THE ORGANIZATION
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.

Staff

Tim Miller

Tim 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 380
melissa.fike@westcountyservices.org

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

Mike Shirley
Director, Russian River Empowerment Center
(707) 823-1640 x 208
mike.shirley@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.