Petaluma Community Foundation is governed by a Board of Trustees comprised of local residents with long-standing experience in community, business and philanthropic endeavors.
- Christina Kauk (President) has been involved in many aspects of community life in Petaluma, having taught at Santa Rosa Junior College for 22 years, serving 12 years as a Trustee for the Petaluma City Schools, three years as a member of the Friends of the Petaluma Campus of the Junior College, as well as the advisory committees for the Friends of the Petaluma River and the Petaluma Arts Council. She has helped lead music at St. Vincent’s Parish for 25 years, working collaboratively with the musicians of our Hispanic community. She is also a business owner with her husband, helping manage a busy physical therapy and wellness practice for the past 22 years, and together they have created a totally green wellness center on the turning basin at the heart of Petaluma. The combination of these experiences has provided strong experience in the process of governance and instilled the belief that effective collaboration produces creative solutions. As a result of these endeavors, Christina is connected to healthcare, the arts, education and young adults, technology, small business, efforts for a sustainable community, and diverse groups in Petaluma. She has her finger on the pulse of many different sectors in our community and that gives her exceptional perspective.
- Augie Acuna (Vice-President) attended the University of San Francisco on a baseball scholarship and graduated with a Business Management Degree in 1994. He has held a number of banking positions in Petaluma, including branch manager positions at Sonoma Bank and Bank of Marin. In addition to his banking career, Augie is also a part of the non-profit community in Petaluma. He currently holds a board position with Petaluma People Services and has been a member of Petaluma Valley Rotary since 2008. Augie has coached numerous teams with Petaluma Youth Soccer League, Boys and Girls Club of Petaluma and Petaluma National Little League and mentors two McNear elementary students through Mentor Me Petaluma.
- Nina Alejos (Treasurer) is a Certified Public Accountant at Baldwin & McGaughey & Co., LLP, a local accounting firm where she assists businesses and individuals with their tax preparation andconsulting needs. After working for a CPA firm in Greenbrae since 2006, Nina was excited to secure this job opportunity in Petaluma, where she was born and raised. Coming from a 3rd generation Petaluma family, Nina has always tried to be involved in the community since graduating Petaluma High School in 2002 and after receiving her B.S. from Sonoma State University, with a concentration in accounting, in 2006. She was an avid soccer player through theyears for PYSL, Petaluma High School and for Petaluma United. She gained a passion for helping young kids and volunteered for several years coaching youth soccer for many different age groups. Her husband, Charley Alejos, has been a baseball coach for Petaluma High School since 2005 and they are both actively involved in promoting youth and sports programs.
- Bailey Malone (Secretary) is a Program Officer at the CS Fund, a Sonoma County-based family foundation dedicated to supporting progressive social change. Bailey manages a $1 million per annum grant portfolio with responsibilities including, reviewing grant proposals and financial documents, making recommendations to the foundation’s board of directors, monitoring and evaluating grantees, creating and executing short- and long-term grant-making strategies, and English-Spanish translations. She is interested in a broad range of social, environmental, and political issues from the local to international level. Bailey is a Petaluma native and graduated magna cum laude from Sonoma State University, where she was Copy Editor of the Sonoma State Star and a research/writing intern at Project Censored.
- Joel Fisher is a communications professional, artist and proud Petaluman. Joel currently serves as the Vice President of Corporate Communications at Treasury Wine Estates, a global wine company with over 80 brands and annual sales of $1.7 billion. In this role, he leads global internal communication for the company’s 3,800 employees and supports the company’s external communication in the Americas. Joel’s career in corporate communications spans over 18 years with notable companies including Williams-Sonoma Inc., Gap Inc. and Pepsi-Cola. Joel and his life partner Matthew of over 15 years have owned a home in Sonoma County since 2005 and made Petaluma their permanent home in 2011. As a Bay Area native and passionate member of the community, Joel has supported AIDS Walk SF for 10 years raising over $20,000, built homes with Habitat for Humanity, and now is a cycling enthusiast with Tour de Cure working to end diabetes. Through his communication roles, he has helped shape and drive the community involvement programs for thousands of employees at his current and former companies. Joel is also an artist who enjoys drawing, painting and interior design, matched by his passion for exploring the beauty and outdoors of Sonoma County. Joel’s ability to engage and mobilize large audiences, passion for his community, and infectious creativity make his skill set a good match for the ambition and opportunities ahead for Petaluma Community Foundation.
