BOARD OF DIRECTORS
We depend on the wisdom, skills, experience and deep connection to the community that our Board of Directors affords us. We are honored to work side by side with them in decision making and outreach to our diverse neighborhoods.
Veronica Cruz - Board Chair
Paco Cano - Treasurer
A native of Mexico City, Paco Cano moved to Santa Rosa in 2005 and immediately started involving himself in the community. In addition to his job as community organizer for St. Joseph Health, Paco is the volunteer coordinator for the annual Cinco de Mayo celebration in Roseland, a proud member of the Sonoma County Latino Leaders group and a member of Santa Rosa Neighbors Summit.
His passion is connecting people and building relationships for the benefit of the community. The father of two teenage sons, Paco is committed to giving young offenders a second chance by representing Restorative Resources as a volunteer.
Ross Bickford - Member
Ross Bickford holds a B.A. in Social Sciences at Sacramento State College; a Teaching Credential and minor in Industrial Arts at Chico State College; a Masters in Education at Los Angeles State University; a Counseling Credential at Long Beach State University; and a Special Education and Administrative Credentials at Sonoma State University. His entire professional career, from September 1968 until June 2009 has been as an educator. His last position was Principal at Laguna Continuation High School in Sonoma County from 2003 to 2009. He’s married to Barbara Kenney who is an elementary school principal in Cotati/Rohnert Park. Ross and Barbara have three grown sons, two of whom are educators. The third is a psychiatrist.
Lauren Parnes - Member
Lauren Parnes has been an educator in Sonoma County for 25 years. She has worked as an English teacher in public and private settings, a reading and writing coach, and most recently a librarian for middle school students. She holds a B.A. in International Relations from Simmons College; a Teaching Credential from Mills College; a Masters in Education and a Reading and Literacy Certificate from Sonoma State University.She is married to Joe Naujokas and has two sons, both raised and educated in Sonoma County schools. In all her roles - teacher, parent, student- Lauren has advocated for listening to the voices in the margins and for thoughtful, creative solutions.
Keith Hale - Vice Chair
Keith Hale has a long association with organizations, businesses and schools in the Sonoma Valley. Keith owned a successful construction business for twenty years. With an interest in the arts, Keith was a founding board member of the Sonoma Arts Guild and served for eight years guiding their development and opening a store front on Sonoma Plaza. In 1991 he joined the teaching staff of Hanna Boys Center. At that time Keith also began training with the Non-Violent Communication Program and volunteered in San Quentin with the Alternatives to Violence Program. He later volunteered with Wilmar Center, working with bereaved children and adults for three years. In 2010, Keith became interested in Restorative Justice and he is currently leading circles and introducing Restorative Resources to the Hanna Boys Center staff and administration. Keith is a Tai Chi and Chi Gung instructor with two grown children and lives with his wife in Kenwood.
Oscar Cano - Secretary
Fluent in English and Spanish, Oscar Cano was born and raised in Mexico City, where he earned a bachelor's degree in marketing and an MBA. He has extensive experience as an executive in global corporations, focusing on international transportation and logistics. He runs his own import/export business in Sonoma County, exporting wine to Mexico City and importing Mexcal into the United States.
He has three children, who live in Florida and Germany. His interests are community work, reading, astronomy, jogging and DIY activities.