Board

Chip Allen
Development Committee

An estate planning attorney here in Sonoma, Chip has been an attorney for more than 40 years and focused on estate planning for the last 16 years. He and his wife Jeanne moved to Sonoma in 2000 and have been actively involved in the community ever since. Chip is a member of, and has served as Chair of the Board, of the Chamber of Commerce. Chip is also a member and past President of the Rotary Club of Sonoma Valley. He’s been a member, and Chair, of the Sonoma Valley Citizens Advisory Board and currently serves on the Editorial Advisory Committee

for the Index Tribune. When not involved in the community Chip and Jeanne love to travel in support of her Incredible Accessible project, identifying accessible places and things for people with limited mobility to go, see and do.


Kimberly Blattner
Executive Committee; Secretary; Chair – Community Outreach Committee

Kimberly has been a resident of Sonoma since 1982, was raised in Oregon and came to California to kimberly_blattner_lo_res_2014_websiteattend Stanford University where she received a BA in Political Science and was the captain of the women’s varsity swimming team. She received an MA and elementary and secondary teaching credentials from UC Davis and taught high school from 1976-1990. She was the chair of the English Dept at Sonoma Valley High School from 1988-90.

Kimberly has served on the boards of Presidio Hill School, Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra, SFMOMA Docent Council, League of Women Voters of Sonoma County, Enterprise for High School Students and La Luz Center where she served as Board Chair for two years. She currently serves on the city’s Community Services and Environment Commission. Kimberly and her husband, Simon, have four adult children and six grandchildren.


Suzanne BranghamSuzanne Brangham
Development Committee

Suzanne was born in New York, went to college in Pennsylvania and began teaching fine arts and commercial design in Arlington, Virginia. Her second career was in advertising and public relations at the new town of Reston, Virginia. After working in LA in the ’60’s in advertising, she, and her family moved to Florida where she began an interior design career. As an author, Suzanne has been featured in many magazines and appeared on the Today Show, Good Morning America and Oprah Winfrey. Suzanne retired in 1987 only to begin another career in building rammed earth homes. Then came the renovation of a nineteenth century Victorian…turning it into a successful restaurant and the creation of an award winning culinary school, Ramekins, and, the development of MacArthur Place, a 64 room Country Inn, Spa and conference center, with the award winning steak house, “Saddles”. Suzanne is heavily involved in major fund raising in Sonoma, is on many professional and non-profit boards. Suzanne previously served as an Advisor to Sonoma Valley Fund.


Mollie Collins
Nominations and Governance Committee

Mollie graduated from the University of California, Berkeley with a Bachelor of Arts degree. Her professional life included 21 years of experience as an educator in both higher education and in secondary independent schools. She then moved into the corporate sector as an executive search professional, ultimately forming her own search firm whose focus was leadership searches for their large non-profit clients, many of which were in human services and education.

Mollie’s non-profit volunteer activities have spanned her entire adult life. She has served on 11 boards, and has been an officer on 6 of them. She and her husband moved to Sonoma 9 years ago and have been actively involved in the community since then. She was on the founding board of Impact 100 Sonoma.


Ted EliotTed Eliot
Sonoma Valley Fund Grants Committee

Ted Eliot was a U.S. Foreign Service Officer for 30 years, including overseas posts in Sri Lanka, Germany, the Soviet Union, Iran, and, from 1973 to 1978, ambassador to Afghanistan. In Washington his assignments included Special Assistant to the Secretary of the Treasury and Executive Secretary of the Department of State.  From 1978 to 1985 he was Dean of the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University. He and his wife, Patricia, moved to California in 1985. Until 1988, when they moved to Sonoma, he was Director of the Center for Asian-Pacific Affairs at The Asia Foundation in San Francisco.  He has served on many non-profit boards, including The Asia Foundation, the San Francisco World Affairs Council, the Citizens Advisory Committee of the Sonoma County Agricultural Preservation and Open Space District, the Point Reyes Bird Observatory, and the Cornell Laboratory of Ornithology and, since 2006, Community Foundation Sonoma County.  He has served on three corporate boards, including the Raytheon Company 1983-98.  He co-chaired the Measure F campaign in 2006, which reauthorized until 2031 the sales tax that supports the Open Space District and the Measure P campaign in 2008, which authorized a $35 million bond for the Sonoma Valley Hospital.  His wife co-founded Sonoma Mountain Preservation and served on the board of LandPaths.

The Eliots have four married children, nine grandchildren and two great grandchildren.  They are scattered from the eastern United States to Japan and Australia.


