About West County Community Services

West Coun­ty Com­mu­ni­ty Ser­vices (WCCS) is a mul­ti-ser­vice agency for west­ern Sono­ma Coun­ty, includ­ing the small rur­al com­mu­ni­ties around the Russ­ian Riv­er, from Forestville west to Jen­ner. Its 40 expert staff pro­vide a vari­ety of modes of coun­sel­ing and sup­port for seniors, adults, youth and chil­dren in sev­er­al dif­fer­ent venues. Its employ­ment train­ing is ori­ent­ed to those with dis­abil­i­ties and low-income youth and adults. A senior cen­ter is the hub for activ­i­ties and sup­port for the elder­ly. Youth at-risk and first-time offend­ers receive a broad range of assis­tance, and the home­less are offered food, shel­ter and for some, per­ma­nent hous­ing. The agency does this with an annu­al bud­get of $1.6 mil­lion and more than 30 con­tracts. Admin­is­tra­tive offices are locat­ed in Guerneville, California.

Contact Information

Street Address: 16390 Main St, Guerneville, CA 95446
Mail­ing address: PO Box 325, Guerneville, CA 95446
Fax:     707–823-1642

Staff

Tim MillerTim Miller
Exec­u­tive Director
(707) 823‑1640 x 101
tim.miller@westcountyservices.org

Emi­ly Heinzelman
Direc­tor of Operations
cfsa-leader-Emily(707) 869‑0618 x 403
emily.heinzelman@westcountyservices.org

David France

Direc­tor of Finance
(707) 823‑1640 x 104
david.france@westcountyservices.org

Melis­sa Fike
Direc­tor of Senior Adult Counseling
(707) 823‑1640 x 301
melissa.fike@westcountyservices.org

Dan­nielle Danforth
Direc­tor of Hous­ing & Home­less Services
(707) 823‑1640 x 115
dannielle.danforth@westcountyservices.org

Christy Davi­la
Direc­tor of Coun­sel­ing and Behav­ioral Health,
(707) 823‑1640 x 391
christy.davila@westcountyservices.org

Board of Directors

Scott Lewis, President

cfsa-board-Scott LewisScott Lewis is cur­rent­ly a part­ner at Per­ry John­son Ander­son Miller and Moskowitz, a local law firm. He has prac­ticed business/employment law and lit­i­ga­tion since 1990. He is a for­mer mem­ber of the Sono­ma Coun­ty Sheriff’s Depart­ment. From his arrival in Sono­ma Coun­ty in 1982 after serv­ing in the K-9 corp for the Air Force, Scott has involved him­self in com­mu­ni­ty issues and projects includ­ing ser­vice in site coun­cils and mem­ber­ship with West Coun­ty Com­mu­ni­ty Ser­vices in the 1990’s. Scott also teach­es at the San­ta Rosa Junior Col­lege Nation­al Parks Ranger Acad­e­my as well as busi­ness class­es for busi­ness own­ers in our community.

 

Debra John­son, Vice President

DebJohnson photoOwner/Broker, Berk­shire Hath­away Sono­ma Coun­ty Prop­er­ties, with offices in Guerneville and Sebastopol. She has served on many Boards over the years, cur­rent­ly she is Pres­i­dent of the Russ­ian Riv­er Cham­ber of Com­merce, Vice Pres­i­dent of the Russ­ian Riv­er Health Cen­ter and Vice Pres­i­dent of the West Coun­ty Com­mu­ni­ty Ser­vices.  Debra is a pas­sion­ate advo­cate for those com­mu­ni­ty mem­bers suf­fer­ing from home­less­ness, men­tal ill­ness, and addic­tion. She firm­ly believes that lack of hous­ing and health care lies at the root of these issues. A firm believ­er that health­care should not be a priv­i­lege, but a right for all.

Christy Pichel, Treasurer

C.P. imageChristy Pichel has served in man­age­ment posi­tions in phil­an­thropy and non-prof­it orga­ni­za­tions for over thir­ty years. Most recent­ly she served as the pres­i­dent of the Stu­art Foun­da­tion, a pri­vate fam­i­ly foun­da­tion ded­i­cat­ed to improv­ing pub­lic edu­ca­tion and child wel­fare sys­tems. She also served in man­age­ment at the Pub­lic Pol­i­cy Insti­tute of Cal­i­for­nia, the James Irvine Foun­da­tion, and the CS Fund. She was a founder and exec­u­tive direc­tor of the Sum­mer­field Wal­dorf School & Farm and the direc­tor and board mem­ber of the Far­al­lones Insti­tute in Occidental.

