February 2016
Sonoma Valley Fund Newsletter


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Peg Van Camp Co-Chair of SVF
SVF Welcomes New Board Members
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Peg Van Camp named Co-President of Sonoma Valley Fund's Board

Peg Van Camp has been elected as Co-President of Sonoma Valley Fund's Board. Peg will share duties with incumbent President, Joshua Rymer for 2016.

Peg comes to the role with a history of leadership in foundation work, having served on the boards of: Horizons Foundation, the oldest gay and lesbian community foundation in the United States, the United Way of the Bay Area, the Gold Rush Trail Foundation, and the Marin Community Foundation, where she served as a trustee for six years. Peg held various roles in these volunteer positions including board chair, governance chair, and chair of other standing and ad hoc committees. She currently chairs the Audit Committee for 10,000 Degrees Marin, and sits on the Advisory Board of 10,000 Degrees Sonoma. Peg has also served as Governance Chair of the Impact100 Sonoma board of directors.

Peg earned her Bachelor's Degree in English from Lone Mountain College, San Francisco, and her Juris Doctor Degree from the University of San Francisco School of Law. She spent more than 40 years in the financial and legal services industries as an operations and commercial lawyer for Wells Fargo Bank, and handling a wide range of practice areas including commercial, corporate and international lending, securities, and nonprofit law for Union Bank and its predecessors. Peg retired at the end of 2013 as Senior Vice President and Senior Counsel for Union Bank's primary investment adviser subsidiary, for the Union Bank Foundation and for the Bank's Corporate Social Responsibility Division.

Lead on Peg!
Sonoma Valley Fund Welcomes Four New Board Members 

Nancy Ramsey 
Nancy is a Futurist, Author and Entrepreneur. She has consulted with the Global Business Network as a futurist and continued to consult with small corporations and private non profits on using Scenario Planning as a part of Strategic Planning. Before leaving Washington D.C. for California, Nancy worked in public policy organizations and was Legislative Director for then Senator John Kerry. For the last decade she has focused on working with the Women's President's Organization chapters, Platinum Groups and member companies in this area. Nancy has also consulted with a number of IT start ups on the early design of online learning programs. She is a popular speaker on a wide range of business and women's issues.

Nancy has served on a number of Boards: The Women's Campaign Fund, The National Peace Academy Campaign, and Peace Links International. In 1984, she served as a Distinguished Resource Fellow at the Center for Conflict Resolution at George Mason University. She served on the Advisory Board of the Anita Borg Institute for Women and Technology and was a member of International Women's Forum. She is a founding member of Impact 100.

Nancy is a native of West Hartford, Connecticut. She was an American Field Service exchange student in Heilbronn, Germany, is a graduate of Colby College and received a Masters Degree in Social Work from the University of Chicago where she was the first woman to receive the degree in Community Organizing. Nancy  will sit on two committees --  Programming, Partners and Content as well as Strategic Planning.

Lorna Sheridan 
Lorna Sheridan is probably best known in the Valley as the Education Editor for the  Sonoma Index-Tribune .  She  covers  the education scene in Sonoma in addition to being a columnist and general business news reporter. Prior to landing in our town, Lorna was an accomplished  corporate public relations and crisis communications  professional, holding leadership positions in several prominent firms  in New York City .

Lorna is a graduate of St. Paul's School in Concord, N.H. and Princeton University.  Lorna has served on Sonoma's Cultural & Fine Arts Commission, the Sonoma Valley Tennis and Library Association Boards and is a member of both the Education Writer's Association and California Association for the Gifted.
Naturally, she will start her board service by serving on the Marketing and Communications Committee.

Donald Van de Mark
Donald sells Sonoma Valley real estate though he admits, the Valley really sells itself. Donald consistently performs in the top 1% of over 47,000 Sotheby's International Realty agents. 
Prior to real estate, Donald was a political and business correspondent. He was the first Washington Correspondent for CNBC where he was nominated for an Ace Award for his 1993 series, "China, The Giant Awakens". Donald then edited and anchored several business shows for CNN, including MoneyWeek. 

Donald earned a BA from Tufts University. He attended St. George's School in Rhode Island, and Upper Canada College in Toronto. Donald is the author of  The Good Among the Great, 19 Traits of the Most Admirable, Creative and Joyous People.
Donald will also serve on the 
Marketing and Communications Committee.

Juan Hernandez 
Juan is the Executive Director of La Luz Center. Juan is the designated Non-profit Board Member. 

Born and raised in the barrio of East Los Angeles, Juan is completely bi-lingual and bi-cultural. He is a counselor, coach, and a seasoned advocate for youth and community outreach. He earned a B.A. degree from UC Riverside, a Fellowship in Management Leadership from New York, and an M.A. in Psychology and Organization Development from Sonoma State University. Juan served as Director of Educational Programs at the Calistoga Family Center, and, while in Calistoga, was elected to the board of the Napa Community Foundation and the Napa Valley Hispanic Network. 

Juan has been appointed (Sonoma County) First 5 Commissioner, and he serves on the Sonoma Sheriff's Advisory Group, the Sonoma Valley Health Roundtable, Portrait of Sonoma County Leadership Team, and the Latino Leaders of Sonoma County. Juan's wife Veronica is a high school Spanish teacher.

One last housekeeping note, I am taking over Newsletter Editor duties from Joshua Rymer who has earned a well deserved reprieve. 
As always, you can learn more about the Sonoma Valley Fund by visiting our website: Sonoma Valley Fund.


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