Chairman of the Board
Jim is the Global Head of Diversity and Inclusion for Roche, a Swiss biotech company that has operations in 88 countries including Genentech based in the San Francisco Bay Area. Jim was previously the Vice President of Human Resources for American Express and Human Resource Leader for Diversity and Inclusion at Genentech.
Jim speaks nationally on topics including employee engagement, well-being, diversity and inclusion, and the future of work, and was invited by the White House and United Nations to provide insight and best practices on the topic of flexible workplaces. Along with Jim’s extensive HR background, he was also previously a board member for God’s Love We Deliver in New York City, one of the largest nutritional meal delivery services in the country, and a leader in the Food is Medicine Coalition. Jim and his wife, Chef Hollie Greene, are active in the good food movement and live in Sonoma.
Vice-Chairman of the Board
Joe Rogoff began his natural foods career in Northern California in 1974. Working at co-ops, small retailers, and running his own local foraging/delivery business, he did just about every job in a grocery store. This prepared Joe for store and multi-unit leadership roles at many Bay Area natural grocers. When Food For Thought, a 3 store chain in Sonoma County where Joe was General Manager, was acquired by Whole Foods Market, Joe came along.
After being Store Team Leader at multiple stores, Joe was selected as Regional Vice President of Operations, and later VP of Purchasing in Northern California. In 2010, he moved to Seattle as Regional President of the Pacific Northwest and Western Canada. After 6 years successfully serving the 27 stores and 4500 Team Members of that region, he kept his promise and retired to return home to his family and the redwoods of Sonoma County.
Joe is a passionate believer in human potential, whose career has been dedicated to understanding and serving the aspirations of individuals and communities. With his retirement, he continues to work with organizations where his values and purpose align. Specific interests are in teaching and mentoring future leaders, championing healthy eating and food as community-builder, and in sharing his experience with businesses, non-profits, and social enterprises.
Joe is married to Susan, who has retired from her Professor of Education career and now teaches English at San Quentin Penitentiary and plays banjo. They have three sons and three grandkids. Susan and Joe love to travel, see live music, hike, and garden. Joe’s a steward of the redwood forest, a body surfer when feasible, a music aficionado, Giants and Warriors fan. He’s currently serving on a number of Boards, including the Blessing Basket Project, Taylor Maid Organic Coffee, and Whole Cities Foundation.
Jamie Emerson-Heery is a CPA and works as a Senior Manager of Assurance at BPM LLP. He has over ten years of experience in public accounting. His experience includes working with companies in a variety of industries in the public and private sector including winery and vineyard land, food and craft beverage, investment banking, investment funds, real estate and manufacturing.
Jamie holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting and Finance from the University of San Francisco. He was recognized as a winner of the North Bay Business Journal’s Forty under 40 in 2016 and was recognized as one of ten North Bay Accounting Leaders You Need to Meet in 2019. He is also a member of Leadership Santa Rosa Class 35.
Aimee has dedicated her professional life to improving the health and well-being of individuals, families and communities. Throughout a long career in public health, Aimee has had the honor to work alongside skilled teams and community members to successfully implement impactful initiatives that focus on the root causes of some of the Bay Area’s most intractable problems. Aimee spent the past 20 years in leadership roles at the Public Health Department County of Santa Clara, in addition to positions in philanthropy, non-profits, and academia. She is currently a management and leadership consultant to public and non-profit organizations. Throughout her career, Aimee has built a reputation for strategic and operational excellence and has used these strengths to engage multi-sector coalitions to collectively impact the public’s health. As Deputy Director of the Public Health Department Santa Clara County, Aimee’s passion for equity led her to launch an organization-wide health and racial equity initiative aimed at addressing systemic barriers that contribute to unfair and preventable disparities in health and well-being outcomes. A lifelong learner, Aimee has a bachelor’s in special education, master’s in public health and doctorate in education. Aimee has lived in the Bay Area for 30 years. She embraces the region’s wonderfully diverse communities and spends most weekends in nature, running and hiking the never-ending choice of trails. Aimee is part of a bicultural/binational Mexican American family and has had the joy of living in Mexico, returning often to visit family and friends.
