorenzen, vice president and controller, Exchange Bank, Santa Rosa

Karen Milman, M.D., Sonoma County health officer, Santa Rosa

Suzanne Nagorka, interior design director, TLCD Architecture, Santa Rosa

Teresa Nilsen, executive vice president and treasurer, Hennessy Funds, Novato

Judy Sakaki, Ph.D., president, Sonoma State University, Rohnert Park

Julie Silk, environmental compliance program manager, Keysight Technologies, Santa Rosa

Regina Sullivan, M.D., MBA, CPE, medical director, maternal child health, obstetrics/gynecology, Kaiser Permanente Santa Rosa Medical Center, Santa Rosa

Marimar Torres, founder and proprietor, Marimar Estate Vineyards & Winery, Sebastopol

Robin Wenzel, senior vice president and senior relationship manager, Wells Fargo Bank, North Coast Regional Commercial Banking, Santa Rosa


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


Stephanie Barber Hess, partner in charge of the bankruptcy/creditors' rights and probate litigation groups, Friedemann Goldberg, LLP, Santa Rosa

Robyn Bentley, founder, Wine Country Consultants, St. Helena

Linda Bertauche, senior vice president, chief operating officer, Summit State Bank, Santa Rosa

Diane Berthinier, commercial regional vice president, Tri Counties Bank, Santa Rosa

Fabia Butler, vice president for community, public relations manager, Bank of Marin, Novato

Terri Dente, vice president for mission integration, St. Joseph Health–Sonoma County, Santa Rosa

Stacey Gilligan, tax manager, Burr Pilger Mayer, Santa Rosa

Letitia Hanke-Ryzhkov, founder, CEO and president, ARS Roofing, Gutters & Waterproofing, Santa Rosa

Margie Healy, vice president of communications, F. Korbel and Bros., Guerneville

Sandra LeDrew, chief commercial officer, Treasury Wine Estates Americas, Napa

Vicky Locey, R.N., chief operating and nursing officer, Kaiser Permanente Santa Rosa Medical Center, Santa Rosa

Mary Marcy, Ph.D., president, Dominican University of California, San Rafael

Louise Mason, senior vice president and senior credit officer, Exchange Bank, Santa Rosa

Cynthia Negri, executive vice president and chief operating officer, Redwood Credit Union, Santa Rosa

Linda Parks, president and ceo, Lixit Corp., Napa

Kathie Powell, ceo, Petaluma Health Center

Meredith Rennie, senior manager, Moss Adams, Santa Rosa

Ruth Skidmore, ceo, Northern California Medical Associates, Santa Rosa

Nicole Smartt, vice president and co-owner, Star Staffing, Petaluma

Julie Anne Smith, president and ceo, Raptor Pharmaceutical, Novato

Elena Whorton, president and co-founder, ProTransport-1, Cotati

Sarah Wotherspoon, senior adviser and principal, Private Ocean, San Rafael


Jennifer Anderson, general manager, Parkpoint Health Clubs

Michelle Ausburn, senior manager, Burr Pilger Mayer, Inc. (BPM)

Sue Conley and Peggy Smith, co-founders, Cow Girl Creamery and Tomales Bay Foods

Rhonda Deringer, owner, Odyssey Development Co., agent, Keegan & Coppin

Shireen Donaldson, human resources vice president, Agilent Technologies

Ann Hancock, executive director and co-founder, Climate Protection Campaign

Amanda Howell, vice president and division director, Robert Half

Marla Jeffrey, president, Gusmer Enterprises, Inc.

Karissa Kruse, president, Sonoma County Winegrowers

Rebecca La Londe, MBA, B.S.N., area quality leader, Kaiser Permanente Santa Rosa Medical Center

Andrea Learned, CFRE, vice president of development, St. Joseph Health, Sonoma County

Lisa Micheli, executive director, Pepperwood

Cecelia Miller-Brown, owner, Kresky Signs Inc.

