Tapas & Talks - Oct. 2018

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Please join us for a presentation @ Charley's in Windsor

'Behind the Scenes of the Oct. '17 Fire Fight' - Cheryl Fonseca, Susan Sloan & Jonathan Kajeckas

 When the first calls for last year's Sonoma County firestorm rang into '911', fire & police resources were not the only ones that sprang into action.

Amidst the ensuing chaos and terror, the County of Sonoma’s ISD department (as well as the County's Public Safety – ISD Central Support Team) kicked into action, setting into motion well-rehearsed plans for their management teams which helped coordinated the myriad of Logistics in the Emergency Operations Center, side-by-side supporting the representatives from each department at the County. A smaller ISD division, the Central Support Team supported the ‘IT’ needs for the Public Safety Systems of the local police, fire, and emergency agencies as well as the ‘911’ Dispatchers (behind the scenes), to help ensure that the public was kept out of harm.

Join us for a recounting of their experiences and get a chance to understand better how these teams prevented this event from becoming a disaster.

We will also have a special performance of 'Fireproof', a song by Roger Illsley, a local from Santa Rosa who lost his house in the wildfires. 


Location: Charlie's @ Windsor Golf Club
1340 19th Hole Drive
Windsor, CA 95492
(707) 838-8802

Through 10/4:  $35/PMI-WCC members, $40/non-members
After 10/4:   $40/PMI-WCC members, $45/non-members

5:30-6:30 Networking, Tapas, and Cash Bar
6:30-6:45 Chapter news
6:45–7:45 Speaker (including Q&A)
7:45-8:00 Wrap Up

PDUs:  1 Business/Strategy PDU  for PMI members who are maintaining certifications


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 cheryl fonsecaCheryl Fonseca

Cheryl is a native Sonoma County resident who is married to her high-school sweetheart and has two grown boys. She has worked in the IT industry (Fireman’s Fund Insurance Company) for 25 years (the last 6 years at the County of Sonoma).
During her career, she has held different positions: Business System’s Analyst, Systems Engineer, Sr. Programmer, as well as Project Manager. She holds a BA from SSU. Cheryl enjoys soccer, mountain biking, playing bass in her band ‘Wild Mint’, as well as a bit of acting on the side


SSloanSusan Sloan

Susan Sloan has recently been promoted to a new position at the County of Sonoma as the IT Disaster Recovery Analyst. This new role will assist the many departments of the County ensure the technology they need will be available to them when disaster strikes.

Before starting in the Disaster Recovery role Susan worked over 25 years in the Technical Services Division of the Information Systems Department at the County of Sonoma. Here she worked in many facets of IT from mainframe operations, help desk technician, data center management, network analyst, and project coordinator to name a few.

When Susan is not working on Disaster Recovery she enjoys golfing, hiking, and gardening with her husband at their home in north east Santa Rosa - Larkfield/Wikiup.

J KajeckasJonathan Kajeckas

Jonathan has worked for Sonoma County as an IT Project Manager for 13 years and is currently responsible for Voice over IP, database administration, and information security.

His primary interest outside work is music. He is a former board member of the PMI Wine Country Chapter and lives with his family in Santa Rosa.

Roger illsleyRoger Illsley

 Mr. Illsley practices in the areas of real estate, business transactions and estate planning. He handles wills and trusts, probate, small business formation (corporations and limited liability companies) and a broad range of business and real estate transactions.

Mr. Illsley has practiced law in Sonoma County since 1980. He was previously a partner in the firm of James, Bernheim, Hicks, Aiona, Illsley & Gordon.
Since 1985, he has been on the faculty of Empire College School of Law, teaching classes in Commercial Law and Contracts.

Mr. Illsley received his Bachelor of Arts Degree (History) with honors from University of California, Davis in 1977 and a Juris Doctorate from the University of Southern California in 1980. Mr. Illsley is admitted to practice in all California courts, the U.S. District Court for the Northern and Eastern Districts of California and the U.S Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.