Jessica Adams, Member at Large
Vintners Inn, John Ash & Co.
Director of Sales
Jessica Adams is the Director of Sales for Vintners Inn/John Ash & Co. Having been with Vintners Inn since 1996, she has found her niche in sales. She oversees a dynamic sales team who sell every type of party or event….from a corporate dinner or meeting to an extravagant fundraiser or wedding. She takes pride in being the leader of a department responsible for over $3 million in revenue for a luxury wine country destination event venue, hotel and restaurant, where they “Celebrate Everything”. Jessica is actively involved in the Santa Rosa Chamber of Commerce as a member of the Chamber’s Political Action Committee and is a young professional in the Chamber’s Young Professional Network. In 2011, as part of the Political Action Committee, she helped to plan and execute the chamber’s first Candidate Academy where attendees learned what it takes to run for public office. Jessica also serves as Chairperson for Chop’s Teen Club’s annual Youth Empowerment & Leadership Conference. She is a graduate of Leadership Santa Rosa 2011 Class 27 and took away from the program a renewed passion for her community and Sonoma County’s youth. She is the mother of two sons, Darren and Mason, and is very involved in all their school and recreation activities. She loves to be outdoors watching and playing sports, spending time with family and loved ones, and is very active in her church. Jessica thrives on learning and growing daily both personally and professionally. A native to Sonoma County where she graduated from Piner High School, Jessica’s passion for Sonoma County and its’ youth is deeply rooted.
David F. “Max” Beach, Chairman
Perry, Johnson, Anderson, Miller & Moskowitz LLP
Upon admission to the bar in 1986, Max established a civil trial practice based in Sonoma County, and the primary emphasis of his practice has been the defense of care providers under the Elder Abuse Act, complex commercial litigation, and tort liability cases in all courts of the state. He has completed over twenty trials and countless depositions, mediations, and arbitrations, and successfully obtained seven-figure settlements for a number of clients seeking recovery for personal injuries. Mr. Beach has lectured for the California Continuing Education of the Bar on elder abuse litigation under the State’s Elder Abuse statute. Nationally, he has presented numerous seminars on long term care litigation and trial practice across the country. Max completed his undergraduate studies at the University of California at Davis, receiving his Bachelor of Sciences degree magna cum laude in 1982, and his Juris Doctor from U.C.Davis & King Hall in 1986. Mr. Beach is a member of the California Assisted Living Association, California Association of Health Facilities, and the Medical Malpractice and Construction Defense Subcommittees of the Association of Defense Counsel. Max and his wife Suzanne are active members of St. Eugene’s parish and Catholic Charities community service. They are also active in Redwood Empire Cursillo. They have two children, Allyson and Justin.
Judy Fromm, Member at Large
Historic Railroad Square Merchants Association
For thirty years, Judy has served our community through the non-profit organization, Assistance League of Sonoma County. Judy moved with her family to Santa Rosa in 1983. Her children, who are now grown and have families of their own, received their education through the Santa Rosa School District. Over the years, she has shared her background in banking and business by serving on Assistance League’s Board as President, Vice President, and Treasurer. She has also served on the Boards of Historic Railroad Square Association, Chop’s Teen Club and Santa Rosa Main Street. In 2005, Judy was nominated by these organizations and received the Volunteer of the Year Award from the Volunteer Center of Sonoma County. She looks forward to sharing her knowledge of the Railroad Square District and to help Chop’s fulfill its mission to create a fun, safe and productive environment for teens.
Karl Grimm, Member at Large
Community Foundation Sonoma County
Vice President of Finance & Operations
Karl has been the Vice President for Finance and Operations at CFSC since February 2013. He has an extensive accounting background that includes positions in both the nonprofit and private sectors. Karl started his accounting career at PATH, a non-profit organization with the mission to improve the health and welfare of women and children in developing countries. Additionally he was the Director of Finance at Counseling 4 Kids, a nonprofit that offers mental health services to Los Angeles area foster youth and AFJ Consulting, an organization that provides outsourced accounting solutions to Los Angeles area nonprofits. Karl earned his MBA from Kelley School of Business at Indiana University, and is a CPA with five years of experience in public accounting.
Stacey Gilligan, Member at Large
Lagunitas Brewing Company
Stacey has been an accountant for the past 20 years and is a CPA. Since 2010 she has been working as a tax manager for Burr Pilger and Mayer, Inc. (BPM) Stacey received a BS degree in Business Administration with an emphasis in accounting at Sonoma State University. Some of her volunteer work includes being a founding board member and treasurer, of the Eiermann Memorial Fund, “For Pete’s Sake”. The non-profit built the all weather field located behind Comstock Middle School to promote rugby and youth sports in Sonoma County. For several years now Stacey has coordinated the BPM reading program and volunteered at Kid Street Learning Center as a weekly reader with students. Stacey and her husband have a daughter in 6th grade and a son in 8th grade who are both attending school in Rincon Valley and have been involved in various sports and activities where Stacey volunteers whenever possible.
