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Two Local Leaders Recognized for Community Service at 2017 Keegan Leadership Series benefiting Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital


(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 giving back.

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 to learn more.

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