Board of Directors

Frederick Kasl, President

A native Californian, Frederick graduated from the University of Denver and established an international importing and sales organization in Los Angeles. In 1992, he joined the not-for-profit...

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Dena Bliss, Vice President

Dena spent her childhood in a small town in northeastern Pennsylvania and then finished growing up in Hollywood, CA. She attended UCLA and SSU where she ultimately got her M.A. in management and...

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Larry Needleman, Treasurer

Born and raised in NY, Larry has lived in west Sonoma County since 1974.  After graduating Cornell University's School of Hotel Administration, he worked in various aspects of the food...

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Rodney DeMartini, Secretary

Rodney began his professional career as a high school teacher and principal before becoming involved in 1983 in the newly founded Aris Project that provided practical and emotional support to...

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R. Michael Collins, MSN, RN, RCP

Michael has been a Registered Nurse and a Respiratory Care Practitioner for over fifteen years. Most recently he helped open Sonoma West Medical Center as Interim Chief Clinical Officer. His...

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Diana Laczkowski

Diana migrated from Philadelphia to northern CA in 1976.  She graduated from the University of Colorado and obtained a BA degree in Psychology and Education.  In 2006, she obtained...

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Mark Leavitt

Mark was born and raised in San Jose, where he attended Bellarmine College Prepratory and then San Jose State University (B.S. Accounting), later obtaining his CPA. He moved to Santa Rosa in...

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Larry Prager

Larry received a B.A. from the University of Miami and did graduate work in creative writing at San Francisco State before teaching American literature in Jerusalem in 1973. He has owned and...

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Mark Short

Mark grew up on a farm in Iowa and graduated from Augustana College in Sioux Falls, SD.  His career was in Pfizer's veterinary division where he was US marketing director, a...
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Sandy Younglove

Sandy has a midwestern childhood, born and raised in a Chicago suburb. Her family moved to San Rafael, California in the late 60's. After high school, she continued her education at Stephens...

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