Our advisors span the diversity of our community, including those who are qualified to offer non-binding, expert advice on finances, program support, outreach, community affairs, legal responsibilities and youth leadership.
Judge Arnold Rosenfield, a recently retired Sonoma County Superior Court Judge who spent 27 years on the bench, was an early and strong advocate for restorative justice.
Prior to this position, he had a private law practice for three years and was Deputy District Attorney for almost four years. His career has been noteworthy for his commitment to children and families and foresight in establishing supportive and thriving programs to serve them. The majority of Judge Rosenfield’s cases took place in the juvenile court setting and he was a steadfast and strong advocate for at risk and vulnerable children.
Marylou Hillberg is an attorney, and has practiced criminal defense law for thirty-two years. She has served on the boards of non-profit political and social service organizations including the Sonoma County Women in Law, the ACLU, and the Sonoma County Drug Abuse Alternatives Center. After being blessed with a son with autism, Marylou's non-profit involvement became centered around those with special needs as she chaired the Sonoma County Citizen's Advisory Council on special education.
Bob Florez is the Program Director of Community Engagement and Youth Development (CE&YD), a program of Sunny Hills Services. He started CE&YD in Petaluma in 2008 and he provides direction and leadership for the program, which is now in Santa Rosa, San Rafael, Novato, and previously in the Sonoma Valley. He has more than 19 years of experience working with gang youth and he serves as a consultant regarding gang-related issues to a number of local agencies, including the County of Sonoma, the Sonoma, Santa Rosa, and the Petaluma school districts, the Sonoma, Petaluma, and Santa Rosa Police Departments, as well as the Sonoma and Marin County Sheriff's Department. He is also a consultant with the State Department of Justice, Law Enforcement Intelligence Units, in the area of street gangs. He has been teaching Psychology at The Santa Rosa Junior College for 10 years.
Gia Martinez has lived most of her life in California. She became a U.S. citizen in her mid 20’s primarily to become a police officer for the city of El Cerrito. After working a few years in the Richmond and El Cerrito police departments, she moved to Sonoma County and took a job with the County of Sonoma Sheriff‘s Office in Corrections. She retired from Sonoma County in 2004. In 2008, Gia obtained a Bail Bonds and Notary Public License. She recently opened her own office and has been doing business for herself since December of 2009. Gia is bilingual in Spanish and English, and has served as a translator for many years. A member of the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Leadership Forum, she is also on the Board of Directors of Sonoma Community and participates quite frequently in the hispanic group Negocios Unidos.
Patrick Jackson, Professor of Criminology & Criminal Justice Studies at Sonoma State University, received his Ph.D. from the University of California Davis and teaches courses in juvenile justice, research methods, criminology, media and crime, and others. He is the author of "The Paradox of Control," a study of the California Youth Authority parole system, and founding editor of the online scholarly journal, the Western Criminology Review. A member of the Institutional Review Board for the Rights of Human Subjects at SSU, he is also a community volunteer for local schools, varied musical groups and foster children served through Forget Me Not Farm in Sonoma county
Liz DeRouen is of Pomo descent. She is an ICWA Advocate employed with Indian Child & Family Preservation Program (ICFPP) from 1994-present. She has served 1994-2002 in numerous positions including that of the Chairperson for her Tribe. In 2008 she was appointed and currently serves as a Task Force Member on the CA OES/ Children’s Justice Act Task Force as a Tribal Appointee. She additionally serves as current Chairperson of the Board of Directors at Ya-Ka-Ama Indian Education & Development, Inc. 2008-2010; Serves as an ICWA Roundtable Participant in Lake, Mendocino and Sonoma Counties and is also Co-Chair of the ICWA State Department of Social Services Workgroup.
Pedro Toledo, is the Director of Government and Community Relations for the Redwood Community Health Coalition and is the current president of the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Sonoma County. Additionally, Pedro serves as a community liaison to promote the visibility of the health centers and develop external relationships locally. Pedro also oversees the Healthy Kids Sonoma County program, which helps over 25,000 low-income children and families to enroll in public health insurance programs annually.
Prior to joining Redwood Community Health Coalition, Pedro worked for U.S. Congresswoman Barbara Lee. Pedro earned a Bachelor of Arts and a Masters of Arts from Stanford University. He also received a law degree from Cornell University Law School.
Donna Zapata, a business development representative for Redwood Credit Union, was previously the executive director of the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Sonoma County. She has also worked in the Redwood Credit Union call center and for 30 years at Hewlett-Packard and spinoff Agilent Technologies as a program project manager.
Daniel Avalos was born and raised in Santa Rosa. He is currently a junior in high school, and was referred to the Restorative Resources Accountability Circles program in his freshman year. He thought it would be scary, but instead, after two weeks of attending, he was hooked and never wanted to stop coming. He is currently a volunteer for Restorative Resources, and he loves all of the wonderful things that Restorative Resources does for our community. On his free time, he loves to go skateboarding, and a lot of other amazing outdoor activities. He also loves hanging out with friends and family. He loves making people laugh and will notice if someone isn’t feeling happy or well. He loves working on wood and is really creative. He also loves to draw and make music.