Board of Directors

OFFICERS



Cindy CraigPresident: Cindy Craig
CPA/ABV/CFF, Certified Public Accountant

Cindy Craig is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) working primarily in the area of family law. Certified as a CPA in 1992, Cindy works extensively with legal professionals, business owners and individual clients on marital dissolution issues, including marital standard of living, support, property, tracing, and business valuation.

Cindy is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants AICPA) and the California Society of Certified Public Accountants. She has received the professional designations of ABV (Accredited in Business Valuation) and CFF (Certified in Financial Forensics) through the AICPA.

Cindy has written articles and taught seminars for the California CPA Education Foundation, the Association of Certified Family Law Specialists, Attorney’s Briefcase, AICPA valuation conferences, the American Bar Association, and county bar associations.


Vice-President: Jim Andersen
CPA/CFF/ABV, ASA

Jim Andersen’s career spans more than 40 years, during which he built one of the largest, full service accounting firms in the North Bay. In the past three decades, he has focused his extensive tax background on issues of business valuation, financial consulting and forensic consulting.

A nationally recognized leader in business valuation, Jim routinely partners with members of the legal community to tackle matters involving complex partnerships, corporate and dissenting shareholder actions, economic damages and other forensic accounting assignments. He also has experience in the family law arena, dealing with high-net-worth cases that involve valuation of a business as part of the community estate. Jim’s expert testimony on a variety of forensic assignments has contributed to significant legal awards throughout California.


Dale WestromSecretary: Dr. Dale Westrom
MD, PhD

Dr. Westrom grew up in Sonoma County and has practiced dermatology in Santa Rosa since 1988. In addition to receiving an M.D. degree, with honors, from George Washington University in Washington, D.C. he previously earned a Ph.D. in Parasitology from U.C. Berkeley and a B.S. degree in Entomology at U.C. Davis. He completed his dermatology residency at Letterman Army Medical Center in San Francisco and has been board certified in dermatology since 1985. He is also committed to training, research, and teaching in tropical medicine, especially as it relates to skin diseases. His medical and scientific affiliations include: The American Academy of Dermatology, the Pacific Northwest Dermatology Society, The San Francisco Dermatology Society, The California Medical Association, and the Sonoma County Medical Association. He is on the medical staff of Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital, Sutter Hospital, and Healdsburg District Hospital. He is an Associate Clinical Professor of Dermatology at UCSF.



Treasurer: Ed Gomez
Senior Vice President, Exchange Bank

Ed has been with Exchange Bank since 1997 holding a variety of positions and responsibilities over the years. Currently he is a Senior Vice President overseeing Credit Administration and serving as a Senior Credit Officer. He enjoys working for a business that influences the community so positively from a business and philanthropic perspective. He serves on other non-profits including Sonoma Task Force for the Homeless, Elsie Allen High School Education Foundation, and Housing Sub-Committee for Sonoma County Economic Wellness. Education includes a Bachelor and MBA from San Francisco State University.


Julie CyphersPast President: Julie Cyphers
Law Office of Julie Cyphers

Julie Cyphers is an immigration attorney focused on providing effective immigration solutions for individuals and companies. She represents clients in cases involving temporary nonimmigrant visas, permanent residence, consular processing, waivers of inadmissibility, naturalization, and a variety of other issues relating to immigration law. Ms. Cyphers has supervised the Immigration Law Clinic at Empire College of Law since 2009. She currently serves on the board of directors of Legal Aid of Sonoma County and The Healdsburg School. She is a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association and the Sonoma County Bar Association. Ms. Cyphers graduated from California State University, Chico in 1998 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Asian Studies with Honors. Then, she attended a Master’s degree program at University of Washington in China Studies. During the summer of 2002, Ms. Cyphers was a research associate at UC Hastings Center for Gender and Refugee Studies. In 2003, she received a Certificate in Legal Studies from Durham University, England. In 2007, she graduated cum laude with a Juris Doctorate degree from Empire College of Law in Santa Rosa, California. Ms. Cyphers speaks Spanish and Mandarin.


