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Dennis D. Ryan, Board President

Dennis D. Ryan, Board President

Dennis brings to our board extensive private sector and nonprofit financial and strategic leadership experience, along with a passion to serve those in need. He is the past Board President of Buckelew Programs, an organization serving those with serious mental illness in the North Bay. Dennis has over 30 years experience as an investment, financial, accounting professional. He is currently the CFO of Foresite Capital, a venture capital firm. Dennis serves on the board of the Marin Aging and Disability Institute and is a former Finance Instructor at St. Mary’s College.

“Whistlestop provides critical services to our community, and it is incumbent upon us to marshal the financial resources to support our mission and to meet the unmet needs of our aging population. Whistlestop serves as the vital link between those able to provide financial resources to such a worthy cause and those older adults in need of our support and services.”

Beth Reizman, Vice President

Beth Reizman, Vice President

Beth is a long standing member of the Marin community and holds the position of Chief Credit Officer at Bank of Marin. As a member of Bank of Marin’s Executive Management Team, Beth helps set the strategic direction for the bank and has contributed to its growth and success over the last 24 years. She has extensive non-profit board experience, including leadership roles on the boards of Marin Workforce Housing Trust, Novato Human Needs Center, North Bay Children’s Center, and Novato Sunrise Rotary.  She has also been a long-time volunteer in her Lucas Valley community. As well as the Whistlestop board, Beth also serves on the board of the Marin Aging and Disability Institute.  She holds a BA degree in Economics from Stanford University.

“Whistlestop fills a critical need in our community: helping older adults age with dignity. Whether it is nutritional food, rides to doctors’ appointments, Zumba or computer classes, or just a place to be with friends at the Jackson Cafe, Whistlestop provides it all. I am so proud to be involved with such a wonderful organization.”

 

Tom Bonomi, Treasurer

Tom Bonomi, Treasurer

Tom is President and CFO of Price Family Vineyards & Estates (“PFVE”). PFVE and its affiliates own majority interests in Kistler Vineyards, Gary Farrell Vineyards & Winery, Head High, LUTUM and Three Sticks. PFVE and its affiliates also own Durell Vineyards, Gap’s Crown Vineyard, Walala Vineyard and other vineyard properties in Sonoma County, totaling 400 planted acres. Tom is also the Co-Manager of Kistler Vineyards and currently serves on the Pride Mountain Vineyards Board of Managers and the Sonoma State University Wine Business Institute Board of Directors. Prior to joining PFVE, Tom was Managing Director with Global Wine Partners. He started his wine career with Jackson Family Wines. Upon graduating from University of San Francisco, Tom earned his CPA, while working with KPMG.

“Whistlestop provides a range of essential services that enrich our community and allow our clients to live engaged, healthy lives. The senior community is the fastest growing group in Marin County, and Whistlestop is committed to helping this community with dignity and care. The needs and opportunities are many, and Whistlestop is poised to address their evolving needs.”

Fabia Butler, Secretary

Fabia Butler, Secretary

Fabia joined First Republic Bank in San Francisco in April 2020 as a Communications Director. Prior to this role, she was marketing and communications lead at Bank of the West in the corporate and commercial banking group. She spent the majority of her career at Bank of Marin, leading communications, public relations, advertising, and community relations. A Mill Valley resident for 30 years, Fabia is passionate about giving back to the Marin community. She previously served on the board of Buckelew Programs, acting as board president during an active time of acquisition and executive leadership changes. She was also on the Mill Valley Chamber of Commerce Board and an advisor with National Charity League, helping inspire teenage girls to develop social awareness.

“I am passionate about Whistlestop’s vision to help Marin’s older adults age with dignity, independence and grace, especially as I saw my own parents face the challenges of aging. Whistlestop is a role model in the community, increasing the quality of life for older adults and those living with disabilities with social connectivity, nutrition and wellness, and the basic necessity of transportation.”

Cynthia Wuthmann, Board Member

Cynthia Wuthmann, Board Member

Cynthia Wuthmann is passionate about building brands and growing businesses. Her 25-year career includes corporate marketing, founding and funding companies and divisions, and launching an award-winning integrated marketing agency. She is CEO of Cindabella, Inc., known for brand development, multichannel marketing, and merchandising, and a City College of San Francisco Business Department faculty member. In addition to being on the board of Whistlestop, she is a current board member of Marin City Community Development Corporation, and a past board member of HeadsUp Public Education Foundation. She is also an avid supporter of the Breast Cancer Emergency Fund, Smuin Ballet, and Go Red for Women. Cynthia is a Stanford Graduate School of Business guest speaker and has received special U.S. Congressional Recognition for humane business practices and the Marin Child Care Council’s Family-Friendly Business Award.

“I believe in Whistlestop’s plan to serve local seniors and their families – I am an enthusiastic champion of intergenerational alchemy and the 1 + 1 = 3 model of participation, support and community engagement for all individuals. I am excited to support all the wise and creative individuals who Whistlestop serves.”

Sharon Jackson, Board Member

Sharon Jackson, Board Member

Sharon is an active civic volunteer and leader in Marin’s healthcare community. Twice elected to the board of the Marin Healthcare District, she provided strong leadership for the return of Marin General Hospital to the people of Marin. Following her retirement from the Marin Healthcare District, she joined the community relations staff of Marin General Hospital, where she focuses on community outreach – working through nonprofit and civic organizations. During her long professional career, Sharon has also served as a healthcare educator and a consultant. As a consultant, she provided strategic planning and change management services to hospitals, clinics and rehab programs. As an Adjunct Professor for USF, she taught graduate students in Healthcare administration.

