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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

Fintan O'Halloran

Teen Member
Fintan is the oldest of four children and is in the class of 2020 at Maria Carrillo High School in Santa Rosa. He started at Ceres the day the Santa Rosa kitchen opened in 2016, and became a Teen Leader in 2017. In his free time he enjoys reading, plays water polo with the Santa Rosa Hammerheads, and is a varsity swimmer at Maria Carrillo High School.

Fintan is honored to have the opportunity to represent our Santa Rosa teens on the Ceres board, and is excited to be able to contribute towards the well-being of Ceres in the big picture.

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.

 


BOARD MEMBERS

Cindy Berrios

Cindy is a clinical social worker with over fifteen years’ experience in the social services and non-profit sectors. She is a bilingual and bicultural California native who spent fifteen years living on the east coast before returning to her home state. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and French from Gettysburg College and a Master of Social Work from Temple University.

Cindy has extensive experience working in the fields of trauma, intimate partner violence, and substance abuse. She is trained in trauma-specific interventions and spent four years, post graduate, training at the Psychoanalytic Center of Philadelphia. She is currently the Therapy Program Manager at the YWCA Sonoma County, which provides services to individuals affected by domestic violence. She also serves on the Board of Directors of the Jewish Community Free Clinic.

Cindy is passionate about social justice and has spent her career advocating for disadvantaged populations. She joined the Ceres Community Project Board of Directors because she believes in justice in health and fully subscribes to the belief that food is medicine. In her spare time, Cindy enjoys spending time with her husband and dog, traveling, volunteering, and taking naps. She’s also a big fan of kale.

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.

Kathy Housman

Kathy Housman is Vice President of Oasis Sales and Marketing, a national brand management company based in Sebastopol that focuses on the natural products industry. Having worked with organic foods for her entire career, she believes strongly in the link between health and nourishment. She is honored to be joining Ceres, an organization that aligns perfectly with her values about food, health, and community.

Kathy has a Master’s Degree in Political Science from the University of Southern California, where she also received a Bachelor’s Degree in the same field, along with a minor in Italian.

Kathy is proud to call Sonoma County her home for more than 25 years. She lives in Sebastopol with her husband and four children, all of whom attended Sebastopol schools including Analy High School. She first learned about Ceres from her daughter, who worked as a teen volunteer for Ceres in middle school, gaining invaluable experience in both preparing food and caring for others.

She believes that passion and authenticity are essential catalysts to doing what you love and speaking your truth, and looks forward to doing all she can to help support and grow Ceres Community Project.

Denise Laws, RN, DNP

bio and photo coming soon...

 

 

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.

Aimee Reedy, Ed.D MPH

bio and photo coming soon...

 

 

Joe Rogoff

Joe Rogoff began his natural foods career in Northern California in 1974. Working at co-ops, small retailers, and running his own local foraging/delivery business, he did just about every job in a grocery store. This prepared Joe for store and multi-unit leadership roles at many Bay Area natural grocers. When Food For Thought, a 3 store chain in Sonoma County where Joe was General Manager, was acquired by Whole Foods Market, Joe came along.

After being Store Team Leader at multiple stores, Joe was selected as Regional Vice President of Operations, and later VP of Purchasing in Northern California. In 2010, he moved to Seattle as Regional President of the Pacific Northwest and Western Canada. After 6 years successfully serving the 27 stores and 4500 Team Members of that region, he kept his promise and retired to return home to his family and the redwoods of Sonoma County.

Joe is a passionate believer in human potential, whose career has been dedicated to understanding and serving the aspirations of individuals and communities. With his retirement, he continues to work with organizations where his values and purpose align. Specific interests are in teaching and mentoring future leaders, championing healthy eating and food as community-builder, and in sharing his experience with businesses, non-profits, and social enterprises.

Joe is married to Susan, who has retired from her Professor of Education career and now teaches English at San Quentin Penitentiary and plays banjo. They have three sons and three grandkids. Susan and Joe love to travel, see live music, hike, and garden. Joe’s a steward of the redwood forest, a body surfer when feasible, a music aficionado, Giants and Warriors fan. He’s currently serving on a number of Boards, including the Blessing Basket Project, Taylor Maid Organic Coffee, and Whole Cities Foundation.

 


PAST BOARD MEMBERS

Ann DuBay
Cherie Lippard
Coco Weinberg*
Columbia Shafer*
Deborah Vogan
Donna & Nez Tokugawa
Erin Rickard
Jasmine Elliott*
Jessie Brandt*
Joe Marshall
JoEllen DeNicola
Judi Pereira
Julia Gombos
Kellie Noe
Ken Maiolini
Kristee Rosendahl
Mark Lancaster
Michael Hillstrom*
Nathan Boone
Padi Selwyn
Rick Goldberg
Rose DeNicola*
Sarah Scudder
Shannon Gallup*
Sharon Keating
Sonya Dexter*
Sophie Leveque*
Tara Butler

*Former Teen Board Members

 

 

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