Board of Directors
Windee Smith, President
Before moving to Sonoma in 2002, Windee Smith had a restaurant and a wine store in San Francisco for many years. She was most recently the owner of The Valley Wine Shack in Sonoma. Not long after moving here she became aware of The Club and its positive impact on the community. After seeing how many families feel the impact of The Club’s programs, she was committed to serving The Club in any capacity. She feels that being a member of the Board and the Marketing Committee allows her to serve not only The Club, but also the community, and The club is such an integral part of Sonoma.
Jay Rooke, Vice Chair, Safety Committee Chair
Proud BGC Alumni. Once a Club kid, always a Club kid.
A member of Forbes Coaches Council, Jay Rooke, J.D., is a trained executive and business coach who resides in Sonoma. Jay spent the first half of his life on the East Coast where he worked as a toxic tort litigator for the City of New York, as well as helping Merck pharmaceuticals launch the first-ever anticancer vaccine. He attended culinary school in New York City, and later opened his own restaurant in California. Prior to coaching, he most recently worked for NBC Sports; he also has experience working in the clean tech, sustainability and wine industries. Jay is the Co-Founder of GivingKicks.com, a charitable initiative to provide 1,000 shoes to 1,000 underprivileged kids when they go back to school in the fall.
Doug Hanford, Past President
Doug is a Landscape Architect and founded an environmental restoration company that performs large scale stream and wetland restoration projects throughout California. A graduate of Sonoma Valley High School and UC Berkeley, Doug grew up here in the Valley. He has served on the Sonoma County Design Review Board and for 14 years on the Sonoma County Agricultural and Open Space Advisory Board. Doug has two children, Hope Wirth of Oak Harbor WA and Teddy Hanford who lives in Petaluma.
Marney Malik, Treasurer
With husband Shah, moved to Sonoma in 2016 from Vancouver, WA to be closer to kids and grand-kids, who all live in Sonoma. One of the founders, and a former Executive Officer of the Greenbrier Companies, Inc. a NYSE listed company, where I held various senior management positions over my 30+ year career, primarily focused on finance, risk management, business development and mergers and acquisitions. Served on the Board of Directors of Easter Seals Oregon for 13 years, including as Treasurer. Was a 10-year student sponsor through Marathon Education Partners, a non-profit that pairs gifted but economically and socially challenged students with a mentor and a direct college-bound financial support system. Currently serve on the Board of Directors of Impact 100 as Treasurer and former Board Member and Treasurer of Teen Services Sonoma.
Marck Zhuelsdorff, Secretary
Marck, is a Financial Advisor with Edward Jones. He is married to Alison Zuehlsdorff a 1st grade teacher at Sassarini Elementary School and father to Connor and Kate. Marck holds a Graduate Degree from Pacific Coast Banking School at the University of Washington. He is a Sonoma Chamber Leadership Graduate. Marck served as a board member of the Sonoma Valley Mentoring Alliance and is Past President of Sonoma Valley Rotary. Marck is committed to fostering an environment in the Wine Country where ALL youth grow up with hope and knowledge that they can succeed in life through hard work.
A partner in the real estate investment firm A&C Ventures, Jennifer Blesius supports CEO David Grieve with all business and personal entities, including Grieve Family Winery. She is also involved in many aspects of the firm including investor summits, special events and non‐profit efforts. Jennifer joined ACV in 2016 following a decade‐ long career with TPG Capital in San Francisco, where she most recently managed global meetings and logistics for their in‐house Fundraising Team. While there, she was responsible for coordinating the firm’s international conferences and annual events.
Jennifer’s non‐profit work extends well beyond her day job, having spent years volunteering with groups such as Team in Training, Bark for Life, Children’s Book Project SF and SF Firefighter’s Toy Program. An experienced non‐profit coordinator, Jennifer has organized and volunteered for several charitable golf tournaments including Taco Bell Foundation, Score Fore Kids‐Children’s Hospital and Nordstrom JRDF Golf Tournament. Since moving to Sonoma in 2017 with her husband Mark, Jennifer has embraced small-town life and the boundless opportunities to engage with her new community. As part of that effort, she reached out to Boys & Girls Clubs of Sonoma Valley about volunteer opportunities. She joined the committee for the 2nd Annual Fairways Fore Futures Golf Tournament and has co‐chaired the event for the past two years. As a committee member for the Sweetheart Gala, Jennifer has been instrumental in soliciting wine and auction donations. In 2019, Jennifer was chosen as Boys & Girls Clubs of Sonoma Valley Star Volunteer of the Year.
Kathy retired from the practice of law in 2013. She served as the General Counsel of a technology company in San Jose and previously was a partner at the law firm of Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati in Palo Alto. Kathy received her J.D. from Stanford Law School and has served as Chair of the Stanford Law School Board of Visitors. She received the Stanford Governors’ Award for service to Stanford University in 2017. Since retiring, Kathy has enjoyed volunteering with a number of organizations, from reading with Sassarini Elementary School first-graders, to tutoring Sonoma residents studying to take the U.S. citizenship exam, to serving as a docent at Sonoma’s historic State Park. She also serves on Impact100 Sonoma and Girl Scouts of Northern California and is a former board member of Teen Services Sonoma.
