Our Board and Steering Committee
FISH Board of Directors
The role of the FISH Board of Directors is to focus on organizational planning, policies and fiscal issues, allowing the Steering Committee to focus on coordinating and implementing FISH programs and services.
Pictured from left: Phyllis Anderson, Treasurer; Tom Haeuser, President; Arlene Holt, Board Member; Nadine Yenni, Treasurer.
Phyllis Anderson has been a Sonoma resident for seven and a half years and a member of the FISH Finance Committee for two. A graduate of San Francisco public schools and Sacramento State University, she also holds a Master of Divinity degree, a PhD in Theology, and three honorary doctorates.
As an ordained pastor in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, Rev. Anderson has served as a parish pastor and bishop’s assistant in Iowa, as a seminary faculty member and denominational executive in Chicago, as Associate Dean of Seattle University’s School of Theology and Ministry, and as President of Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary in Berkeley. She and her husband Herbert‘s two children live and work and have raised their astounding children in Connecticut and Leiden, the Netherlands.
Thomas A. Haeuser
Thomas Haeuser’s work with FISH began with the fund drive to raise the funds to pay for the building now known as FISH Central. He initiated the donor newsletter in 2001 and has been the chair of the Finance Committee since 2015.
His first government volunteer activity was being a member of the Sonoma Valley Library Advisory Board when the current Sonoma branch was built. Later he served on the City of Sonoma Parks and Recreation Commission and is currently the Sonoma representative on the Sonoma County Library Commission.
Tom has also been a member of the board of the Sonoma Valley Chamber of Commerce, Sonoma State Historic Park Association, Sonoma City Opera, United Way of Sonoma-Mendocino-Lake, Friends of Sebastiani Theatre, General Vallejo Memorial Association, and the Sonoma County Bar Association. Born on Guam after WWII, Tom has been a lawyer in Sonoma since 1974.
Arlene Holt has been a FISH volunteer since 2010. She began working as a dispenser in the food room. Soon thereafter, she began taking on more administrative responsibilities, including scheduling dispensers and packers. In 2018 she was asked to take over as Finance Secretary, which involves receiving and depositing all donations made to FISH, maintaining all records of donations, preparing monthly and annual reports, and sending acknowledgments and thank you notes to donors. In 2019 Arlene was asked to join the Finance Committee.
Born in New Jersey, she moved to California for college. With a major in social science and a minor in English, she graduated from University of California Berkeley in 1969. She stayed at Berkeley for grad school and received an elementary teaching credential in 1970. Arlene taught for 2 years at a middle school in Dublin, CA, and then she and her husband Doug moved to the peninsula where she spent the rest of her 30+ year career teaching English and social studies at Crocker Middle School in Hillsborough.
With her retirement in 2006, she and Doug moved to Sonoma. Having time for volunteering, Arlene assisted in La Luz’s adult literacy program for 2 years and then for the next 3 years she volunteered as a 2nd grade tutor for United Way Schools of Hope project at Sassarini School. After Doug’s passing in 2017, she decided to start playing bridge again, hoping that the game will live up to its promise of keeping one’s mind sharp.
Nadine Yenni has been a FISH volunteer since 2009 working in the clothes room and delivering food for the HOPE program. She has been the FISH Treasurer since 2015 taking over from Alice Brigaerts.
A native of Bridgeville, PA, she has a BS in Chemical Engineering from Carnegie Mellon University and an MBA from the University of Pittsburgh. She retired from Chevron after a 27-year career in product and process development. Married to Sonoma Valley native and hay farmer, Norm Yenni, she has lived in the Sonoma Valley since 1988.
Nadine is also the Treasurer of the Sebastiani Theatre Foundation and the Valley of the Moon Riding Club as well as a board member and team leader for Challenge Sonoma Adventure Ropes Course (CSARC). She enjoys finding ways to create synergies between her various organizations.
FISH Steering Committee 2021:
|Clothing Room Coordinator||Shirley Blazevich|
|Dispatch Coordinator||Linda Stevens|
|Food Room Coordinator||Beverly Seyfert|
|Food Delivery Coordinator||Carol Sharp|
|Rent Coordinator||Sherry Michael|
|Utilities Coordinator||Karen Fegan|
|Transportation Coordinator||Peggy Carroll|
|Medical Equipment Coordinator||Anne Shapiro|