Katherine Fulton 2Katherine Fulton
Executive Committee, Chair – Programming, Partners and Content Committee

Katherine Fulton is president of Monitor Institute, the Deloitte Consulting unit focused on philanthropy and social change. In this role, she has advised many of this generation’s leading foundations and social entrepreneurs as well as established business leaders and impact investors. She is known for her ideas and research about the future of philanthropy, which has included publications about community foundations, impact investing, trends in philanthropy overall and a speech on the famous TED main stage. She has also served on a number of business and nonprofit governing boards.

Now a proud resident of Sonoma, Katherine has deep roots in the American south, where she learned the importance of philanthropy and community service through the example of generations of her own family. She frequently reminds herself of the lesson her mother’s life taught her: “When in doubt, be generous.”


 juan_hernandez_smJuan Hernandez
Executive Director, La Luz Center and Non-profit Board Member

Born and raised in the barrio of East Los Angeles, Juan is completely bi-lingual and bi-cultural. He is a counselor, coach, and a seasoned advocate for youth and community outreach. He earned a B.A. degree from UC Riverside, a Fellowship in Management Leadership from New York, and an M.A. in Psychology and Organization Development from Sonoma State University. Juan served as Director of Educational Programs at the Calistoga Family Center, and, while in Calistoga, was elected to the board of the Napa Community Foundation and the Napa Valley Hispanic Network. Juan has been appointed (Sonoma Country) First 5 Commissioner, and he serves on the Sonoma Sheriff’s Advisory Group, the Sonoma Valley Health Roundtable, Portrait of Sonoma County Leadership Team, and the Latino Leaders of Sonoma County. Juan’s wife Veronica is a high school Spanish teacher.


Arthur GrandyArthur Grandy
Executive Committee; Chair – Development Committee

Art and his wife Margaret moved recently to Sonoma from London, which was the last stop in international careers spanning over forty years. His thirty-one years in Citibank’s international business took them to developing countries in the Middle East and Asia before the move to London where Art ultimately was Head of Global Risk Management for the emerging markets. After retiring from Citibank, Art held advisory and directorship positions in international banks and taught on a pro bono basis at the American University of Beirut.  Art grew up in California and has BSCE and MBA degrees from UC Berkeley.



Whitney Evans

Past President; President Emeritus

Whitney has been a resident of Sonoma Valley since 1991. He is retired. From 1962 to 1975 he worked for the Diamond Shamrock Corp., from 1976 to 1989 was founder and President, National Health Watch, a health care consultinWhitney Evansg firm, and from 1990 to 1996 was founder and President, The Harmony Group, a fundraising consulting group. From 1980 to 2006 he was a Member, Board of Directors and Chair Investment Committee, Invacare Corp., a $1.5 billion home health care equipment provider. He is a Board member Boys & G
irls Club Valley of the Moon, Special Olympics Sonoma Valley and past Board member & member Rotary Club of Sonoma Valley. In other communities he has served on boards of education, civic and youth-serving organizations. Whitney is a graduate of Dartmouth College, is married and has three married sons and seven grandchildren.


Barbara Hughes
Executive Committee; Chair – Sonoma Valley Fund Grants Committee

Barbara Hughes served Community Foundation Sonoma County as President and Chief Executive Officer from 2009 until her retirement in 2013. Prior to joining the foundation, she advised a range of nonprofit clients on business planning, governance and leadership. Barbara served as the Senior Vice President and Controller at FiremaBarbara Hughesn’s Fund Insurance in Novato. She began her career at South Jersey Savings Bank in New Jersey, where she led the community lender’s credit and compliance operation.

Barbara is a graduate of Rutgers University. Her community involvement includes having served on the Board of Directors for the Center for Responsible Funding in Philadelphia and the Redwood Empire Food Bank in Santa Rosa. She presently serves on the Advisory Councils for the Jack London State Historic Park and for 10,000 Degrees/Sonoma County.


Penney Magrane
Executive Committee, Chair – Events Committee

Penney is a custom residential landscape designer and founded Magrane Associates Landscape Design in 1986 in San Francisco. By fusing horticultural knowledge with attention topenney_magrane_hi_res_web detail, timeless classic design and cutting edge sophistication, Penney built Magrane Associates from the ground up. Thirty-two years later, with offices in San Francisco and Sonoma, over 650 completed projects and countless awards, Magrane Associates is still dedicated to providing clients with thoughtful, personalized service and creating life-changing gardens and landscapes that provide timeless beauty, environmental sustainability, longevity and enjoyment for years to come.

Penney is now a full time resident of Sonoma with her wife of 27 years, Dr. Joan Howley, a retired professor of anesthesiology at UCSF. Together, they enjoy entertaining and have hosted several garden tours and fundraisers to contribute to community efforts such as: Impact100, Historical Cottage Garden Tour, Newcomers Garden Tour, Human Rights Campaign, Pets Lifeline, San Francisco Day School, Phoebie Hearst Preschool.


