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Inspired by the adventure and the mission of Junior Achievement (JA), Kathie enjoys the entrepreneurial culture of JA and values its well-designed tools.

Kathie oversees and manages the program operations for JA NorCal's 23 counties. This includes working with the field staff to identify and recruit volunteers and educators, implementing orientation and trainings, support the implementation of the JA programs, and develop recognition and stewardship opportunities for all JA individuals and community partners.

Kathie has a BA in History from Texas A&M University. She serves as a member of JA USA's Field Program Advisory Committee and is a Board Member for the California Jumpstart Coalition.

Kathie Blanchett, VP of Education
Feb 20, 2018

Known simply as "The International Man of Memory", Chester Santos has left an impression on all corners of the earth. Through his ability to demonstrate extraordinary feats of the mind, as well as educate others to do the same, this U.S. Memory Champion is widely regarded to be one of the greatest memory experts in the world. He is the author of the best-selling book, "Instant Memory Training for Success", published by leading academic publisher John Wiley & Sons (Wiley). His memory talents have been featured in numerous media outlets including the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, CNN, NBC, ABC and PBS. From recalling a random 100-plus digit sequence in five minutes to naming every U.S. congress person’s state and district number, there’s no memory challenge Chester hasn’t taken on.

While Chester understands his exceptional skill, he also believes that every person has the ability to demonstrate amazing abilities with their memory given the proper technique and guidance. Through workshops, corporate trainings, or his renowned speeches and presentations, Chester has developed a knack for passing on valuable memory techniques in ways that are easy to understand and retain for years to come. In his workshops, Chester has taught an 85-year-old to recite every Academy Award Best Picture winner in the last 25 years.  Every one of his speaking engagements ends with a standing ovation. On nearly every continent in the world, Chester has inspired thousands of people to develop their memory. And as the International Man of Memory, this is the accomplishment that makes him most proud.

Chester Santos
Feb 27, 2018

649 Martin Ave, Rohnert Park, CA 94928

OFF-SITE MEETING - North Bay Industries
Mar 13, 2018

David Franklin is a nationwide presenter, international consultant and award-winning landscape professional with over 35 years experience in the Green Industry, including 20 years in the erosion control and water quality sectors. He has worked on stormwater issues as a consultant, specifier, SWPPP writer/manager, contractor and inspector on projects including vineyards, mines & quarries, river restoration, freeway & railroad and home construction.

Mr. Franklin has developed and delivered numerous stormwater classes to the public and private sector including Caltrans (California Department of Transportation) personnel in Design, Construction and Landscape Architecture divisions, the 24hr Caltrans stormwater course to contractors working on Caltrans’ projects as well as courses for California’s new Construction General Permit

David’s personal hobbies and interests include organic vegetable gardening, honeybees, playing handball like a maniac and songwriting competitions. 

David Franklin
Mar 20, 2018
Mar 23, 2018
5:15 PM – 9:00 PM

The Great Recession took a toll on many industries, with the downturn cutting a swath of growth and stability out of national, state and local economies. One of the hardest hit sectors in the North Bay was the business of building. In Marin, Sonoma and Napa counties, building usually employs thousands of construction workers along with tradespeople such as plumbers, painters, cement specialists, heating/cooling experts and more. A downturn in construction projects doesn’t just affect the people swinging hammers, it also impacts developers, architects, mortgage brokers, banks, land surveyors and insurance companies.

Keith Woods, chief executive officer of the North Coast Builders Exchange, has his finger on the pulse of what’s happening in the building industry. His member operated, nonprofit organization represents more than 1,100 contractors, architects, engineers and other firms involved with the construction industry in Sonoma, Napa, Mendocino and Lake counties.

