North Bay professionals news: Hispanic Chamber of Sonoma County, Wine Business Institute and more

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Carmen Basurto has been named executive director of the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Sonoma County. She retired after 24 years of service from the Superior Court of California, Sonoma County. Her career included work as an interpreter for the Sonoma County Probation Department.

The School of Business and Economics at Sonoma State University announced the roster of faculty for its inaugural Hybrid Executive MBA in Wine Business program.

Core academic and professional faculty members of the Hybrid Executive MBA in Wine Business program include:

Armand Gilinsky, F.J. Korbel & Bros. Professor of Wine Business

Liz Thach, master of Wine and professor of Wine

Damien Wilson, Hamel Family Faculty Chair in Wine Business.

Tim Wallace, Wine Business Institute Executive in Residence and former CEO of Benziger Family Winery.

Jolene Yee, vice president and general counsel at Delicato Family Vineyards.

Julien Cadot, professor of finance and chair of the finance and economics department at the Institut Superieur de Gestion.

Naga Damaraju, assistant professor of business. She received her Ph.D. in Strategic Management from Ohio State University and her MBA and M.S. in Strategy were from the University of Texas.

Angelo Camillo. assistant professors of business administration Camillo received his doctorate degree from Oklahoma State University and his MBA from San Francisco State University.

Timothy Bowen has joined AXIA Architects of Santa Rosa. The company stated that after his military service, Bowne returned to school and studied architecture at the University of Colorado in Boulder. Among AXIA’s notable projects are Epicenter Sports and Entertainment Facility, the Roseland School District Office and Wild Diamond Winery.

Taylor Chappelle has joined Vanguard Properties in Petaluma. Previously, she spent the last eight years working in the hospitality and service industries, the company stated. Chappelle has worked in several luxury hotels around Marin County, as well as a luxury automotive dealership in Sonoma County.

Chef Perry Hoffman of SHED is leaving that post in Sonoma County at the end of August.

Hoffman, who earned a 2018 Bib Gourmand for his work at the cafe and previously earned a Michelin star for Domaine Chandon’s Etoile restaurant, plans to spend some off time in France with his family before returning to his Boonville roots in early 2019.

Taking over in the interim is longtime chef de cuisine Bryan Oliver, who will assume the position of acting executive chef while SHED searches for a new culinary director. Oliver worked with Hoffman during his time at Etoile.

Denelle Rhodes has been hired as front office specialist by Montgomery Taylor & Company, a CPA and Wealth Management firm in Santa Rosa. The company stated she recently graduated from Maria Carrillo High School in June of 2016.

Josalynn Kirby has shifted into a new role as the operations assistant. Kirby studied administrative justice and psychology at the Santa Rosa Junior College before switching focus into administrative assistance.

New directors for the American Red Cross of California Northwest include several people from the North Bay.

Those who began their terms July 1 include: Caroline Shaw, Jackson Family Wines (Sonoma County): Kimberly Baldwin, Wipfli (Lake County); Lt. Luciana Ganley, U.S. Coast Guard (Sonoma County); and Nate Weis, Silver Oak and Twomey Cellars (Napa County).


Partner Steven M. Goldberg, a certified legal specialist in estate planning, Trust & Probate Law by the Board of Legal Specialization of the State Bar of California and Partner Ronald P. Wargo, II have been recognized by Best Lawyers as their 2019 “Lawyer of the Year” for Trusts and Estates in Santa Rosa, according to Friedemann Goldberg LLP in Santa Rosa.

Goldberg was previously named “Lawyer of the Year” by Best Lawyers in 2002 and 2016. His practice focuses on estate planning for high net worth individuals.

Wargo’s practice focuses on estate planning, business law, intellectual property law, tax law, and sports and entertainment law. This is the second year he has been recognized by Best Lawyers.

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