Doug grew up in Sonoma Valley attending public schools and is a graduate of UC Berkeley with a BA in Landscape Architecture. A licensed Landscape Architect and General Engineering Contractor, Doug is the founder and president of Hanford ARC, a general engineering construction firm founded in 1984 specializing in large scale stream and wetland restoration projects.
Doug has served for 6 years on the Sonoma County Planning Department Design Review Board, 14 Years on the Sonoma County Agricultural and Open Space Advisory Committee, and 7 years on Sonoma Valley Teen Services Board developing employment skills and job opportunities for teens.
Dub Hay, Past Board Chair
As a senior vice president, Global Coffee Authority, Willard (Dub) Hay led the team responsible for championing the Starbucks coffee experience and ensuring a single global voice of coffee in Starbucks stores around the world. As the company’s chief coffee advocate, Dub also oversaw internal programs to further demonstrate Starbucks passion, quality and leadership in all things coffee. For more than 30 years, Dub traveled to the far reaches of coffee growing regions, such as Sulawesi, Rwanda and Papua New Guinea, building deep relationships with generations of farmers, and in 2007, was designated as and Elder by the Kikuyu Tribe in Kenya. Dub started with Starbucks in November 2002, and retired December of 2012. He led the development of C.A.F.E. Practices, Starbucks’ socially responsible coffee buying guidelines, as well as global development of Farmer Support Centers to improve coffee quality and farmer livelihoods.
Alex King is the founder of Archetype Legal PC, a law firm that advises companies, investors, and individuals on a wide range of business transactions. Alex represents clients across a broad spectrum of industries including tech and internet, food and beverage, product, consulting and general service firms, often serving as their outside general counsel. His practice focuses on corporate and partnership law with experience in issues of structure and organization, raising capital and financing due diligence, securities and equity compensation, ongoing corporate compliance, and joint ventures.
Alex is a Business Advisor for Pacific Community Ventures, a nonprofit dedicated to supporting small business growth and job creation in low-income communities. Alex received his JD from Golden Gate University School of Law, and his MBA from Golden Gate’s Ageno School of Business. When he’s not practicing law Alex enjoys crime novels, golf and a good glass of pinot noir.
Krieger has lived in Sonoma since 2000 and has served on the Club’s Board since 2005 as VP of Strategic Planning and Governance. A lifelong tennis player, Krieger is the General Manager of the Bay Club in Marin, a former board president of International Health and Racquet Sports Association, and a member of the Advisory Board of The Tennis Hall of Fame. He has represented the US in 10 senior team matches in the UK, Mexico, France and Canada. Larry is married to the lovely Virginia Krieger, who works for the Sonoma Valley International Film Festival.
Connie Sangiacomo was born and raised in Huntington Beach, California. She attended Mater Dei Catholic High School in Santa Ana, California and continued her studies at the University of Colorado, Boulder graduating with a BA in English. After her college career, Connie moved back to Southern California and began her career working in Los Angeles as a Casting Associate for feature films. She spent the next six years working for various Corporations including Sony Pictures, Universal Pictures, Warner Brothers and directors/producers such as Anthony Minghella and Jerry Bruckheimer. After moving to Sonoma in 2002 she shifted focus and began work as a corporate sales manager for Villagio Inn & Spa and Vintage Inn located in Yountville. Working there for four years Connie received Villagio and Vintage Inn’s Exceptional Leadership Award in 2005. It was also in 2002 when Connie developed a passion for charity work. For several years, she worked closely with committee members to organize the first annual Fertile Hope Gala. Fertile Hope is a national, non-profit organization dedicated to providing reproductive information, support and hope to cancer patients and survivors whose medical treatments present the risk of infertility. Today this organization is a part of the Lance Armstrong foundation known as Livestrong Fertility. Connie’s charitable work continued with Queen of the Valley Hospital Foundation, Saint Francis Solano Church and School and most notably, Boys & Girls Clubs of Sonoma Valley. The Sweetheart Gala & Auction is the largest annual event for Boys & Girls Clubs of Sonoma Valley and critical funds are raised at this Event to support their operating budget. Connie worked for 8 years on the committee assisting in the planning of this Event in various capacities. She co-chaired the Event for 3 years working to build momentum around the Event and increasing the event revenue through tickets sales and sponsorships. Connie lives in Sonoma with her husband Steve Sangiacomo and her boys Drew (11) and Sam (9).
Past Board Members
Many thanks to our Board Alumni:
John Randall, Osias Encarnacion, Jean Hopeman, Niels Chew, Jim Mitchell, Margie Brookes, Tim Boeve, Sarah Bulkley, Steve Cohen, Ana Byerly, George Shea, Chuck Harris, Skip Wambickler, Walt Williams, Jerica Tercero, Robert Reyes, Pat Stevens, John Fisher, Marguerite LaDue, Nancy Dome, Anea Kamehele, Gary Nelson, Nancy Dome, Chris Argenziano, Steve Best, Anne Derryberry, Juan Lobato, Veronica Vences, Lorraine Ashton, Corina Zavaleta-Doo, Tammy Samut, Barry Ansell, Doug Hanford, Judy Scotchmoor, Sydney Randazzo, Debby Kweller, Marney Malik, Dario Aguilar, Sandy Drew, Mary Clark Janis, Tammy Samut, Jere V. Starks » read more...