BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Paul Chakmak
President

Since September 2014, Paul has served as a consultant to operators and investors in the gaming, lodging and leisure industries.  Prior to that time, he was Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer for Boyd Gaming Corporation.  Prior to joining Boyd Gaming in 2004, Paul was a senior member of CIBC World Markets’ West Coast Leveraged Finance Group. Paul has more than 18 years of experience in investment banking, specializing in structuring, underwriting and distributing senior debt and high yield financing, and in providing financial advisory services. He has served on the Board of Advisory Directors of the Southern Nevada Market for U.S. Bank and on the Board of Directors for the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority and chaired its Audit Committee.  He also served as Vice Chair of the Nevada Resort Association and the University of Nevada, Las Vegas Campus Improvement Authority Board. Paul graduated from Claremont McKenna College in 1986 with a double B.A. Degree in Economics and Political Science. 

Holly Seaton, Ph. D.
Vice-President

Holly is a consulting psychologist working for the past 15 years in both clinical and consulting psychology, also as a consultant and as Vice President of a leadership development company. Her background also includes teaching at the college level, and healthcare as a nurse practitioner. She is on the board of Rotary and involved with La Luz.

Celia Kruse de la Rosa
Secretary

Celia joined the Vintage House Board of Directors in 2019 and is the Marketing and Community Outreach Manager for Sonoma Valley Hospital.

Dennis Bloch
Treasurer

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Bob Felder

Bob spent 37 years as a structural engineer, primarily in research and technical staff performing structural dynamics analysis for Lockheed Martin Corporation.  In Sonoma, he has been active with Valley of the Moon Vintage Festival and Sonoma Valley Visitors Bureau, and is currently serving on the City of Sonoma Planning Commission.

Hewitt Jackson

Prior to moving to Sonoma in 2015, Hewitt taught middle and high school students in Marin County for 13 years. His subject areas were History, Cultural Studies, Internet and Social Media Literacy, and Social Emotional Learning. Prior to teaching, he had an extensive career in the technology, publishing, and entertainment travel management industries, specializing in conference, trade show and event development, marketing and management. Hewitt and his wife have volunteered at several Sonoma non-profits, including Friends In Sonoma Helping (FISH), Teen Services Ready to Work Program, Senior Project Judging at Sonoma Valley High School and the Sonoma International Film Festival. He loves the casual, outdoor lifestyle that Sonoma offers and enjoys walking, biking, and exploring the Valley. Hewitt holds a Humanities and Cultural Studies degree from Dominican University of California in San Rafael.

Bruce Janigian

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Bob Kweller

Bob spent more than 30 years in marketing, primarily direct marketing of financial services. He also spent 15 years with Transamerica Corporation (life insurance, casualty insurance, consumer loans), and 15 years with a SF based internet advertising company. In addition to Vintage House, He is active with Rotary, FISH and the Special Olympics.

Carole McClain

Carole has been a resident of Sonoma since 1973. She is active in multiple non-profit and volunteer organizations and serves on the Board for some of those. She was an educator for 37 years, teaching elementary to college level, and an administrator at the District, County, and State levels.  Carole also served as the Oversight Administrator for a federal program to establish navigator programs in the Bay Area County Job Training Partnership Act sites.

Mark O'Brien

Mark is retired from more than 40 years in horticulture and agriculture. He started as a grower in a small regional bedding plant nursery and finished his career managing North America for a Norwegian company in sales and marketing. He is a California native and happily a Sonoma resident since 1984. Mark joined the men's group at Vintage House in 2013 and became a lifetime member in 2014. In 2017, he joined the Board of Directors. Mark also volunteers on the Sustainable Sonoma Council and with Redwood Empire Food Bank.

Gera Vaz

For more than 25 years, Gera has led results-oriented human resources teams that have delivered best-in-class services throughout United States, Europe and Asia.  As the Chief HR Officer at two major law firms, Gera directed implementation of best practices that resulted in both firms being named to Fortune Magazine’s “Top 100 Companies to Work For.” As Executive Director of the U.S. offices for Orrick, Gera also oversaw the firm’s U.S.-based Office Administrators. In this role, she directed office operation strategy, financial management, staffing ratios and facilitation of communication among administrative departments.  She led a cross-functional team in examining attorney support and role of the legal secretary.  Prior to joining the legal services industry, Gera was Vice President of Human Resources for a multistate, $900 million home electronics retailer where she managed a staff of 50 professionals for the 77-store, 4,500 employee corporation.

Bonnie Walner

Bonnie taught Special Education for 24 years in Chicago, San Francisco and Marin County. She currently works as an Interior Designer and landscape designer, a profession she has loved for 23 years.  She was published in “California Home and Design Magazine” for a home she created in Tiburon. When it came time to redesign Vintage House, Bonnie was hired to create a new and comfortable space and was responsible for all the new furniture in the reception area, paint colors, carpeting, window coverings, and lighting. She is an active member of the Sonoma Newcomer’s Club and the Mentoring Alliance. She plays bocce ball, tennis and pickleball. She is also a Master Gardener and on the advisory board of the Sonoma Garden Park.

Mary Wilcox

Mary has a background in philanthropy from her career at a private foundation. Doing research and developing grantmaking guidelines for new areas of interest for the Board sharpened her interest in senior issues, among others. Now she IS a senior, and derives great joy from participating enthusiastically in advancing the agenda for those over 50, particularly as Baby Boomers matriculate into new activities, interests, and challenges. It’s a joy to be alive and life has so much to offer. Mary has travelled extensively, loves to cook and feed friends, enjoys volunteerism everywhere she goes, has an eye for the unusual, and loves glass art that makes her smile.