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Board of Directors shuffle in the Glen Ellen Forum

Board of Directors shuffle in the Glen Ellen Forum

Changes include peaceful transition of power

By Melissa Dowling

The Glen Ellen Forum held its annual elections at its April 15 quarterly board meeting. The board of the all-volunteer 501(c)(3) organization is responsible for the business side of running the community nonprofit. The current board unanimously approved the new and returning slate of candidates.

Melissa Dowling, who finished her two-year term, will be replaced by Amanda Shone as Board President. “only two weeks in and Amanda is already doing a way better job than I ever did” said Dowling. Shone grew up in Glen Ellen and is currently a real estate agent with The Shone Group. Dowling will move to Vice President to support Amanda and ensure a smooth transition.

Katie Everidge, also a long-time resident of Glen Ellen, was elected Secretary. Dave Shefferman remains as Treasurer to finish out the second year of his twoyear term.

Pat Carlin, Bean Anderson and Alice Horowitz join the board as directors. Horowitz was previously the co-chair of the Glen Ellen Forum’s SDC committee and was central to the creation of the website, which she designed to keep the community informed during the closure and transition of the site of the Sonoma Developmental Center, which shut down in 2018. remains one of the most comprehensive sources of information on the topic.

Bettina Sichel, Debbie Lammers, Nancy Padian, and Rob Schermeister remain on the board, also as directors.

Completing their terms and retiring from the board with thanks are Tracy Salcedo and Angela Morgan who have been leaders in the Glen Ellen Forum since its inception.

The Glen Ellen Forum’s mission is to inform and benefit Glen Ellen and surrounding communities. They are most known for their wellattended community meetings held the first Monday of every month.

The next monthly meeting will be held via Zoom on Monday, May 3.

Topics for the May 3 meeting include: “Tech Talk with Oz”, Lisa Hulette of Permit Sonoma on the Sonoma County Multi-jurisdictional Hazard Mitigation Plan, and Tony Passantino of Sonoma Ecology Center speaking about outreach and education programs.

To register for the meeting and Zoom link, visit