BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Michael Cuoio

President & Treasurer
I am relatively new to Forestville, having moved here three years ago from the Olympic Peninsula in Washington State. To my excellent fortune, I fell in love at first sight both in and with Sonoma County.

I met and married my wife and fellow Forestville Planning Association member, Mary Luttrell Cuoio, three years ago, and am excited to begin my own local civic journey helping the community become an even lovelier place to live.

I was born in California, reared and educated in Idaho, and have spent most of my post-university years traversing the United States and Europe with the U.S. military. I am a retired Air Force Colonel, having worked during my 27-year career in a variety of positions including: German linguist, Inter-continental ballistic missile launch officer, computer programmer, project manager, and communications group commander.

My last tour of duty was in the Pentagon as the Director of Plans and Policy for Air Force Communications. Subsequent to my military career, I joined NATO as a civilian in Brussels, Belgium, and worked there eleven years in senior management of its telecommunications agency, then known as the NATO Consultation, Command and Control Agency.

I thoroughly enjoy the Forestville area scene and eagerly indulge in the fantastic local cuisine, followed by necessary and delightful walks and hikes amid our county’s beautiful and bountiful natural resources. Although completely devoid of prior musical experience, I recently bought a guitar and started singing; I find it a challenging but peaceful endeavor that adds immeasurably to my life here in paradise. As an FPA member, I hope to serve our community faithfully and well.

Stephanie Lennox

Vice President
I have lived in many of Sonoma County’s towns, including a year in Forestville, since attending Santa Rosa J.C. and graduating from Sonoma State in 1996. In 2002, my husband and I found our dream home in Forestville and we have been loving our small house on a forested half acre ever since.

I am a mother of two girls who share our love of the outdoors and together we garden, explore nature, bird watch, hike and camp.

I have heartily enjoyed my career as an environmental educator/naturalist for the past 21 years and have run my own consulting business since 2005. My work includes helping local organizations create and facilitate hands-on education and land stewardship programs.

I can often be found working with groups of volunteers cleaning trash pollution from our local waterways or conducting nature-based scientific monitoring with local high school students or teaching classes at some of our county’s iconic agricultural gems.

I have been happily volunteering with the FPA in the on-going stewardship of the Downtown’s Open Space Park and now continue volunteering as a Board of Directors member. I am grateful to have this opportunity to work with this compassionate and effective organization in its care of Forestville, its precious natural resources and my wonderful neighbors.

Julie Thompson

Secretary
Julie Thompson has been a Forestville resident for over 20 years. Her passion has always been service to her community. Prior to her service on the FPA, she served on the board of the Forestville Chamber of Commerce.

Julie was the Secretary on the Sonoma County grand jury where she chaired the public safety committee. She authored the report “911 to die for” which was instrumental in bringing 911 pre-arrival instructions to Sonoma County.

Julie also served as a Court Appointed Special Advocate for abused and neglected children within the Sonoma County Dependency Court and was a Deputy Coroner.

Scot Covington

Board Director
Scot Covington is a California native and has lived and worked in Sonoma County for many years.

In 2005 the Trione family appointed Scot winemaker, in time for him to collaborate closely on the design of their new winery, Trione Vineyards & Winery. Scot brought years of relevant experience to the project. After graduating from California State University, Fresno in 1990 with a B. S. degree in Agricultural Science, Enology, Scot worked in Sonoma County and abroad. His mentors are legendary; his winemaking is influenced by years of training under such icons as Bill Bonnetti and Merry Edwards.

Living a winemaker’s dream, Scot has his choice of the finest grapes grown on the Trione family’s vineyards in the Russian River Valley, Alexander Valley and Sonoma Coast AVAs. He selects the top one-percent of grapes from 700 acres of vineyard.

Scot’s goal: make wines that express the highest level of quality across all varieties produced from estate grapes: Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Sauvignon Blanc, Syrah and Zinfandel.

Erin Britton

Board Director
A lifelong Sonoma County resident, I grew up playing in the golden (then undeveloped) hills, meadows, and streams of Rincon Valley, Santa Rosa. I moved to Windsor as a young adult and raised my three children there, but was a frequent and enthusiastic visitor to Forestville, as my parents have been here since 1985.

My husband Tony and I fulfilled our dream of moving to Forestville in 2007, and now live within a ten minute walk from my parent’s house. My youngest son finished high school at El Molino and had a fantastic experience there, going on to graduate from UC Berkeley.