Christy cur­rent­ly serves on the boards of direc­tors of the nation­al Cen­ter for Effec­tive Phil­an­thropy, the Con­ser­va­tion Corp North Bay, and on the advi­so­ry boards of Pol­i­cy Analy­sis for Cal­i­for­nia Edu­ca­tion (PACE), Dove­tail Learn­ing, and Vet­er­ans Path. She is an advi­sor to The Advance­ment Project’s K-12 Water Cool­er Net­work and a mem­ber of the Blue­print 2.0 Plan­ning Team for the Cal­i­for­nia Depart­ment of Edu­ca­tion. Christy received an M.B.A. in Inter­na­tion­al Busi­ness from Domini­can Uni­ver­si­ty and a B.A. from the Uni­ver­si­ty of Cal­i­for­nia, Los Angeles.

Clara Else, Secretary

cfsa-board-Clara ElseClara Else joined the WCCS board as the rep­re­sen­ta­tive of Com­mu­ni­ty Hous­ing Options West, which ran the Guerneville emer­gency win­ter shel­ter until it was adopt­ed by WCCS.  She is on the Board of Direc­tors of the Sono­ma Coun­ty Task Force for the Home­less and on the Steer­ing Com­mit­tee of the Sono­ma Coun­ty Con­tin­u­um of Care, and vol­un­teers with Stew­ards of the Coast and Red­woods.  She got her BA at the Uni­ver­si­ty of Cal­i­for­nia at Berke­ley and her MA at Prince­ton Uni­ver­si­ty, and worked for 25 years as a research econ­o­mist in Wash­ing­ton DC.

 

Jor­dan Burns

burns_bw_headshotJor­dan is the founder and exec­u­tive direc­tor of Children’s Human­i­tar­i­an Inter­na­tion­al (CHI), a non­prof­it grass­roots orga­ni­za­tion advo­cat­ing for sus­tain­able edu­ca­tion and pro­vid­ing health care, school sup­plies and edu­ca­tion­al oppor­tu­ni­ties for chil­dren in devel­op­ing coun­tries. Jor­dan has a Bach­e­lor of Arts in Polit­i­cal Sci­ence and a minor in Glob­al Pover­ty from Uni­ver­si­ty of Cal­i­for­nia, Berke­ley. Addi­tion­al­ly, he has received numer­ous lead­er­ship-based schol­ar­ships from both San­ta Rosa Junior Col­lege and UC Berke­ley, includ­ing the Cal Alum­ni Lead­er­ship Award and the Blum Cen­ter for Devel­op­ing Economies Fel­low­ship for his remark­able work in the devel­op­ing world. Jor­dan has over 12 years of med­ical train­ing, work­ing pre­vi­ous­ly as an Emer­gency Med­ical Tech­ni­cian and a cre­den­tialed instruc­tor for the Amer­i­can Red Cross. Jor­dan resides in Sebastopol, Cal­i­for­nia, which has been home to his fam­i­ly since the late 1800s. Jor­dan is cur­rent­ly West Sono­ma County’s elect­ed rep­re­sen­ta­tive on the Sono­ma Coun­ty Junior Col­lege Dis­trict Board of Trustees.

Robert Judd

RobertRobert joined Com­mu­ni­ty Foun­da­tion Sono­ma Coun­ty in 1997 as its Pro­gram Offi­cer and retired in 2014 as its VP for Pro­grams, hav­ing designed and man­aged grant pro­grams in the fields of arts, edu­ca­tion, envi­ron­ment and health/human ser­vices. He also served on the board of the Unit­ed Way of the Wine Coun­try, was a long-term mem­ber of the Steer­ing Com­mit­tee of the Con­tin­u­um of Care, and served on the Port­fo­lio Review Com­mit­tee of the county’s Upstream Invest­ment pro­gram. Robert received his BA from Bard Col­lege and his MA from the Uni­ver­si­ty of Chicago.

