Ross Valley Women's League

Ross Valley Women's League 2021 Board

President               

Vice President       

Treasurer               

Secretary               

President Emeritus                

Gala Chair                                 

Membership Chair                  

Underwriting Chair                  

Adopt A Family Liaison            

Marketing Chair                       

Strategy Chair                                      

Sylvie Zolezzi

Cece McGraw

Kelly McClain

Lisa McKay

Roxanne Najafi

Debra Mansfield

Alexandra Cowley

Noel Stubblefield

Susan Zimmer

Addison Iskow

Maureen Tierney

Ross Valley Women's League 2021 Additional Chairs

Gala Co-Chair                                      

Associate Liaison                       

Live Auction Chair                              

Silent Auction Chair                       

Wine Auction Chair                       

Raffle Chair                                         

Invitation Chair                               

Catalog Chair                                    

Website Chair                            

Copy Writing Chair                

Social Co-chair

Social Co-chair                               

Event Chair                                       

Hospitality Chair                                

Leanne Clayton

Maureen Tierney

Cece McGraw

Raquel Feese

Lisa Roth Wasden

Sherene Chen

Laura Rees

Open

Danielle Buoncristiani

Leah Kilfoyle

Windi Snearly 

Carolyn Rebuffel

Open

Open

Ross Valley Women's League Members

Danielle Buoncristiani

Sherene Chen

Rosanna Chenette

Leanne Clayton

Alex Cowley

Deborah Devincenti

Lori Docherty

Raquel Feese

Addison Iskow

Leah Kilfoyle

Cheryl Lincoln Nelson

Debra Mansfield

Jennie Martzloff

Laura Mathieux

Louise McCallion

Cece McGraw

Kelly McLain-Treacy

Lisa McKay

Roxanne Najafi

Carolyn Rebuffel Flannery

Laura Rees

Veronica Rivas-Tramontozzi

Julie Rootes

Lisa Roth Wasden

Windi Snearly

Noël Stubblefield

Maureen Tierney

Susan Zimmer

Julie Zanze

Sylvie Zolezzi

Ross Valley Women's League Associates

Patti Anderson

Lisa Capretta

Marianne Doar

Cathy Pickering

Robyn Watson

Amanda Weitman

Tammy Wilks Kornfield 

Ross Valley Women's League 2021 Board

Sylvie Zolezzi, PRESIDENT

Sylvie has been a member of Ross Valley Women’s League since 2013. Over the years, she has been Vice President and Gala, Live and Silent Auction, and Membership Chair. Sylvie was also a member of the Adopt A Family Board of Directors for four years. She has been living in the Bay Area with her husband for the past 29 years and raised both her children in Marin. She is a graduate of the Université de Provence in Aix-en-Provence, France and has a master’s degree from Columbia University in New York. She also attended the Fordham Graduate School of Business. She has 30 years of business experience, and 8 years of board leadership under her belt, and is now focusing her time and energy on board work and supporting her community. She is passionate about best practices in board governance and empowering board members–especially women—to excel and find purpose in their board work. She is a staunch believer in supporting her local community and in the excellent work of Adopt A Family to prevent homelessness in Marin County. She enjoys entertaining and whipping up culinary magic for her family and friends, traveling internationally, and hiking on the trails of Marin with her dogs.

Cece McGraw, VICE PRESIDENT

Cece McGraw currently serves as Vice President and Live Auction Chair.

Cece grew up in San Francisco and is always proud to mention that she is 5th generation. She graduated Summa Cum Laude at SFSU and received her J.D. from Hastings Law School. Always reinventing herself, she has also worked as an R.N. at UCSF Hospital in NBICU, served as a medical legal consultant, and worked for the California Supreme Court under Justice Grodin. She is also involved in Real Estate and Property Investing.

She moved to Marin 30 years ago to raise her 3 sons; the oldest are twins. As a single mother, she has always been actively involved in their lives and school functions; serving on the Board of Trustees at Marin Catholic High School and at St. Mary’s College.  