I have worked for the past 12 years for the Sonoma County Office of Education, as a teaching assistant for special needs students.

I have always felt happiest spending time outside in nature. I am excited and honored to be a small part of the process of improving this wonderful natural space in downtown Forestville. My hope is that it will be a place of joy, community and peace to many, for many years to come.

Wayne Gibb

Board Director
Wayne Gibb has lived in Forestville since 1980 and has been a relieved refugee from Southern California since 1969.

He holds a BS in Economics from UC Irvine and, following a layover in the MBA program at UC Berkeley, earned an MS in Journalism at the University of Oregon.

For 17 years, he was head of communications for a Santa Rosa-based human services nonprofit operating throughout Northern California, Oregon, Washington and Hawaii, responsible for press relations, editing and publication design. Subsequently, he ran his own firm to help attorneys tell their clients’ stories through courtroom displays, photography, research and witness interviews, among other services.

He served for over 30 years as a founding director of Forestville’s Russian River County Water District, helping to rebuild a failed private water system, this time under public ownership. Today, the district serves 1,200+ households nestled along the Russian River, from Mirabel Road west to neighborhoods just beyond Hacienda Bridge, with clean, affordable water and fire protection.

Besides being a self-described cycling junkie, he currently engages in a Sisyphean climb to become fluent in French.

Angela Grech

Board Director
I grew up in Redwood City, a small town just 20 minutes north of San Francisco. As a little girl I used to vacation in Forestville and spend summer holidays at Summer Home Park with my best friend and her family at their cabin. I loved every bit of coming to the Russian River and this area, and I never wanted to leave.
In 2002, my family and I moved to Sonoma County, where I finished out high school and headed to college. I graduated from Sonoma State University with a BA in Human Development in 2009, and a certificate in Human Resources in 2011.

In 2015, my significant other and I decided to move to his hometown and my dream town of Forestville, and we have loved it. With a passion for bird-watching, hiking and the outdoors – I immediately wanted to become involved in the community, with a special regard to the park space. When I found the FPA, I knew it was a great fit for me because I could utilize my skill sets to bring forth great opportunities for the park space and the community.

In addition to my Board Membership on the FPA, I work as the Fund Development Manager at another worthy nonprofit, Becoming Independent, helping people with disabilities thrive in the North Bay.

Monique-Cheri Pierre

Board Director
Bio to come.

Tim Sergent

Board Director
Tim Sergent moved to Sonoma County in 1988 after serving in the U.S. Army Infantry in Panama. He studied at Santa Rosa Junior College before transferring to U.C. Berkeley where he earned a degree in Social Science with a focus in social and economic development. Upon graduation, Tim moved to Washington D.C. where he worked as a staff assistant on the Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation.

Tim went on to work in the Clinton Administration as a Congressional Liaison to the House of Representatives for the Secretary of Defense. He acted on issues of humanitarian relief, peacekeeping, nuclear disarmament and the Department of Defense Budget Authorization process.

Tim returned to Sonoma County in 1998 where he was a founding member of the Forestville Planning Association. Tim earned his Education Specialist Credential at night from Dominican University and began teaching at Monroe Elementary School in Santa Rosa. For the past six years Tim has enjoyed teaching English, Algebra and Gov/Econ at Maria Carrillo High School. Tim is happy to be back on the FPA board after a ten year absence and looks forward to lending a hand as so many people do in our great town of Forestville.

Ken Smith

Board Director, Member of the Town Square Planning Group
After architecture schooling at Stanford (’64) and U.C. Berkeley (’67) and apprenticeship in San Francisco firms I chose the soul-nurturing environment of Sonoma County to start my own architecture practice. I have designed community-serving buildings such as the Russian River Health Center and a number of organic land-sensitive homes throughout the County. I completed the Sonoma States’s Green Building Professional Certificate Program in 2005.
I feel passionate about living more sustainably on our precious Planet Earth. We created a National Wildlife Federation “Habitat Backyard”, share a large vegetable garden with our neighbor, and now use a clothes line on sunny days. I feel very grateful that my values are shared by many in this gem of a community called Forestville which I have lived in these last thirty-two years.

(See photos of other FPA Volunteers: Volunteer Archives)

Monthly
Board Meetings

• 1st Tuesday of mo.
• 5:30 – 7:30 PM
• Location:
Food For Thought
6550 Railroad Ave.
Forestville
(Railroad Ave. parallels
Front St. in downtown)
• For more info,
contact:
Board President,
Michael Cuoio
Everyone welcome.