Mike Nicholls

Mike.NichollsMike Nicholls serves as the Sono­ma Coun­ty Man­ag­er for the North Bay / North Coast Broad­band Con­sor­tium, ded­i­cat­ed to the expan­sion of high speed, afford­able broad­band for rur­al res­i­dents. He con­cur­rent­ly serves as Co-Chair of Access Sono­ma Broad­band, which pro­vides input for the mid­dle mile and last mile devel­op­ment of a robust and diverse fiber optic coun­ty back­bone. He was appoint­ed in 2013 to The Coun­ty of Sono­ma Eco­nom­ic Devel­op­ment Board rep­re­sent­ing Super­vi­so­r­i­al Dis­trict #5 and is is serv­ing a sec­ond term as Sec­re­tary / Direc­tor on the Cazadero Com­mu­ni­ty Ser­vices Dis­trict Board.

A for­mer Food Indus­try exec­u­tive with broad expe­ri­ence in pri­ma­ry as well as sec­ondary domes­tic mar­kets, Mike has con­sult­ed on new prod­uct and sales devel­op­ment projects. He received a BS Degree in Food Sci­ence from Cal­i­for­nia Poly­tech­nic Sate Uni­ver­si­ty and tak­en post grad­u­ate class­es at the Uni­ver­si­ty of Nebras­ka and CPSU — San Luis Obispo.

Dot­tie Ruppert

Dot­tie Rup­pert has lived in Guerneville for six­teen years and is an active vol­un­teer in the com­mu­ni­ty. She cur­rent­ly vol­un­teers with Riv­er Friends of the Library, Stew­ards of the Coast and Red­woods, and the Guerneville After School pro­gram. She is also a vol­un­teer and par­tic­i­pant in the Russ­ian Riv­er Senior Resource Center.

Dot­tie worked as a Reg­is­tered Nurse for forty years, most­ly in home health and hos­pice care. She also lived and worked in Guatemala for three years and is con­ver­sant in Span­ish. She has a Bach­e­lor of Sci­ence in Nurs­ing from Hunter Col­lege, City Uni­ver­si­ty of New York, and Mas­ter of Sci­ence in Nurs­ing from the Uni­ver­si­ty of Cal­i­for­nia, San Francisco.

Lin­da Terry

picture of Linda Terry

Lin­da Terry

Lin­da Ter­ry is the Clin­i­cal Direc­tor at Azure Acres, a res­i­den­tial drug and alco­hol treat­ment cen­ter in Sebastopol. Pri­or to her work at Azure she owned a sober liv­ing home for women in Marin Coun­ty. Her work in social ser­vice was pre­ced­ed by a career as the own­er of a suc­cess­ful con­struc­tion com­pa­ny in Marin Coun­ty and as the gen­er­al man­ag­er of a local Sono­ma Coun­ty solar com­pa­ny. In addi­tion to her pro­fes­sion­al expe­ri­ence, Lin­da brings a long his­to­ry of pri­or non-prof­it and prof­it board ser­vice to the West Coun­ty Board.

Linda’s edu­ca­tion includes a BA from the Uni­ver­si­ty of Cincin­nati and a two-year degree in Alco­hol and Drug Stud­ies from the San­ta Rosa Junior Col­lege. She is cur­rent­ly a grad­u­ate stu­dent at the Uni­ver­si­ty of San Fran­cis­co, pur­su­ing her Mas­ters in Coun­sel­ing Psy­chol­o­gy. Lin­da lives in Forestville with her fam­i­ly and has a deep per­son­al com­mit­ment to the needs of West Coun­ty residents.

Gre­go­ry Sanford

pictured of Gregory SanfordGre­go­ry San­ford, semi-retired, grad­u­at­ed from Whit­ti­er Col­lege in 1971, and has lived in the West Coun­ty area since 1977 at which time he secured a real estate license, and was the Gen­er­al Man­ag­er of the Getchell Corp, 1977–79.  He has been involved with con­struc­tion since then, obtain­ing a Contractor’s license in 1999, when he estab­lished his own con­tract­ing firm: Greg San­ford Con­struc­tion, Inc.

He is a mem­ber of St Seraphim Ortho­dox Church, served three terms on the Church Coun­cil dur­ing con­struc­tion of the new sanc­tu­ary.   Greg has also served as co-chair­man of the annu­al Glen­di Inter­na­tion­al Food Fair.