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Wanda Smith
Engineer & Entrepreneur
Equestrian Competitor

Jan Roser, PhD
Vice President
Professor Emeritus, UC Davis
Equestrian Competitor

Cecelia Brown
Finance Specialist
Equestrian Competitor

Glenn Benjamin, DVM
Member at Large
Large Animal Veterinarian
Winery and Horse Ranch Owner

Shellie Hadley
Marketing Specialist
Equestrian Competitor
CEPEC was initiated by Karl Bastian, the former President of the Sonoma County Horse Council, who recruited Wanda Smith to launch the project. The CEPEC Board of Directors is currently composed of nine professionals. The Advisory Council is composed of 65 professionals in engineering and design, ecology, academia, finance, riding disciplines, facilities and services, public relations, and legislative representatives. CEPEC also has several alliances, sponsors, supporters, and promoters.

Meghan King
Member at Large
Teacher & Graphics Designer
Equestrian Competitor

Katherine Roederer
Member at Large
Teacher & Riding Instructor
Equestrian Competitor

Cassandra Campos
Member at Large
Online Media Designer

Christina Youngblood
Member at Large

Advisory Council

Engineering & Design Ecology
  • Biology, Geoff Monk
  • Mammology, Kim Fitts, Bioconsultant LLC
  • Environments, Tim DeGraff, WRA
  • Geology, Michael Malone
  • Paleontology, Tom McConnell
  • Waste and Recycling Management, Recology
  • Sonoma State University Liaison, business Department Chair, Terry Lease
  • UC Davis Academic Liaison, Dr. Jan Roser
  • Development, Lori Zito
  • Financial Development, Bill Vick
  • Grants, Jackie Shaud
Discipline Representatives
  • AQHA Shows, Melissa Zanetti
  • Cutting, Chris Brown
  • Draft Horse Events, Nolan Darnell
  • Dressage, Sharon Marshall
  • Driving, Ted CDraper
  • Endurance, Tony Benedetti
  • Eventing, Yves Sauvignon (West Coast) and DeAnna Hines (East Coast)
  • Hunter-Jumper, Rudy Leone
  • Para Equestrian Riders, Shirely Johnson-Foell
  • Polo, Carol Molln & Eric Wright
  • Reined Cow Horse, Corolynn Vogt
  • Reining, Keli Hendricks
  • Race Horse Training, Rhoda March
  • Race Training Facilities, Carlos Cabello III
  • Trails, Jonathon Ayers
  • Trainer Liaison, Clay Jackson
  • Pentathlon, Pat Duffy
  • George Alterberg, Arabian Horses
Facilities & Services Public Relations
  • Marketing, MaryAnn Peters
  • Public Relations, Kassy Perry, Perry Communications
  • Stabling, Benita Mattioli
Regional Representatives
  • Central Valley, Nancy Easton
  • Silicon Valley, Heidi Kucera
  • District Representative for US, Congressman Mike Thompson
  • District Representative for California Senator, Mark Leno, Carol Mills
  • Open Space District, Misty Arias
  • Permit Acquisition, Dana Dirricco

Board of Directors
Wanda Smith

Wanda originally hails from San Francisco where she spent her childhood riding horses in Pacifica during the school season and in Sonoma County during the summers. In the 1970's, she and her family had a Quarter Horse ranch in Bonny Doon near Santa Cruz. In the early 1980's, Wanda lived in Europe where she rode horses at the Chantilly Chateau, France and in St. Moritz, Switzerland. In 1994, Wanda moved to Sonoma County, bought a few horses, and started showing in cutting competitions. At that time, the contribution of horses to Sonoma County was not well known. It motivated Wanda to write a book (Horses of the Wine County) illustrating the history and economic contributions of horses to Sonoma County and included the various breeds, champion horses and riders, contributors, associations, and equine events in Sonoma County. After Wanda made a presentation about her book to the Sonoma County Horse Council, she was recruited by its President to create and manage an Olympic level equestrian center in Sonoma County because of her entrepreneurial background and experience with horses.

Wanda's background includes a Masters of Science degree in Engineering from Stanford University and over 40 years experience in product and project design, research, and management with several Fortune 100 companies. Her entrepreneurial background includes creating research centers around the world for Hewlett Packard, founding an international research & development consulting company, and helping start up several small companies.Because of her contributions to the computer industry, Wanda was included in the 1984 Esquire Register of People Changing America with Steve Jobs, Bill Gates, Joseph Kennedy II, Bill and Hillary Clinton, Charles Schwab, Steven Speilberg, and Sally Ride. Wanda has also served on several public and private, profit and non-profit Boards including: the San Jose Medical Research Foundation, Silicon Valley Ergonomics Institute, Sweetwater Springs Water District (publicly elected official), Occidental Equestriennes, Vintage Cutting Horse Association, California Horse Council, and CEPEC.