Her commitment to an array of charities began with her involvement as a Reporter on the Bay Area Television Program, “Everybody’s Angels,” which highlighted volunteers in our community and a variety of charitable organizations. Cece McGraw has served as a Board of Trustees Member for “Home Away from Homelessness”, as well as “Cure MS Now.” More recently she is a San Francisco Symphony League Member and Original Member of “100 in Marin Who Care.”

Kelly McLain-Treacy, TREASURER

Kelly McLain-Treacy is a newer member joining Ross Valley Women’s League in 2019 and this year she is the Gala Co-Chair. She is currently the Treasurer of the Tam High PTSA and a member of the Marketing Committee for the Financial Women of San Francisco. She also does work with the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention and has taken teen mental health education courses.

 

Kelly grew up in Palm Beach County, starting her career at KPMG in Miami, where she earned her CPA. Kelly worked in various equity trading businesses at Lehman Brothers, Societe Generale and JP Morgan and enjoyed the opportunities to live in NYC, Zurich and London before settling in Marin in 2014 with her husband and two step-children. After two years with Union Bank in San Francisco Kelly obtained her real estate license and started a consulting business with her husband focusing on real estate development and construction industry companies.

She graduated from the University of Florida with a Masters in Accounting and received two BS degrees in Business Administration - Management and Accounting. She and her family enjoy all of the outdoor opportunities that Marin offers and is an avid sports enthusiast participating in Ironman events, ultra-trail marathons, alpine climbing, and yoga.

Lisa McKay, SECRETARY
Roxanne Najafi, PRESIDENT EMERITUS

Roxanne Najafi has been an active member of Ross Valley Women’s League since 2016 and she has held various chair positions such as wine auction chair for 2 years, Business Underwriting chair in 2018, and Vice President in 2018. In addition she also served on Adopt a Family of Marin Board in 2008 for one year.   Roxanne has lived in many parts of the world. After she graduated from high school in Tehran, Iran, she moved to Lucerne, Switzerland and attended American College for the applied arts, then she moved to London, and then to Atlanta Georgia in early 80’s  where she received her BA degree from American College, then moved to Lawrence Kansas, She moved to California in 1985 and to Marin County in 2002, when she married her current husband Alex Najafi.

 

Roxanne has worked in Real Estate, has managed and ran her family digital printing business in San Mateo, and has been part of a successful start up of online printing located in Palo Alto. She has been a member of Business Network International for several years and had served as the group president for a local chapter in 2012.  Her experience in running small businesses has allowed her to learn many skill sets on the job, from operations to sales and customer service, and networking, with title such titles as Digital printing Evangelist, and garment care specialist; Roxanne has lead staff of up to 40 people. Roxanne joined her husband’s Garment Dry Cleaning business located in Marin County in 2004 when she was instrumental in expanding and launching the company services in San Francisco and Silicon Valley. 

 

Alex and Roxanne have been business sponsors of RVWL annual gala since 2002.  Roxanne has, 2 adult children and 2 Stepchildren and one grand baby all living in Bay Area. She enjoys spending time with her husband Alex, friends and family, walks, reading (on her iPhone), wine tasting, weekend getaways, and meeting new friends and hosting parties!

Debra Mansfield, GALA CHAIR

Alex Cowley, MEMBERSHIP CHAIR

Alex Cowley is the Gala Chair for the 2019 Ross Valley Women’s League. She first joined RVWL 2009-2011 and rejoined in 2018. Alex and her daughter were a part of NCL for 4 years and currently also serves on the board of Pencils for Kids, another non-profit organization that provides classroom supplies, programs, libraries and schools to children in Myanmar

 

Professionally, Alex is a successful realtor with Vanguard Properties and brings extensive local knowledge and expertise to her clients. With 20+ years of professional consultative sales experience in the advertising, integrated media and marketing communications field, she has leveraged her expertise from the business world to provide clients with strong negotiating skills, market insights, marketing expertise and a keen sense of design and aesthetics. She credits her work with iconic brands Real Simple, Cooking Light and Vogue for helping to develop and hone her passion for home and interior design, healthy food and active living. 

