CCNB Board of Directors (2015-2016)
Liza Prunuske, Board 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.
Michelle Kenney, Vice Chair
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.
Gary Anspach, Treasurer
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.
Bryan Varner, Secretary
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 have served on the board of the Redwood Empire Remodelers Association.
Nancy is CEO and President of KRCB Television and Radio Affiliations. She is a member of the board of Palm Drive Health Care District, and serves on the boards of directors of the North Bay Leadership Council, Roseland University Prep and the Sonoma County Health Advisory Council.
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.
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.
Mike represents individuals, businesses, and other organizations in business and corporate transactional 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 is the Chancellor and chief legal officer of the Episcopal Diocese of San Joaquin.
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 fund raiser for that organization since 2011.
Christy Pichel is the former President of the Stuart Foundation, a family foundation dedicated to supporting improvements in the public education and child welfare systems in California and Washington. Her twenty years in philanthropy included senior management positions at the James Irvine Foundation, the Public Policy Institute of California, and the CS Fund. Christy also held management positions in the non-profit and business sectors. She was a founder and executive director of the Summerfield Waldorf School & Farm and the director and board member of the Farallones Institute, both in Sonoma County.
Christy continues her interest in education, human services and philanthropy as a consultant for education and non-profit organizations and through board service. She currently serves on the boards of directors of the national Center for Effective Philanthropy and West County Community Services. She is a member of the advisory councils of Policy Analysis for California Education (PACE), Dovetail Learning, and Honoring the Path of the Warrior. She is a member of the planning committee for The Advancement Project’s K-12 Water Cooler Network and the Blueprint 2.0 Planning Team for the California Department of Education.
Christy received an M.B.A. in International Business from Dominican University and a B.A. from the University of California, Los Angeles.
As Director of Strategic Planning and Business Development for Lifelong Medical Care, Nance is helping to provide primary care, behavioral health and wellness services to the “Iron Triangle” neighborhood of Richmond. Nance is passionate about health access, and is working to consolidate and expand Lifelong’s current three area clinics into a new primary-care clinic, LifeLong Richmond Harbor Way Health Center, that will double patient visits and revitalize a formerly rundown street corner in the midst of this bustling low-income neighborhood. Prior to Lifelong, she served for 12 years as Executive Director of the Marin Community Center. Nance has a degree from Tufts University and a Masters in Health Education from the University of Washington.
Hon. Efren Carrillo, Sonoma County Supervisor
Marin County Supervisor Damon Connolly
David Wain Coon
Karen A. Gaffney
Hon. Susan Gorin, Sonoma County Supervisor
Congressman Jared Huffman
Assemblymember Marc Levine
Rohnert Park Councilmember Jake Mackenzie
Santa Rosa Mayor John Sawyer
Hon. Kathrin Sears, Marin County Supervisor