Oscar Chavez, President

Oscar Chavez is the Assistant Director of Human Services for the County of Sonoma. Prior to joining the county, Oscar served as Executive Director of the Community Action Partnership of Sonoma County, one of the largest community benefit organizations in northern California. Prior to moving to Sonoma County he was Director of Business Support Services and Director of Engagement and Public Relations for a large community based organization in Bakersfield, CA.

In his current capacity Oscar oversees the County’s Upstream Investments Initiative; a policy framework designed to strengthen our community’s ability to implement evidence informed practices and shift funding towards prevention.  He is also responsible for the Department’s planning, research and evaluation functions as well as community and client engagement.

Oscar serves on the board of the Community Foundation, Sonoma County; member of the California Stewardship Network, a statewide effort to promote regional economies and civic entrepreneurship; steering committee member for Rise Together, a nine-county Bay Area initiative to cut poverty in half by 2020. He is the past co-chair of the Sonoma County Health Action Council and Sonoma County Innovation Action Council; former trustee, Windsor Unified School District and former commissioner of First 5 Sonoma County.

In 2008 he was chosen as one of the North Bay’s “40 under 40” leaders by the North Bay Business Journal; the recipient of the 2012 Sonoma County Jefferson Award and the 2012 North Bay Business Journal non-profit leadership award. In 2016 his was recognized as a HipGiver by Hispanics in Philanthropy. Oscar lives in Windsor with his wife Christine and their four boys (Cooper, Fischer, Greyson and Harrison).

Mike Runyan, Treasurer

Past owner of Food4Less, now called FoodMaxx. Former Santa Rosa Vice-Mayor and Councilman. Developer and Partner in Skyhawk Village Marketplace. Retail consultant for non-profits in Sonoma County. Has served on over 30 Commissions

Bethany Facendini, Secretary

Bethany Facendini’s mission is to strive for social justice, environmental sustainability, and health equity. She currently works for Sonoma County Regional Parks as the Community Engagement Manager. She has over 25 years of professional experience specializing in program management, experiential education, youth development, grassroots organizing, and community engagement serving diverse populations in the San Francisco Bay Area and beyond. Ms. Facendini is passionate about working alongside the community to develop strategies to build resiliency and overcome disparities.

She has a bachelor’s degree from U.C. Berkeley, a master’s degree in Environmental & Social Justice from Sonoma State University, and an Urban Environmental Education certificate from Cornell University. Bethany is a fellow of the Sonoma County Leadership Institute for Ecology and Economy and a graduate of the Sonoma County Local Leaders Academy.

Ben Smith, At-Large

Ben Smith is an assistant professor in human development at Sonoma State University. He received a joint PhD in Comparative Human Development and Linguistics from the University of Chicago. He has been awarded grants from the Fulbright Hays International Education Program and the Spencer Education Foundation, among others. He has published on topics in childhood and adolescence, with a focus on the indigenous languages and cultures of Latin America.

Eliot Enriquez, At-Large

Eliot Enriquez is a Program Manager for the Petaluma Health Center (PHC). Among other projects, he has worked extensively on improving the wellbeing of low-income communities in Sonoma County. Before working at PHC, Eliot was a Community Health Manager for Latino Service Providers. Eliot has also served as a Political Consultant for various nationally targeted Democratic races across the United States. During his four years as a political consultant he was also an analyst for targeted Latino communities and served as a Director for numerous federal campaigns across Nevada and New Mexico. Eliot has his B.A. in International Relations and Latin American Studies from Chico State University, Chico, CA.

Martha Saly, At-Large

Martha Saly retired in 2014 from the position of executive director of the National Viral Hepatitis Roundtable (NVHR) and soon began a successful career as a Sonoma County Realtor. Martha works in the Sebastopol office of Better Homes and Gardens Wine Country Group Real Estate.

NVHR is a national coalition of more than 200 diverse public, private and voluntary organizations dedicated to reducing the incidence of infection, morbidity and mortality from viral hepatitis in the United States. Martha oversaw NVHR’s national advocacy actions for increased awareness of viral hepatitis and an improved federal response to the viral hepatitis epidemic. During her tenure at NVHR, Martha was a guest speaker at Congressional hearings and at the White House on the viral hepatitis epidemic in the United States, as well as testifying before the National Institutes for Health and The Federal Drug Administration. In 2011 Martha worked with Gregg Allman to implement a grant program for hepatitis C focused organizations funded by a benefit concert by the Allman Brothers Band. In 2013, Martha was honored with a Circle of Excellence Award by the American Liver Foundation.

Martha earned a master’s degree in human resources and organization development from the University of San Francisco.

