Striving to make membership in the Alliance both rewarding and enjoyable, we welcome you to experience volunteer leadership and help set the direction for our exciting future.
Alliance Leadership (2017-2018)
Each year within the Sonoma County Medical Association Alliance Foundation, volunteers are called upon to accept the honor of being called a leader. We are proud to introduce our current leadership which includes our Board of Directors and Committee Chairpersons. All are Alliance members with vision and passion who have been making a powerful impact in Sonoma County communities.
Patty Lyn Tweten,
|Patty Lyn grew up in Columbus, Ohio and earned a BS in Speech at Northwestern University in 1984. She married Scott Tweten after his first year in medical school at Tulane in New Orleans. The Air Force brought them to California, and they eventually landed in Sonoma County. Patty Lyn worked in publishing as||an Art Director until her daughter was born. She spent 6 years as a volunteer art teacher for Petaluma City Schools and served on several school-related boards. In 2014, she joined the SCMAAF and jumped in with both feet — writing articles for Sonoma Medicine Magazine and designing brochures and||invitations. She currently serves on the board as the VP of Marketing & Communications, where she’s excited to work with other Alliance members to affect real change in the community. Patty Lyn is currently a freelance writer and graphic designer. She enjoys running, open water swimming and skiing.|
Immediate Past President,
|Sheela and her husband Eric are transplants from Los Angeles and discovered Santa Rosa after moving to Sausalito. Sheela enjoyed a 15 year career as a registered nurse. Eleven years ago she changed careers to become a Realtor driven||by her love of Sonoma County. She joined the Alliance over 20 years ago and has served on most of the committees over time. In recent years, Sheela has held various board positions, currently serving as the President of the SCMAAF.||Sheela is a proud parent of 2 children, and enjoys the everyday adventures of raising children, travel with family and the many friendships she and Eric have made over time.|
|Over 35 years ago, Janet moved to Santa Rosa with her parents and sisters. Today she lives in Santa Rosa with her own family: husband Hari, daughter, and their cat Magic. Her current post as CEO of the Lakshmanan household keeps her busy, but in her||spare time she volunteers on a couple of boards, fosters kittens and rescue animals, studies Italian and ukulele, and runs. Janet has been a member of the SCMAAF for eight years. She decided to serve on the board because she felt the job||was a perfect fit based on her background in accounting, and her desire to help our community. She is serving in her fourth year as treasurer. Her professional experience and degree are in business/accounting.|
|Meta is from Windsor and attended Santa Rosa Junior College. She has been an Alliance member since 1983. After 22 years of working in her husband’s medical practice, she stayed home to be involved in her daughters’ schooling. Her experience on school PTA and Site Council Boards came to the attention of fellow SCMAAF member, Karen Erickson, who recruited her for||the “fun and exciting” Alliance board. She really did have fun and has enjoyed all the different roles she’s played — and there have been many: Holiday Greeting Card Chair, Membership Chair, Garden Tour Chair, and Past President. Meta currently holds the Membership Chair position for her second time. She really enjoys the great energy, ideas, camaraderie and||friendships that come with SCMAA Board membership. Meta’s other community involvement is the BOOST Conductive Education Program, for which she assists with fundraising events. Amidst all this volunteering, Meta and her husband have raised their three girls, now grown. She also enjoys golfing, gardening, biking and sewing.|
The Alliance and Foundation are dedicated to the promotion of health in Sonoma County through education, community service programs, fund-raising and advocacy. This is accomplished by an all-volunteer membership base that actively fundraises. All positions assume the following responsibilities: