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News: 09/01/2020

Meet your new North Valley MAC

Seven members, two alternates

The North Valley Municipal Advisory Council (NVMAC)is finally getting underway, almost a year after it was approved by the Board of Supervisors last September, after a long but successful search for members to advise First District Supervisor Susan Gorin on local affairs.

NVMAC members sit at the pleasure of the district supervisor and their job will be to seek out information on topics requested by Supervisor Gorin, and to stay in contact with the communities they represent to keep the supervisor informed.

The NVMAC is tasked with prioritization of transportation, transit, traffic calming, bicycle and pedestrian improvements; health and human safety-net services, including homelessness and housing; community projects such as art, clean ups and vegetation planting; fire services and community preparedness; and, additional topics as requested by the supervisor.

Arthur Dawson, a long-time Glen Ellen resident who has recently returned to his rebuilt home lost in the 2017 conflagrations, will be the first chair, and will meet with the new members on Sept. 9.

The NVMAC membership makeup has undergone a recent change by the Board of Supervisors, now calling for two Glen Ellen members and one alternate, two Kenwood members and one alternate, one member of the Sonoma Valley Citizens Advisory Council, and two at-large members to represent Kenwood, Glen Ellen, and Eldridge on the council. Some members may fulfill more than one of these requirements.

Arielle Kubu-Jones of Gorin's staff will be the principal liaison for the Council. She can be reached at Information about the new MAC can be found online at

Arthur Dawson, Chair - Glen Ellen

Arthur Dawson, ChairArthur Dawson has lived in Glen Ellen since 1989. His wife Jill grew up here, and their children attended Dunbar and Kenwood Schools.

As a writer and historical ecologist, Dawson enjoys exploring and celebrating the local landscape. HIs books include three local bestsellers, most recently, Where the World Begins: Sonoma Mountain Stories and Images, published by Sonoma Mountain Preservation.

Dawson's articles appear regularly in the Press Democrat and the Kenwood Press. As an historical ecologist working with the Sonoma Ecology Center and as an independent consultant, he has interviewed many Sonoma Valley elders and has contributed field and archival research to restoration efforts.

Dawson has served on the boards of several local organizations and is deeply connected to this community and the land.

Daymon Doss, Vice Chair - Kenwood

Daymon Doss, vice chairDaymon Doss has over 40 years' experiences in healthcare throughout Northern California, last serving as the CHIEF OPERATIONS OFFICER for the Petaluma Health Center (serving 36,000 patients in Petaluma and Rohnert Park). He was earlier associated with the Mark Twain Health Care District, Redwood Community Health Network, Mt. Diablo Health Care District, and the Northern California Health Care Authority, among others. Currently, Doss is president of the Valley of the Moon Rotary, president of the Kenwood Fire Protection Board, and a board member of the Housing Land Trust.

He and his wife Sally are active members of the Kenwood Community Church.

Angela Nardo-Morgan - At Large

Angela Nardo-Morgan's great passion is the natural world. She brings her enthusiasm and expertise in working with diverse groups to her work as Director of Development for the Marine Conservation Institute, based in Glen Ellen. She studied at San Francisco State University, Sonoma State University, and U.C. Berkeley and has a graduate degree in Restoration and Historical Ecology. She established the first watershed station in the Sonoma Valley protecting and restoring local streams and watersheds. She has worked for Greenpeace, American Friends Service Committee, Marine Mammal Center, Russian Riverkeeper and Audubon Canyon Ranch, among others. She was recently appointed to Sonoma County's leadership task force and when she is not working you can find her cooking for her family, traversing the hills of Sonoma, biodynamic gardening or singing with her beloved choir.

Mark Newhouser - At Large

Mark Newhouser spent the first half of his working life in construction and woodworking. A growing concern for the environment prompted his transition into a career as a restoration ecologist, putting his BA degree in Environmental Studies to work for the last 20 years restoring fish and wildlife habitat.

“My professional experience includes community outreach and education; volunteer project planning and implementation; multi-disciplinary group facilitation and project development; and public works project planning and construction,” Newhouser said. He recently worked with the Sonoma Ecology Center for several years.

As a representative for the North Valley MAC, he looks forward to working with folks on community improvement projects and helping to solve local housing and traffic issues. “I will use my construction and ecological experience to contribute to community planning and fire preparedness to help protect homes and the environment.”

Kate Eagles - At Large

Kate EaglesKate Eagles works as an independent consultant in plastic recycling, providing program direction and technical guidance on recycling stream quality and market development. Her work includes committee management roles for The Association of Plastic Recyclers, an international trade association.

Eagles and her husband moved to Sonoma Valley's Rancho Madrone neighborhood in 2000. Their two children attended Sonoma Valley schools - Dunbar, Altamira and Sonoma Valley High - where Eagles held PTO treasurer, fundraising and other volunteer roles throughout the years.

Eagles looks forward to exploring issues of importance to the North Valley communities through her NVMAC role. Of late, she has been especially grateful to the Rancho and Eldridge neighborhoods and the surrounding Glen Ellen and Kenwood parklands, where she enjoys regular walks.

Matthew Dickey - SVCAC

Matt DickeyMatthew Dickey has served on the Sonoma Valley Citizens Advisory Council since ooo with fellow North Valley representative Margaret Spaulding. He relocated from the San Francisco Bay Area to Glen Ellen in 1983. He is married with two grown daughters.

“I am honored to serve on the NVMAC. I look forward to working with the residents of Glen Ellen and Kenwood, and Supervisor Gorin, regarding issues of concern for the North Sonoma Valley,” he said.

Vicky Handron - At Large

Vicky HandronVicki Handron, a Sonoma native, is an attorney in private practice. Handron also works at Sonoma Immigrant Services (SIS), a nonprofit she started in July 2019. SIS, located in Boyes Hot Springs, was founded to assist, support and counsel the local immigrant community. The core mission of SIS is to empower the community through education and advocacy. Prior to launching Sonoma Immigrant Services, Handron worked with her family at Kemp & Kemp, located in Sonoma.

She lives in Glen Ellen with her family, where she enjoys gardening, cooking and spending time outdoors.

Melissa Dowling - Alternate

Melissa DowlingMelissa Dowling came home to California from New York City and settled in Glen Ellen after retiring in 2013. She spent most of her career in technology project management for the United Nations, Bloomberg, and technology consulting companies. She currently serves as the president of the board of directors for The Glen Ellen Forum, and with her husband, Paul Goguen, as the Harbormaster on the Board of the Jack London Yacht Club.

In her spare time, Dowling enjoys hiking Sonoma Valley open spaces. She looks forward to collaborating with the North Valley community as a representative on the NVMAC.

Jed Cooper - Alternate

Jed CooperJed Cooper and his wife Kalleen have resided in Kenwood since 1980, raising five children and becoming very involved in community service. His personal interests involve almost anything to do with the ocean (fishing for salmon, rock fish, crabs), hiking (climbed both Shasta and Whitney), bird watching (member of the Redwood Regional Ornithological Society), sports fan, and amateur metaphysics student.

Cooper graduated from Brigham Young University with a B.A. degree in 1974. He acquired a Masters degree in international business from The American Graduate School of International Management (Thunderbird) in 1976, then spent 20 years working for four different financial services. He is now a founding partner of an independent, regional registered investment advisory firm based in San Rafael.


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