BECOME A BOARD MEMBER
Board Members Wanted: This is an exciting time for PI as we are expanding our services and embarking on new projects. Please join us as we move forward to serve the community. The commitment is reasonable, the time well spent, and the sense of satisfaction enormous.
Christian Sullberg, Chair
A long time resident of Sonoma County, born in Healdsburg, California, Christian opened his first pastry cafe Moustache Baked Goods at the age of twenty two. Since then his commitment has been creating pastry and menus that celebrate our region and farmers.After his feature on the Cooking Channel he embarked on his second project, Noble Folk Ice Cream & Pie. He is the driving force behind the creative team at Moustache & Noble Folk; 2016 has been a major milestone for both of his companies as they were selected as one of the Top 25 LGBTQ Businesses to work for in the Bay Area.
Deborah Klein, Vice Chair
A native Californian who moved to Sonoma County in 1970, Deborah has had many careers and owned several successful restaurants, the first of which opened in 1977 in San Francisco. Obtaining her doctorate in education in 2004, she has worked in city, county, state, and federal government in both California and New Mexico in the areas of therapeutic justice programs, youth advocacy, instructional design, and performance improvement. In her private practice as a certified executive coach, Deborah has successfully coached over 150 clients. She currently works for the County of Sonoma Information Systems Department, designing and developing whiteboard animation videos for public information programs. Working with Positive Images continues her lifelong commitment to supporting her LGBTQ+ community.
Francina Richardson, Treasurer
Francina is a nearly life long resident of Sonoma County. She has been an active business woman having owned and successfully run several restaurants as well as the wholesale foods company known as La Casa Foods. Having sold her restaurants and foods business in the late 1990s she has bought and sold commercial real estate and worked as a consultant in the purchase and sale of small businesses. Francina has been active in the volunteer community in Sonoma Valley. She is the mother of two grown children and the grandmother of four. Spending time in Siskiyou County at her second home is her favorite pass time.
Jessica Hoh, Secretary
Jessica has served on the board for a year. Originally from Sonoma County, Hoh has experience working in HIV/AIDS prevention, sexual violence education, domestic violence crisis counseling, youth empowerment, grant writing, and teaching sexual health. She earned her Master’s in Human Sexuality in 2014, focusing her studies on domestic violence and gender dynamics between lesbian and queer women.
Susan Cohen graduated from the City University of NY and did graduate work at The New School of Social Research. Over the years, she has served on numerous boards in both SF and Sonoma Counties. While living in San Francisco, she was a school teacher and guidance counsellor for children ages 10-13. For the past 35 years, she has been a resident of Sonoma County. Susan was president/owner of Alladin Mortgage Corp in both Marin and Sonoma counties. For a number of years, she taught finance at the Santa Rosa JC. With both experience in finance and social work, she sees herself as a ‘financial social worker.’ Upon retiring from Alladin Mortgage Corp, she became involved in building houses in Sonoma County and currently engages in philanthropic work.
Adam is the Vice President of Professionals Services for ZeroChaos, a software and service company with $3 billion in annual revenue. In his role he oversees multiple departments; among them are Implementations, Independent Contractor Compliance, and S.O.W management. Adam has over 20 years of progressive management experience with proven expertise in Information Technology, Project Management, Contract Management, HR law, and strategic planning. As a father of three, Adam is deeply interested in Positive Images, because he believes his children should grow up feeling that it is OK to be who you are.
Sarah started her work with Positive Images as a volunteer mentor, and later joined the Board of Directors. She currently works for Justia, a legal marketing firm. Her role there includes serving as a project management and legal content SEO professional, and also as an author and editor. Her professional background includes practicing law at a mid-size firm in San Francisco, with an emphasis on litigation related to public agency matters, employment, financial services, and professional liability. Before attending law school she served as a congressional staff member to Representative Barbara Lee in Oakland. Sarah is originally from the Bay Area, and obtained both her B.A. and law degree from U.C. Berkeley. She lives in Petaluma with her wife Kristin and their dog and cat.