Lily Cummings is in the class of 2020 at San Domenico High School in San Anselmo. She has been volunteering at the Ceres San Rafael kitchen since 2017 and became a teen leader in 2018. Having made lasting friendships with others at Ceres, the organization has made a huge difference in her life. In her free time, she enjoys making short films and playing soccer at San Domenico.
Lily is pleased to represent the Marin kitchen youth on the board of directors, and is eager to take on a bigger role in the scope of the entire Ceres community.
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Micah Reyes is a high school student currently attending Technology High School in Rohnert Park in the class of 2021. He has been volunteering at the Santa Rosa Ceres kitchen since 2018 and became a teen leader in early 2020. Having gained lots of information from Ceres ranging from cooking and gardening knowledge to realities of the food and agriculture industries, he wants to give back to Ceres as much as he can to play his part in the organization as well as the community as a whole. He spends his free time reading, playing piano, and making music with his friends. Micah hopes to continue volunteering and make a change in his community and is extremely enthusiastic about the opportunity to have a voice on the Ceres board.
Cindy is a clinical social worker with over fifteen years’ experience in the social services and non-profit sectors. She is a bilingual and bicultural California native who spent fifteen years living on the east coast before returning to her home state. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and French from Gettysburg College and a Master of Social Work from Temple University.
Cindy has extensive experience working in the fields of trauma, intimate partner violence, and substance abuse. She is trained in trauma-specific interventions and spent four years, post graduate, training at the Psychoanalytic Center of Philadelphia. She is currently the Therapy Program Manager at the YWCA Sonoma County, which provides services to individuals affected by domestic violence. She also serves on the Board of Directors of the Jewish Community Free Clinic.
Cindy is passionate about social justice and has spent her career advocating for disadvantaged populations. She joined the Ceres Community Project Board of Directors because she believes in justice in health and fully subscribes to the belief that food is medicine. In her spare time, Cindy enjoys spending time with her husband and dog, traveling, volunteering, and taking naps. She’s also a big fan of kale.
Kathy Housman is Vice President of Oasis Sales and Marketing, a national brand management company based in Sebastopol that focuses on the natural products industry. Having worked with organic foods for her entire career, she believes strongly in the link between health and nourishment. She is honored to be joining Ceres, an organization that aligns perfectly with her values about food, health, and community.
Kathy has a Master’s Degree in Political Science from the University of Southern California, where she also received a Bachelor’s Degree in the same field, along with a minor in Italian.
Kathy is proud to call Sonoma County her home for more than 25 years. She lives in Sebastopol with her husband and four children, all of whom attended Sebastopol schools including Analy High School. She first learned about Ceres from her daughter, who worked as a teen volunteer for Ceres in middle school, gaining invaluable experience in both preparing food and caring for others.
She believes that passion and authenticity are essential catalysts to doing what you love and speaking your truth, and looks forward to doing all she can to help support and grow Ceres Community Project.
Denise Laws is the Continuum Administrator for Kaiser Permanente of Marin and Sonoma. Denise’s career spans over 33 years in hospital roles, mainly focused on nursing leadership. Denise is excited about joining the board for Ceres where she can share her values related to the impact of nutritional health on healthy communities. Denise graduated from USF with a doctoral degree in executive nursing leadership. Her studies focused on the operationalization of Caring Science Theory at the bedside; encouraging human to human interactions in the healthcare delivery setting that focus on authenticity, intentional connections, all while preserving human dignity. Denise’s interest in Ceres began a few years ago with the idea of studying whether nutritious meals provided by Ceres could reduce hospital readmission rates of CHF patients. This study began this year and we are excited to see what results we will obtain. Denise has lived in Sonoma County for the past 35 years. She has two grown sons. She enjoys playing competitive tennis, golf, and traveling to see the Giants each spring during training in Scottsdale, AZ.
Jennifer worked in the wine, spirits and hospitality industry for 35 years primarily in San Francisco and other West Coast areas. Her passion for cooking fresh food began at home and continued throughout her career working with wonderful chefs in many cities. One of her roles in upper management in the wine industry included working with young graduates coming into the field and mentoring them throughout their careers starting as entry level consultants and progressing to senior managers.
