Our Members

Executive Committee

Laura Petty

Chair

Fairfield

Appointed by Solano County Supervisor Skip Thomson, District 5

 

Criminal Justice Attorney

Volunteer Activities:

  • VUSD Measure A Citizens Oversight Committee

Special Interest:

  • Equal Access to Justice

“Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere” Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Jennifer Hamilton

Vice Chair

Vacaville

Appointed by Solano County Supervisor John Vasquez, District 4

​District Representative to Solano County Supervisor John Vasquez, District 4

​Volunteer Activities:

  • Event Coordinator for Merriment on Main, Vacaville

​Special Interest:

  • Community engagement, political action

"The most common way people give up their power is by thinking they don't have any." Alice Walker

Gayle Vaughan

Secretary

Benicia

Appointed by City of Benicia

Profession: Retired teacher, Educational Therapist, and Small Business Marketing Consultant

Volunteer Activities:

  • Past President League of Women Voters Benicia, Carniquinez Village Volunteer

Special Interest:

  • Parity

  • Voter Rights

  • Social Justice

“Silence is not an option.” UN Human Rights Council

Sakina Ali

Treasurer 

Fairfield

Youth Member at Large

 

Communication and Religious Studies at the University of California, Davis

 

Volunteer:

  • Matt Garcia Foundation

 

Special Interest:

  • Youth

  • Equity

  • Community

 

“Service to others is the rent you pay for your room here on earth" - Muhammed Ali

Commissioners

  • Dr. Rechelle Nettles
    Fairfield

    Appointed by City of Fairfield

     
    Profession: University Development Counselor, Grand Canyon University
    Former Non-profit Manager, Development Director of Girls Scouts of America, Director of Boys and Girls Clubs of America,

     

    Volunteer Activities: Working with homeless and formerly incarcerated people, Advocate for LGBT, Mentor and advocate for Higher Education
     

    Special Interest: Social Justice, Women rights, Community collaboration 


    “Nothing will work unless you do”
    Dr. Maya Angelou

  • Pat Nicodemus
    Dixon

    Youth Advocate, Vacaville Social Services Corporation/My Friend’s House

    Retired - Solano County Sheriff’s Office Women’s Reentry Achievement Program

     

    Volunteer Activities: 

    • Solano Resource Conservation District/Dixon

    • International Bird Rescue

    • Workforce Investment Board Systems Impacted Network

    • Reentry Council of Solano County

     

    Special Interests: 

    • Social Justice/Equity

    • Poverty/Homelessness

    • Safety/ Wellness

     

    “I raise my voice – not so I can shout but so that those without a voice can be heard…” Malala Yousafzai

  • Olivia Ruiz,
    District 1

    Appointed by Supervisor Erin Hannigan, District 1

    Senior Accountant, Fairfield-Suisun Sewer District

     

    Special Interest:

    • Child advocacy

    • Diversity

    • Women empowerment,

    • Protecting the environment

    "Begin to see the invisible... so you can do the impossible."

  • Akon M. Walker,
    Member at Large

    Adult Commissioner at-Large

    Project Manager, Health & Social Services, Solano County 

    Special Interest:

    • Equity for marginalized community,

    • Health, and education

    "An injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere." -Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. 

  • Ana Petero
    District 2

    Appointed by Supervisor Monica Brown, District 2

    Communication Studies Professor

    Volunteer Activities:

    • Adopt-a-Street

     

    Special Interest:

    • Equal, Quality Education

    “If you educate a woman, you educate a nation.” African Proverb

  • Kay Kelley,
    Rio Vista

    Appointed by the City Council for Rio Vista.

    Retired executive for the YWCA USA, which she championed for the empowerment of Women and Girls.

    Volunteer Activies:

    • Currently the President for Soroptimist International Rio Vista

    Special Interest: 

    • Education and Awareness of the effects of Human Trafficking 

    “Sticks in a bundle can never be broken”

  • Edith (Edie)Thomas
    Vacaville

    Appointed by the City of Vacaville

    Profession: Executive Director of Connections For Life, Solano County; formerly a Community
    Resource Specialist and Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor with California Department of
    Rehabilitation.


    Volunteer Activities: Currently Honorary Commander with Travis Air Force Base; Del Oro’s
    football parent committee 2017, Leadership Today 2017, Solano Transportation Authority
    Paratransit Coordinating Council chair 2016, Mentor with Yippie Foundation 2015; CA
    Supported Living Network 2012.

     

    Special Interests:  Advocating for people with disabilities who need a voice; traveling to foreign
    countries, cooking healthy food, and gardening.

     

    Favorite Quote: “We delight in the beauty of the butterfly, but rarely admit the changes it has
    gone through to achieve that beauty”. -Maya Angelou

  • Doriss Panduro,
    Fairfield 

    Member at Large, Fairfield

    Senior Field Representative for State Assembly member Jim Frazier

    Volunteer Activities:

    • Mentor for the Puente program, member of Voices Unidas de Solano

    Special Interest:

    • Equal pay,

    • Gender equality,

    • Women's rights 

    • Equal access to healthcare

    "Do not mistake politeness for lack of strength"- Sonia Sotomayor

  • Elease Cheek,
    Vallejo

    Appointed by City of Vallejo

    Business owner, Important Details Inc. Construction and Site Services Company

    Trustee, District 5, Solano County Board of Education

    President of Solano County Black Chamber of Commerce 

    Special Interests:

    • Gender equality

    • Empowerment

    • Women and girls

    "We delight in the beauty of the butterfly, but rarely admit the changes it has gone through to achieve that beauty." - Maya Angelou

  • Andrea Lemos
    Solano County Office of Eduction

    Appointed by Solano County Office of Education

     

    Profession: Deputy Superintendent of Educational Services and Student Programs, previously a teacher and school administrator.

     

    Special Interests:

    • High quality, equitable, and inclusive learning environments

    • Youth engagement and student voice

     

    Favorite Quote: “To hear each other (the sound of different voices), to listen to one another, is an exercise in recognition. It ensures that no [person] remains invisible.” bell hooks

  • Dr. Tiffáni Thomas
    Suisun City

    Appointed by Suisun City Mayor Lori Wilson

     

    Mental Health Diversion Court Coordinator

     

    Volunteer Activities:

    • Solano Partnership Against Violence

     

    Special Interest:

    • Cultural Intelligence, Equity, Diversity, Social Justice

     

    “I’m a woman phenomenally. Phenomenal woman, that’s me.” Maya Angelou

  • Sabine Goerke-Shrode 
    District 3

    Appointed by Supervisor Jim Spering

    Retired District Representative to Supervisor Spering


    Independent Business Owner of “Spirit Dance – A Pathway to Consciousness Expansion”
    Energy Healer, Light Body Teacher, Reiki Master, Local Historian/Author
     
    Volunteer Activities:

    • Fairfield Budget Advisory Committee

    • Toastmasters / CAC Masters, President

    • Rosh Chodesh Committee, Chabad

    • Usher, San Francisco Ballet

    • Usher, San Francisco Opera

     
    Special Interests: 

    • Seniors in Poverty

    • Homelessness / Poverty

    • Community Engagement

    • Women’s rights

    "You were born with potential. You were born with goodness and trust. You were born with ideals and dreams. You were born with greatness.
    You were born with wings.
    You are not meant for crawling, so don't.
    You have wings."

Solano Commission for Women & Girls

MISSION STATEMENT: The mission of the Solano Commission for Women and Girls is to: Improve the economic status, health and social welfare, and overall quality of life for women and girls in Solano County. 

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