The Steering Committee provides vital program support to ensure the success and sustainability of TLT in the following geographic areas: North, Santa Rosa and South. Each Steering Committee is comprised of community volunteers and the TLT director. Members include representatives from various industries, the local Chamber of Commerce, and other passionate community leaders.

We welcome enthusiastic, dedicated and passionate volunteers who are committed to inspiring youth to reach their full potential. Committee members may have industry-specific expertise, community connections, and a passion for creating opportunity for youth in Sonoma County.

For more information, contact director Catrina Dierke at

North Steering Committee

  • Linda Challoner – Chamber of Commerce
  • Julie Gruger – TLT Parent
  • Christina Stafford – Stafford Gallory
  • Crystal Silva – Sofi

Santa Rosa Steering Committee

  • Herman Hernandez – PG&E
  • Lucy Lucchesi – Technology High School
  • Andrea Rodriquez – Office of Congressman Mike Thompson
  • Tomas Tamayo – Farmers Insurance
  • Karen Weeks – Santa Rosa Planning Department

South Steering Committee

  • Teresa Barrett – Petaluma City Council
  • Elece Hempel – Petaluma People Services
  • Diane Olsen – HOPE Counseling
  • Adrienne Paskal – Kaiser Permanente

Advisory Committee

  • Herman G. Hernandez
  • Carolina Spence
  • Sharon Wright