- Mike Hollingsworth and his wife, Tammy, have lived in Petaluma for over twenty years where they have raised their two children, Sydney and Barrett. Mike was raised in Kansas and moved to Seattle in 1980 where his career centered on the jewelry business as a sales representative. When he re-located to the Bay Area, he eventually became an independent sales representative covering multiple jewelry lives regionally. In 2004, he and his wife purchased what has become Hollingsworth Jewelers Gallery. Mike and Tammy have enjoyed becoming part of the great community of Petaluma. They have been active in promoting local nonprofit organizations through two annual store events—The Spring Lucky Day Sale and the Jewels for Schools event in which the customer chooses the local nonprofit of his/her choice to benefit from a percentage of the sale. They have also donated many times to the Carousel Fund with a live auction item and also to the Hospital Foundation. Hollingsworth Jewelers Gallery has participated in about thirtynonprofit fundraisers each year with the donation of a piece of jewelry or a gift certificate to be raffled or auctioned. Mike and Tammy have enjoyed serving both their customers and the needs of the community.
- Dorothy McReynolds was born and raised in Sonoma County. Her father was a Sergeant inGuerneville where Dorothy lived until his retirement. Dorothy graduated high school in Millbrae and re-located to Sonoma County in 1986 to raise her family and be a day care provider and foster mother. She has been a successful entrepreneur of both restaurants and children’s stores. Since 2004, Dorothy has specialized in community relations and marketing for senior skilled facilities. She has an extensive list of community accomplishments, including leadership activities for fooddrives, PEP Housing blood pressure clinics, Alzheimer’s walk, and Heart Association red events.She has considerable public speaking experience discussing topics about aging on radio and television. Dorothy is currently Director of Admissions & Marketing at Golden Living Centers. She has a devoted community spirit, marketing expertise and a wealth of knowledge about senior issues. Petaluma is home for Dorothy and her large family. Golden Living Centers is a Community Partner with the Petaluma Community Foundation.
- Carolyn Pistone is a committed Earthling dedicated to saving the planet using her real estate license! Carolyn is the President and Managing Director at Clear Blue Commercial, a full service company applying a holistic and sustainable approach to all facets of the life of a property: Leasing, real estate, project, and facility management, sale and purchase, and tenant representation. Carolyn has held various senior positions in the entertainment, real estate, and hi-tech industries including Managing Director at Green Key Commercial, Real Estate Manager for CB Richard Ellis, Head of Production at Tippett Studio, Senior Operations Manager for Cushman & Wakefield, Head of Operations at Dreamworks SKG, and Director of Operations at Amblin Entertainment. She is a proud REALTOR®, EcoBroker®, and Certified Green Building Professional®. These experiences have led her to work to build a supportive, innovative, and collaborative environment for clients, vendors, team members, and, yes, even the planet, to thrive.
- Fred Groverman, D.V.M. (Honorary Member) was born and raised in Petaluma and still lives and raises sheep on the ranch where he was born. Following his graduation from the University of California Davis as a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, in 1958 he joined the Cotati Small Animal Hospital where he still works today. He is married with four grown children and a proud grandfather of six. As an active member of his community, Fred has served on numerous boards for more than forty years including Santa Rosa Memorial Alliance, Association of California Hospital Districts, Waugh Elementary School and the Sonoma County Fair boards. His veterinary experience has allowed him to be a valuable leader of the Sonoma County 4-H program for thirty six years. With his extensive knowledge of business and health care, he has been an advocate at the state level for health care related legislation. Fred was a co-founder of our Foundation in 1975 and became an active member in 1999 after serving over twenty-seven years on the Petaluma Health Care District Board of Directors.