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Health Care

Corte Madera resident Kitty Whitaker, R.N., M.S., CEO of Hospice by the Bay, was appointed vice chairwoman of California Hospice and Palliative Care Association. The association, located in Sacramento, is a membership organization that serves over 200 hospices in California and Nevada. Its mission is to promote and strengthen the delivery of palliative and hospice care to patients and their families through education and advocacy.

Patrick Bennett, urologist at North Bay Urology in Greenbrae and Novato and former chief of staff at Marin General Hospital, has been honored by the Marin Prostate Cancer Information and Support Group with the Physician Award, which recognizes outstanding work and commitment to serving the prostate cancer community.


Marin Employer Advisory Council (EAC) recently hired Jasmine Anderson, employment law attorney with Hopkins & Carley, ALC in San Jose as their newest board member. Prior to this appointment to the Marin EAC board, Jasmine served on the board of the Sacramento EAC. EAC has been providing information on emerging employment related issues to businesses for over 30 years.


In recognition of Women’s History Month, state Sen. Mike McGuire has chosen seven women from throughout Northern California as Women of the Year, for their dedication, hard work and extraordinary accomplishments throughout Northern California. Recognized from the counties that comprise Northern California’s second senate district are: Marin: Pat Kendall, Sonoma: Jennielynn Holmes, Mendocino: Janet Pauli, Lake: Carol Huchingson (also named North Coast Woman of the Year), Humboldt: Connie Stewart, Del Norte: Gina Zottola, and Trinity: Kelli Gant.


Sausaliito-based Smart Meetings, a leading media company and resource for meeting professionals, announced that it has hired Vivian Shaw as director of global sourcing for its Smart Meetings 360 line of business. Shaw, a 28-year veteran of the meetings and hospitality industries, brings a wealth of experience to the Smart Meetings 360 team. The company’s complimentary site selection service locates and secures tailor-matched hotels and venues for meeting planners. In other news, the company has hired John DeCesare as vice president/group publisher. A successful media executive with a proven track record of digital transformation, integrated platform growth and exceeding sales goals, DeCesare’s tactical and strategic solutions have helped grow new business and deliver industry-leading revenue throughout his career.

Real Estate

Keegan & Coppin/ONCOR International hired a property manager to its Santa Rosa team. Jacob D. Fishman comes to the company as a licensed broker with over fifteen years of property management experience. He started his Sonoma County real estate career 10 years ago with Burbank Housing, where he spent two years in the compliance department and three years as a regional manager where he supervised the largest portfolios at both Burbank Housing and Mutual Housing.

Julie Mendonca joined Terra Firma Global Partners as a sales associate in its Novato office. Mendonca specializes in residential real estate sales in Marin and Sonoma counties and brings a strong business and finance background gained from working in the investment banking industry. A licensed real estate sale agent for over 28 years, she is a skilled negotiator who understands the many intricacies involved in buying and selling a home.