Sonoma County Medical Association Alliance Foundation

Physician families connecting to create a healthier Sonoma County by improving the lives of those in need

Meet the SCMAAF Board

Aaron Groves, Co-Treasurer
Hometown: Visalia, CA

Aaron Groves spent his childhood in sunny Visalia, CA before moving to coastal California and earning a BA (UCLA) and MA (San Francisco State) in English Literature. Given his educational background, he has naturally spent his career in numbers-heavy business management functions, and he now serves as co-Treasurer for the Alliance. Aaron moved to Santa Rosa in 2012 when his beautiful wife Judith Hong accepted a job offer at Redwood Family Dermatology, and despite a small setback caused by the 2017 Tubbs Fire, there’s still no place he’d rather be. In his spare time, Aaron enjoys games, photography, and travel, having once spent 10 months driving from England to South Africa in an expedition-prepped Toyota Land Cruiser.

Janet Lakshmanan, Co-Treasurer

Hometown: Santa Rosa, CA

Santa Rosa has been Janet's home for over 40 years, thus it makes her proud to serve as a board member for the SCMAAF and support our incredible community. Before becoming a wife, mom, volunteer, property manager, and house builder, Janet kept busy as a senior financial analyst at Kaiser Permanente where she met her husband Hari. They have a 14-year-old daughter, Sonia, who loves to dance, and a black cat named Magic. Family dinners, keeping fit, and connecting with friends makes Janet happy.

Sally Ebrahim, Secretary

Hometown: Shreveport, LA

Sally and her husband Adu retired to Santa Rosa in 2000 after traveling extensively in California and discovering the beauty of the state. She grew up in Shreveport, Louisiana and attended Louisiana State University (Geaux Tigers). Joining SCMAA has been an awesome experience and she has met many interesting and intelligent people through her experiences with the Alliance.  She looks forward to serving on the board in the position of Secretary. She has previously served as Vice President of Events, on the Give-a-Gift committee, Health Career Scholarship committee  and Garden Tour committee. Sally’s career was in Medical Practice Management. She was the director of a Shreveport/Bossier Hospital’s contracted medical practices, Administrator for a large multi practice billing service, office manager of her Adu’s practice and a private medical practice consultant. Sally and Adu have one son in Portland, one daughter and son-in-law with two grandsons In Nashville and one daughter and son-in-law in Cornwall, United Kingdom. They also have Dickens, their beloved and very spoiled cat. Sally spends her spare time reading and discussing books with her book club, playing mahjong with friends, adapting her Louisiana Master Gardening skills to the wonderful California climate in her garden and loves to travel. 

Margaret Ogilve Peterson, VP Info Technology

Hometown: Berkeley, CA

After graduating from UC Berkeley with a degree in Physiology/Anatomy, Margaret became a licensed Medical Technologist and worked for several years in Clinical Chemistry at St. Mary’s Hospital in San Francisco and at Long Beach Memorial. After her marriage to Scott, she continued in that capacity in the lab in his office. Balancing her professional career with raising twin girls, Margaret joined the SCMAA in 1987 and found time in the mid-’90s to become more active, volunteering as a Garden Tour hostess and as a Garden Tour committee member. Never one to sit still, after her daughters fledged, Margaret took classes in web development and built this very website. She has been on the Alliance Board ever since. When not pounding out html on the keyboard, Margaret spends time with her husband, Scott, and her daughters Sabrina and Valerie’s families, and her 3 grandchildren. She enjoys genealogy, home decorating and remodeling, cooking and entertaining, web design, travel, and spending time with family.

Patty Lyn Tweten, VP Marketing & Membership, 

Hometown: Columbus, Ohio

Patty Lyn grew up in Columbus, Ohio and earned a BS in Speech at Northwestern University in 1984. She married Scott Tweten after his first year in medical school at Tulane in New Orleans. The Air Force brought them to California, and they eventually landed in Sonoma County. Patty Lyn worked in publishing as an Art Director until her daughter, Lindy was born in 2000. In 2014, she joined the SCMAAF and jumped in with both feet. She served as president from 2017-2019. Patty Lyn and Scott own a pinot noir vineyard in the Petaluma Gap. She is currently a freelance art director, graphic designer and marketing professional focusing on the wine industry. She enjoys masters swimming, running, and skiing—and spending time with her college-aged daughter and husband of 34 years, Scott.

