ELEVATING HUMAN ABILITIES SINCE 1967

Board of Directors

BI’s Board of Directors brings expertise in law, business, education, and telecommunications to the agency, as well as personal and professional understanding about developmental disabilities.

 

Current Officers and Directors:

BOD4Bonnie Burrell, President
Bonnie is a second-generation San Franciscan who became interested in BI 16 years ago when her son, Todd, became a participant. When the opportunity to serve on the board presented itself six years ago, Bonnie felt the timing was just right to give back to an organization that had been so supportive of her son. Retired Manager and Community Liaison for GHD Engineering Services, Bonnie holds a degree in sociology and an elementary teaching credential from San Francisco State University.

 

 

 

BOD2Matthew Welty, Vice President and Treasurer
Matt is a partner at the Healdsburg law firm of Welty | Welty, PC. He specializes in real property, estate planning and administration, business and wine law. Born and raised in Sonoma County, he received his bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of California at Davis, and his J.D. from the University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law.

 

 

 

davidhouseDavid House, Secretary
David is a Lieutenant with the Sonoma County Sheriff’s Office. He served on the Board of our local National Alliance for Mental Illness chapter and has served several years on the Planning Committee for Autism Speaks annual North Bay Walk.  He is active in educating and training fellow law enforcement professionals to be sensitive to the unique needs of people with autism and other disabilities.  Educating and raising awareness within the community on developmental disabilities is a passion of his. He and his wife Claudia have three children, two of which are on the autism spectrum. Their son Isa, is currently a student in BI’s Passport to Independence program.

 

 

 

BODAl Millan, Deputy Executive Committee Member
Al has both a personal and professional understanding of the needs of individuals with developmental disabilities. He and his wife Cherie are the parents of a vibrant young woman, Molly, who has a disability, which has provided them with a rich experience as care providers, service coordinators and advocates. Al currently works as a facilitator for Early Start Foundations Online Training with WestEd’s Center for Prevention and Early Intervention. He is a member of the Arc of California and the Infant Development Association.

 

 

 

BOD3Owen Cate
Owen has never allowed his developmental disability to stand in the way of his ambitions. Owen has participated with BI for over 18 years and has been happily employed with Safeway for 15 years, with the assistance of BI’s Supported Employment team. Owen’s ambition and BI’s coaching and support have proven to be a winning combination. In addition to serving on BI’s Board, Owen also provides employment support to two long-time Safeway employees in Sebastopol as well as a Safeway employee at the Santa Rosa store on Calistoga Road.

 

 

Ileana Enriquez
Ileana Enriquez is a Sonoma County native who currently works for CamelBak Products, LLC. She joined the Board in March of 2017 with a passion for supporting her community and the people served by Becoming Independent.  Since joining BI’s Board she has helped enhance silent auctions at events by bringing forth valuable resources and items. She is excited and honored to be an ambassador for Becoming Independent, and to continue becoming more and more immersed in the BI community.

 

 

Ann HudsonAnn Hudson
Ann is the Senior Vice President of Retail Banking at Exchange Bank. With over 20 years of banking experience, she brings along a wealth of knowledge. Coupled with, of course, a deep passion for making a positive impact on her community. Born and raised in Oregon, Ann has lived with her family in Sonoma County since 2000. Ann studied at both Willamette University and Portland State University.

 

 

 

Carol Larson
Carol is from a Northwest Suburb of Chicago and moved to California 15 years ago. She is an Assistant Medical Group Administrator and the Director of Nursing and Clinical Practice at Kaiser Permanente in Santa Rosa. Carol received her BSN from Winona University, Minnesota, and her Masters in Nursing Leadership and Management from Sonoma State. Carol has four beautiful daughters and a very supportive husband. She loves travelling, attending concerts and is passionate about giving back to her community. Among her many accolades, Carol was one of the North Bay Business Journal’s Forty under 40 winners in 2010.

 

 

 

BOD10Sharon Maiolini
Sharon and her husband, past board President Ken Maiolini, own Risk Management Services in Cotati and have been incredibly committed supporters of Becoming Independent since the day they chose BI’s programs for their daughter Carla, who is now 32 years old. Sharon was BI’s 2008 Volunteer of the Year, and in 2011 she and Ken received the June Waite Spirit of Philanthropy Award.

 

 

 

Abigail Picache
Abigail is a Real Estate Broker with Vanguard Properties who has more than 24 years of sales, marketing and negotiating expertise in the real estate, financial and technology industries. Born in Newport, RI and raised in Virginia Beach, VA, Abigail earned a full athletic Division I basketball scholarship to Old Dominion University in Norfolk, VA where she graduated with a Bachelor’s of Science in Business Administration. Abigail lives in Sebastopol with her wife, Ash (a former BI Manager who grew up in Sonoma County) and their 1 year old son, Phoenix. Abigail has a deep passion for music. When she’s not selling real estate, she enjoys playing the drums and experiencing live music.