A 27-year transplant from NYC, Alex lives in San Anselmo with her husband and raised her twin 23-year-olds as well as a stepson and stepdaughter in Marin. She and her husband Mark love the Marin lifestyle and hike extensively throughout Marin with their two dogs as well as bike, sail at the Corinthian Yacht Club and ski. She is thrilled to be part of RVWL working with Adopt A Family to prevent homelessness in Marin.

Noël Stubblefield, UNDERWRITING CHAIR
 

Noël Stubblefield has been an active member of Ross Valley Women’s League since 2004.  Noel is a former President and has held every major chair of RVWL in her many years of service.  She also served as a member of the Adopt A Family of Marin Board for two years.  Noël has been a charity/community supportive member of various Marin County organizations since 1985, including The Volunteer Center of Marin (over 10 years, House Chair and board member for five years), Artisans Art Gallery (15 years, Board member), Marin Society of Artist, 2008 Board Member, and The  PTA of Bacich for eight years.

 

Noël has lived in Northern California all of her life, attending UC Davis and then moving to the Bay area. She is an oil painter ( art-by-noel.com) and mother of 2 adult children.

Susan Zimmer, ADOPT A FAMILY LIAISON

Susan joined the Ross Valley Women's League in 2016.  She has held a variety of leadership positions including being the RVWL Secretary, Co-Chair of the Silent Auction and Co-Chair of the Gala Catalogue.  She has also been a Board Member for three years of the five years.  Currently she serves as the RVWL Liaison to the Adopt A Family Board.  She grew up in the midwest and moved to California after graduating from the University of Iowa.

 

Professionally, Susan had a long and successful career working in marketing and business management for large companies such as Carnation, Nestles and Wells Fargo Bank.  These companies afforded her the opportunity to strategically lead, promote and manage businesses in excess of 100 million dollars.  

 

Since retiring, she has remained very involved in community and philanthropic organizations.  She was very involved in the San Francisco Symphony and served as a Gala Chair, President of the Junior Womens Committee and Chair of Deck the Hall.  She also founded the San Francisco Symphony Community Day which provided an opportunity for children throughout the Bay Area to attend the San Francisco Symphony.  This outreach event has become a longstanding tradition of the Symphony. As an involved parent, Susan has served on a variety of Boards including the National Charity League, her children's schools and the Bay Area Discovery Museum.

 

Susan is a avid hiker, traveler and cook.  She enjoys spending time with her husband and two adult children.  She is proud of the work that RVWL and Adopt A Family do to support families in Marin.

Addison Iskow, MARKETING CHAIR

Maureen Tierney, STRATEGY CHAIR

Maureen has been a member of Ross Valley Women’s League since 2009.  Her previous RVWL experience includes past Board member and Vice President, Gala Chair, Live and Silent Auction Chair, Corporate Underwriting Chair, and Associate Liaison for several years.  Maureen was previously President of Full Circle Programs in Marin, President of Marin Tennis Club, President of her homeowners’ association, and volunteered as a Big Sister.  She is currently a Board member of Marin Tennis Club and a member of the San Francisco Symphony League.

 

She is a native San Franciscan and is happy to have called Marin County her home for the past 30 years.  She is a graduate of St. Mary’s College and holds a BS in Management.  She has over 35 years of business experience, including Director of Compensation at PG&E Corporation and Director of Executive Compensation Programs and Strategy for the University of California system.

 

Maureen is the proud mom of one son and enjoys traveling, tennis, and hiking.  She is honored to be working with the other dedicated women of Ross Valley Women’s League and Adopt A Family to prevent homelessness in Marin.

