Board of Directors
Debra Johnson, President
Owner/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.
Gregory Sanford, Vice President
Gregory 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.
Jordan Burns, Treasurer
Jordan 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.
Clara Else, Secretary
Clara 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.
Christy 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.
Robert 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.
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.
Dawn Anderson joined the West County Community Services Board of Directors in November 2018. Dawn has lived in the lower Russian River area for more than 25 years and is an active participant in several lower Russian River movements. She is a member of the Clean Team and spends hours each week volunteering with the Clean River Alliance to keep the streets of Guerneville spotless, volunteers at Clean Day each Thursday to serve food to those seeking social and emotional support, and volunteers at the Empowerment Center as well.
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Director of Senior Adult Counseling
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Director of Housing & Homeless Services
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Director of Counseling and Behavioral Health,
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Rapid Re-housing Case Manager
Park Village Case Manager
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California Hope Sonoma, Project Lead
Marketing Communication Manager, Media Contact