Michael Mulcahy
Development Committee

Michael has had a wonderfully varied and dynamic career working in a number of industries on several continents.  He has been a leader in the fashion, retailing, high tech, consulting and nonprofit fund raising businesses in the Bay Area, London and Australia.  He currently works as a consultant to nonprofit organizations on program, strategy, organizational development and fundraising.  He served as the Executive Director of the De La Salle Global Education Fund raising and granting millions of dollars to advance education for the poorest children around the world.  Michael also has extensive experience in the wine industry as a grower, General Manager and brand builder in Napa and Sonoma. He is also a member of the Sonoma Vintners & Growers Association.

Michael has an undergraduate degree in Political Science from St Mary’s College and an MBA from the American Graduate School of International Management.  He has served on the Board of Directors for St Mary’s College Alumni Association, the Board of Trustees for De La Salle Global Education Fund, served as President Board of Trustees, for If Given a Chance Foundation, and was on the Board of Trustees as Vice President for the Sonoma Valley Soccer Association.  Michael and his wife Melissa live in Sonoma.


Lewis (“Lew”) Perlson
Development Committee

Lew and his wife, Bev, bought their home in Sonoma in 2010 and became permanent residents in 2014. They moved from Wisconsin to be closer to their sons and their families. (But he still considers himself a “Cheesehead”)

Lew is a Wisconsin attorney (not licensed in California) and is Of Counsel with the law firm of Michael Best & Friedrich LLP in Milwaukee. He has been recognized in the area of trusts and estates since 2006 in The Best Lawyers in America published by Woodward/White, Inc. and distinguished as a “Wisconsin Super Lawyer” in the area of estate planning and probate by Super Lawyer Magazine. He is a Fellow of the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel and has co-authored several publications in his field of practice.

Lew is graduate of the University of Wisconsin – Madison where he received a BBA degree from its Business School and a JD degree (cum laude) from its School of Law.

Lew’s community involvement includes being past President of Milwaukee Jewish Family Services and Congregation Sinai in Fox Point, Wisconsin. He recently served on the Board of Trustees of the Milwaukee Public Library Foundation, Milwaukee Jewish Community Foundation and the Milwaukee Jewish Home Foundation. He is a Board member of the Sonoma Valley Mentoring Alliance and serves as Chairman of its Governance Committee. Lew is a member of the Public Issues Committee of the San Francisco Jewish Family and Children’s Service – Sonoma County Region and Treasurer of the Congregation Shir Shalom Men’s Club.


Nancy Ramsey
Programming, Partners and Content Committee and Strategic Planning Committee

Nancy Ramsey is a Futurist, Author and Entrepreneur. She has consulted with the Global Business Network as a futurist and continued to consult with small corporations and private non profits on using Scenario Planning as a part of Strategic Planning. Before leaving Washington D.C. for California, Ramsey worked in public policy organizations and was Legislative Director for Senator John Kerry. For the last decade she has focused on working with the Women’s President’s Organization chapters, Platinum Groups and member companies in this area. She has also consulted with a number of IT start ups on the early design of online learning programs. Ramsey is a popular speaker on a wide range of business and women’s issues.

nancy_ramsey_smMs. Ramsey has served on a number of Boards including the Women’s Campaign Fund, the National Peace Academy Campaign, and Peace Links International. In 1984 she served as a Distinguished Resource Fellow at the Center for Conflict Resolution at George Mason University. She served on the Advisory Board of the Anita Borg Institute for Women and Technology and was a member of International Women’s Forum. She is a founding member of Impact 100.

Nancy Ramsey is a native of West Hartford, Connecticut. She was an American Field Service exchange student to Heilbronn, Germany, is a graduate of Colby College and received a Masters Degree in Social Work from the University of Chicago where she was the first woman to receive the degree in Community Organizing.  Ramsey and her husband live in the town of Sonoma.


joshua_rymer_2014_websiteJoshua Rymer
Chair – Marketing and Communications Committee; Strategic Planning Committee

Joshua and his partner Tim Frazer have lived in the Sonoma Valley since 1998, initially as weekenders, but have been full-time residents since 2005. Joshua began his professional career working for Pacific Bell (now-AT&T) in Marketing and Business Planning. Joshua then became a Vice President and Partner with the Boston Consulting Group; working in New York, London and San Francisco. Joshua handled recruiting for the firm and advised companies in the financial services, consumer products and high technology industries. He headed the firm’s West Coast Financial Services Practice and Co-Authored an early book on how the Internet would transform the Financial Services Industry (“The Information Superhighway and Retail Banking”). Joshua went on to become a Senior Vice President at Charles Schwab & Co. working in both the Retail and Institutional Brokerage businesses. Most recently, Joshua has been President and Chief Executive Officer for Terradatum, Inc., a Real Estate Software firm headquartered in Sonoma. Relevantly, Joshua has been involved with several non-profit organizations both in Sonoma and San Francisco, including the Miriam and Peter Haas Foundation and the Sonoma Valley Mentoring Alliance (where he is a mentor). Joshua holds both a BA and BS from the University of Pennsylvania and The Wharton School. He earned an MBA degree from Stanford’s Graduate School of Business.


