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OFFICERS

Joshua Weil, M.D.

President
Dr. Weil is a practicing Emergency Physician at Kaiser Hospital in Santa Rosa where he also serves as Assistant Physician-in-Chief for Hospital Operations. A strong interest in volunteerism and disaster medicine has taken him to Sri Lanka following the tsunami, Louisiana after Hurricane Katrina, Haiti when it was struck by the earthquake, and most recently the Philippines after the devastating typhoon. Locally he has served on the Board of Directors for the American Red Cross since 2011, and he has been a regular volunteer at the Jewish Community Free Clinic in Rohnert Park for over 15 years and assumed the role of Medical Director in 2014. He has also served as “team physician” for the Piner High School and Maria Carrillo High School football teams for over a decade.

Joining Ceres was a great fit for Josh. The organization supports health and healing in the community at the same time it strengthens our future by enabling youth to make a real difference.

Dr. Weil lives in Santa Rosa with his wife, 3 children and many pets. He does his best to make time for San Francisco Giants games and some golf now and again. He has competed in endurance triathlon and has been cautiously returning to the sport as much as his family will tolerate it!

Jim Rottman

Vice-President
Jim is the Global Head of Diversity and Inclusion for Roche, a Swiss biotech company that has operations in 88 countries including Genentech based in the San Francisco Bay Area. Jim was previously the Vice President of Human Resources for American Express and Human Resource Leader for Diversity and Inclusion at Genentech.

Jim speaks nationally on topics including employee engagement, well-being, diversity and inclusion, and the future of work, and was invited by the White House and United Nations to provide insight and best practices on the topic of flexible workplaces. Along with Jim’s extensive HR background, he was also previously a board member for God’s Love We Deliver in New York City, one of the largest nutritional meal delivery services in the country, and a leader in the Food is Medicine Coalition. Jim and his wife, Chef Hollie Greene, are active in the good food movement and live in Sonoma.

Carlos Lua

Treasurer
Carlos Lua is a vice president and senior relationship manager for the Wells Fargo Commercial Banking Group in the North Coast Region. He has more than 16 years of experience in meeting the financial needs of middle-market companies – businesses with annual revenues ranging from $20 million to $500 million – in a wide variety of industries, with a particular focus in the wine, food and beverage space.

Carlos holds a bachelor’s degree in Economics from the University of California at Davis. He is a graduate of Wells Fargo’s Credit Management Training Program (CMTP). He has also completed a leadership program in partnership with the UCLA Anderson Graduate School of Management.

Carlos is a past board member for the California Human Development Corporation and the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Sonoma County. Carlos has been a resident of Sonoma County for 39 years. He currently lives in Windsor with his wife and 3 children.

Nichole Warwick, M.A.

Secretary
Nichole Warwick is an award-winning educator and accomplished expressive arts facilitator with expertise in youth leadership and development. She currently works as the Environmental Health Coordinator for the Jonas Family Fund & Daily Acts, Family Fair Coordinator for the Bioneers Collective Heritage Institute, and Person-Centered Expressive Arts Educator for the REACH School.

A deep desire for social and environmental justice influences her professional and volunteer work with youth in Sonoma County. She was recognized by the California State Legislature, Sonoma County Conservation Council, and Sierra Club Sonoma as the 2012 Outstanding Environmental Education Program/Educator Award for special innovation and insight in teaching students about the environment. Her environmental education work in the Sebastopol Unified School District also received Special Congressional Recognition and she was a nominee for the American Red Cross Real Hero in the Environment.

Nichole holds a Master’s Degree in Psychology and a Certificate in Person-Centered Expressive Arts for Healing and Social Change. She was trained by Al Gore as a Climate Reality Leader and completed the Garden Teacher Program at Occidental Arts and Ecology Center. She has a Bachelor’s Degree in United States History.

As a mother and breast-cancer survivor, Nichole personally understands the important healing benefits Ceres Community Project offers families experiencing a life-threatening health crisis. It is with a humble heart that she gives back through her service on the board and contributions to the Youth Development Committee and Governance Committee.

 


TEENS

Maryn Pryor

Teen Member
Maryn attends Analy High School and will graduate in 2019. Maryn has been volunteering at Ceres since April 2015 and has been a Teen Leader since the end of 2016. Through volunteering with Ceres, she has learned to communicate better, stick to a commitment, and solve any problem that comes her way. Her favorite part of being at Ceres is getting to see the community come together to help others. She loves the environment and people and is looking forward to learning more about the business side of things during her time on the board.

Ceres has made a huge difference in Maryn’s life, she has become a much more responsible, outgoing person because of the time she has spent both in and out of the kitchen. The biggest difference that Ceres has made in her life has been with working with other people, whether one-on-one or in groups, she has become much more amiable and accredits this to Ceres.

Coco Weinberg

Teen Member
Coco attends Orchard View School and Santa Rosa Junior College. She is currently studying to become an EMT and considering pursuing a career in medicine. She swims with the Santa Rosa Neptunes, and is involved at her synagogue. Coco is organizing a program to teach underprivileged kids basic life-saving skills in pursuit of her Gold Award through Girl Scouts.

Volunteering at Ceres for three years - the last eighteen months as a Teen Leader - Coco has developed a strong commitment to giving back to the community. As a board member, she is excited to learn more about the inner workings of Ceres, non-profit management, and community building.

Applying the knowledge learned at Ceres to her young adult life, Coco hopes to help change the lives of volunteers and clients the way that Ceres has changed hers. She is eager to embark on this new journey, working with Ceres in a more involved manner.

