Board of Directors
JENNY LEVINE-SMITH | Board President
Jenny Levine-Smith is the Director of Beth Ami Community Nursery School in Santa Rosa. After graduating with a B.A. in Child Development and Education from Brown University in 2001, she promptly moved to California to be a sports writer for the Eureka Times-Standard. It was during her next job, as a researcher for ESPN The Magazine in her hometown of New York City, that Jenny began volunteering at Harlem RBI, an organization devoted to reaching and supporting underprivileged youth through baseball. She was inspired, and soon shifted her career from sports to education, with a passion for making stellar education accessible to all kids. She earned her teaching credential at Sonoma State University, and taught at Roseland Accelerated Middle School for 7 years, before taking time off to raise her two young children. She arrived at Beth Ami first as a parent, and now, as director, pursues the shared vision of her teachers and of CMOSC to give children the time and materials to explore the world and to build their own connections and knowledge.
SAMUEL LEE | Secretary
Sam Lee grew up in Santa Rosa and received his B.S. in Biology at Pacific Union College. He then attended University of California, San Francisco, school of pharmacy and graduated with a Doctor of Pharmacy degree. He has been a practicing pharmacist starting 2003 and is currently the Inpatient Pharmacy Director at Kaiser Permanente, Santa Rosa since 2010. In 2015, he was named as a Top Forty Under 40 professionals award winner by the North Bay Business Journal. In 2011 he served as president for North Coast Chapter of California Society of Health-System Pharmacist. Sam lives in Santa Rosa with his wife and three boys all under the age of five. His children’s enthusiasm and endless hours of enjoyment at CMOSC inspired him to serve the community.
EVAN HERSHEY, CWS | Treasurer
Evan was born and raised in Sonoma County and began his advisory practice with Paine Webber after graduating from the University of California at Berkeley with a degree in Mathematics. Over the past 19 years he has continued to build his practice in Santa Rosa. As a Certified Wealth Strategist, Evan implements a holistic approach to total wealth management which allows him to consult with his clients about all aspects of their wealth. He currently serves on the Boards of both the Children’s Museum of Sonoma County and the Santa Rosa Metro Chamber of Commerce.
Evan has focused his volunteer time to helping disadvantaged children in Sonoma County. He spent 18 years as a member of the Active 20-30 Club of Santa Rosa where he served for several years on the board of directors of the national organization, Active 20-30 U.S. & Canada. In July of 2009, he began a 1 year term as the President and Chief Executive Officer of Active 20-30 U.S. & Canada on a volunteer basis. In this role, he oversaw the development of 42 subsidiary organizations with over 1,300 dues paying members. During his tenure in that position, Evan was able to help increase the number of members by 28% through a combination of recruiting new members for existing subsidiaries and developing new subsidiaries in new markets. In July of 2014, Evan began a 1 year term as the President and CEO Active 20-30 International. In that role, he oversaw 8 subsidiary organizations operating in 10 countries with an annual budget of approximately $19 million. While coordinating the efforts of 3,300 volunteers and employees across multiple tax jurisdictions and time zones was a challenge, he effectively helped grow the organizations number of dues paying members and helped increase the annual revenue by double digits."
Michael Kasper is a former executive with Procter & Gamble and Optical Coating Laboratory (now JDS Uniphase) spanning 29 years in industry. His primary background was in Operations Management as a Manufacturing Plant Manager and Director of Operations with P&G. He was Vice President and General Manager of the Applied Photonics Division at OCLI and served as Senior Vice President of Human Resources following the merger with JDSU. He was also President & CEO for United Way of Sonoma-Mendocino-Lake for three years. Mike is an honors graduate of Lafayette College with a BS in Mechanical Engineering.
Mike has coached and developed numerous executives during his career creating top performing organizations in multiple locations. He has taught leadership, coaching, personal action plans and other organizational development topics to a variety of audiences including industry, universities and non-profits. His ability to recruit, develop and retain talented people has created impressive, measurable results in many companies.
Heidi Friedman grew up in Sonoma County and attended El Molino High School. Friedman’s corporate experience includes GAP, Inc and Pottery Barn Kids, both based in San Francisco. From there Friedman spent several years leasing and selling commercial real estate in the greater Bay Area. She is now raising four children under the age of seven in Sonoma County. She has served on the Chamber of Commerce Boards of both Leadership Santa Rosa and the Young Professional Network (YPN) Boards. Friedman and her husband are both passionate about helping and bettering our community.
JESSICA CONKLIN SUTTON
Before moving to Sonoma County, Jessica specialized in software marketing & sales for 15 years in Marin County beginning with Broderbund Software in 1986 and concluding as Manager of the Customer Briefing Center at Autodesk in 2001. Since 2002, Jessica has pursued her passion for children’s health and education issues through her volunteer fundraising for Sonoma County children’s charities including The Valley of the Moon Children’s Home, The Junior League of Napa Sonoma, and The Wells Fargo Center for the Arts. Jessica enjoys time with her husband and daughter pursuing the many family activities available in Sonoma County. She holds a degree in Language Acquisition, Speech & Hearing Sciences from UC Santa Barbara and earned an MA in Counseling Psychology, New College of California.
