Board of Directors

Board of Directors

Regular meetings take place on the 4th Tuesday of the month, starting at 6pm at the 4Cs Main Office (located at 131-A Stony Circle, Ste. 300 in Santa Rosa, CA). The Board of Directors does not meet in July or November. Meetings are open to public. Meeting Agendas and minutes from the previous meeting are posted on this site one week prior to each meeting. If you’d like to attend a board meeting, please contact Tiffani Montgomery at tmontgomery@sonoma4cs.org 

Officers:
Rachel Valenzuela
President

Rachel is the school principal at James Monroe Elementary School. She grew up in Santa Rosa and graduated from Montgomery High School. She received a BA degree in Psychology from the University of California, Berkeley and worked as a teacher in Los Angeles for several years before earning an MS degree in School Psychology and Counseling from CSU Los Angeles. Rachel is currently working on her doctoral degree in Educational Leadership at the University of California, Davis. Prior to becoming a principal, Rachel served as a bilingual school psychologist in Sonoma County and Los Angeles. She is an advocate for high quality education for all children and sees access to early childhood education as vital to the success of our community. Rachel is married and has three sons. As a working parent and educator, Rachel embraces the values and vision of the Community Child Care Council and looks forward to supporting the efforts to maintain developmentally appropriate, accessible, and trustworthy preschool and child care for families in Sonoma County.

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Goretti Hamlin
Vice President

Goretti is the Director of Human Resources at Amy’s Kitchen and is responsible for overseeing Human Resources services to over 2,100 manufacturing employees in three states. In 2014, Goretti was recognized by the North Bay Business Journal as one of the 40 Under 40 recipients and recently completed the Leadership Santa Rosa Program.  Goretti grew up in Santa Rosa and loves exploring the local food scene, spending as much time as possible near the ocean and is ridiculously addicted to coffee.  As a working parent, Goretti has personally experienced the stressors that come with juggling the needs of children and of a professional career. Goretti is married and the proud parent of three daughters, Andrea a senior at Sacramento State University, and 4-year old twins, Valentina and Chloe.

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Sharon Caesare
Secretary

Sharon was born in Sunnyvale, CA and moved to Sonoma County in 2000. She and her husband live in Santa Rosa with their three daughters.Sharon is a graduate of San Jose State University and has over 20 years of experience in the field of Child Development. She holds a Program Director Permit issued by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing and has worked as a Teacher, Resource Specialist and Program Director. She also has served as a Validator for The National Association for the Education of Young Children ( N.A.E.Y.C.) an organization that promotes high quality learning for young children.Sharon currently is the Director of a small, non profit preschool in Santa Rosa. She also does consultant work for Sonoma County Office of Education in their Gateway to Quality program, conducting program assessments with the goal of Quality Improvement.Sharon is excited to serve on the board of an agency committed to supporting young children.

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Christina Curry
Treasurer

Christina joined the 4Cs board in July, 2008. She grew up in Los Gatos, California and moved to Sonoma County in 2002. Christina earned her BS in Business Administration with a concentration in Accounting from San Jose State University. As a full-time working parent of two boys, Christina understands how important it is to have good, quality childcare. In her free time, Christina enjoys spending time with her husband Scott, their two boys Kai and Kellen and their dog Maggie.

Members:
Kim August

Bio coming soon.

David Garcia

David Garcia, born and raised in Laredo, Texas, obtained a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Electrical Engineering Technology from Texas Tech University in 1983. He began his career working for such companies as Honeywell and ITT in various engineering and quality assurance roles and currently is a Senior Principal Regulatory Affairs Specialist for Medtronic Vascular here in Santa Rosa. He and his family moved to Santa Rosa in 2004. David and his wife, Alice, have raised three children: David Noel, a graduate of the US Air Force Academy and currently an F-15 pilot; Elaine Gabriella, graduate of UC Davis and currently working on her Ph.D. at Harvard; and, Amaris Joy, a junior at US San Diego. Having raised three children and volunteering all is adult life, David strongly believes in 4C’s mission and the critical importance to our community, and indeed our country, in preparing all of our children for academic, character and career success regardless of social economic circumstances during childhood. Honored to be a 4Cs Board Member since 2011, David also volunteers in tutoring and mentoring programs for Roseland Elementary and Roseland University Prep High School and Summer Search in San Francisco and is a deacon in the Church of Christ. He loves working on his yard, helping Alice with her two home care facilities for the elderly, fiddling around with his old Ford Mustang and reading biographies and history.

