Center for Volunteer & Nonprofit Leadership Announces Nominees for 3rd Annual Heart of Sonoma County™ Awards

Honoring Sonoma County nonprofit volunteers, leaders, and organizations.

Meet the 3rd Annual Heart of Sonoma County Nominees:

Center for Volunteer & Nonprofit Leadership (CVNL) is pleased to announce the nominees for the 3rd Annual Heart of Sonoma County Awards™.

“Our mission with the Heart of Sonoma County is to celebrate the meaningful work and dedication of nonprofits, volunteers, and community leaders,” said Linda Jacobs, CEO at CVNL. “2022 continued to be a challenging year around the globe and locally in our own neighborhoods. Nonprofits and volunteers continued to rise to the occasion and provide critical services where and when they were most needed. We look forward to coming together and honoring these often-unsung heroes of our community.”

Heart of Sonoma County supports the local nonprofit sector, giving $35,000 to outstanding organizations and the committed individuals who serve them. The community is invited and encouraged to attend the luncheon and awards ceremony to cheer on their friends, family, neighbors, and colleagues who have been nominated. All nominees will be recognized at the event and award recipients will be announced. Tickets must be purchased in advance.

This year’s event will be held at Friedman Event Center on Thursday, June 15th, 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM. Advance registration is required. Tickets may be purchased at:

This event is made possible with the support of Presenting Sponsor Comerica Bank and the generosity of Award Sponsors Kaiser Permanente Northern California, Peter E. Haas Jr. Family Fund, Community Foundation of Sonoma County and Redwood Credit Union. For information on Award Sponsor packages contact Linda Jacobs, CVNL CEO:

And the Nominees are…

Corporate Community Service (Sponsor: open)

Avid Coffee

Century 21 Epic

Chandi Hospitality Group

Kaiser Permanente Santa Rosa

Summit State Bank

Sutter Pacific Medical Foundation Advanced Imaging

Volunteer of the Year (Sponsor: Kaiser Permanente Northern California)

Stella Agudelo, Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Santa Rosa

Randy Cook, Sonoma Ecology Center

Nancy Cummings, Sonoma County Bicycle Coalition

Paul Desideri, Habitat for Humanity Sonoma County

Virginia Fuentes, Council on Aging

Ariela Guererro, Common Ground Society

Meghan Heald, Girls on the Run North Bay

Joanne Larson, Food for Thought

Carola McAndrews, Sweetwater Spectrum

Geoff Peters, Northern Sonoma County CERT

Kathy Sharp, Redwood Empire Food Bank

Ariel Stone, Chimera Arts

Heidi Wood, Common Ground Society

Elaine Woodriff, The Bird Rescue Center

Excellence in Board Leadership (Sponsor: open)

Rodney DeMartini, Food for Thought

Patrick Fanning, Occidental Center for the Arts

Vince Figueroa, Elsie Allen High School Foundation

Bill Gabbert, Committee on the Shelterless (COTS)

Mona Hanes, Reach for Home

Linda Mansell, Windsor Presbyterian Church Food Pantry

Lynn Martin, Sonoma Community Center

Susan Preston, Luther Burbank Center for the Arts

Liza Prunuske, Conservation Corps North Bay

Karla Schikore, Petaluma Downtown Association

Excellence in Innovation (Sponsor: open)

Chef Heather Ames, Sonoma Family Meal

Common Ground Society

Council on Aging, Intergenerational Meals on Wheels and Community Table

First Responders Resiliency, Inc.

Integrative Healers Action Network

Kaiser Permanente Santa Rosa Family Medicine Residency

Luana Vaetoe, Becoming Independent

Petaluma People Services Center

Side by Side

TLC Child & Family Services

Windsor Presbyterian Church Food Pantry

Youth Volunteer of the Year (Sponsor: Peter E. Haas Jr. Family Fund)

Rieley Bond, Technology High School

Kaori Citti, Technology High School

Sofia Fonseca, Goatlandia Farm Animal Sanctuary

Grace Hiserote, Cardinal Newman High School and Petaluma Health Center

Faline Howard, Sonoma Ecology Center

Jonathan Ling, Sonoma Ecology Center

Ava Mertens, Sweetwater Spectrum

Memphis Roetter, Redwood Empire Food Bank

Nathan Ross, Healdsburg High School Young Democratic Socialists of America

Kesar Sidhu, Technology High School

Alayna Siwy, Technology High School

Owen Uhr, Pets Lifeline

Excellence in Leadership (Sponsor: open)

Ellie Cohen, The Climate Center

Duskie Estes, Farm to Pantry

Susan Farren, First Responders Resiliency, Inc.

Susan Fette, TLC Child & Family Services

Letitia Hanke, The LIME Foundation

Susan Jan Hornstein, Well Trained Horses

Madeleine Keegan O’Connell, YWCA Sonoma County

Amanda Kitchens, Our Village Closet

Ashton Kluttz, The Bird Rescue Center

Lynne Moquete, Una Vida

Larkin O’Leary, Common Ground Society

Geoff Peters, Northern Sonoma County CERT

Sandy Piotter, Friends in Service Here (FISH) of the Santa Rosa Area, Inc.

Erica Vogel, Community Matters

Achievement in Nonprofit Excellence (Sponsor: Community Foundation of Sonoma County)

10,000 Degrees

Common Ground Society

Community Action Partnership of Sonoma County

Community Support Network

First Responders Resiliency, Inc.

Friends in Service Here (FISH) of the Santa Rosa Area, Inc

Heartfelt Help Foundation

Kaiser Santa Rosa Family Medicine Residency

LifeWorks of Sonoma County

Make it Home

Northern California Public Media

Our Village Closet

Reach for Home

Sweetwater Spectrum

TLC Child & Family Services

United Cerebral Palsy of the North Bay,

Inc.Windsor Presbyterian Church Food Pantry

Lifetime Achievement (Sponsor: Redwood Credit Union)

Richard Coshnear

Maxine Freitas

George Loyer

Phyllis Rosenfield

The public is invited to join CVNL and Presenting Sponsor Comerica Bank for the 3rd Annual Heart of Sonoma County Awards Luncheon at the Friedman Event Center, Thursday, June 15th, 2023, from 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM. All nominees will be celebrated and the award recipients will be announced and honored during the luncheon.

Ticket and event details are available online:

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About CVNL: For over 60 years, CVNL has advanced nonprofits and volunteerism by strengthening leadership, encouraging innovation, and empowering individuals in their communities. Passion alone isn’t enough when it comes to creating strong nonprofits. That’s why we work with aspiring and established leaders every day to help them build the skills and connections that can take their impact to the next level. Together we offer comprehensive programs that support nonprofits and volunteers including Learning & Leadership programs and trainings, executive search, customized consulting solutions, volunteer matching, and corporate engagement. Heart of Marin™, Heart of Napa™ and Heart of Sonoma County events support nonprofits of every size and mission through recognition and cash awards. Other programs and services include the Sonoma County Human Race, Secret Santa, Court Referral Program, and Volunteer Wheels. We provide disaster preparedness training and serve as an Emergency Volunteer Center (EVC), overseeing spontaneous volunteers and donations for Napa, Marin, Sonoma and Solano Counties in the aftermath of a disaster. We believe that with confident and prepared leaders, our nonprofits will be better equipped to create healthy, happy and more equitable communities. Visit to discover more