 

DIRECTORS



Malia Anderson
Owner – Style by Malia

Malia has spent almost twenty years in the fashion industry honing her skill as a personal stylist. Anderson understands fashion from all of its different angles, from production of fashion shows for a range of designer, to her styling of the San Francisco elite. Style By Malia is the realization of Anderson’s childhood dream. Malia was once a girl who fell in love with the pages of fashion magazines, now Malia acts as a fashion editor herself for the North Bay Women’s Magazine.

Malia Anderson’s business, Style by Malia, has grown from dreams of a little girl to become one of San Francisco’s largest and most established personal styling services. Malia caters to client of every lifestyle, shape and size. Style by Malia works with companies throughout the North Bay to establish company looks, as well as works as a style expert and contributor to North Bay Blogs and publications.

Malia Anderson works to inspire female business owners and the busy CEOs of Sonoma County to live more empowered lives by looking, and feeling, their best.


Kathleen Mullins-Henderson
Mullins Henderson Law

Kathleen Mullins Henderson, a Kenwood native, has a passion for Sonoma County’s people and its natural places. An experienced civil litigator, Kathleen is knowledgeable in advising clients in diverse areas of law including: family law, trusts and estates, business, constitutional law, contracts, and real property. Following her passion for helping people resolve everyday issues, Kathleen now focuses her practice on family law and trusts and estates. Understanding that no litigation or family is the same, Kathleen provides clients with compassionate and practical advice.

Kathleen graduated from Empire College School of Law in 2008. During law school, Kathleen served as a mediator for the Alternative Dispute Resolution clinic. She also served as an editor of the Empire Law Review and co-authored and published the article I Can’t Promise I’ll Try, But I’ll Try to Try: Current Changes in California’s Water Planning Policies for Large-Scale Land Developments, 3 Empire L. Rev. 45 (2008).

Prior to attending law school, Kathleen graduated from U.C. Davis with honors, earning a Bachelor of Arts degree in Nature and Culture, and remains passionate about environmental preservation. On any day you might find Kathleen mountain biking, hiking or kayaking in one of the many local parks in Sonoma County. Or you may find her at an event for supporting Santa Rosa City Parks as she is a founding board member of the Santa Rosa Parks Foundation, a foundation dedicated to making parks accessible to everyone.


Matt Lilligren
Attorney with Abbey Weitzenberg Warren & Emery

Matt has been an attorney at Abbey, Weitzenberg, Warren & Emery since 2006. His practice focuses on personal injury litigation, employment litigation, complex business litigation, insurance bad faith, and consumer class actions. Matt handles all aspects of litigating cases in state and federal courts from the initial filing of the lawsuit through settlement, mediation, arbitration, and jury trial. Matt was born and raised in Sonoma County and received his law degree with Great Distinction from the University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law.


Glenn Smith
Smith Dollar PC

Glenn M. Smith has a broad range of experience with legal issues pertaining to business, real estate, commercial disputes, complex litigation and transactional work for public, private and nonprofit organizations as well as individuals. Mr. Smith is general counsel to many companies, organizations and industry associations, some of which he serves as a director. He received his Juris Doctorate degree from Western State University where he graduated with honors.

He is admitted to practice before all state courts within California, as well as U.S. District Courts. He is a member of the American, California and Sonoma County Bar Associations. He sits as a Judge Pro Tem for the Sonoma County Superior Court and is the past president of the Sonoma County Bar Association. He is active in many community organizations and has served for the boards of Empire College School of Law, American Subcontractors Association, North Coast Builders Exchange, and Blood Bank of the Redwoods.


Legal Aid of Sonoma County wants you! Qualified individuals who would like to make a real difference in the community are invited to submit their names for consideration for open positions on our Board of Directors. Contact the Executive Director, Ronit Rubinoff by email at rrubinoff@legalaidsc.com or call the Business Manager at 707-542-6664 for more information on the Board of Directors.