New board members for Hospital Foundation

Posted on May 5, 2016 by Sonoma Valley Sun

The Sonoma Valley Hospital Foundation has added long-time supporters Simon Blattner and Cherie Hughes to its Board of Directors.

“We are incredibly pleased to have their community knowledge and nonprofit expertise helping to drive the mission of cultivating community support and raising funds for Sonoma Valley Hospital,” said SVHF Executive Director David Pier.

Blattner served as co-chair of the Capital Campaign committee which raised the $11 million necessary to complete the new emergency and surgery complex at Sonoma Valley Hospital. He has been a long serving board member of the Sonoma Valley Museum of Art including as president of the board twice, in 2006-2008 and again from 2014-2016. Blattner also formed and funded a micro loan program for La Luz Center.

After a long career in the printing, paper, and Fine Arts industries, Blattner is also an investor in real estate transactions and volunteering in nonprofit activities in the Valley. In his early working years, Blattner founded the San Francisco Local Development Corporation to assist minority business development in San Francisco.

He and his wife, Kimberly, live full time in Sonoma where she is also very active in numerous community nonprofits and committees.

Cherie Hughes, Ph.D., and husband, Keith, are co-owners of Hughes Family Vineyards, an artisan family winery with organic vineyards in Glen Ellen. Prior to returning to California in 2001, Dr. Hughes was a clinical psychologist who specialized in working with children, adolescents, and their families in her private practice in Dallas, Texas. She also worked at Children’s Medical Center in Dallas assessing neuropsychological disorders and treating problems associated with stress. A consultant to schools where she developed a school suicide and violence prevention program, she has published research on ways to improve health by controlling stress and has been a frequent guest speaker about parenting issues, school problems, learning differences, anxiety, stress and the mind-body connection.

Hughes serves on the Board of Directors for the Sonoma Valley Mentoring Alliance where she served as President, and the Sonoma Valley Museum of Art. She is an active founding member of Impact 100 Sonoma.   She has served on several other boards including the Alumni Advisory Board for the School of Arts and Science at Miami University, the Mental Health Association of Dallas and the Executive Board of Dedman College at SMU.

The two new member join the current board comprised of Kevin Jaggie (Chair), David Good, Jim Lamb, Marcia Levy, Nancy Lilly, Roger Nelson, Buddy Pepp, Jean Arnold Sessions, and Jerome Smith, MD. The Advisory Council members are Suzanne Brangham, Gerry Brinton, Tom Landy, and Gary Nelson.



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