Keith Woods
Apr 10, 2018

At 33, Clint St. Martin has been a hero most his life. He served in the Marine Corps as a staff sergeant and motor transport chief and deployed to Iraq in 2008. The North Bay native returned to Sonoma County and graduated with a degree in sociology from Sonoma State University. Longing for a sense of community andcamaraderie that the military provided, he joined the Mountain Volunteer Fire Department as a firefighter, engineer and certified emergency medical technician. In June, his passions led him on a trip to China, where he assisted an animal group, rescuing dozens of dogs from torture and slaughter at the Yulin dog meat festival. St. Martin looks forward to rebuilding local communities after the Tubbs Fire, working as a licensed contractor.  His home on Mark West Springs Road, was reduced to ash on October 9 during the fire, while he and his crew were first responders.

Clint St. Martin, is the Liaison Representative for Devil Pups which covers a large area that includes Santa Rosa, Windsor, Rohnert Park, Cloverdale, Sonoma, the Central Valley, Southern Nevada and Washington state; in other words, West Sonoma County to Northern Marin.

This organization is for well-behaved and focused kids that can go out and raise $100. They are not allowed to beg or corral family members or relatives, but have to go out to speak to teachers, mentors and business people by doing something positive in their presentation. This is almost considered a buy-in to the program: it is an incentive not to quit and lose their money. They must respect their country, military and the U.S. flag.

Clint St.John
Apr 17, 2018

In the early 1970's, John became an employee of C.D.F. (California Division of Forestry) Ecology Corps, so he could make extra money to further his music career. He fought forest fires, participated in conservation projects throughout the state of California and this foundation prepared him for a lifetime of communing with nature.

A friend of his at the California Department of Fish and Game, turned him onto cavity nesting birds back in 1995, and he has been actively involved in cavity nesting bird conservation ever since. In 2000, John established Wild Wing Company, after personally witnessing the success that beneficial cavity nesting birds have on impacting pests in our vineyard operations.

From rodents to ground and flying insect control, Wild Wing Company offers a wide variety of cavity-nesting boxes for Barn Owls, Screech Owls, American Kestrels, Bluebirds, Violet-green Swallows and Tree Swallows. Also available are exotic bird traps for controlling pest birds that destroy crops, transfer  diseases to livestock, and kill or drive way native cavity nesting birds from their nest sites.

Since 2003, Wild Wing Company has been a member of CWA (California Waterfowl Association), a conservation society dedicated to the preservation of waterfowl, wetlands and habitat development. Wild Wing Company offers fantastic nest boxes for the preservation of one of the most beautiful birds in this hemisphere: the Wood Duck 

John Schuster
Apr 24, 2018

Michael Haney, Director of Membership and Government Relations of the Sonoma County Vintners, has been appointed Interim Executive Director by the organization’s Board of Directors. He replaces Jean Arnold Sessions, who is stepping out of the Executive Director position at the end of January 2018.

“The Board felt strongly that Michael Haney was the ideal candidate to lead the Sonoma County Vintners during this transition,” said Russell Joy, President of the Board of Directors. “Michael has spent the last three years as Director of Membership and is a vintner himself. In addition, he has been a leader in government and community relations and raised much needed awareness about the wine community’s positive impact to Sonoma County.”

Mr. Haney also has extensive experience in fundraising having served 11 years as a board member and three years serving as Executive Director of America’s original and oldest wine auction and events, l’Ete du Vin. During his tenure, the organization raised over $15 million for cancer related research and services.

“It’s an honor to serve the Sonoma County Vintners as Interim Executive Director,” said Haney. “Sonoma County is a world-class wine region, and I am passionately committed to continuing to bring greater appreciation to Sonoma County wines through advocacy and education.”

As Interim Executive Director, Mr. Haney will oversee the Sonoma County Vintners and Sonoma County Vintners Foundation. A member of the Martinelli family of Martinelli Winery and Vineyards, Mr. Haney also produces his own wine under Black Dog Cellars, specializing in small boutique case lots of Russian River Pinot Noir, Zinfandel Syrah and Chardonnay.

Michael Haney
May 15, 2018
CLUB ASSEMBLY - Business Meeting
Jun 05, 2018