Jennifer is an alumna of Sonoma State University, completing a degree in Kinesiology which strengthened her interest in living a healthy and balanced lifestyle.
After retiring from the wine industry and moving to Sonoma County, Jennifer began volunteering in her community. She learned about Ceres Community Project from a friend, and began volunteering as a Kitchen Mentor in 2016. From the beginning, she has loved every day that she enters the kitchen to work with fellow mentors and the amazing young people involved with Ceres.
Jennifer enjoys competing in open water swims, bicycling, hiking and open water canoeing. She is very excited to join the Board and to work on spreading the visibility of Ceres Community Project.
Carlos Lua is a vice president and senior relationship manager for the Wells Fargo Commercial Banking Group in the North Coast Region. He has more than 16 years of experience in meeting the financial needs of middle-market companies – businesses with annual revenues ranging from $20 million to $500 million – in a wide variety of industries, with a particular focus in the wine, food and beverage space.
Carlos holds a bachelor’s degree in Economics from the University of California at Davis. He is a graduate of Wells Fargo’s Credit Management Training Program (CMTP). He has also completed a leadership program in partnership with the UCLA Anderson Graduate School of Management.
Carlos is a past board member for the California Human Development Corporation and the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Sonoma County. Carlos has been a resident of Sonoma County for 39 years. He currently lives in Windsor with his wife and 3 children.
Johanna is the Sr. Director of Talent Acquisition for BioMarin Pharmaceutical, a Marin based biotechnology company that develops medicines for rare pediatric disorders. Prior to her current role, Johanna led North American recruitment for Genentech’s Research and Development functions, where her team was responsible for recruiting the world’s top scientists and clinicians in the areas of oncology and immunology. Johanna’s professional career was architected as a result of her deep interest in science and patient care, having embarked on the journey with the specific goal of improving the lives of patients living with cancer.
Johanna graduated with a B.A. in psychology from George Mason University, and paid her way through undergraduate school by working in restaurants. Her passion for the food business spans decades, and ultimately led to the creation of a cooperative bakery, where collaboration with socially like-minded owners is the key to success.
Johanna is a 20 year Northern Californian and lives and works in San Rafael. By great luck, she discovered Ceres Community Project, which appeals to her passions for patient care, food service and community responsibility. She is honored to serve on the Ceres’ Board of Directors and is committed to helping to expand the remarkable work of the program. In her spare time she is running and hiking the hills of Marin, building a garden, and raising a rescue mutt.
Marilyn Nagel’s career has spanned the corporate and non-profit world. Marilyn has an unusual background that includes over 30 years of experience in the corporate world as a C-Suite executive, entrepreneur and executive coach. In addition to being Chief Learning Officer of SAMI, a game based training company and having her own consulting firm Ready-Aim-Aspire, Marilyn was cofounder of NQuotient, a SaaS-based solution designed to help people accelerate their career by more effectively developing and leveraging their professional networks.
Marilyn recently served as CEO of the non profit Watermark leading strategic initiatives designed to help women in the Bay Area enhance their personal and professional impact. Prior to joining Watermark, Marilyn was Chief Diversity Officer at Cisco. She was recognized as a thought leader in creating inclusive environments, and a co-chair of the Conference Board Global Diversity Group as well as senior advisor to the Center for Talent and Innovation.
Marilyn holds a Bachelors degree in fine arts as well as two Masters degrees, one in Public Administration with a focus on organizational development and one in Social and Systemic Studies. She has served on the Board of Directors of Watermark, Professional Business Women of California, the National Action Council for Minorities in Engineering, Inc. (NACME), Upward, WGLI and Family and Children Services. Marilyn currently serves on the Advisory Board of The Everest Project, The Proformative Academy, Big Pink Ribbon as well as the Advisory Council of Courageous Leadership. Marilyn is an internationally recognized speaker and training facilitator and is a regular blogger for the Huffington Post and numerous publications.
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PAST BOARD MEMBERS
Donna & Nez Tokugawa
Joshua Weil, MD
*Former Teen Board Members