Dr. Daniela Domiguez, At-Large

 Dr. Daniela Domínguez is an Assistant Professor at the University of San Francisco (USF) and the Marriage and Family Therapy Program Coordinator at the USF Santa Rosa Campus. She was born in Mexico City and moved to the US to pursue a career in Counseling Psychology. She is a licensed psychologist, licensed clinical counselor, and author of several articles in academic and scientific journals.

She has a special interest in social justice concerns, bilingual/bicultural training, multiculturalism, Latinx mental health, and immigration issues. Her program of research examines how individuals navigate their multiple sociocultural identities and she is particularly interested in understanding how minority populations cope with interactive oppressions (i.e., racism/heterosexism/sexism/classism) based on their multiple social identities.

As a mental health first responder, Dr. Domínguez has provided counseling services to families impacted by hurricane Harvey, the 2017 wildfires in Sonoma County, and the 2017 earthquakes in Mexico. In addition, she has a history of providing counseling and therapy services in a variety of settings, including a community clinic, a child guidance center, a detention facility, a rape crisis center, a homeless shelter, two university counseling centers, as well as her own private practice.

 Nancy Calderon, At-Large

My name is Nancy Calderon, I am currently a Senior Business Banker with Beneficial State Bank. I have over 12 years of experience working in the financial and banking industry. I am fluent in both English and Spanish. I was born in Mexico and raised in Sonoma County, CA, where I currently reside with my two beautiful children, Derek and Scarlett. I look forward to contributing my financial and banking expertise to the community. My mission will be to empower the community with the knowledge and tools needed in order to make smart financial decisions. In addition, I am also partnered with a financial literacy education program to teach today’s youth on the importance of banking and finances.

Marcos Mejia, At-Large

“Caring for others brings inspiration and motivates my creativity to innovate and advocate for those in need”

Marcos Mejia brings more than 20 years of experience in communications, media production, branding and marketing, public relations, and community outreach. His entire career has been devoted to bridging communications, servicing different social groups. Marcos considers himself gifted with the opportunity to have lived in 4 different countries and the ability to speak 4 languages, which granted him a broader exposure to cultures and diversity, setting his path to act as cultural liaison, in the roles of simultaneous interpreter and Spanish-English translator.

Working for Santa Rosa Community Health (SRCH), last year Marcos expanded the network of partners with various community leadership groups, building strategic alliances and promoting participation in the Binational Health Fair 17th, resulting in the largest health fair in Santa Rosa history (from 20 agencies in 2016 to 68 agencies in 2017).

Marcos contributed to establish branding by Introducing Santa Rosa Community Health to the Spanish Media in Sonoma County. Produced 10 Retrato Hispano TV talk shows with Univision (the largest Spanish network in USA), and two 30 minutes radio interviews, acting as spokesperson for the agency.

Luigi Valencia, At-Large

Luigi Valencia was born and raised in Sonoma County. He graduated from Windsor High School and then attended Sacramento State University where he was the 1st member in his entire family to graduate with a Bachelors. Following his time in Sacramento, Luigi chose to pursue his Master’s degree in Clinical Psychology from The University of San Francisco. Throughout his education and training, Luigi has worked with various populations such as; Juveniles and probation, level 14 group homes, and various community clinic settings. He ability to be fluid and understanding amongst different populations is what he accredits as one of his biggest strengths. “Having worked with so many people from all walks of life, the common thread is the level of care and attunement we can offer people; regardless of race, gender, religion, SES, etc. I’m afforded with such an opportunity to hear people’s story because it allows for a deepening of connection through understanding without judgment being placed.”

Luigi currently works for a non-profit organization, SOS Community Counseling, as a site manager and clinician for multiple sites. He spends most of his time in the northern part of Sonoma County reaching youth/adults and supporting families. A current recipient of the Health Care Foundation grant: “Young Bilingual Talented Therapists (Pipeline),” Luigi takes pride in serving those marginalized and underserved.

Brenda Vargas,  At-Large

Brenda Vargas is a dual enrollment student attending Piner High School and Santa Rosa Junior College. Currently, she partakes in Latino Service Providers: Testimonios Project as a Youth Promotor. At Piner, she manages Mindful Minds, a mental health awareness club, and Movimiento Estudiantil Chicanx de Aztlán (MEChA), an empowerment organization for students with Mexican-American backgrounds. Vargas is also a member of MEChA de SRJC, Mujeres Xingonxs -a women’s empowerment club- and Wine Country Young Democrats. Throughout midterm elections, she conducted a youth led voter registration drive. During her free time she enjoys: listening to music, reading, drawing, biking and volunteering. After graduating from high school, she will attend a four year university and aspires to double major in Political Science and Psychology with a minor in Chicanx studies. In the future, she intends to pursue a career in civil rights and politics. She is a social justice advocate, hence, mental health awareness, higher education, immigrant rights, gender equality, environmental sustainability, and youth involvement are all important to her. Vargas aspires to continue making a difference in her community.