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Speakers Bureau Biographies

About Marrianne McBride 

A fifth generation Sonoma County resident, Marrianne McBride, President & CEO of Council on Aging since August 2009, was previously the organization’s Development Director with the responsibility of raising up to $4 million dollars annually. In 2006 and 2007 she put together the strategic plan and led the effort to raise an additional $3.5 million to build the new Meals on Wheels Kitchen.

Prior to Council on Aging, she was with United Way of Sonoma – Mendocino – Lake serving as Vice President of Resource Development with the responsibility of running a $4 to $5 million tri-county annual campaign. From 1992 – 2001 Marrianne also served as the Executive Director of the Boys and Girls Club of Cloverdale, rebuilding the clubhouse after a 1995 fire and running the capital campaign to add a full size gymnasium.

Marrianne is a 2012 recipient of Northbay Business Journal’s Nonprofit Leadership Award and Council on Aging was chosen by North Bay Biz magazine as the “Best Nonprofit” for 2013. In addition to running Council on Aging, with a budget of $4.8 million and 75 employees, Marrianne is a seated member of Sonoma County Health Action and one of a five member team from Sonoma County to the 2014 National Leadership Academy for the Public’s Health that created a “Healthy Aging” plan for Sonoma County.


About Connie Aust

Connie Aust is Director of Financial Services for Council on Aging. She has a BA in Sociology from Sonoma State University, a Fiduciary Certificate from Cal State Fullerton and worked in the banking industry for nine years. Connie is a California State Licensed Fiduciary and a National Certified Guardian.

Ms. Aust has been with Council on Aging since 1991, and directs the Council on Aging’s Daily Money Management Program, Senior Care Navigator Program and the agency’s Conservatorship and Trust Services. These programs provide protection from exploitation and abuse and assist vulnerable seniors without family able to act on their behalf. 

Ms. Aust also served on concept committees and/or participated as a member of: Sonoma Section on Aging, Conservatorship Task Force, Sonoma County Multi-Disciplinary Task Force, FAST Financial Abuse Specialist Team, Elder Justice Work Group, Elder Justice Coalition, Sonoma County Family Justice Center Concept Committee and the Current Program and Executive Committees and the Sonoma County Health Care Initiative Advanced Health Care Committee.

Ms. Aust served on the Sonoma County Commission on Status of Women and is a member of the Professional Fiduciary Association of California.


About Renee Tolliver

Renee is Director of Social Services for Council on Aging and has been a resident of Sonoma County and a member of the nonprofit community here for 20 years. A Southern California native, her career path has included program development and management as well as executive leadership positions in organizations including the YMCA and United Way.  She has built a strong reputation for convening diverse groups around common goals. With education and training focused on building strong communities, she is excited by the possibilities in an Age Friendly Sonoma County!

She holds a B.A. in Social Ecology and a Multiple Subjects Teaching Credential, both from the University of California, Irvine.


About Zachary Carroll

Zachary’s first career was in software engineering and he later went on to work in management in the software industry. When he was working in management he came to realize that he enjoyed working with and helping people more than he enjoyed engineering and programming.  Zachary chose to change his career so that  he could combine his technical oriented nature and working with people. Law seemed a natural choice for Zachary.  After graduating from Empire Law College in 2008, he set up  private practice in Santa Rosa, California before starting at the Council on Aging in early 2016. Zachary is now the Director of Legal Services for the Council on Aging where he over-sees Estate Planning and Lawyer Referral Services.


About Leigh Galten

Leigh Galten is the Sonoma Wine Country Games Coordinator and Volunteer Recruiter for Council on Aging. She has a BA in Sociology and a minor in Social Welfare from UC Davis and has worked in nonprofits within Sonoma County since 2005. Ms. Galten has been with Council on Aging since 2013 working with the Sonoma Wine Country Games which are Olympic style sporting events for athletes over the age of 50+. Recently, she started working as the Volunteer Recruiter for all of Council on Aging programs, including Meals on Wheels, Congregate Dining, Kitchen prep and all COA events.

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