Impact100 Sonoma Welcomes New Board Members


Impact100 Sonoma Board of Directors from left to right: Cathy Gorham, Amy Rassen, Liz Tunney Williams, Carole Eubanks, Terri Rhodes, Gera Vaz, and Pam Gilberd.

The Impact100 Sonoma Board of Directors recently elected seven new Board members:

Carole Eubanks, Communications. Carole’s technical writing career took her from her home in Texas, to a Congressional campaign, technical writing positions with Marsh & McLennan and Cigna Insurance, and ultimately to documentation specialist for Oracle Corporation. She has also served as President and Advisor for the Sonoma Valley Newcomers Club, as well as Website and Newsletter Editor.

Pam Gilberd, Member Engagement. After graduating from Northwestern University, Pam enjoyed a circuitous career path: Pan Am flight attendant; third grade teacher; model/TV spokeswoman; manufacturer of patio market umbrellas; 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.

Cathy Gorham, Information Management & Technology. Cathy has been in the Financial Services Industry for almost 30 years, twenty-three of those serving the Sonoma Valley. She is a founding member of Impact100 Sonoma and has served on the Financial Review Committee for three terms. She serves on the Board of the Sonoma Valley Rotary Club and the Sonoma Valley Vintners & Growers Alliance in addition to being a volunteer cook for Meals on Wheels of Sonoma.

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.

Terri Rhodes, Secretary. Terri is the CEO of the Disability Management Employer Coalition, a nonprofit association dedicated to advancing strategies and resources for employers 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 and worked for Health Net and Abbott Laboratories managing work force productivity.

Liz Tunney Williams, Assistant Treasurer. Liz has been on the Financial Review Committee of Impact100 Sonoma since she joined the organization. She holds a BA from Wellesley College and an MBA from Columbia University and has been a VP at Citibank in NYC; San Juan, PR; and San Francisco. Liz is an active participant in the fund-raising efforts for Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital.

Gera Vaz, Membership. For more than 25 years, Gera has led results-oriented human resources teams in delivering best-in-class services throughout the US, Europe, and Asia. As Chief HR Officer for two global law firms, she directed implementation of best practices that resulted in both firms being named to Fortune Magazine’s “Top 100 Companies to Work For.” Gera continues to consult with professional services firms from her home in Kenwood.

Additionally, Constance Grizzell, Arleen Curry, Nancy Pollock, Judy Scotchmoor, Sydney Randazzo, and Peg VanCamp are retiring and together have provided more than 20 years of service to the Board, most recently as Grants & Greater Impact, Treasurer, Membership Engagement, Communications, Co-President, and Governance, respectively. Wendy Hoffman will join Celia Canfield in sharing the leadership responsibilities as Co-president, Debby Kweller will move from Secretary to Governance, and Jeanne Montague assumes Treasurer responsibilities.

Impact100 Sonoma is a philanthropic organization started in August 2009 that brings together at least 100 women in a common purpose: to award an Impact Grant of $100,000 every year to a Sonoma Valley nonprofit organization plus additional smaller Community Grants. Over the course of its six-year history, Impact100 Sonoma has awarded more than $1,000,000 in grants to support nonprofit organizations serving the Sonoma Valley.