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Located just 45 minutes from San Francisco, the beautiful, 17-mile Sonoma Valley is a destination sought by visitors from around the world for its wine, food, culture, and scenery, and a community loved by residents for its charm and vitality.

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LeadershipGroup2013.jpg LEADERSHIP

The Sonoma Valley Leadership program is designed to identify, train, and motivate the finest current and future leaders from all business and not-for-profit segments and to prepare them for community involvement.   The 2013 Sonoma Valley Leadership cohort is pictured above.

Founded in 1998 under then Chamber President Art Fichtenberg (Arthur Fichtenberg & Associates), t
he program aims to develop leadership skills; to educate future leaders on a broad range of community issues, needs, and resources; to introduce future leaders to each other and to current leaders; and to encourage informed people to serve in community leadership positions. 

Interested in learning more? View our registration information and application here.  Or, call Angela Beran at 996-1033.

Leadership Sonoma Valley Alumni Roster

Class of 2013

  • Gayle Arrowood, Home Street Bank
  • Tina Baldry, Sonoma Valley Mentoring Alliance
  • Daren Blonski, Edward Jones
  • Rachel Cusick, Boys & Girls Club Sonoma Valley
  • Becky Elster, Exchange Bank
  • Marissa Fitrakis, Vintage House Senior Center
  • Linda Gavron, Vintage House Senior Center
  • Byron Hancock, Hancock Partners Inc.
  • Rebecca Hermosillo, Congressman Mike Thompson Office
  • Rose Jager, Sonoma Signs
  • Deleyse Langdale, Sonoma County Tourism Bureau
  • Tina Luster, Sonoma County Tourism Bureau
  • Tara Mortimeyer, Pacific Gas & Electric
  • Susan Walker, Bank of Marin

Class of 2012

  • Chad Allen, State Farm Insurance
  • Toni Bertolero, GHD Inc.
  • Lori Bremer, Rejuvenations Massage
  • Meg Cadiz, Lifehouse
  • Kimberly Hubenette, Synergy Dental Group
  • Michael Kimball, Attorney at Law
  • Kathleen Leonard, Alain Pinel Realty
  • Adrienne Love, A Love Design
  • Kathy Pine, Amplify Interactive
  • Matt Sevenau, Pacific Union Realty
  • Sandra Stout, Stout CPA
  • Jon Suenram, North Bay Insurance
  • Anthony Valluzzo, Attorney at Law
  • Kristin Wastell, Ravenswood Winery
  • Billy Whitehead, Union Bank
  • Marck Zuehlsdorff, Bank of Marin

Class of 2009

  • Gerri Back, Sonoma Index Tribune
  • Ann V. Bauer
  • Marjorie Doran, Boys & Girls Club VOM
  • Lori Harrison
  • Karen Litzenberg, Sonoma Developmental Center
  • Briana Oesterle
  • Lea Ronald,Becoming Independent
  • Rhonda Stallings, Arroyo Veterinary Hospital
  • Rev. Nancy Taylor, First Congregational Church
  • Kristopher Van Giesen, Hanna Boys Center
Class of 2008 
  • Pamela D. Cummings, Sonoma United Methodist Church
  • Katie Holden, Boys & Girls Club Valley of the Moon
  • Joan Huguenard, Self-Employed/Sonoma Sun
  • Robert Lee
  • Michael Millerick
  • Bobby O'Gorman, Infineon Raceway
  • Kara Olness-Reyes, La Luz Center
  • Edward Roe, Fairmont Resorts
  • Bret Sackett, Sonoma Police Department
  • Gary Stein, Builder
  • Kathleen S. Taugher
  • Jerry Wheeler, Infineon Raceway
Class of 2006
  • Angus Cochran
  • Bobbie Bleistift Collins
  • John Kelly, Attorney at law
  • Richard A. Lee, Arroyo Veterinary Hospital
  • Kendra Lee Martin, Frank Howard Allen
  • Molly Ann McGinnity,
  • Karla Noyes, Coldwell Banker/ Deanza
  • Patricia  O'Brien
  • Holly Seaton
  • Sarah Tracy, Sonoma Valley Visitors Bureau
  • Valerie Pistole Walter, Attorney At Law
  • Barbara Westerman
Class of 2005
  • Thomas E. Anderson, Thomas Anderson & Co.
  • Julie M. Carlson
  • Linda J. Daube, Attorney at Law
  • Kathryn "Kathie" Grimes Guhl, Institute of Bioenergetic Arts & Science
  • Amanda Krauss, Arts Guild of Sonoma
  • Marie Lambert, Creekside Ranch
  • Ryan Lynch,
  • Marti Murray, Murray Insurance Services
  • Carole Peccorini,
  • David S. Pier, Boys & Girls Club Valley of the Moon
  • Rebecca Zyskowski, Sonoma Developmental Center