Stacey Payne, director of marketing, La Tortilla Factory

Cara Peck, executive vice president and head of talent planning and development, Wells Fargo

Terri Stark, restaurateur, Stark Reality Restaurants, LLC


Melissa Bradley, owner of bradley real estate

Debbie Fakalata, executive vice president and chief operating officer, First Community Bank

Rebecca Faust, founder and owner, Rack & Riddle Custom Wine Services

Katherine Henderson, director of the osher lifelong learning institute, Dominican University of California

Terin Ignozzi, proprietor and winemaker at bryter estates

Willa Jefferson-Stokes, associate medical group administrator, Kaiser Permanente Medical Center, San Rafael, Petaluma, Novato

Stacey Lawson, chief executive officer, Ygrene Energy Fund

Carol Levalley, owner of rustic bakery

Angela McReynolds, chief executive officer, Development Plus, Inc.

Jane Read, vice president of operations, Petaluma Valley Hospital

Pam Rubio, vice president at Wells Fargo Private Bank, St. Helena

Marie Scherf, senior manager and North Bay construction industry group leader, BPM Accountants and Consultants

Melissa Stackhouse, vice president of winemaking, J Vineyards & Winery, LLC

Mary Stompe, executive director, PEP Housing

Ruth Waltenspiel, owner, Timber Crest Farms

Wendy Whitson, attorney and managing director at Anderson, Zeigler, Disharoon, Gallagher & Gray

As of 2011, Women in Business award-winners were no longer categorized.


Jennifer Bice, Redwood Hill Farm, Sebastopol


Laura Chenel, Laura Chenel's Chevre, Sonoma


Linda Kachiu, Director, Zainer Rinehart Clarke, Santa Rosa


Christina Cook, Bank of Marin, Novato


Kathy Pinkard, First Community Bank, Santa Rosa


Kim Kaselionis, Circle Bank, Novato


Jennifer Finger, Westamerica Bank, San Rafael


Susan Horne, National Bank of the Redwoods, Redwood Merchant Services, Santa Rosa


Kit Cole, Tamalpais Bank, Kit Cole Investment Advisory Services, San Rafael


Christine Comaford Lynch, Artemis Ventures, Sausalito


Debbie Meekins, Sonoma National Bank, Santa Rosa


Carole Bionda, Vice president and general counsel, Nova Group, Napa


Marlene Soiland, Soiland Management Co., Santa Rosa


Monica Soiland, Midstate Construction, Petaluma


Liz Ellis, Green Valley Consulting Engineers, Santa Rosa


Christina Pratt, Trope Group, Santa Rosa


Stacy Magill, Ghillotti Construction, Santa Rosa


Carolina O'Hagin, O'Hagin's, Sebastopol


Linda Novy, Gardeners' Guild, San Rafael


Kathleen Patterson, Central Valley Builders Supply, St. Helena


Leslie Murphy, W. Bradley Electric, Novato


Cynthia Murray, President and chief executive officer, North Bay Leadership Council, Petaluma


Kate King, Napa Chamber of Commerce, Napa


Lisa Wittke Schaffner, Sonoma County Alliance, Santa Rosa


Dorothy Lind Salmon, Napa Valley Economic Development, Napa


Frances White, College of Marin, Kentfield


Debra Miller, Vice president of human resources, St. Joseph Health System–Sonoma County, Santa Rosa


Barb Martinez, Agilent Technologies, Santa Rosa


Mary Chakurian, Spherion, Santa Rosa


Kim McEachron, Medtronic AVE, Santa Rosa


Victoria Perrault, Advanced Fibre Communications, Petaluma


Brenda Gilchrist, Principal, The HR Matrix, Santa Rosa


Elaine Petrocelli, Book Passage, Corte Madera


Coreen Cordova, Coreen Cordova/Que Milagro, Kentfield


Patty Garbarino, Marin Sanitary Service, San Rafael


Elaine John, President and chief executive officer, St. Helena Hospital Foundation, Deer Park (St. Helena)


