Empire College recently named <MC>Mary Ellen Pastorino<MC> as director of education and <MC>Mark Kalagorgevich<MC> as assistant director of education for its School of Business. Pastorino joined Empire College in 2002 and most recently served as assistant director of education. Kalagorgevich has worked as an instructor in the business administration department since 2008.
Victoria Johnston was recently hired to manage the Sebastopol branch of <MC>Sonoma Bank<MC>. Johnston, who is president of the Sebastopol Sunrise Rotary Club, has 13 years of banking experience, most recently with Wells Fargo. She replaces Aleia Coate, who is now managing Sonoma Bank's main Santa Rosa branch. Sonoma Bank also hired <MC>Lisa Lemmons<MC> of Healdsburg as a loan officer at its Santa Rosa home loan division.
<MC>Graton Ridge Cellars<MC> recently hired <MC>Pat Paulson<MC> as assistant manager. Paulson has 16 years' experience in the wine industry at Korbel, Lake Sonoma Winery and Valley of the Moon Winery.
The Press Democrat's <MC>PD Media Lab<MC> has two new additions. <MC>Tara McGoldrick Walsh<MC> has been hired as content editor. Previously, she was an editor for O'Reilly Media and has also been a consultant for numerous Web startups, nonprofits and publishers. <MC>Crystal Jackson<MC> is PD Media Lab's social media optimization specialist. She has more than 10 years of experience in sales, marketing and brand development, including working in the wine industry as a tasting room and wine club manager.
<MC>Robert Rubin<MC> has been elected to the board of directors of the <MC>Laguna de Santa Rosa Foundation<MC>, a nonprofit that works to preserve, restore and inspire greater public appreciation for the Laguna's wetlands. Rubin is a professor of marine biology at Santa Rosa Junior College.
<MC>Marc Velez<MC> has opened <MC>Cotati Community Acupuncture<MC>, a clinic that provides acupuncture treatments in a group setting. It is located at 315. E. Cotati Ave., Suite C. For information, visit <NO1>www.<NO>cotaticommunityacupuncture.com.
<MC>Tom Anderson<MC>, a retired management and training consultant from The Justice Consulting Institute, has been elected to the <MC>Goodwill Redwood Empire<MC> board of directors. Officers include Steve Jameson, chair; Mark Walsh, vice-chair; Joshua Schultz, treasurer; and Dennis Carrera, secretary.
<MC>Cope Family Center<MC> in Napa recently welcomed five new directors to its board, each of whom will serve a three-year term. Joining the board of directors are <MC>Suzy Anderson<MC> of Coldwell Banker Brokers of the Valley; <MC>Lynn Jakubowski<MC>, volunteer coordinator at Visit Napa Valley; <MC>Sharon Krider<MC>, a nurse at Kaiser Permanente and Queen of the Valley hospital; <MC>Tina Laviolette<MC> of Mechanics Bank; and <MC>Blain Ross<MC> of The Lux Productions. Founded in 1972, Cope Family Center seeks to promote happy, healthy lives for children through abuse prevention, parent education and family support services.
<MC><CW-30>Dr. Stephen Steady<MC> of GI Healthworks in Petaluma is the new president of the <MC>Sonoma County Medical Association<MC>, a nonprofit that supports more than 1,000 local physicians. He will serve through June of next year. A Petaluma native, Steady has practiced medicine in Sonoma County since 2001. Three other new officers will join Steady on the board of directors: Drs. Robert Nied, Francesca Manfredi and Regina Sullivan. Other newly elected board members are Drs. Richard Powers, Jan Sonander and Jeff Sugarman.
Neuroscientist <MC>Dr. Adam Gazzaley<MC> has joined the board of directors at Santa Rosa-based <MC>DirectionFive<MC>, a nutrition consulting firm that aims to improve students' academic performance by emphasizing diet, exercise, stress reduction and other quality of life issues.