Our board, led by Co-Founder, Dawnelise Regnery Rosen, unanimously approved four new board members in October 2019. They are Kevin Deas, Marci Ellison, Tom Gore, and Jimmy Sanchez.
Jimmy Sanchez was born and raised in Healdsburg and currently lives in Windsor with his wife Lily and son Landon. Jimmy witnessed his parents, who immigrated from Mexico, come from nothing to now living the American dream when they opened Taqueria El Sombrero in 1986. Jimmy studied business at Santa Rosa Junior College and holds a degree in Human Resources. Today, Jimmy is the general manager for his parents’ restaurant, which he hopes to take over once they retire. After the recent birth of his child, Jimmy quickly realized he didn’t want his son to struggle the same way he did growing up. This is why Jimmy wants to give back to his community through his Corazón board membership as well as helping create a new college-bound culture for all children in Northern Sonoma County. In his spare time Jimmy enjoys golfing, watching sports, and is a die hard San Francisco Giants and 49ers fan.
Marci Ellison, is a native of Santa Monica, California and has lived in San Francisco while working for the fashion company Esprit de Corps. After her time with Esprit, Marci moved to Southern Chile where she designed and renovated buildings and ranches associated with the largest private land conservation effort in South America. She moved to Healdsburg with her husband in 1996, had a daughter, and started a design/build construction business. In that profession, she works side by side on a daily basis with many members of the Latino community. She has supported Corazón from its beginning in many ways including the design and renovation of the Corazón office.
Tom Gore was born and raised in Sonoma County, specifically in Healdsburg, Cloverdale, and Santa Rosa. He is the Director of Sonoma Vineyards for Constellation Brands, where he farms 1,500 acres of wine grapes all over Sonoma County and farms his own vineyards in Hopland and Ukiah. Tom has worked in vineyards for most of his life and is fluent in Spanish. He is passionate about the bridges that are built through Corazón with our diverse community members. Tom is a product of Sonoma County Public Schools and attended Cal Poly University.
Kevin Deas was born and raised in Healdsburg and part of a family that has been in town since his great grandfather. Kevin briefly left Healdsburg to attend college in New Orleans before returning to work for his family’s business EandM, where he serves as the Facilities Manager for the company. Kevin’s role includes construction project management and he is currently pursuing a MS in Construction Management through a distance program at Louisiana State University. Kevin’s desire to serve stems from his experience in the bilingual program from kindergarten through the sixth grade in the Healdsburg public schools, which provided him the opportunity to meet kids from all walks of life and to forge relationships that would carry through until today. It was in the course of this program, and the first couple of years after it in the Healdsburg Junior High and High School, that he became aware of "gaps" in our community. He wants to help bridge those gaps in our community and Corazón offers a place, a structure, and a community that wants to do the same.