Ellen Bailey – President
Ellen worked for the City of Santa Rosa as the manager of Gang Prevention Services. Prior to working for the City, she was a founding member and co-director of Sonoma County ReLeaf. ReLeaf was a non–profit tree planting organization that trained and hired youth from disadvantaged communities in five counties. In retirement she has continued her commitment to youth, has served on the Board of Directors for SAY and was director and teacher with the R.E.A.L program, which provided ESL classes for adults in the Roseland community. She is currently the Chair of the Citizen Oversight Committee for Measure O, which is a Public Safety Tax Measure that funds the Youth Violence Prevention Partnership, as well as Police and Fire Department services.
Britney Urbanek – Vice President
Britney Urbanek is the Vice President, Branch Manager at the Santa Rosa Mechanics Bank, where she manages customer relations, daily operations as well as personal and business lending activities. Britney started her career in finance at Chase Bank where she achieved high performance recognition as a private client banker. She has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Psychology from UC Davis and a Master’s Degree in Organizational Development from the University of San Francisco. Britney is a member of Leadership Santa Rosa. On the weekends Britney enjoys playing recreational softball, volunteering and time with family.
Ryan Davis – Treasurer & Finance Committee Chair
Ryan Davis is a senior manager in the Assurance Services group of BPM LLP, one of the largest California-based accounting and consulting firms and ranking in the top 50 in the country. Ryan joined BPM following his graduation from Sonoma State University, where he graduated with degrees in both Accounting and Finance. Ryan has spent over a decade with BPM, serving both public and private companies in a variety of industries. In addition to serving his clients, Ryan enjoys acting as a mentor and coach to BPM’s junior team members. In his free time, he enjoys traveling with his wife and dog, golfing, and skiing.
John Chino – Strategic Relations Chair
John Chino is a member of the Leadership Team of Arthur J. Gallagher & Co.’s Public Sector Division and is responsible for the development of Public Agency Risk Management Programs. His expertise includes program design, marketing, consulting, implementation, and self-insurance administration and account oversight. John is a Certified Scholastic Risk Manager, and his team assisted with the formation of 13 public agency pools. John is a Trustee for the ALS Golden West Chapter, which provides needed services to people with ALS and raises awareness of the disease.
Kirstyne Lange is CEO of KAL Consulting LLC and has dedicated her life to diversity, equity and inclusion. As a long-term resident of the San Francisco Bay Area, Kirstyne prides herself on her work creating and continuing important dialogues and policies of inclusion in education, government and law enforcement. She is a member of the Intersectional Antiracism Team at her alma mater, Mills College and runs KAL Consulting, her inclusivity consulting firm for the North Bay area. In her free time, Kirstyne spends her time coaching club volleyball and volunteering with the Sonoma County NAACP Chapter, Save Your VI (Title VI Advocacy), Wine County Young Democrats, and the Alumnae Association of Mills College and Alumnae of Color Committee.
Erin Williams is an AVP/Senior Learning Business Partner at Exchange Bank. Erin began her career at State Farm Insurance as a mail and file clerk and worked in various positions until she found her calling in Learning and Development. She went back to school as an adult learner to earn her Bachelor of Arts with honors in Management from Saint Mary’s College. Erin moved to Exchange Bank in 2005 and plays a key role in multiple facets of learning and training including retail, compliance, project support and leadership. Outside of the office, Erin enjoys spending time with her family, snuggling her pug Minnie and working in the garden.
Manuel Tah Pech – Alumni Committee Chair
In his own words: “I am very eager and interested in joining the Board for Community Matters as I have had experience with being on a board with Latino Service Providers (another non-profit in Sonoma County). My knowledge from being in the Safe School Ambassadors program and taking part in events for Community Matters for over four years has allowed me to grip onto the main goal and purpose for the organization of Community Matters as a whole. Being on the Board will aid me in the long run as I am very captivated by the idea of aiding my community not only through the law but as well as advocating for everyone to be able to find their own voice.”