Board of Directors
Val was attracted to SWF because it helped to alleviate a feeling of helplessness in promoting world peace. She believes wholeheartedly in the mission of SWF, that by fostering understanding and friendships between people of different cultures is the first step in securing World Peace.
Val works as an RN with St. Joseph Memorial Hospice. She enjoys hiking, gardening, theatre, and travel. Val has lived in Sebastopol since 1987, where she and her husband, Jeff have been fortunate to raise their four children.
1st Vice Chairperson
2nd Vice Chairperson
Outside of SWF, Olga is an attorney practicing law throughout Sonoma County and the San Francisco Bay Area. In her free time, she likes to spend time with her family and kids, exercise and travel.
Patricia has also served as a host mom for a Ukrainian foreign exchange student and volunteers for various local organizations.
Leaf and Will Roberts were among the first group recruited for the City Commission which became Sebastopol World Friends (SWF). Leaf has held many offices in the organization including Chairperson and has been successful in obtaining several grants for SWF. She has been Chair of the Chyhyryn Committee since its beginning in 1993. She is always willing to share her experiences on three adult delegations to Yamauchi/Takeo, Japan, and ten trips to Chyhyryn, Ukraine.
Communications and Technology Officer
Stefania is a native of Northern Italy. She is a Web & IT Administrator for a local study abroad company and is passionate about Japanese culture. Her love of Japan led her to join SWF and after hosting a Japanese exchange student, she ultimately became a board member. As the Communications and Technology Officer, Stefania manages SWF’s website, social media, and marketing materials. In her free time, you can find her playing video games, board games, or with her two cats, Oliver and Morgana.
Member at Large
She has 2 daughters who were raised traveling around the world from early on.
She herself has traveled since a young child, enjoys it to this very day, and is fascinated by different languages and cultures. Her love of traveling and hosting adults and students from various countries inspired her to become involved with Sebastopol World Friends as she believes strongly in the mission:” World Peace one Friend at a time.”
She is a retired Physical Therapist and spends her time gardening, cooking, reading, and just enjoying life. She also keeps busy with her many grand and great grandchildren.
She is also an active member of the Rotary Club of Sebastopol and enjoys hosting foreign Rotarians as it opens her world view on an ongoing basis.