Who We Are:
We are a group of volunteers who worked together for two years to establish the Village Network of Petaluma as a non-profit, community membership organization to empower adults 50+ to age affordably in their own homes for as long as they can, as well as they can. The Village Network was then launched in June, 2014. Villages are member-driven, and primarily supported by fees from their members. Think relationships, collaboration, sharing, suppor
navigating systems and peace of mind.
The Village model is a way of life, not a place: "neighbors helping neighbors." The village model has been successful in more than 200 other communities in the U.S., and we are drawing from their experiences. There are 29 Villages in the Bay Area, and more in development. We are the first in Sonoma County!
Members call one number for resource referral, home visits, social events, computer help, minor household repairs, transportation, pre-screened service provider referrals, and opportunities to share one's special talents within the Village.
Our intention is to work in collaboration with existing community organizations to strengthen affordable services for seniors and increase the "aging-friendliness" of our community.
"Aging should never be a solo game"
Operations Manager (volunteer)
Administrative Coordinator (pt. time staff)
Board members Team Leaders
Scotti Kluess, Secretary
Bob Stires, Finance Chair
Lyndi Brown, Community Outreach Team Leader
Kelly Corbett, MedPal Team Leader
Rob Girolo, Tech Team Co-Leader
Wayne Guptill, Handyperson Team Leader
Paul Greenblatt, volunteer Operations Manager, Tech Team Co-Leader,
Transportation Team Co-Leader
Anne Greenblatt, Volunteer Management & Membership Team Co-Leader
Scotti Kluess, Resources Team Leader
Darcy Levy, Board Development Task Force Leader
Tiaga Liner, Friendly Visiting Team Leader
Jane Merryman, Programs Team Leader
Starr Rohrman, Volunteer Management & Membership Team Co-Leader
Jerry Spremich, Transportation Team Co-Leader
Community Advisors of the Village Network of Petaluma
Teresa Barrett, Member, Petaluma City Council
Lyndi Brown, Community Volunteer
Rabbi Ted Feldman, B’nai Israel Jewish Center
Rev. Mary Foran, Unitarian Universalists of Petaluma
Connie Hammerman, Community volunteer
Jane Hamilton, Ex. Dir., Rebuilding Together
Stanton Lawson, Co-Owner, Sequoia Senior Solutions
Donna Newman-Fields, Sonoma County Dept. of Health Services
Rev. Blythe Osner, United Church of Christ
Mary Stompe, Ex. Dir., PEP Housing