Vanessa Jilot has been promoted to vice president at Wilusz and Associates, part of Ameriprise Financial Services. She has worked with the Santa Rosa investment advisory firm since 2010, most recently as a certified financial planner.

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Lauren Minkel has joined Terra Firma Global Partners as a sales associate in its Sebastopol office. Previously, she worked as a sales associate at North Bay Produce Co. and a public safety dispatcher for the City of Petaluma.

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Shawn Hermosillo has joined W Real Estate as an agent in its Santa Rosa office. Previously, he was an agent with Keller Williams Realty.

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Tim O’Connor has joined Exchange Bank as a vice president and manager of its Windsor branch. He has more than 10 years of banking experience, most recently serving as manager of the Chase Bank branch in Petaluma.

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Robert Larsen has opened a marketing communications firm, The Larsen Projekt, in Santa Rosa. Previously, he served as director of communications at Rodney Strong Wine Estates and Dry Creek Vineyard and public relations manager at Diageo and Beringer Wine Estates. For information, visit www.thelarsenprojekt.com.

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Shelley Cerneant has joined Sonoma Country Day School as its chef. Previously, she was chef at Applewood Inn, where she was one of only 10 female chefs in the country to be awarded a 2012 Michelin Star.

Jennifer Macias, formerly business manager at the Santa Rosa school, has been promoted to director of finance and operations.

The school has added three new teachers: Aly Conway, sixth- and seventh-grade math; Nikki Thomas, sixth-grade history; and Nina Strika, learning support coordinator.

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The Career Technical Education Foundation Sonoma County has elected two new directors to its board: Hamish Gray, senior vice president for corporate services and chief of staff for Keysight Technologies; and Robert McGee, president of Straus Family Creamery. They join Carol Kneis, vice president for business development at Bank of Marin; James Gore, 4th District supervisor, Sonoma County Board of Supervisors; and Paul Zygielbaum, retired CEO at C8 MediSensors.

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Joseph Stern, a Petaluma financial advisor, has been appointed to the Petaluma Health Care District board of directors.

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