Shellie Hadley

Shellie graduated from Stanford University with a B.A in Psychology which has served her well in her marketing and sales career in the medical and pharmaceutical fields. Shellie also managed clinical trials for biotech and pharmaceutical companies. She is a member of the National Alliance For Mental Illness and the Sonoma County Mental Health Board. Shellie started riding horses before she could walk and grew up with a horse in her back yard. She spent her high school summers teaching children how to ride to earn money for college and competed in local horse shows.

Meghan King

Meaghan graduated from Sonoma State University with a BA in Education and a post graduate degree in Education of students with severe disabilities. Her degrees have served her well as she worked for the Sonoma County Office of Education and then became a teacher of disabled seventh and eighth graders. She was also a track coach. Meaghan was awarded Teacher of the Year by the Santa Rosa chamber of Commerce. Prior to teaching, Meaghan worked at Canine Companions in Santa Rosa for several years and continues to be involved at the center. she raises service dogs - one of which attends class every day with Meaghan's students. Meaghan started riding at 8 years old and successfully competed in 3 Day Eventing through High School and College.

Cassandra Campos

Cassie started riding when she was two years old. During high school, she worked at a dude string stable in Half Moon Bay. In 2017, she managed a dude string in Golden Gate Park. She is the Staff Development Manager at the La Petite Baleen Swim School in San Francisco and Ranch Assistant at a cutting horse ranch in Santa Rosa.
  Jan Roser, PhD

Dr. Roser is a Professor Emeritus in the Department of Animal Science at the University of California at Davis where she was in charge of equine science specialization. She received her MS in Animal Science and PhD in Physiology at UC Davis and thereafter completed a two year Postdoctoral Fellowship in Biochemistry at the University of California San Francisco Medical Center. While there she worked in the biotech industry as a biochemist developing diagnostic kits for pregnancy in horses. Dr. Roser then joined the faculty in the Department of Animal Science at UC Davis. Her major teaching emphasis was in the equine sciences where she specialized in endocrinology control of mare and stallion reproductive functioning. Dr. Roser is internationally recognized for her research and has published over 100 scientific research articles and 12 book chapters. Dr. Roser started riding horses at the age of nine and rides both Dressage and Western Pleasure. She presently has four horses - three Trakehners and a Quarter Horse. She also teaches summer UC Davis Extension Courses "Tracking Mustangs" and "Packing and Veterinary Medicine in the Wilderness."

Cecelia Brown

Cecelia has extensive experience in corporate finance as manager for World Savings Bank for eight years and a stock broker for Pain Weber and Sutro & Co. (now RBC) for 22 years. She was the President of her family's 60 year owned business Kresky Signs, Inc. in Petaluma until it closed in 2018. Cecelia also has several years experience serving on profit and non-profit boards. In 2014, Cecelia was voted one of the top Women in Business, Leaders, Innovators & Visionaries in the North Bay. Cecelia was born and raised in Petaluma, has ridden horses her entire life, has been a successful cutting horse competitor for several decades, and co-owns a horse ranch with her horse trainer husband.

Glenn Benjamin, DVM

Dr. Benjamin graduated from Cornell University with a degree in Veterinarian Medicine and has been a practicing veterinarian for 52 years. He began his career in California as a restorative equine surgeon and is a co-founder and primary veterinarian for the nearly 1,000 animals at Safari West - an African wildlife preserve in Sonoma County. Dr. Benjamin was also a former member of the Sonoma County Trail Blazers, past president of the Lake County Horse Council, and is an active supporter of the SPCA and Farm Bureau. At his Lake County horse ranch, he owns several Percherons which have shown across the Western United States and Canada and have been champions at Grass Valley and Calgary competitions.

Katherine Roederer

Katherine was born and raised in Northern Ontario, Canada and began riding at a very young age. She went through the Canadian Pony Club ranks to earn her instructor's level and competed successfully in the hunters and jumpers at A-rated shows throughout her adolescence. Katherine continued her passion for horses by becoming a catch rider for several stables while she finished her BA in French and her graduate degree in Education. She moved to California in 2011 to work at an International Baccalaureate school and obtained her levels 1, 2, & 3 certifications in teaching the Middle Years Program (MYP). She also created thematic and project-based Language Arts curricula for grades 6 - 8 which she presented at CUE Conference 2015 in Palm Springs and that is now being implemented at several schools throughout California. In addition, Katherine has a love for yoga and completed her teacher training in 2014 in Santa Barbara. She now resides in Santa Rosa where she teaches 4th and 5th grade math at the French American Charter School as well as English riding for children, teens, and adults at a local stable.

Christina Youngblood

Tina grew up in Calistoga riding English on American Quarter horses and an Apploosa. She attended Napa Community College where she obtained her Emergency Medical Technician license. Tina moved to Santa Rosa in 1982, and commuted to the Veterans Home in Yountville where she worked as an EMT. In 1988, she took a position with Santa Rosa City Schools and for the last 15 years has been an Administrative Assistant at Herbert Slater Middle School. Tina and her husband also own AC Sharp Mortuary Transport. After a long break with no horses, she now is back riding her dream horse Beth, a Draft horse cross, and Pasalena, an American Quarter Horse and enjoying every minute. Tina is excited to be part of CEPEC - that will bring joy to many people.

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