Sonoma SASS Board

Megan Kaun

Executive Director

Megan was born in Sonoma County and believes in the healing power of truth; that using both science and heart to see things clearly can bring us back into balance with each other and the earth. Megan holds undergraduate degrees in environmental engineering and geological sciences from Northwestern University and a masters degree in civil engineering/environmental fluid mechanics and hydrology from Stanford University. Megan has a soft spot in her heart for insects and "weeds".

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Nichole Warwick

Board Member, Daily Acts

A breast cancer survivor, Nichole devotes herself to the environmental health and safety of our Sonoma County community. She developed the Environmental Health Program at Daily Acts, the North Bay Area Environmental Health Network, and is co-founder of Families Advocating for Chemical and Toxics Safety (FACTS). She is a co-founder of Sonoma Safe Ag Safe Schools. Nichole serves on the Board of Directors for Conservation Action Fund for Education, the Advisory Board of the Leadership Institute, and the Steering Committee for Sonoma Community Resilience Collaborative. She served on the Board of Directors for the Ceres Community Project from 2013-2019.

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Lendri Purcell

Board Member, Families Advocating for Chemical and Toxic Safety (FACTS)

Lendri Purcell uses her skills as a children’s rights advocate, a community organizer and a seasoned funder to drive the work of the Jonas Program for Children’s Environmental Health. In addition to funding many innovative, award-winning programs that got their start with Jonas seed funding, Ms. Purcell spearheaded initiatives to increase investments in East Bay youth and to strengthen the youth development community by increasing collaboration and coordination. She founded the Oakland Youth-Friendly Business Awards, a model program that has been replicated outside the East Bay to promote business engagement in the youth development sector. She also founded the East Bay Youth Ally Alliance, an active program that coordinates and enhances youth development efforts through trainings, coaching, special events and social media tools.

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Padi Selwyn

Board Member, Preserve Rural Sonoma County (PRSC)

Padi Selwyn is Co-chair of Neighbors to Preserve Rural Sonoma County, an environmental protection group formed in 2015. A former advertising and public relations agency owner, and newspaper columnist, she is an author and speaker whose background includes community banking, and numerous non profit board memberships, including president of the National Speakers Association of Northern California. She has been a long time Sonoma County resident and is an award winning community activist.

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Sarah Ryan

Board Member, Wine and Water Watch

Sarah Ryan is the Environmental Director/Emergency Management Director at Big Valley Band of Pomo Indians where she works at the nexus of science and policy to protect natural resources.

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Reuben Weinzveg

Board Member, Preserve Rural Sonoma County

Reuben Weinzveg is a retired C.P.A who has practiced accounting and management consulting in Sonoma County since 1972, and prior to that in San Francisco. An expert in Foundation and non-profit financial management, he is a past treasurer and president of the Sonoma Land Trust, and served as a Board Trustee for 15 years.  For Seven years he served as a board member and Treasurer of the Community Foundation - Sonoma County, acting as chairman of the Investment Advisory Committee. He lives in Sebastopol in a small orchard with his wife, Padi Selwyn.

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Catherine Dodd

Board Member, Families Advocating for Chemical and Toxic Safety (FACTS)

Catherine has worked in the areas of health policy and politics for more than 25 years. Most recently, Catherine served as the director of the City and County of San Francisco Health Service System. Catherine’s civic and community involvement includes serving on the boards of directors of the National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare; the Breast Cancer Fund, a national environmental health advocacy organization focused on preventing breast cancer; the Glide Foundation, a social service organization serving San Francisco’s Tenderloin district, the Homeless Prenatal Program, a health and social service program helping homeless families establish stability; and the Zen Hospice Project, assisting terminally ill people and their families.

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Sarah Keiser

Board Member

Sarah Keiser brings her experience as owner of Wild Oat Hollow and the Community Grazing Cooperatives to our team. She has been instrumental in empowering communities to take part in managing their land for fire protection and ecosystem restoration using safe practices that build resiliency and community.

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Julie Royes

Advisory Board, Pesticide Free Rohnert Park

Julie founded Pesticide Free Rohnert Park after her son became ill after a routine city herbicide application. Julie has used her professional expertise in marketing, communications, and event planning to lead several successful campaigns to end pesticide use in Sonoma County. 

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Alexis Kahlow

Advisory Board

Alexis has lead numerous campaigns to engage communities over the issue of local pesticide use, to bring people together to have their voices heard and influence change. She has been instrumental in our work in both Graton and Petaluma. Alexis is a coach in Performance Based Mindfulness Training.

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