Christopher Silva, president of St. Francis Winery, has been elected chairman of the Santa Rosa Junior College Wine Studies Advisory Board. The new board is made up of local wine industry leaders and will participate in curriculum, development, hiring of faculty, certificate programs and other issues related to the Wine Studies Program.
Robin Ashford has been named branch manager at the Point Arena branch of Redwood Credit Union. Ashford has more than 20 years of experience in customer service and has worked in financial services for seven years, most recently with Westamerica Bank.
Attorney Johann Hall recently joined the Law Offices of Bill T. Kuziara, a Santa Rosa-based firm specializing in personal injury cases. Hall previously worked at the Sonoma County District Attorney's Office as a law clerk and at several private defense firms.
Anne Keck, formerly of the Sonoma County Counsel's Office, has opened Keck Law Offices at 418 B St., Suite 206, Santa Rosa. Her practice will focus on public agency law, and her website is www.public-law.org.
Ryan Cullinen has been hired as project coordinator for Leff Construction in Sebastopol. He previously was an independent general contractor working on projects ranging from barn renovations to custom homes.
The Santa Rosa Salvation Army recently selected Wayne Rowlands to lead its advisory board. Rowlands replaces Kathleen Archer, whose term ended in February.
Denise Lyon was recently elected to serve on the board of directors of LifeWorks of Sonoma County. Lyon, a branch manager for Umpqua Bank in Petaluma, has worked in retail banking management for 11 years.
Steven Palladino has been chosen as executive director for the North Bay iHub. The iHub is a collaborative effort of North Bay organizations supporting innovation and entrepreneurship. It is one of 16 such regional collectives designated by Gov. Jerry Brown's Office of Business and Economic Development.
Kim Fetzer has been hired as office manager at Guyak?Sustainable Rainforest Products, a Sebastopol company that makes beverages containing yerba mat? Fetzer is an adjunct instructor in Santa Rosa Junior College's culinary arts department.
Matthew McMullen has joined Santa Rosa advertising and marketing agency Firefly Creative Co. as a writer, marketing manager and brand strategist.
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Where does Santa Rosa’s $2.75 million for affordable housing go?
Acacia Village: $1.1 million loan; 6 for-sale units; 120 percent of average median income, or AMI; $189,092 per unit.
Benton Veteran’s Village: $895,448 loan; 7 rental units for veterans; 30 percent of AMI for 6 units, 60 percent of AMI for manager; $127,921 per unit
Stonehouse Family Housing: $500,000 loan; 20 rental units for women who’ve completed treatment; 30 percent of AMI; $25,000 per unit.
Harris Village: $220,000 loan; 4 for sale units on West Steele Lane; 80 percent of AMI; $55,000 per unit.