Officers of the Board
Celia Canfield, Co-president
With over 30 years of publishing experience, Celia loves the power of words and is happiest when presenting ideas, whether as an adjunct professor or to an audience of new economy and sustainability advocates. More recently she has focused on helping nonprofits. She and her husband split their time between San Francisco and Sonoma, enjoying the diversity that each community offers. Originally from the South, Celia has called California home for the last 25 years, but still has her Southern accent.
Wendy Hoffman, Co-president
After a long career in journalism and public relations, Wendy left the fog of San Francisco to settle in Sonoma three years ago. She joined Impact100 Sonoma as a way to make new friends and get to know the community better. Her participation has led to her involvement in the Sonoma Valley Education Foundation, where she is a member of the board’s program committee. She’s an avid tennis player and plays on Sonoma’s team in a women’s three-county competitive league.
Ann Reder, Executive Vice President
Ann worked for many years as a high school teacher and administrator in San Francisco. She and her husband still reside in the city, but her heart is in Sonoma, where she has lived part-time for 12 years. Her interest in the nonprofit community and in extending her friendships in the Valley led her to become a founding member of Impact100 Sonoma. She joined the board as Membership Chair in 2010. Ann is an avid reader, walker and new grandmother.
Jeanne Montague, Treasurer
Jeanne moved to Sonoma three years ago, but still commutes to the city where she works full time as an investment banker. Her career expertise is mergers and acquisitions, primarily representing the sale of middle market companies throughout the Western US. As a sideline, she works with her architect husband renovating houses, which doesn’t leave much time for her other interests: golfing, skiing and hiking. Jeanne joined Impact100 Sonoma in 2011 was elected to the Board in 2013.
Liz Tunney Williams, Assistant Treasurer
After moving back to Sonoma, Liz met a couple of Impact100 Sonoma members and she knew she wanted to be part of this group. She has been on the Financial Review Committee ever since. Liz was a VP at Citibank in NYC, San Juan, PR and San Francisco. She holds a BA from Wellesley College and an MBA from Columbia University. She has two grown sons and is looking forward to the arrival of her first granddaughter in August. When she isn’t raising money for Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital, she enjoys tennis, gardening, and more recently, golf.
Terri Rhodes, Secretary
Terri is the CEO of the Disability Management Employer Coalition, a nonprofit association dedicated to advancing strategies and resources that improve workforce productivity. Terri has been a consultant in Mercer’s National Disability, Absence and Life practice providing strategic absence and disability solutions to employers of all sizes. She also worked for Health Net and Abbott Laboratories managing work force productivity. She grew up in Southern California, lived in Oregon for almost 30 years while raising her three children, and makes her home in Sonoma.
Members of the Board
Pam Gilberd, Membership Engagement
After graduating from Northwestern University, Pam enjoyed a crazy career path: a Pan Am flight attendant (Miami); third grade teacher (US Virgin Islands); model/TV spokeswoman (NY, Cleveland, SF); manufacturer of patio market umbrellas (Oakland); author/speaker of three books about women in business; and co-writer with husband Fred of a book about their Carmel hands-on house remodel. Pam moved to Sonoma in 2012 to be closer to seven of ten grandchildren and fell in love with the town and its people. Favorite things? Dancing, biking, hiking, creating art, and traveling.
Cathy Gorham, Information Management & Technology
A Napa Valley native, Cathy has been in the Financial Services Industry for close to 30 years, with 23 of those serving the Sonoma Valley. She is a founding member of Impact100 Sonoma and served on the Financial Review Committee for three terms. A lifelong volunteer, Cathy also serves on the Board of the Sonoma Valley Rotary Club and the Sonoma Valley Vintners & Growers Alliance and is a volunteer cook for Meals on Wheels of Sonoma Valley. In her free time, she can be found gardening or escaping for a quiet moment on the beach.
Debby Kweller, Governance
A recent retiree from a career in the disability insurance and financial management industry, Debby joined Impact100 Sonoma in 2011 to network with other women and support greater collaboration among non-profits. She became familiar with Sonoma Valley Teen Services and joined their board in 2013. With a love of cooking and fine wine, Debby and her husband, Bob, moved to Sonoma Valley in 2001 .They also spend four months each year camping in their Roadtrek Sprinter.
Grace Meeks, Impact Grant
Although always a Texan, Grace has been in Sonoma since 1996. She has over 25 years of experience as an architect and an equal amount of time volunteering. She is a founding member of Impact100 Sonoma. Her life’s philosophy: “I appreciate the results, but really enjoy the process. I believe in rules, but know they have to be broken at times. Volunteering takes up a lot of my spare and not-so-spare time, but it’s worth it. Keeping my life balanced always includes golf.”
Hope Nisson, Events
Hope was a flight attendant for 40 years, but still found time to volunteer as a fundraiser and event planner for nonprofits. Now retired, that role continues. Hope is a founding member of Impact100 Sonoma and joined the Board as Events Chair in 2014. She feels that Impact100 Sonoma supports her belief that Sonoma is a giving community and a special place to live. A Sonoma resident for 35 years, she also enjoys travel, playing golf, and being with friends and family.
Amy Rassen, Grants Oversight
Amy’s career has focused on providing leadership, vision, and direction to nonprofit agencies of all sizes. She is a pioneer in the family support and parent education field, and has helped revamp healthcare delivery in California’s prisons, started a national foundation on asthma, and turned around nonprofits on the brink of closure. Through her consultancy practice she continues to help nonprofit organizations carry out their missions. Amy is delighted to share her expertise as a board member of Impact 100 Sonoma.
Diana Sanson, Community Grants
Originally from Virginia, Diana moved to the Bay Area in 1991 after graduating Duke with her MBA. She is a founding member of Impact100 Sonoma and has chaired or served on a grant review committee every year. She has held positions with numerous nonprofits, with most of her focus on environmental education organizations. She currently lives in Glen Ellen, where she built a rammed earth home in 2009. She and her husband are avid cyclists and XC skiers.
Judy Scotchmoor, Communications
After a long career in science education, Judy found that the communication skills acquired from lots of curriculum and grant-writing, editing, and web development filled a need for Impact100. Judy joined the board in 2011 as Chair of Communications. She has lived in Sonoma for more than 30 years, is a founding member of Impact100, and in her spare time enjoys hiking, kayaking, and scruffling cats.
Gera Vaz, Membership
For more than 25 years, Gera led results-oriented human resources teams in delivering best-in-class services throughout the United States, Europe, and Asia. As Chief HR Officer for two global law firms, Gera directed implementation of best practices that resulted in both firms being named to Fortune Magazine’s “Top 100 Companies to Work For.” Gera and her husband took up permanent residence at their Kenwood home this year, where she continues to consult while enjoying the views of the vineyards during long conference calls.
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Past Board Members
Annette Lomont and Christine Dohrmann, Co-Founders of Impact100 Sonoma ( June 2009), retired from the Board of Directors on June 30, 2011 and November 15, 2011 respectively. Mollie Collins rotated off the Board on June 30, 2012. Beth Aaron, Patti England, and Geralyne Mahoney rotated off the Board on June 30, 2013. B.J. Bishoff retired from the Board on February 10, 2014. Lorraine Ashton, Nancy Bruce, Mirja Muncy, and Kathryn Perry rotated off the Board on June 30, 2014. Arlene Curry, Constance Grizzell, Nancy Pollock, Sydney Randazzo, and Peg VanCamp rotated off the Board on June 30, 2015.