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Linda Civitello
Executive Director

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Dean Brittingham

Transportation Coordinator


Joanne Cooter
Assistant Manager, The Legacy

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Katie Davis
Program Director

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Ed Groff
Operations Manager


Nick Vannucci
Manager, The Legacy


Elizabeth Vanden Heuvel
Program Assistant



Board of Directors

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Brian Ledig, President
Brian Ledig has lived in Sonoma County for 30+ years and has an extensive familiarity with the area weather patterns, wells and septic and individual beauty of our beautiful County. While not limited to, he is a Registered Senior Real Estate Specialist (SRES) and has particular expertise in this area. Seniors Real Estate Specialist – Trained in special needs and concerns of seniors; Monthly contributor – Wisdom Counts a monthly senior newsletter and online blog; Next Door Neighborhood – a network of 358 homes in our area.

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Phyllis Sutter, Vice President/Secretary
Phyllis is the Sonoma County Director for Hired Hands Homecare, Inc. Phyllis has been working in the Senior Services industry since 2009. Prior to 2009, Phyllis worked for almost 28 years in the real estate industry as a Sales and Marketing Director in the title business. Phyllis is a California native-born in San Jose and has lived in Sonoma County since she was three years old. Phyllis has one daughter and lives with her husband John Sutter in the Santa Rosa Junior College area.

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Bill Phillips, Immediate Past President
Native Californian – born in Burbank, brought up in Fullerton. Graduated from the University of Santa Clara in 1968 in Civil Engineering; earned a Master’s Degree in Environmental Engineering from Stanford University in 1972. Founding Principal of Summit Engineering in Santa Rosa in 1980; retired in 2006. He has been Involved in fundraising with the Sonoma County YMCA for over 25 years. He has been a member of the State Board of Directors of the Civil Engineers and Land Surveyors of California for over 20 years. He currently participates in the Inter-Church Food Pantry of Sebastopol. He has been married to Dale for 39 years; has a daughter, son and three grandkids.

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Phil Aaron
Doctor of Jurisprudence degree from Stanford University, private practice of law for 38 years, now semi-retired. Served in many positions of Kiwanis International including Club President, Division Lt. Governor, and various District positions. Past member of Board of Directors of March of Dimes, Northern California Region. One of the founders and presently Board of Directors of Kids One, Inc., a nonprofit child safety organization. Former Director of Salvation Army and former Director of San Mateo County Legal Aid Society, and San Mateo County Bar Association.

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Alan Beckstead
Alan Beckstead Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from the University of Texas, Master of Business Administration from the University of Houston. He has had a 38-year career with AT&T, currently Assistant Vice President for Technology and Engineering. He and his family have lived only three years in Sebastopol, and living here was their retirement dream location. We love being in Sonoma County! Alan has also been a past member of a various non-profit board of directors in San Antonio, Dallas, and St. Louis.


Alain Serkissian
Bachelor degree in Math and Physics; Graduated from the University of Marseille as a Physical Therapist; Graduated from the University of Montpellier, France with a Ph.D. degree as a Senior Instructor in Physical Therapy. Passed the California State Exam as a Registered Physical Therapist. Worked in a private practice in Pinole, California for about 10 years. While working in the private practice, he started a rehabilitation company which grew to 165 employees in 26 different settings. In 1988 he became an Administrator of a Residential Care Facility for the Elderly. He owns Mirabel Lodge in Forestville which will soon have 34 beds. He is a member of the Rotary Club of Sebastopol.


Renee Anderson

As a 3rd generation Californian, Rene’e was born and raised in West Sonoma County. After a long career in the Real Estate lending arena and retiring from a New York based bank as a mortgage banker, she  currently works  as a Real Estate Agent for Vanguard Properties in Sebastopol. As a current member of our Sebastopol Senior Center Board of Directors Rene’e has found the perfect place to help with fundraising and to become a part of an extended group of local Seniors and people directly involved with creating a great space for many of our community members!  


Karin Berry
Executive Director, Solstice Senior Living, Santa Rosa, CA 95403

Born in Phoenix, Arizona. Graduated from ITSMA College of Arts in 1979; continuing her education at Arizona State University until 1982. She is the Executive Director at Solstice Senior Living at Santa Rosa where she has been since early 2015. She has been involved in fundraising volunteer efforts with Royal Family Kids since 2015, a program for high-risk foster children in Sonoma County. She is a member the Mark West Chamber of Commerce. She is Director of  Celebrate Recovery Kids, assisting with children whose parents are involved in multiple recovery programs in Sonoma County. She is married to Bruce Berry, has a daughter,  two sons, and foster children.  Karin’s family members are also Sonoma County business owners of Berry’s Saw Mill & Lumberyard, Building Materials & Contractor Storage, Cazadero Supply, and Cazadero Water Company.


Craig Boblitt

Mark Mumm


Patrick Slayter, Mayor
Liaison to The Sebastopol Area Senior Center
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