Joanne M. Harris, President
Work Injury Law Center
Joanne has been a resident of Santa Rosa for over twenty years where she has raised her three children, practiced law and been actively involved in the community. Her professional career includes assisting individuals in the field of estate planning and trust, probate administration with Friedemann Goldberg LLP and her current position representing disabled injured workers at the Work Injury Law Center, where she has worked for over eighteen years. Joanne has two grown daughters, Haley and Olivia, and a teenage son, Adam. She joined the Board at Chop’s Teen Club because she is passionate about Chop’s mission and the physical space as well as committed to supporting Santa Rosa teenagers.
Mary Henderson, Member at Large
Executive Recruiter & Coach
As Leap’s Executive Recruiter & Coach, Mary’s coaching expertise is her go-to tool when seeking the right person for her clients. She’s a relationship recruiter, and when Leap presents several candidates and a client says, “I don’t know who to choose, they’re all great,” it’s music to her ears. After over a decade of Sonoma County-based communications, administrative, marketing and recruiting for companies including NeilMed Pharmaceuticals, New York Life and Thermasource, Mary formed her own personal coaching firm and received her coaching credential from the Center for Coaching Certification. She recently completed ORSC training (Organization & Relationship Systems Coaching), as well. She became part of the Leap Solutions family in the summer of 2014 and brings the same recruiting philosophy that has driven the growth of Leap’s recruiting services from its inception — a focus on quality over quantity, finding the best person for the role, and creating a win-win for both the client and the candidate. Her passion for people and helping them achieve their goals is also evident in her personal interests. She is involved with Sonoma County’s Social Advocates for Youth (SAY) and Santa Rosa’s Chop’s Teen Club, and for over 17 years has kept in close contact with the young lady whom she represented in the family court system as a guardian ad litem through Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA). Mary is a self-described “geek” who enjoys camping with her family, and has her first-degree black belt in Tae Kwon Do. She’s also “international”, born in Madrid to Spanish and Cuban parents, and raised in Texas. She received her Bachelor’s of Science degree in Communications from the University of Texas at Austin.
Michael Hyman, Member at Large
The Pawn Advantage
Michael is a native Santa Rosan and owner of The Pawn Advantage. He has been involved with many charitable organizations over the years, including serving a term as president of the Santa Rosa Active 20-30 Club #50. Michael is currently working with the Coalition to Restore Courthouse Square, serves on the Chamber of Commerce Advocacy Council and is a Chamber Ambassador. He also serves on the board of the National Pawnbrokers Association. Michael enjoys spending time with his family and three children.
Suzanne Knowlton, Member at Large
Redwood Credit Union
Suzanne Knowlton is a seasoned marketing executive with more than 15 years of experience. As a senior manager with companies such as Redwood Credit Union, Lowepro, O¹Reilly Media and Blurb, she has led teams of various sizes from 2 to 8. Knowlton has spearheaded successful campaigns online and in print, managed social media programs, developed new and refreshed brands, led portfolio workshops, hosted professional webinars, and developed projects with professionals from across the globe. She is a consummate photography student and has an extensive collection of photography books - an admitted obsession. Knowlton lives in her hometown of Sebastopol with her husband, two boys and Labrador retriever.
Rolf Nelson, Secretary
Senior Vice President, Retail Banking & Sales
Rolf is a third generation Sonoma County resident, who has always lived and worked here. As Senior Vice President of Retail Banking for Exchange Bank, he is responsible for the daily operations and performance of the bank’s 18 branches throughout the County. Rolf has been with Exchange Bank since 1990 where he started his career as Branch Manager of the Windsor Office . Rolf began his banking career as a management trainee with Security Pacific Bank in 1978. Rolf has a Bachelor’s degree in Finance from CSU Long Beach and is a graduate of Pacific Coast Banking School in Seattle. Among other community activities, Rolf chairs the Santa Rosa Chamber of Commerce Leadership Santa Rosa program. He has served on the Chamber’s Board of Directors since 2004, is past president of the Windsor Chamber of Commerce and Windsor Rotary Club, is a founding member of the Roseland Cinco de Mayo event, and past board member of the Redwood Empire Chapter of the American Red Cross. Rolf and his wife Becky have two grown children, Todd (Chrissy) and Haley. Rolf joined the Chop’s Board because he feels there is no greater investment that a community can make than in it’s children.