“Whistlestop is sitting right now at the cutting edge of need and opportunity: Need for services for our burgeoning population of older adults and an insufficient supply of well-located and affordable senior housing, and opportunity to create the wonderful downtown senior center and housing.”

Bob Sonnenberg, Board Member

Bob Sonnenberg, Board Member

Bob is a native of Marin and a fifth generation Californian. He has more than 25 years’ experience in finance, development, and investments, including operating his own brokerage and insurance business and manufacturing business. Bob served for over 10 years as Associate Director of Planned Giving and Major Donor Officer for Guide Dogs for the Blind, and is currently Development Director and interim CEO at Earle Baum Center for the Blind in Santa Rosa. Active in the Marin Community, Bob is a member of Marin County Estate Planning Council, past member of the Mill Valley Rotary, and served on the Board of the Community Institute of Psychotherapy (CIP) for over 10 years.

“Whistlestop is so important to the community and I wanted to contribute in this way. There are great things on the horizon.”

Kevin J. Hogan, Board Member

Kevin J. Hogan, Board MemberKevin is a seasoned healthcare executive with a history of demonstrating visionary leadership and progressive management in guiding operations for health and human services organizations. He currently serves as administrator at Marin Convalescent & Rehabilitation Hospital in Tiburon, California. In this leadership role, Kevin is responsible for regulatory compliance and overall operations of the private nursing facility.  Kevin has also served as Chief Operating Office for Jewish Senior Living Group, Executive Director at Fountaingrove Lodge, President and Chief Operating Officer of Nazareth Health Care, Inc., Executive Director of Flagship Healthcare, and administrator for several care centers, providing him with a breadth of knowledge about working with the older adult population. Kevin has been a Session Organizer and Speaker for Leading Age National Conference, member of the Health Council of Marin County, and has served on numerous boards in the health services sector.

“It is an honor to be an advocate for Whistlestop, and a trustee in service of its Mission and Values. Donating my time to an organization dedicated to improving the social, mental and physical well-being of a significant portion of our community brings me much satisfaction.”

Paul S. Castro, Board Member

Paul S. Castro, Board MemberPaul serves as Senior Consultant with Applied Strategy Associates, specializing in executive coaching, organizational development and interim executive services. An active member of the national and regional non-profit community, he is currently serving as Interim Executive Director of the California Partnership to End Domestic Violence. In 2018, Paul retired as President and Chief Executive Officer of Jewish Family Service of Los Angeles (JFS) after nearly four decades of service to that organization in various roles, helping grow the organization’s operating budget to $35 million.

With nearly 40 years of professional and volunteer experience in the non-profit sector, Paul has worked tirelessly throughout his career to further opportunities for disadvantaged and disenfranchised communities in the areas of social justice, philanthropy and fundraising. In addition, he has effectively advocated for services for the most vulnerable members of the community at the local, state and federal level.

In addition to serving on the Whistlestop board, Paul also serves as Chair of the board of the National Council on Crime and Delinquency and board member of the Aldersly Retirement Community. He has served on numerous boards and community positions, including participating in the 2016 Clinton Global Initiative America, advisor to the Nonprofit Finance Fund Healthy Outcomes Initiative, and member of the Community Advisory Board of the Los Angeles Community Academic Partnership for Research in Aging (L.A. CAPRA).

“I am honored to join the Whistlestop family as a member of its board of directors. Whistlestop is an extraordinary organization impacting the lives of so many. I look forward to working with staff and colleague board members in furtherance of its important mission.”

Stan Moore, Board Member

Stan Moore, Board MemberStan practiced law for over three decades and has been involved in the non-profit sector for more than a decade. He has held several positions in the legal sector with a focus on corporate, telecommunications and regulatory matters, including with a SF law firm, large corporations and two start-ups. For the past 15 years, Stan has participated on voluntary teams organized by the Stanford School of Business and has provided consulting services to various organizations, including Hospice by the Bay, Buckelew Programs, Homeward Bound of Marin, Halleck Creek Ranch, Community Matters, and Whistlestop. At Whistlestop he served on the Finance Committee and is currently chair of Whistlestop’s Audit Committee. Stan has also been on the boards of Marin Academy, and Buckelew Programs.

“Non-Profit Public Benefit organizations are an essential part of the social fabric of this country. Whistlestop provides important transportation, nutrition, social and health services to seniors and others. Its services support many individuals and strengthen the communities in which it operates.  I am pleased to help with the important oversight role that boards provide and to participate in imagining the future needs of our communities and planning any adjustments in the services provided to meet those needs.”

Douglas Reilly, Board Member

Douglas Reilly, Board MemberDouglas is vice president at Lucasfilm Games where he oversees Lucasfilm’s games and interactive business. He started at Lucasfilm in 2006 as a member of the business and legal affairs team and in 2012 transitioned to the interactive team. Prior to Lucasfilm, Douglas spent over a decade in the interactive software industry at Cosmi Corporation where he served as vice president and general counsel. He was also associate general counsel at Broderbund / The Learning Company where he led development and licensing deals for several popular gaming franchise. Douglas, a long-time Marin resident, has been a volunteer mentor and advisor for Students Rising Above, a nonprofit organization that helps send low-income and first-generation college students to four-year colleges and universities.

“As a long-time Marin resident, I have seen the great work that Whistlestop has done for the community and am looking forward to helping move its mission forward.”