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Tommy Isachsen

Bio coming soon.

Casi Jewett

Bio coming soon.

Bettina Paige

Tina Paige grew up in California’s central valley in a small town called Exeter. She and her husband Chris have two grown children and three grandchildren. Tina received her BA at Stanford University and her MA from San Francisco State University in Early Childhood Education along with her Kindergarten through Third Grade Teaching Credential. She has always worked in the field of Early Care and Education. Tina taught preschool for several years and in 1982, after moving to Sonoma County, she started her career at 4Cs. She served as the R&R Director, Assistant Director and Human Resources Director. She retired from 4Cs in 2014. In addition to serving on the board at 4Cs she also sits on the Redwood Arts Council concert series in Occidental and previously was on the board of senior Advocacy Services. She is passionate about 4Cs and its Mission because she knows firsthand how important to children their brain development is to have high quality interactions with adults in those early years. Tina loves that 4Cs works with all groups of people who spend time with children educating them about how children learn and how important high quality programs are.

Wendy Sewell

Wendy was a Kindergarten teacher in the Roseland Elementary School District prior to having her first child and deciding to stay home to raise her daughter in her earliest years. She is currently a board member for the California Kindergarten Association and on the planning committee for the Sonoma County Early Learner’s Summit. She joined the 4Cs Board of Directors in March 2010 and believes that early care and education allows our children to live up to their full potential.

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Stacy Small

Bio coming soon.

Heather Young

Heather Young moved to Santa Rosa in 2000 as a program manager with Hewlett-Packard/Agilent Technologies. Her hometown (and her father’s) is in the beautiful farm and vineyard territory of Oregon’s Willamette Valley. School and work took her to Southern California and then to Silicon Valley. After 25 years in business information technology and consulting, Heather was delighted to shift direction and put her roots here in Sonoma County Wine Country as an active businesswoman, Realtor, and community volunteer. Heather’s experience with Sonoma County’s not-for-profits includes both volunteer and professional involvement with United Way, YWCA, Chop’s, and Council on Aging – and she’s active with the First United Methodist Church. As a full-time agent with Coldwell Banker Realtors – on Mission Blvd, formerly Frank Howard Allen – Heather is committed to building a strong and diverse community, both socially and economically. Heather’s motto is: Love Where You Live!

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Honorary Members:
Riley Flanagan

Riley Flanagen became involved with 4Cs in 2013 when she chose 4Cs from an internet search for a 8th grade school project. Riley hosted a wine dinner to benefit 4Cs, raising over $15,000. Since then, Riley has stayed connected with agency and continues to be an advocate for early education. Riley was named an Honorary Board Member in 2015.

 

Gary Hochman

Gary served on the 4Cs Board of Directors from 2001-2010, acting as Treasurer, Vice President and President. Principal and co-founder of the HR Matrix of Santa Rosa, his consulting firm specializes in organization development and human resources. Before 2001, Gary was vice-president of HR at OCLI / JDSU and senior organization development consultant at Hewlett Packard. In addition to his commitment to his family and the local non-profit community, Gary served on the faculty of the Organization Department Program at Sonoma State University for six years and University of San Francisco for four years.

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Tom Schwedhelm

Tom joined the 4Cs Board of Directors in 2007. He has lived in this community for over 25 years. Since 1983, Tom has worked for the Santa Rosa Police Department. He has worked a variety of assignments during that time, including Field Training Officer, Special Weapons and Tactics team officer and supervisor, Domestic Violence & Sexual Assault Team Supervisor and Violent Crimes Investigator. He is currently the Chief of Police. Tom and his wife Jackie have been married for twenty years and have two children. He has a Bachelor’s degree from St. Mary’s College in Business Management and a Master’s degree from Sonoma State University in Psychology – Organizational Development.

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