CCNB Board of Directors
Gary Anspach, a Principal of Anspach Financial Group, has owned a tax practice since 1979. He provides tax and related services to individuals, businesses, estates and fiduciaries, specializing in business planning and complex tax issues. He was honored with a Heart of Marin award for Excellence in Board Leadership at the 20th annual Heart of Marin Awards.
Alison Dykstra is a writer whose specialty is introductory texts on a range of complex issues relevant to the design and construction industry. She has a masters degree in architecture and has been a licensed architect since 1983; she is a member of the American Institute of Architects, the Construction Specifications Institute, and the Redwood Chapter of the US Green Building Council. Her work with and commitment to the issues of renewable energy started at the Farallones Institute in the 1970s, where she was involved with passive solar systems, alternative construction technologies, and integrated community design systems and her most recent book (Green Construction: An Introduction to a Changing Industry – Kirshner Books) reflects this interest. She is on the Adjunct faculty at Santa Rosa Junior College and is a former volunteer Juvenile Mediator for Recourse Mediation Services.
Michael Glass, Vice Chair
Michael is a partner at the law firm of Ragghianti Freitas, LLP. For over twenty years he has represented individuals, businesses, and other organizations in business and corporate transactions and litigation matters. He counsels clients in entity formation, and governance issues, including initial capitalizations, acquisitions, and asset purchases. He has served as outside general counsel to businesses and non-profits in a broad spectrum of industries and service sectors. He practices and manages litigation, including investor disputes, contract disputes, misappropriation of trade secrets, unfair business practices, and other disputes, including complex litigation matters. Mike also represents clients in complex real estate financing and commercial real estate transactions. He also serves as the Chancellor and chief legal officer of the Episcopal Diocese of San Joaquin.
Leslie Friedman Johnson
Leslie is Founding Partner of LJF Strategies Group, and a former partner of Conservation Strategy Group. She serves as vice chair of the California League of Conservation Voters, and also serves on the CLCV Education Fund board.
Michelle Kenney, Treasurer
Michelle is Executive Underwriting Integrity Manager for Allianz Global Corporate & Specialty, a global insurance company. She is also a member of the Chartered Property and Casualty Underwriter (CPCU) Society.
Dennis Latta, Secretary
Dennis Latta is a Senior Project Manager with the Cushman & Wakefield Project Management Group servicing the San Francisco Bay Area. His clients have included such recognized names as The Gap, Charles Schwab, Union Bank of California, and Citibank. He has managed projects in almost every state in the nation as well as Puerto Rico and in Canada. His expertise includes all phases of the development and construction process. He is a LEED Accredited Professional with the U.S. Green Building Council and a Living Future Accredited Professional with the International Living Future Institute. He has an MBA from the San Francisco Institute of Architecture, and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Environmental Design from Antioch University West in San Francisco. Dennis is currently a Planning Committee Member of the Napa Valley Ride & Walk to Defeat ALS and has been a fundraiser for that organization since 2011.
Liza Prunuske, Immediate Past Chair
Liza is Founding Principal and CEO of Prunuske Chatham, Inc., an ecological restoration firm. She also serves on the board of directors of West Sonoma County Swimmers and was a director of the Sonoma County Open Space Authority from 1998-2010.
Leela is a partner at FleishmanHillard and shares leadership of the agency’s pioneering purpose and impact work with companies, foundations, and nonprofits. Before joining FleishmanHillard in 2015, Leela was chair of the Global Sustainable Growth & Corporate Responsibility practice at APCO Worldwide. Leela’s 15 years of experience includes work on a wide range of pressing issues facing people and our planet, including education, environmental sustainability, responsible tech, social enterprise, and women’s empowerment. Leela worked at The Asia Foundation in Bangladesh, Cambodia, India, Indonesia, Nepal and the Philippines. She graduated with an MA and BA and with honors and distinction from Stanford University. Leela serves on the Advisory Council of REDF and lives in Marin with her partner and two children.
Bryan Varner, Board Chair
Bryan’s 30 years in law includes work as an attorney, mediator,and arbitrator, with a focus on construction law. He helps owners, design professionals, contractors, subcontractors and product manufacturers manage projects successfully, stay profitable, and resolve disputes economically. As an instructor in the construction management certificate program at Sonoma State University, Bryan teaches courses in California construction law and construction contracts.
Bryan is an active volunteer in the Redwood Empire Chapter of The Construction Specifications Institute, an organization uniquely comprised of construction professionals from every niche of the industry, and has served on the board of directors of the North Coast Builders Exchange, covering Sonoma, Mendocino and Lake counties. Bryan is also a member of and has served on the board of the Redwood Empire Remodelers Association.
Hon. Damon Connolly, Marin County Board of Supervisors
David Wain Coon
Karen A. Gaffney
Hon. Susan Gorin, Sonoma County Board of Supervisors
Hon. Jared Huffman, Congressman
Hon. Marc Levine, Assemblyman
Hon. Jake Mackenzie, Mayor of Rohnert Park
Hon. Mike McGuire, Senator
Hon. John Sawyer, Santa Rosa Council Member
Hon. Kate Sears, Marin County Board of Supervisors