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.
Simon Blattner‘s professional achievements as a printer and builder may only be exceeded by his tireless work in the nonprofit world. After nineteen years running Rittenhouse Paper in Chicago, Simon and Kimberly Blattner moved to Sonoma in 2000. In Sonoma, Simon has spent eleven more years as owner and publisher of Eastside Editions Papermaking & Fine Art Print Studio. As Simon joins the board of Sonoma Valley Fund, he also sits on the boards of Sonoma Land Trust and the Sonoma Valley Hospital Foundation. He is a Trustee of the California College of The Arts, and the Founder and Chair of La Luz Center’s Microloan Fund. Simon has also served for over a decade on the board of Sonoma Valley Museum of Art, where he was board President. Simon belongs to numerous other organizations and has a B.A. in Political Science from Northwestern University.
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.
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.
Executive Director, Vintage House, and Non-profit Board Member
Originally from Connecticut, Priscilla Essert moved to Sonoma County six years ago via New York, Mexico, and Oakland. She spent the first chapter of her life as a professional musician (flute) and transitioned into nonprofit management 15 years ago and has worked with the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, the American Liver Foundation, and helped start a nonprofit in the Bay Area dedicated to mental health. Prior to arriving at Vintage House, she was the Program Officer at the Volunteer Center of Sonoma County where she oversaw Sonoma County Paratransit/Volunteer Wheels, 211 Sonoma County, and a court referral community service program.
Priscilla is honored to be part of the Vintage House team and is working diligently to address the needs of a broader range of Sonoma Valley Seniors while guarding the Vintage House traditions so essential to current members.
Executive Committee, Chair – Programming, Partners and Content Committee
In her diverse roles as a journalist, teacher, leader and trusted advisor, Katherine Fulton has spent her life as a change agent—helping individuals, organizations and communities learn to be better, braver and wiser. Beginning in the early 2000s, her work has focused on the non-profit sector, as she became a well-known philanthropy expert and advisor to many leading foundations. She spent a decade building Monitor Institute into one of the nation’s leading social sector consulting firms. Katherine now works independently and loves living in Sonoma. She frequently reminds herself of the lesson her mother’s life taught her: “When in doubt, be generous.”
Executive Committee; Co-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.
Executive Committee, Co-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 to 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.
Co-Chair – 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 fundraising 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 Fundraising 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.
Treasurer; 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.
Programming, Partners and Content Committee; 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 startups on the early design of online learning programs. Ramsey is a popular speaker on a wide range of business and women’s issues. Ms. 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.
Karen has spent the majority of her career providing companies strategic and tactical leadership required for rapid growth. Her background includes “C” Suite positions at WineTasting.com and Streetwise Report, where she remains a co-owner; management consulting; and sales and marketing for technology firms in the South Bay. Karen currently serves on the board of Advanced Brain Monitoring where she is the Chairman. She also chairs the Finance Committee at Impact100 Sonoma. Other board positions include: WineTasting.com, Sonoma International Film Festival, and WISE Academy. Karen earned her MBA from the UCLA Anderson Graduate School and a BS in Economics from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.
Ken is a former international business executive with more than 25 years of experience leading consumer goods companies in the USA and abroad. He spent much of his career with Reckitt Benckiser plc, where he oversaw businesses in 24 countries and served as CEO of companies in the USA, UK and Spain. He also spent four years with McKinsey & Company and held senior marketing roles with Wilson Sporting Goods and The Clorox Company. Ken serves as Chairman of Olin College of Engineering located in Needham, MA and on the Board of the Sonoma Valley Museum of Art. He holds a BA in Economics from Claremont McKenna College, and an MBA from the University of Chicago/Booth School of Business. Ken and his wife, Dana Simpson-Stokes, moved to Sonoma in 2012 and have two adult children that reside in Chicago and Boston.
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 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.
Secretary; Co-Chair – Events Committee
Lucy Weiger is a healthcare executive with over thirty-five years’ experience in healthcare management and consulting. She has worked in multiple executive roles with Kaiser-Permanente in Northern California, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Massachusetts, Patient Choice Health Plan, Sonoma Valley Hospital, and St. Joseph Health System. Most recently she was the CEO of George Mark Children’s House, a pediatric palliative care facility in San Leandro. Lucy served for two years as a Peace Corps volunteer in Ghana. She has a master’s degree in public health from Yale University and a bachelor’s degree in environmental science from Connecticut College. Lucy moved to Sonoma from Boston in 2004 to be a Vice-President at Sonoma Valley Hospital, responsible for operations and physician recruitment. She also recruited the Medical Director for the Sonoma Valley Community Health Center as well as helped them in a consulting role. She has served on a number of nonprofit boards both in the East Coast and locally. She enjoys being a member of the Sonoma Women’s Salon and Impact 100. She is recently married to Bob Crane and they are enjoying their life living in Sonoma and having travel adventures.
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 an 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.
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. After retiring, he went back to farming at his Sonoma, California home where he planted a small vineyard. Is survived by his wife, Mabeth, and their three children, Doak, Sarah, and Scott