Bill M. Sanderson

Bill M. Sanderson was born and raised on a farm in Gaines County, Texas. He graduated from Texas Tech University with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Chemical Engineering in 1960.

After his graduation, Bill joined Shell Oil Company and worked for 21 years in various capacities in exploration and production, including a three–year period of time in Venezuela. In 1981, he joined Western Gas Resources as the Vice President. He was later promoted to Senior Vice President and in 1986 was named as the President and Chief Operating Officer. All told, Bill was in the oil and gas industry for 35 years before retiring in 1996.

Bill says that after retiring, he has gone back to farming at his Sonoma, California home where he has planted a small vineyard. He and his wife, Mabeth, have three children, Doak, Sarah, and Scott.


lorna_sheridan_smLorna Sheridan
Marketing and Communications Committee

Lorna Sheridan is probably best known in the Valley as the Education Editor for the Sonoma Index-Tribune.  She covers the education scene in Sonoma in addition to being a columnist and general business news reporter. Prior to landing in our town, Lorna was an accomplished corporate public relations and crisis communications professional, holding leadership positions in several prominent firms in New York City.

She is a graduate of St. Paul’s School in Concord, N.H. and Princeton University.

Lorna served on Sonoma’s Cultural & Fine Arts Commission, the Sonoma Valley Tennis and Library Association Boards and is a member of both the Education Writer’s Association and California Association for the Gifted.


Peg Van CampPeg Van Camp
President; Executive Committee; Chair – Governance Committee

Over the years, Peg Van Camp has served on a number of nonprofit boards including Horizons Foundation, the oldest gay and lesbian community foundation in the United States; the United Way of the Bay Area; the Gold Rush Trail Foundation, and the Marin Community Foundation, where she served as a trustee for six years.  She held various roles in these volunteer positions including board chair, governance chair, and chair of other standing and ad hoc committees. She currently chairs the Audit Committee for 10,000 Degrees Marin, and sits on the Advisory Board of 10,000 Degrees Sonoma. She also served as Governance Chair of the Impact100 Sonoma board of directors.

Peg earned her Bachelor’s Degree in English from Lone Mountain College, San Francisco, and her Juris Doctor Degree from the University of San Francisco School of Law.   She spent more than 40 years in the financial and legal services industries as an operations and commercial lawyer for Wells Fargo Bank, and handling a wide range of practice areas including commercial, corporate and international lending, securities, and nonprofit law for Union Bank and its predecessors. She retired at the end of 2013 as senior vice president and senior counsel for Union Bank’s primary investment adviser subsidiary, for the Union Bank Foundation, and for the Bank’s Corporate Social Responsibility Division.


Donald Van de Mark
Marketing and Communications Committee

Donald Van de Mark works in Sonoma Valley, where he sells real estate. Donald consistently performs in the top 2% of Sotheby’s 47,000+ agentsVanderMark_sm worldwide. Good representation requires market intelligence, careful listening, communication skills, and hard-nosed negotiation. These are skills Donald honed over twenty years as a political and business correspondent.

Donald was the first Washington Correspondent for CNBC and anchored the news in New York for CNN. He currently lives in Sonoma Valley and San Francisco, was reared in Toronto, has a BA from Tufts University and attended St. George’s School in Rhode Island and Upper Canada College in Toronto. He’s the author of The Good Among the Great, 19 Traits of the Most Admirable, Creative and Joyous People.


Judy YoungJudy Young
Treasurer; Executive Committee, Sonoma Valley Fund Grants Committee, Events Committee

Judy grew up in New York State and “married” Los Angeles in 1969.  She has been in the volunteer world most of her life, playing active roles in her three children’s schools and board service with both the Junior League and Westside Guild of Children’s Hospital in Los Angeles.   On a professional level she was administrator of a family business and a Southern California realtor.  Judy married Chuck Young in 2002 and moved to Gainesville, Florida where Chuck was serving as President of the University of Florida and she became a diehard Gator and was active on several boards including the Florida Museum of Natural History.   Chuck’s next “retirement job” brought them to Doha, Qatar where she enjoyed her association with the women in the ex-pat community and happily worked on her golf game.

Judy and Chuck moved to Sonoma in late 2010 to be near her daughter’s family and their two grandchildren who live in Tiburon.   Along with Chuck, Chancellor Emeritus of UCLA, she is active in the community and serves on the Board of the Sonoma Plein Air Foundation.