Class of 2004

  • Carl "Chip" Allen, Attorney at Law
  • Judith Elaine Anna
  • Karen J. Barrett, California State Parks
  • Michael Crain, Blakeslee, Crain & Yenni Vineyard advisors
  • Molly Fedorchak, Union Bank
  • Sharon Garell, Counseling & Seminars
  • Rebecca Lee, Real Estate Development
  • Geralyne Mahoney, Burr, Pilger & Mayer CPA
  • Elizabeth "Lisa" Murray, Yoga Community
  • Harry "Bucky" Peterson, Sonoma State University
  • Silvia Ramirez
  • Barrie K. Robinson, University of California, Berkeley
  • Jenaro Robledo, Robledo Vineyard Management
  • Susan Scarbrough, Scarbrough Affaires
Class of 2003
  • L. Tom Benton, Sonoma Post Office, retired
  • Carolyn Brians, Press Democrat
  • Anya Crain
  • Molly Detwiler, Writer/Editor
  • Kim Jamieson
  • Steve Lawrence
  • Wendy Peterson, Sonoma Valley Visitors Bureau
  • Sony Randazzo
  • Pam Teixeira, Edward Jones Investments
  • Ron Vaughn, Eugene Burger Management
  • Paco Villasenor, Westamerica Bank
Class of 2002
  • Elena Alioto, Self Employed
  • Bianca Banash, Coldwell Banker DeAnza
  • David Goodison, City of Sonoma
  • James Lynch, The Sonoma Index-Tribune
  • Danette McCarns, Sonoma Developmental Center
  • Kathy McKenna Perry, Sonoma Valley Chamber of Commerce
  • Nedra Peterson
  • Mike Rivera, North American Chem Dry
  • Everardo Robledo, Robledo Vineyard Management
  • Vanessa Robledo
  • Marcie Becker Waldron, Waldron Landscaping
  • Catherine Wilson
Class of 2001
  • Barbara Aliza
  • Garry Baker, GLB Architects
  • Michael Caselli, Century 21 Wine Country
  • Raul Cuevars-Garcia, Green Is Life
  • Gloria Eelkema
  • Bob Guglielmino,
  • Allyn Brooke Lee
  • Chris Oscar
  • Paula Reid Parks, Real Estate
  • Jacqueline Scott, Real Estate
  • Vance Sharp, Haileys Creek Vineyard
  • Sharon Somogyi
  • Willi Vaughn, Real Estate Appraiser


Class of 2000
  • Bettie Crossfield Allen
  • Judy Baker, Completely Creative
  • Stephen Cox, Winzler & Kelly Consulting Engineers
  • Edward DuFault
  • Jean Hopeman, retired
  • Ellen LaBruce, La Luz Bilingual Center
  • Elwanda LeMay, Coldwell Banker DeAnza
  • Lillian Meyers, Meyers Financial Services
  • Pat Stevens
  • Gerrett Snedaker, Frank Howard Allen
  • Robert Wedell
  • Jennifer Yankovich, Sonoma Valley Chamber of Commerce
  • Julie Zak


Class of 1999
  • Eileen Adams, Computer Tamer
  • Brenda Lee Brooks, Real Estate
  • John LemMon, Attorney
  • Stephen Marler
  • Roger Mayer
  • Cynthia Scarborough, Vintage House
  • Cathy Sevenau, Century 21-Wine Country
  • Catherine Wade Shepard
  • Lynn Sherard-Stuhr
  • Kathy Witkowicki, Sonoma Valley Mentoring Alliance


Class of 1998
  • Alis Arrowood, Arrowood Vineyards
  • Barbara Bamberg
  • Chris Benziger, Benziger Family Winery
  • Gina Cuclis, Cuclis Communications
  • Cheryl Diehm, District Representative - Congressman Mike Thompson
  • Art Fichtenberg, Arthur Fichtenberg & Associates
  • John Gurney
  • Charles Henning
  • Bonnie Joy Kaslan, International Relations
  • Fran Meininger,  My Girlfriends Closet
  • Mary Neilan, City of St. Helena
  • Patricia Talbot, Sonoma Valley Community Health Center