Ross Valley Women's League Executive Board 2020
Sylvie Zolezzi, PRESIDENT
Sylvie has been a member of Ross Valley Women’s League since 2013. Over the years, she has been Vice President of RVWL and chaired the Gala, the Live and Silent Auction, and Membership for two years. Sylvie has also been a member of the Adopt A Family Board of Directors for the past four years. She has been living in the Bay Area with her husband and two dogs for the past 28 years and she 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 is now focusing her time and energy on board work and supporting her community. She is a member of the National Association of Corporate Directors, and 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.
Maureen Tierney, VICE PRESIDENT
Deborah Devincenti, TREASURER
Deborah joined Ross Valley Women’s League in 2016. She has served as Gala Catalogue Co-Chair, Silent Auction Co- Chair and is the current Executive Board Treasurer.
She was an active volunteer in her daughters’ schools working on school fundraisers, the Parent Advisory Board and Parish Council. She spent eight years with her daughters in the National Charity League serving in various leadership positions including work on the Board as Treasurer.
Deborah received her BA in business from Bentley University in the Boston area.
Professionally, she has spent the majority of her career in commercial real estate including leasing, sales, management and lastly, working for Bank of America as a commercial loan underwriter. She currently manages a portfolio of commercial real estate properties.
She enjoys hiking, traveling, spending time with her family and volunteering in the local community.
Ozlem Bishop, SECRETARY
Özlem Peksoy Bishop has a long standing dedication to education, children, science and arts. She served in Ross Valley Mothers Club and Ross Recreation Auxiliary since 2005; serves her second term in SEAC of the Marin County Board of Education and joined Ross Valley Women’s League since 2017 and held Gala Chair position in 2018. She is a technology and business strategist, entrepreneur, advisor and mentor with decades of expertise in financial technology, risk, data strategy, governance, corporate and business development and artificial intelligence. Her professional expertise spans from leading treasury marketing at BNP Paribas Turkey; overseeing business development and global data strategy at Morgan Stanley Capital International over seventy five countries; standards developments, working groups and panels (active in global EDM Council; advising startups to judging in hackatons.
Özlem holds BS in Physics, MS in Information Systems, MBA in Finance from Boğaziçi and HPU, and executive certificates from Stanford, Harvard Law, MIT Sloan Schools and Founder Institute. She lives with her daughter and son in Ross, enjoys design, golf, yoga and winter sports as a former national athlete.
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 CO-CHAIR
Kelly McClain, GALA CO-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
Laura Mathieux, MARKETING CHAIR
Laura Mathieux is a public relations professional with more than a dozen years of experience, working with clientele ranging from tech start-ups, to Swedish and English royalty, to beauty entrepreneurs and fashion designers. She has lived in Marin County for a collective 20 years, and attended Marin Academy high school.
She is well aware of the local need for an organization such as Adopt A Family of Marin, and in doing so is passionate about her involvement with Ross Valley Women’s League. Previous philanthropic work has included the Junior League of San Francisco as well as the Little Jim Club, a California Pacific Medical Center auxiliary group. She lives in Ross Valley with her husband and two daughters.
Jennie Martzloff, STRATEGY CHAIR
Jennie is the Ross Valley Women’s League liaison to the Adopt a Family of Marin’s Board. She has been an active member of the Ross Valley Women’s League since in 2013, having held a number of leadership positions including serving on their Executive Board as Treasurer since 2015. Jennie is currently a strategic marketing consultant working with financial services companies to grow their businesses. Previously she worked in senior leadership positions at American Express, Wells Fargo, and Rabobank. She also worked at several start-ups including Shutterfly where she built and ran its consumer marketing department. Jennie received a BA from Middlebury College and her MBA from Amos Tuck School of Business, Dartmouth College. A long-time volunteer, she currently raises funds for her business school. Locally, she advises not-for-profit startups. In her free time, she enjoys traveling to international locations with her husband and hiking the trails of Marin.
ROSS VALLEY WOMEN'S LEAGUE 2020 CHAIR MEMBERS
Rosanna Chenette, ASSOCIATE LIAISON
Raquel Feese, SILENT AUCTION CHAIR
Cece McGraw, LIVE AUCTION CHAIR
Louise McCallion, WINE AUCTION CHAIR
Louise relocated to California in 1994 from Scotland on assignment with Sun Microsystems and enjoyed the work and lifestyle culture and elected to stay. She continued her career in the Hi Tech field holding various management positions within Sun after which she left to join a start up company, Ridge Technologies as Director of Operations which was acquired soon thereafter by Adaptec. Louise, having always had a passion for real estate development, embarked on a new career as President of her own Real Estate development company developing projects over the next 10 years in San Francisco and Hawaii and continues to be involved in the real estate world. Always reinventing herself Louise made a radical career change with the intent of being more service oriented especially in the community that she currently resides in and founded Reflections, an upscale dual diagnosis drug and alcohol rehab program in Marin County. As a result of this Louise has become very well versed in the plethora of mental health issues which lead to self medicating that plague all socio economic levels of our community but particularly challenging for those less able to afford the necessary treatment. Louise is also a single mother of two adopted girls from orphanages in China.
OPEN, RAFFLE CHAIR
Leanne Clayton, INVITATION CHAIR
Danielle Buoncristiani, WEBSITE CHAIR
Danielle Buoncristiani joined Ross Valley Women’s League in 2018 and offered to help with the RVWL website, she quickly became RVWL Website Chair.
Danielle graduated from UC Davis with a major in zoology. She worked her way through college by working several jobs; Sacramento Zoo, Primate Research Center, and as a Bartender. After college she moved to San Rafael and taught at Marin Primary and Middle School, in Larkspur, for 10 years. Danielle’s passion for photography started in High School where she worked on the school yearbook. When Danielle stepped away from teaching to start her own family, she began her business of Buoncristiani Photography. 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; Site Leadership in Elementary, Junior High, and High School, working in sons’ classrooms, 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.
Ross Valley Women's League Members
Lisa Roth Wasden
Ross Valley Women's League Associates
Cheryl Lincoln Nelson