Jill Magri, Kaiser Permanente, San Rafael


Naomi Fuchs, Southwest Community Health Center, Santa Rosa


Anne Hosfeld, Novato Community Hospital, Novato


Shawndra Simpson, Palm Drive Hospital, Sebastopol


Rhonda Fitzgerald, Queen of the Valley Hospital, Napa


Judy Coffey, Kaiser Permanente, Santa Rosa


Patricia Kendall, Kaiser Permanente, San Rafael


Margaret Sabin, Marin General Hospital, Novato Community Hospital, Greenbrae


JoAline Olson, St. Helena Hospital, California Specialty Hospital, Adventist Health/Redbud Community Hospital, Deer Park


Catherine Bartolomei-Smith, Co-proprietor, Farmhouse Inn and Restaurant, Forestville


Elaine Bell, Elaine Bell Catering, Picnic People NorCal, Napa


Brenda Rivers, Andavo Travel, Corte Madera


Jill Paterson, Fireman's Fund, Novato


Lisa Paul, Paul Hanson Insurance Partners, Mover's Choice, Napa


Mary Fairow, NorthWest Insurance Agency, Santa Rosa


Shirley Gordon, State Farm Insurance, Rohnert Park


Lynne Wallace, Matsen Insurance Brokers, Santa Rosa


Lynda Regan, Regan Holding Corp., Petaluma


Denise Frey, Executive director and chief executive officer, YWCA of Sonoma County, Santa Rosa


Cris Chater, Senior Access, San Rafael


Karen Johnson, Charles M. Schulz Museum, Santa Rosa


Rachel Dollar, Attorney and founding partner, Smith Dollar PC, Santa Rosa


Teresa Cunningham, Gaw Van Male, Napa


Susan Nelson, Brelje & Race Consulting Engineers, Santa Rosa


Mary Dooley, Ozborndooli Architecture, Santa Rosa


Karen Kryla, Motto Kryla Fisher, St. Helena


Liz Pridmore, Alkar Human Resources, Napa


Coralee Barkela, Pacific Union GMAC Real Estate, Santa Rosa


Pat Provost, Century 21 Alliance, Santa Rosa


Joan Woodard, Simons & Brecht, Santa Rosa


Christine Peterson, Rivendale Homes, Santa Rosa


Brenda Christopherson, Christopherson Homes, Santa Rosa


Gabriella Ambrosi, Sequoia Senior Solutions, Petaluma


Catherine Bergen, Tulocay and Company Inc., Napa


Sally McCoy, CamelBak, Petaluma


Janice Nicholson, i2i Systems, Santa Rosa


Simi Ghiasvand, SenarioTek, Santa Rosa


Debra Delaney, CCI, Novato


Belinda Guadarrama, GC Micro, Petaluma


Adrienne Graves, Santen, Napa


Bettina Jetter, Mindjet, Larkspur


Libby Harvey FitzGerald, Alpha Laboratories Division of Eurofins Scientific, Petaluma


Paula George Tompkins, The SoftAd Group, Mill Valley


Kathryn Lindstrom, General manager and chief financial officer, J Vineyards & Winery, south of Healdsburg


Amelia Morán Ceja, Ceja Vineyards, Napa


Carol Shelton, Carol Shelton Wines, Windsor


Barbara Banke, Jackson Wine Estates, Santa Rosa


Eileen Crane, Domaine Carneros, Napa


Su Hua Newton, Newton Vineyard, St. Helena


Michaela Rodeno, St. Supéry Vineyards & Winery, Rutherford


Judy Jordan, J Wine Co., Healdsburg


Jean Arnold, Jackson Family Farms, Santa Rosa


Elissa Giambastiani, San Rafael Chamber of Commerce, San Rafael

Show Comment

Our Network

The Press Democrat
Sonoma Index-Tribune
Petaluma Argus Courier
North Bay Business Journal
Sonoma Magazine
Bite Club Eats
La Prensa Sonoma
Sonoma County Gazette