(Santa Rosa, Calif. – April 25, 2017) – Two civic-minded leaders will be honored during the 22nd annual
James B. and Billie Keegan Leadership Series, a luncheon that honors individuals
who set the standard for community involvement, on Thursday, May 18, 2017
from 11 a.m.- 1:30 p.m. at the Doubletree in Rohnert Park (1 Doubletree,
Rohnert Park, CA 94928). Proceeds of this event will benefit Santa Rosa
Memorial Hospital’s James B. and Billie Keegan Palliative Care Unit,
an inpatient service that provides compassionate and comprehensive care
to patients facing advanced stages of illness.
The Leadership Series inspires others to serve the community as James &
Billie Keegan did for more than 50 years. Each year, outstanding community
leaders are recognized who exemplify the Keegan’s philosophy of
Ruben Armiñana, Ph.D., Past President of Sonoma State University
has been named this year’s recipient of the 2017 Leadership Award.
Dr. Armiñana’s lifelong dedication to education has transformed
our community by giving youth the building blocks needed to lead successful
lives. He became the sixth president of Sonoma State University in 1992
and retired last year after 24 years of service. Through his vision, the
University opened the Donald & Maureen Green Music Center, revitalized
and expanded Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, a program for students
over the age of 50, and established the first (in the world) Wine Business
Education Center with undergraduate and graduate degrees and certificates
in wine business.
Sonu Chandi, downtown business leader, has been named this year’s
recipient of the inaugural Next Gen Community Impact Award. Chandi is
the president of Mountain Mike’s North Bay Franchise Management.
Together, with his wife and two brothers, he owns and operates Stout Brothers
Irish Pub & Restaurant, Bibi’s Burger Bar, and The County Bench
Kitchen + Bar. He chairs the New Member Development Committee of the Santa
Rosa Chamber, serves on the boards of Santa Rosa Downtown Association,
Sonoma County Harvest Fair and 10,000 Degrees, and supports countless
nonprofits in our community. Chandi’s “Just Say Yes”
philosophy has helped transform the downtown business community and aid
countless nonprofits to achieve their mission.
The keynote speaker for this year’s event is John W. Webley, MSEE,
DSc, who will speak about water resources in California and beyond. Webley
is currently working with Trevi Systems on water purification technology.
He was instrumental in founding and advancing technology for several companies
including, Advanced Fibre Communications, Turin Networks, PAX Streamline,
and Innovative Labs.
Ticket prices for the Keegan Leadership Series are $75 per person and sponsorships
are available. New this year is a Next Gen price of $50 for attendees
40 and under. Proceeds from the event help support Santa Rosa Memorial's
Palliative Care Center, where specially trained nurses and clinicians
provide 24 hours care to patients facing advanced stages of illness. For
more information about the Keegan Leadership Series, please contact the
Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital Foundation at (707) 547-5436.
About St. Joseph Health, Sonoma County
St. Joseph Health, Sonoma County is a not-for-profit provider of integrated
health care, sponsored by the St. Joseph Health Ministry. Its mission
is to extend the healing ministry of Jesus in the tradition of the Sisters
of St. Joseph of Orange by improving health and quality of life in the
communities it serves. Entities include the 338-bed Santa Rosa Memorial
Hospital (the region’s Level II Trauma Center), the 80-bed Petaluma
Valley Hospital, Memorial Hospice, Hospice of Petaluma, North County Hospice,
St. Joseph Urgent Care centers, and St. Joseph Home Care Network. The
organization’s more than 2,000 local employees offer residents of
California’s North Coast a spectrum of healthcare services. These
include Family Birthing, Neonatal Intensive Care supported by an affiliation
with UCSF, pediatrics, preventive care and health promotion, outpatient
behavioral health care, palliative care, rehabilitation, and community
benefit programs. Visit stjoesonoma.org
to learn more.