Hank Schreeder, Treasurer
Santa Rosa Police Department
Chief of Police
Chief of Police Hank Schreeder joined Chop’s Board in June 2010. Chief Schreeder started his law enforcement career in 1988 at Fullerton Police Department and joined Santa Rosa Police Department in 1991. He has worked as a Motor Officer, Field Training Officer, Domestic Violence Sexual Assault Detective and S.W.A.T. Officer. Hank was promoted to Sergeant in April 2000 and worked in patrol. He also worked in the Investigations Bureau supervising the Gang Investigations Section where he was involved in the development of the Mayor’s Gang Prevention Task Force which focuses on the intervention and prevention of gang crimes in Sonoma County. He was promoted to Lieutenant in September 2006 and served as a manager in both the Field Patrol and Investigations Divisions. He was promoted to Captain in 2009, and to Chief in 2015. Chief Schreeder has a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice from California State University, Long Beach and a Master of Arts in Criminal Justice from the American Military University. Chief Schreeder is married to Lisa, a Special Education instructor for Petaluma School District and he has two sons, Josh and Zach.
Jean Schulz, Community Foundation Sonoma County Representative
Charles M. Schulz Museum
Chairman of the Board
Jeannie Schulz has lived in Santa Rosa/Sonoma County since 1963. Since then she has been involved with non-profits, serving on the boards of the League of Women Voters, Volunteer Center of Sonoma County, Community Foundation Sonoma County, and Canine Companions for Independence. Since 2002 her interests have centered around the Schulz Museum and the Redwood Empire Ice Arena, now known as Snoopy’s Home Ice.
Jodi Shubin, Member at Large
Pisenti & Brinker LLP
Director of Client & Community Relations
Jodi Shubin is the Director of Client Services and Community Relations at Pisenti and Brinker, a 50 year old CPA firm with offices in Santa Rosa, Petaluma and Napa. She has over 25 years of experience in business development, sales and marketing in the North Bay. Jodi has earned a reputation in the community as the go-to person for someone wanting a personal, professional introduction. She has taught sales and marketing classes at Sonoma State University and is often asked to mentor various sales and marketing professionals to help them with their business development strategies. Jodi provides a high level of integrity in business development. She serves on many boards and organizations in Sonoma County. Ms. Shubin lives in Santa Rosa and has three adult children in college.She raised her children as a single mother and understands the challenges of balancing a career and being an available parent. Jodi also owns JM Design, a commercial office furniture dealership. She managed to run JM Design out of her home for 15 years while raising her children. She felt that by working from home during that time, she would be able to be close to her kids and their friends. In her leisure time Jodi loves to ballroom dance, water ski and scuba dive.
Robin Stephani, Member at Large
Robin has 20 years of experience working in Design, Architecture and Construction and is currently the Vice President of Preconstruction at Wright Contracting. Her background in Energy Engineering and Building Materials Technology translates into an in depth understanding of Energy Efficiency and Sustainable Building Strategies. She has lectured on Green Building Means and Methods, Transforming Suburbia, Sustainability, Community Development and Augmented Architecture. She has also participated as a design charrette facilitator for Healdsburg, Windsor and Russian River Re-Visioning workshops. In 2006 Robin served as the start-up Executive Director for Community Housing Sonoma County, a non-profit community development organization specializing on service enriched housing. She was also a founding member of Farmworker Housing Sonoma County. In 2008 Robin hosted the West End Creative Salon which brought together community to weather the downturn and sparked events such as the Handcar Regatta and economic development such as the Share Exchange. Robin served on the Chop’s Teen Club board from 2008- 2011. In 2012 she helped launch Sonoma County BEST, a public-private economic development organization. Robin is currently on the Executive Board of the Sonoma County Alliance and chairs the Environmental Committee. Drawing from her background in community and economic development, design, and sustainability, Robin is interested in exploring innovative solutions to solve overlapping problems facing our community.
Michael K. Tonjum, Ph.D., Vice President
Michael Tonjum Ph.D. is a licensed Psychologist who has been in practice for over 30 years. Specializing in the assessment and therapy of children and their families with special needs, Michael has extensive experience treating children who have been diagnosed as having ADHD, Learning Disabilities, depression, anxiety and pervasive developmental disorders. After 12 years as the Executive Director of LifeWorks of Sonoma County, a local non-profit agency, Michael has again returned to private practice. His practice now also includes working with children, adolescents and adults experiencing life transition difficulties, depression and anxiety. Additionally, Michael has extensive experience helping couples resolve marital/relationship issues. Michael is on the Board of Directors for the Collaborative Council of the Redwood Empire (CCRE) and provides coaching support to divorcing couples utilizing the Collaborative Process. Michael cares about the community and is committed to helping others.