ROSS VALLEY WOMEN'S LEAGUE 2020 CHAIR MEMBERS

Leanne Clayton, GALA CO-CHAIR

Leanne is in her third year with the Ross Valley Women’s League after joining in 2018. Last year she served as both the Invitation Chair and Catalog Chair. She moved to Napa California from Northern Virginia in 1977 and later attended UC Davis and the ArtCenter College of Design, Pasadena. She is a professional Graphic Designer with over 25 years of experience and now is honored to use her creative talents to support and benefit Adopt A Family of Marin. She has lived in San Anselmo since 2010 and enjoys family and friends, travel, tennis, and spending time in the kitchen experimenting on her husband with plant based meals.

Maureen Tierney, ASSOCIATE LIAISON

Maureen has been a member of Ross Valley Women’s League since 2009.  Her previous RVWL experience includes past Board member and Vice President, Gala Chair, Live and Silent Auction Chair, Corporate Underwriting Chair, and Associate Liaison for several years.  Maureen was previously President of Full Circle Programs in Marin, President of Marin Tennis Club, President of her homeowners’ association, and volunteered as a Big Sister.  She is currently a Board member of Marin Tennis Club and a member of the San Francisco Symphony League.

 

She is a native San Franciscan and is happy to have called Marin County her home for the past 30 years.  She is a graduate of St. Mary’s College and holds a BS in Management.  She has over 35 years of business experience, including Director of Compensation at PG&E Corporation and Director of Executive Compensation Programs and Strategy for the University of California system.

 

Maureen is the proud mom of one son and enjoys traveling, tennis, and hiking.  She is honored to be working with the other dedicated women of Ross Valley Women’s League and Adopt A Family to prevent homelessness in Marin.

Cece McGraw, LIVE AUCTION CHAIR

Cece McGraw currently serves as Vice President and Live Auction Chair.

Cece grew up in San Francisco and is always proud to mention that she is 5th generation. She graduated Summa Cum Laude at SFSU and received her J.D. from Hastings Law School. Always reinventing herself, she has also worked as an R.N. at UCSF Hospital in NBICU, served as a medical legal consultant, and worked for the California Supreme Court under Justice Grodin. She is also involved in Real Estate and Property Investing.

She moved to Marin 30 years ago to raise her 3 sons; the oldest are twins. As a single mother, she has always been actively involved in their lives and school functions; serving on the Board of Trustees at Marin Catholic High School and at St. Mary’s College.  

Her commitment to an array of charities began with her involvement as a Reporter on the Bay Area Television Program, “Everybody’s Angels,” which highlighted volunteers in our community and a variety of charitable organizations. Cece McGraw has served as a Board of Trustees Member for “Home Away from Homelessness”, as well as “Cure MS Now.” More recently she is a San Francisco Symphony League Member and Original Member of “100 in Marin Who Care.”

Raquel Feese, SILENT AUCTION CHAIR

Raquel is an accomplished technology leader with over 15 years of experience managing, planning, leading and implementing technology initiatives to launch multimillion-dollar products in domestic and international markets. From innovative technology start-ups to market leading Fortune 100 companies, she has helped to develop hardware and software products used by hundreds of millions of people, disrupting and helping to unlock the potential of the future. Her experience includes roles with EchoStar, Fitbit, Slingbox, Berkshire Hathaway, and Verizon, among others.

 

As the founder of Cleo and Mathilde, Raquel is also a designer and entrepreneur. While  enjoying a short break from the tech industry in 2019 she decided to pursue her love for fashion, the environment  and technology. She launched cleoandmathilde.com, a direct-to-consumer e-commerce site offering luxury fashion with an ethos that is sustainable and timelessly relevant. Her “slow fashion” approach utilizes andean luxury fibers and silk remnants created by skilled craftsmen in Peru and Marin County, CA.

 

She is originally from Peru, majored in Business at CU in Colorado where she lived for many years before moving to the Bay Area in 2012 and eventually to Marin County in 2017. 

 

Raquel has been a member of RVWL since 2019, other non-profit organizations where she has volunteered include Habitat for Humanity, Dress for Success and Mi Casa.