DR. GEORGE BISBEE
Dr. Bisbee has been practicing medicine for more than 35 years in Santa Rosa. Board certified in Internal Medicine, Dr. Bisbee specializes in preventing, diagnosing and treating diseases of adults of all ages. Following his graduation from the University of Iowa College of Medicine, Dr. Bisbee served in the United States Navy as a Lieutenant and Medical Officer. Dr. Bisbee is a former Chief of Staff for Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital (1991-1992), where he continues to be a member of the medical staff. When not caring for patients, Dr. Bisbee enjoys spending his free time with his five children and nine grandchildren.
Gordon Dow began his pharmaceutical research and development career in 1965 in San Francisco at Ingram Pharmaceuticals, later acquired by Syntex. After a stint with the State of California as Executive Secretary of the Research Advisory Panel, Gordon Dow founded, built and eventually sold two Petaluma-based companies before retiring in 2012. Allerderm Laboratories was a medical device marketing business. Dow Pharmaceutical Sciences, an R & D firm, grew into an internationally recognized dermatology product development contractor. With over two dozen patents, Dr. Dow invented and developed more than 30 products, including T/gel Shampoo, Abreva, Jublia, and Metrogel.
He attended the University of California, Berkeley and received a doctorate in pharmacy from the University of California, San Francisco. Dr. Dow credits his education with enabling him have a productive career as a researcher and entrepreneur. He believes that educational opportunity for all is essential for a strong economy and vibrant community, and that early childhood education is where we have the greatest impact.
Barbara Gorder is President and Owner of the WBE certified, woman-owned Advertising and Marketing Agency, Undisclosed Location, Inc.
A graduate of Northwestern University, Barbara is an executive creative director, brand strategist, marketer and relationship builder with senior level corporate, entrepreneurial and advertising agency experience. Over the past 20 years, she has helped to build and design some of the world’s most powerful brands. She has broad marketing and advertising expertise across all channels and disciplines with an emphasis on new technologies. Throughout the industry, Barbara is known as a producer of innovative programs and advertising for women in beauty, athletics, health and spirits categories. She has received the Coty Award, Clios, Addys and been a finalist for Cannes Lions.
Barbara is the keynote Chair for the Direct to Consumer Wine Symposium in Napa, CA.
Supervisor Lynda Hopkins is in her first term representing the geographically large and economically diverse Fifth District. Her District includes the entire Sonoma County coastline, the lower Russian River, many unincorporated rural villages, the city of Sebastopol, and the Southwestern portion of the city of Santa Rosa. Lynda’s interest in public policy and land use began while attending Stanford University, where she studied environmental problem solving focused on coastal land use, mass transit, land use policy through the Earth Systems (BS, MS) Program. She also received a Bachelor of Arts degree in creative writing, which led to her work as a journalist focused on local government.
After earning her Master’s from Stanford, Lynda and her husband Emmett moved to his childhood home in Sonoma County. The couple put down roots together by starting Foggy River Farm, a diversified organic farm, on the Hopkins family property. Lynda and Emmett now have two daughters, Gillian and Addy, who are the fourth generation to pick apples from the old Gravenstein apple trees by the Russian River.
Lynda is a passionate advocate for environmental protection, affordable housing, coastal access for all Californians, social justice, and early childhood education. In addition to her involvement in the agricultural community, she also serves on the Children’s Museum of Sonoma County Board of Directors.
Tom graduated from Healdsburg High School in 1957. After an unsuccessful attempt at St. Marys College, he joined the Marine Corps as a Marine Aviation Cadet in 1959. Tom received his wings and commission in 1961, and flew fighters for four years. He joined TWA in 1965, and flew for them for 35 years. During that time, Tom was elected Chairman of various councils (Bases) of the Airline Pilot’s Association. He also was selected to chair several committees in Washington DC at the national office and did minor lobbying with various political figures.
Brian A. Noble was born and grew up in west Sonoma County. Following his graduation for Cardinal Newman High School, Brian attended St. Mary’s College of California. He then attended law school at Loyola in Los Angeles. In 2004, Brian returned to Sonoma County and worked for McMillan Shureen LLP and Friedemann Goldberg LLP before starting his own law practice. Since returning to Sonoma County, Brian has been actively involved in civic and community service, including the Press Democrat Leadership Forum, LSR Class XXV, United Way Golf Committee, Co-Chair for Santa Rosa Red, White & BOOM!, and a volunteer mediator for the Sonoma County Superior Court. Brian is currently a Judge Pro Tem for the Sonoma County Superior Court and a Past President of Active 20-30 Santa Rosa Club #50. Brian is married to a teacher and has a son and daughter and enjoys socializing with friends, traveling and spending time with his family.
Scott Shapiro was raised in Santa Rosa and attended Cardinal Newman High School. After high school, he spent 4 years in Boston getting his undergraduate degrees in Finance and Information Systems from Boston College. Scott has had a 15-year career in the commercial finance industry since returning from the East Coast and is currently a Vice President & Commercial Loan Officer at First Community Bank in Santa Rosa specializing in all forms of commercial and real estate lending to small and medium size companies. In addition, he currently acts as the Treasurer of a local charitable foundation and has been previously recognized as one of the Top Forty under 40 in the North Bay. Scott and his wife reside in Sonoma with their two sons.