Board of Directors
MIKE KASPER | Board President
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 | 2nd Vice President
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.
JOSH MOORE, CPA | Treasurer
Josh was born and raised in Sonoma County and began his accounting career with Pisenti & Brinker LLP after graduating from Sonoma State University. Over the next eight years he gained experience providing both tax and assurance services. In 2008 he had the opportunity to serve in a financial leadership role as Controller for TLCD Architecture where he spent the next five years of his career. In March of 2013, Josh returned to his accounting roots at Pisenti & Brinker LLP where he continues to advise a variety of clients and industries. Josh is currently Chairman of the Board of Directors of United Way of the Wine Country and has held previous positions within the same organization as Finance Committee Chair, Audit Committee Chair and served on the Board of Directors and Executive Committee. In his spare time he enjoys riding off-road motorcycles and being outdoors. He lives in Santa Rosa with his wife and two daughters.
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.
JASON GLAZIER | 1st Vice President
Jason Glazier is an Independent Financial Advisor working out of his downtown Santa Rosa office. He specializes in goal planning, investment management, retirement plans and more. In addition to being on the board of CMOSC, he is heavily involved with the Active 20-30 Club of Santa Rosa #50. This involvement culminated with him being voted the 2011 “Member of the Year”. Also in 2011, Jason was a finalist for the 4 C’s of Sonoma County’s “Champions for Children” award. In 2012, he was named as a Top Forty Under 40 award winner by the North Bay Business Journal. Jason lives in Santa Rosa with his wife and their daughter and son.
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.
Leslie moved to Sonoma County in 1997 with her husband, Joe. While the bulk of her career was spent as a Congressional Aide in Washington, DC, she has benefited from a variety of work and life experiences, including being Mom to two active boys (three, if you count Joe!). Leslie is currently a Community Relations Specialist with Pacific Gas and Electric Company and enjoys supporting the many nonprofits she words with throughout Northern California, as well as managing PG&E's Bright Minds Scholarship Program. The Horaks are a Founding Family of the Children's Museum, and Leslie is proud to follow in the footsteps of husband Joe, who was a founding Board member.
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.
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.
JENNY LEVINE-SMITH | Secretary
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.
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.
Diane received a Bachelor's degree in English from the University of California, Davis in 1972 and went on to earn several advanced degrees: a Master's degree in Communicative Disorders from the University of the Pacific in Stockton; a Master's Degree in Organizational Development and a Doctorate in Human and Organizational Systems from The Fielding Institute in Santa Barbara; and an Administrative credential from California State University, Sacramento. She served as a speech and language teacher for the University of California, Davis Extension program, and subsequently taught educational leadership courses for CSUS and a curriculum and leadership course for California State University, Sonoma.
As an Administrator, Diane served as the principal and the Assistant Superintendent for Human Resources in the Patwin Elementary School in the Davis Joint Unified School District before becoming a Superintendent of the Petaluma Old Adobe district in 2002.