Lisa Roth, WINE AUCTION CHAIR

Lisa joined RVWL in 2014, jumping right in as the Co-Chair for the annual fundraising Gala.  Since then she has held Executive Board Positions as Gala Chair, Membership Director and Vice President, leading up to President of RVWL in 2017.  

 

For years, Lisa has held leadership roles in the Larkspur-Corte Madera Schools Foundation, heading fundraising and community-building events to raise critical financial resources to ensure the best possible education for children in the district. She currently runs an Event Business in Marin and Sonoma, organizing Sales Incentive trips and Executive Retreats.

 

Lisa relocated from the East coast to the Bay Area in the early 1990's as employee #1 of an Internet startup in the Biotechnology space.  Helping build a successful business with emphasis on Marketing, PR & Event Planning has provided the perfect skill set for her ongoing volunteer work and her current Event business.  

 

Living in Larkspur with her husband and son, she is happy to be an integral part of RVWL, helping Adopt A Family support struggling families in need in our community.

Sherene Chen, RAFFLE CHAIR

Laura Rees, INVITATION CHAIR

Danielle Buoncristiani, WEBSITE CHAIR

Danielle joined Ross Valley Women’s League in 2018 and holds the

position of RVWL Website Chair.

Danielle volunteered at the San Francisco Zoo (6yrs) and Sacramento Zoo (2) in their Educational Department. Danielle graduated from UC Davis with a BS in Zoology.  Danielle continued her education at Chapman University for her K-8th teaching credential.  She moved to Marin County in 1990 and taught at Marin Primary and Middle School, in Larkspur, for 10 years.  Danielle’s lifetime love and passion for photography has been a constant through Danielle’s life since high school.

Since 2000 Danielle has been a Professional Portrait Photographer with her specialty in Family and Generational Portrait Sessions.  Her love of kids, animals, families, and photography is a perfect combination for a Family Portrait Photographer.

Danielle loves to give back to her community. She has volunteered in different capacities; at her sons’ schools, Assistant Boy Scout Leader for 5 years, and now RVWL. Danielle loves to hike, garden, camp, read, wine tasting, cook and entertain.  Danielle loves living in Marin with her husband, sons, and their dog Tucker.

Danielle is proud to be working with such dedicated women who work to make a difference with Adopt A Family in Marin to help local families.

Leah Kilfoyle ,COPY WRITING CHAIR

Windi Snearly SOCIAL CO-CHAIR

Windi Snearly is a Human Resources professional with Wells Fargo Bank - Commercial Banking Group.  She is a dedicated contributor who believes in creating social changes through action and diversity.  Currently she serves as Chair for San Rafael Chamber of Commerce Governmental Affairs Committee, President of Board of Directors for Bloom, and Member of Marin County Women’s Political Action Committee.  She and her husband, Eric Boales, reside in San Rafael with their two fur babies – Murphy and Chloe.  They both enjoy the many benefits and beauty of living in Marin County, while contributing to their community.

Carolyn Rebuffel Flannery, SOCIAL CO-CHAIR

Carolyn Rebuffel Flannery is one of the newest members of the Ross Valley Women’s League and is the Social Co-Chair. She lives in San Rafael with her husband, having recently moved here from the East Bay. She has four children, all out of the house, and she and her husband are enjoying the life of empty nesters. Carolyn grew up in Santa Cruz, received her BA degree at UC Santa Barbara and a master’s degree in business at Cornell University. She has been a residential interior designer for several years, and prior to that, imported French antiques, with two stores in San Francisco. She has recently shifted careers, opening the newest non-profit furniture bank in California, also located in San Francisco. 

In her volunteer and non-profit work, she strives to help children who are in unfortunate circumstances and the Ross Valley Women’s League support of Adopt-A-Family is in total alignment with her passion to help others. She is also on the board of Bloom Marin as well as the Marin Foster Care Association. In her leisure time, she loves to try new restaurants, explore Marin County on hikes with her dog as well as roam the county on her bike.

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