Board of Directors
Gina Belforte is currently serving her third term as a Rohnert Park City Council member. Gina has previously served as the Mayor for two years and as Vice Mayor for three years. In addition to serving on SAY’s board, Gina currently serves on the Economic Development Committee, the Senior Citizen Advisory Committee, on the Water Committee and is a Rohnert Park Foundation board member.
Gina’s background includes a long career in marketing and public relations. She opened new territories for advertising companies, trained sales people and handled multimillion dollar advertising campaigns. A Northern California native, she has lived in Rohnert Park for 31 years with her husband Kevin and has two grown children. Gina is also the local owner of Stanley Steemer, employing over 20 people and servicing Sonoma, Lake and Mendocino counties.
Peter Hsu is a Senior Vice President – Regional Manager for Bank of Marin. Peter has more than 25 years of financial services experience and has worked in various positions in both the community and wholesale banking. Peter’s work experience also includes several years at Bank of the West, Wells Fargo Bank, N.A., ABN AMRO Bank, N.V. and Allied Capital Corporation. Peter received his double B.A. in Economics and International Relations with a Minor in Chinese from the University of California at Davis.
Ty Comstock is approaching his 23rd anniversary with Jackson Family Enterprises, and currently serves as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer. He is responsible for all aspects of finance, IT, human resources, and international businesses for the Jackson Family. During his tenure, Ty had the opportunity to help shape the company as it is configured today, including executive leadership, corporate treasury and financing, general accounting and process improvements, mergers and acquisition, strategic vision, and information systems and technology. Prior to joining the Jackson Family, Ty spent ten years in general and financial management with Core-Mark International. A graduate of The Ohio State University, he is married and has a daughter also in the wine business.
Cynthia Negri has been with Redwood Credit Union since 1997. As Chief Operating Officer, she oversees the operational functions of the institution, including branch operations, wealth management, marketing and communications, member experience, and project management. During her tenure, Redwood Credit Union has grown from a $300-million institution to a credit union that’s the 8th largest in California with over $4.9 billion in assets. An advocate of high service standards, Cynthia keeps the credit union focused on supporting its members and communities to help them succeed financially and achieve their dreams. She holds bachelors degrees in accounting and finance from San Francisco State University.
Clay Bilby is the Head of Investor Relations at Palo Alto Networks a cyber-security company. Prior company experience includes Keysight Technologies, Agilent Technologies and Hewlett Packard. Professional experience includes Investor Relations, Corporate Development, Finance, Marketing, Global Procurement and start-up mentoring. Clay is also an adjunct professor at Sonoma State University teaching the Financial Statements Analysis course in the Executive MBA program. Clay holds a BSEE from the University of Michigan and an MBA from the California State University (Sonoma State University). Clay enjoys active sports including distance tandem biking with his wife and other outdoor activities.
Susan Barnes is the owner of Barnes & Company, an award-winning strategic consulting firm specializing in the areas of land planning, land use approval, communications, public outreach and strategic communications. Susan works throughout Northern California in a wide spectrum of businesses, industries and nonprofits. Susan earned both a B.A. Political Science and a B.A. in Psychology from the University of California, Irvine. Susan has over 30 years of experience in dealing with federal, state, county and local government providing public affairs, land use, public outreach and media services.
Matt Brewer was born and raised in Sonoma County, and graduated from Sonoma State University with a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration with an emphasis in accounting. Matt is a certified public accountant and works for Pisenti & Brinker where he is a manager in taxation and assurance services. Matt provides corporate, partnership and individual tax planning and compliance services and oversees audit, review and compilation engagements. Matt married the love of his life, Chloe, in 2010. When he is not working and volunteering, he keeps busy raising his three children.
Jared Cooley is the Director of Leasing/Financing for Hansel Leasing, a local company focused on providing equipment leasing across the US including the local Sonoma County wine industry.
Born and raised in Northern, CA, Jared spent 15 years in the commercial banking industry after receiving his BA from University Nevada Las Vegas and MBA from California State University Sacramento.
Jared spends his time outside the office with his wife and 3 young children supporting their interest in sports and his interest in cycling/mountain biking.
Gerard Giudice is the owner of Sally Tomatoes Catering and Event Company in Rohnert Park. Born in the Bronx, Gerard is proud to call Rohnert Park home, and is a proud member of the Rohnert Park Cotati Rotary Club and the Rohnert Park Planning Commission. He also serves as a board member for the Sonoma State Athletic Association. Gerard is married to Suzanne Knauer-Giudice and has two inspiring daughters, Katarina, 2 and Isabella, 18.
Heather Nelson-Tapia is the Business Development Manager for Encore Events Rentals, with over 20 years of sales and management experience in the hospitality and events industry. A dedicated volunteer, Heather has served on committees for the Sutter Health Catwalk for a Cure Event, Redwood Empire Food Bank, American Heart Association’s Go Red Event, and Lytton Springs 4H. She is a member of the Santa Rosa Metro Chamber’s Leadership Santa Rosa Program, Class 36, and a facilitator in the Be Better Platform, a networking and professional development group. She served 8 years on the ILEA Napa Sonoma Board, including 2 years as the President.
Heather is a mother of three, a lover of good food and wine, and an 80s enthusiast. She can often be found supporting local restaurants and wineries while connecting with colleagues, friends, and family.
Ted Patchet is a Partner, Senior Client Manager at Mercer, a global professional services firm redefining the world of work, reshaping retirement and investment outcomes, and unlocking real health and well-being. He has expertise in strategic business planning and has led clients through a wide variety of projects across the HR landscape over the past 24 years. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Finance from the University of Nevada, Reno and a Master of Arts in Sports and Fitness Management from the University of San Francisco.
Ted lives in Petaluma with his wife Patience and their two teenage sons, Gavin and Colin. He is the Secretary for the Northern California Chapter of US Lacrosse. Other organizations that Ted has served previously include Petaluma Youth Lacrosse, the Marin Cricket Club, the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Massachusetts-Rhode Island and Boys Scout of America. In his down time, Ted enjoys playing golf, walking the four family dogs and relaxing with his family.
Mark Stapp is a Director of Development at Sonoma State University, where he assists with resource development and community engagement. Mark’s work experience also includes roles at the San Francisco Zoo, Paradigm HealthCare Services, and Logistics.com. In addition to serving on SAY’s board, Mark currently serves on Santa Rosa’s Measure O committee, the Sonoma County Farm Bureau Foundation board, and the board of the World Affairs Council of Sonoma County. Mark earned a B.A. in Religion from Williams College and a Ph.D. in Theology from the University of Chicago. Mark and his wife, Viviann, live up the street from the Dream Center and enjoy walks in Annadel.
Tina Wallis practices land use and environmental law, with the Law Offices of Tina Wallis, Inc. The firm advises private and public clients on all aspects of land use, such as general plan updates, zoning code updates, compliance with California’s Environmental Quality Act, land use entitlements for residential and commercial projects, conservation easements, and many other natural resource issues.
Outside of her work, Ms. Wallis can be found swimming, cycling, or walking her very bossy dog.
Honorary Board of Directors
Hon. Gayle Guynup
Chief Rainer Navarro
District Attorney Jill Ravitch
Hon. Arnold Rosenfield