 


BOARD MEMBERS

Ann DuBay

Ann DuBay coordinates state legislative outreach and community affairs for the Sonoma County Water Agency. Before joining the Water Agency in 2008, Ann was an editorial writer and columnist for The Press Democrat for eight years. Ann has an MBA and has worked for nonprofit agencies and in the California State Senate as a policy consultant. Ann’s great grandparents moved from Italy to Sonoma County in the 1890s, and she grew up picking prunes on family ranches. Today, Ann, and her husband Jeremy Olsan grow olives, ride bikes and spend a lot of time hiking and running. Ann has a 22-year-old son, Jake, who attends college in Vermont.

Jason Gittins

Jason is a Sonoma County native who can’t imagine a better place to raise his two teenage daughters. After graduating from Sonoma State, he joined Willow Creek Wealth Management where he works to help individuals successfully attain their financial goals.

Jason is honored to participate on the Ceres Board of Directors with other passionate and skilled community leaders. He also knows that teens are capable of accomplishing great things and feels fortunate to be a part of an organization that gives them opportunities to make a difference. Jason’s goal is to always strive to make the world a more compassionate, happy, and healthy place.

Jennifer Lorne

Jennifer worked in the wine, spirits and hospitality industry for 35 years primarily in San Francisco and other West Coast areas. Her passion for cooking fresh food began at home and continued throughout her career working with wonderful chefs in many cities. One of her roles in upper management in the wine industry included working with young graduates coming into the field and mentoring them throughout their careers starting as entry level consultants and progressing to senior managers.

Jennifer is an alumna of Sonoma State University, completing a degree in Kinesiology which strengthened her interest in living a healthy and balanced lifestyle.

After retiring from the wine industry and moving to Sonoma County, Jennifer began volunteering in her community. She learned about Ceres Community Project from a friend, and began volunteering as a Kitchen Mentor in 2016. From the beginning, she has loved every day that she enters the kitchen to work with fellow mentors and the amazing young people involved with Ceres.

Jennifer enjoys competing in open water swims, bicycling, hiking and open water canoeing. She is very excited to join the Board and to work on spreading the visibility of Ceres Community Project.

Johanna Lucas

Johanna is the Sr. Director of Talent Acquisition for BioMarin Pharmaceutical, a Marin based biotechnology company that develops medicines for rare pediatric disorders. Prior to her current role, Johanna led North American recruitment for Genentech’s Research and Development functions, where her team was responsible for recruiting the world’s top scientists and clinicians in the areas of oncology and immunology. Johanna’s professional career was architected as a result of her deep interest in science and patient care, having embarked on the journey with the specific goal of improving the lives of patients living with cancer.

Johanna graduated with a B.A. in psychology from George Mason University, and paid her way through undergraduate school by working in restaurants. Her passion for the food business spans decades, and ultimately led to the creation of a cooperative bakery, where collaboration with socially like-minded owners is the key to success.

Johanna is a 20 year Northern Californian and lives and works in San Rafael. By great luck, she discovered Ceres Community Project, which appeals to her passions for patient care, food service and community responsibility. She is honored to serve on the Ceres’ Board of Directors and is committed to helping to expand the remarkable work of the program. In her spare time she is running and hiking the hills of Marin, building a garden, and raising a rescue mutt.

Marilyn Nagel

Marilyn Nagel’s career has spanned the corporate and non-profit world. Marilyn has an unusual background that includes over 30 years of experience in the corporate world as a C-Suite executive, entrepreneur and executive coach. In addition to being Chief Learning Officer of SAMI, a game based training company and having her own consulting firm Ready-Aim-Aspire, Marilyn was cofounder of NQuotient, a SaaS-based solution designed to help people accelerate their career by more effectively developing and leveraging their professional networks.

Marilyn recently served as CEO of the non profit Watermark leading strategic initiatives designed to help women in the Bay Area enhance their personal and professional impact. Prior to joining Watermark, Marilyn was Chief Diversity Officer at Cisco. She was recognized as a thought leader in creating inclusive environments, and a co-chair of the Conference Board Global Diversity Group as well as senior advisor to the Center for Talent and Innovation.

Marilyn holds a Bachelors degree in fine arts as well as two Masters degrees, one in Public Administration with a focus on organizational development and one in Social and Systemic Studies. She has served on the Board of Directors of Watermark, Professional Business Women of California, the National Action Council for Minorities in Engineering, Inc. (NACME), Upward, WGLI and Family and Children Services. Marilyn currently serves on the Advisory Board of The Everest Project, The Proformative Academy, Big Pink Ribbon as well as the Advisory Council of Courageous Leadership. Marilyn is an internationally recognized speaker and training facilitator and is a regular blogger for the Huffington Post and numerous publications.

   

Sarah Scudder

Sarah Scudder is the Chief Growth Officer of The Sourcing Group, one of the fastest growing print distributors in the US. She’s the youngest executive to ever serve on the board for the Print Services and Distribution association (PSDA). Sarah is the CEO and founder of the Young Innovators Group that focuses on innovation and how to attract, hire and retain young people in the print industry. Sarah also puts on an annual national conference for the Young Innovators Group. Sarah co-hosts a weekly radio show, Career Conversations, in which she interviews entrepreneurs, community leaders and people who have made major career advancements. She’s a monthly columnist for the Print Services (PS) Magazine.

She’s a winner of North Bay Business Journal’s Forty Under 40 award, Print+Promo’s Trailblazer Under 40 award and Print Services & Distribution Association (PSDA)’s Member of the Year award. Sarah’s also an entrepreneur, co-founding the company Zen Balance, the creator of Relax + Focus: a stress and anxiety relief supplement.

 

 

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