Meta Lightfoot, VP Events

Hometown: Windsor, CA

Meta is from Windsor and attended Santa Rosa Junior College. She has been an Alliance member since 1983. After 22 years of working in her husband’s medical practice, she stayed home to be involved in her daughters’ schooling. Her experience on school PTA and Site Council Boards came to the attention of fellow SCMAAF member, Karen Erickson, who recruited her for the “fun and exciting” Alliance board. She really did have fun and has enjoyed all the different roles she’s played — and there have been many: Holiday Greeting Card Chair, Membership Chair, Garden Tour Chair, and Past President, Past Secretary and Past Membership Chair. She really enjoys the great energy, ideas, camaraderie and friendships that come with SCMAA Board membership. Amidst all this volunteering, Meta and her husband have raised their three girls, now grown. Megan, 32, is a lawyer in Santa Rosa. Jean, 30, is a sales professional in Oregon, and Katie, 28, has just entered her 2nd year in medical school. Meta also enjoys golfing, cooking, sewing, reading and working out at the gym. She travels extensively with her husband of 36 years, Dan.

Elizabeth Bauer, Co-Chair Give-a-Gift

Hometown: East Rochester, NY

Prior to taking time off to stay at home with my children, Liz worked for six years as a Special Education Teacher with children whose needs ranged from mild to moderate/severe. She worked in both non-public and public school settings. Liz also coached lacrosse at all levels from elementary through high school/college while living and working in NY. Her marriage to Colin Bauer brought her to southern California, and they currently live in Skyhawk with their children, Andy (age 6) and Katie (age 3). Liz enjoys crafting, cooking/baking, CrossFit/working out, Music, and getting into all kinds of shenanigans.

Liz Restel, Give-a-Gift Co-Chair

Hometown: Albany, CA

Liz grew up in the Bay Area and went to college at UC Davis. She married Brad after his second year of medical school and moved out of state to Texas and North Carolina for Brad’s Radiology residency. Liz has spent the last 15 years as a Pharmaceutical Consulting Recruiter continuing part-time while raising her 10-year-old son and 6-year-old daughter. She joined the Alliance in 2015 and immediately became involved in the Give-a-Gift Committee which she has co-chaired with Liz Bauer for the past year. When not deeply involved in Foster Children’s affairs, she enjoys wine tasting, skiing, traveling with her family, and her participation with the Parent’s Club at her children’s school.

Virginia (Gina) Merwin, Health Career Scholarship Chair

Hometown: Petaluma, CA

Gina spent her professional years in the central valley of California working as a Social Worker for Adoption and Foster Home placement, a Realtor and as office manager for her husband, Bob’s Cardiology practice—all while raising her two children, Rebecca Finken and Kit Haas. She retired in 1995 to become a full-time volunteer. Gina has always  been involved win the SCMAA Scholarship Committee and has served as chair for the last several years. Gina shares her volunteer time between the SCMAAF and the Petaluma Valley Hospital Auxiliary. In her spare time she enjoys reading, making Lavender wands and potpourri from her beautiful Lavender garden in Penngrove, and fine dining.

Joni Jacobs, Advisory Board

Hometown: Barrie, Ontario, Canada

Joni, a retired RN, spent her career in ICU, CCU, Thoracic Surgery, Recovery Room and Endoscopy. She is currently a LegalShield Associate and the President of Stanley Jacobs MD Skin Care. This is Joni’s 3rd year as an advisory board member and a member of Alliance committee supporting medical fire families throughout Sonoma County. Joni and Stan Jacobs have been married 32 years raising their boys Austin, 25 and Spencer, 22. She enjoys photography, travel, history and spending time with family and friends.

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