Three new faces on Community Center board

The Sonoma Community Center has named three members to its board of directors: Mike Cale, Steve Kyle, and Dennis Ciocca.

“I am thrilled to have such highly qualified people on our board,” said Toni Castrone, SCC executive director. “Non-profits need to be creative. Having such a stellar group to guide us will insure our future as an educational and cultural center in this community.”

Cale, a three-term Sonoma County Supervisor representing the First District, has returned to the area after several years in Florida. He retired from the board in 2002, having also served on the Golden Gate Bridge, Highway, and Transportation District. He was also an owner of Cale Cellars. He brings expertise in personnel and financial management and has experience in budgeting and goal setting in both public and private sectors, Castrone said.

Steve Kyle has been involved in many non-profits in Sonoma and is best known for his work with the Sonoma International Film Festival in its early years, the Boys and Girls Club and the Sonoma County Economic Development Board. Kyle, Castrone said, brings to the board expertise in public relations and marketing, special events, strategic planning and fundraising.

The third new member is Dennis Ciocca, who recently retired after 44 years as a public finance investment banker, bond underwriter and financial advisor. He recently served as Chairman of the Bond Oversight Committee for the Sonoma Valley Hospital, and also participated on their Audit Committee. He is currently chairman of the Sonoma Unified School District’s Bond Oversight Committee.

The new board members join Brock Arner, Rie Casale, Sharon Nevins, Shelley Hallan, Fred Merrill, Karen Wheeler, Kate Murphy, Bob Smith, Marcie Waldron.

Leaving the board are Andrew Massie Jr., Baron Bernstein, and Pam Gibson.

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