Boys & Girls Club opens in Sebastopol

Two west county residents join Boys & Girls Club’s board of directors

Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Sonoma County is opening a club on the campus of Brook Haven School in Sebastopol.

“We are thrilled to partner with Brook Haven School and open our first club location in Sebastopol,” said Jennifer Weiss, CEO of Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Sonoma County. “Our programs strive to have young people attending after school achieve academic success, practice good character and learn healthy lifestyles.”

The new club at Brook Haven School is the third Boys & Girls Club location in west Sonoma County. The organization also has club locations on the campuses of Guerneville Elementary School and Monte Rio Union School. About 170 kids come to club programs in West Sonoma County programs every day.

Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Sonoma is also adding two West County residents to the organization’s board of directors, Elizabeth Fritzinger and Sue Rataj.

Elizabeth Fritzinger moved to Sonoma County and started a family with her husband, Matt, in 2012. She is the proud mother of two sons. Also in 2012, Elizabeth joined Abbey, Weitzenberg, Warren & Emery located in Santa Rosa. Elizabeth specializes in the areas of employment law and civil litigation. She also serves as counsel to businesses in the wine industry, along with other clients in the private sector. Elizabeth has experience sitting on the boards of The Earle Baum Center and The Healdsburg School.

Sue Rataj retired as Chief Executive, BP Petro­chemicals, relocating from Hong Kong to Northern California in 2011. As CEO she led a global business with sales, marketing, manufacturing, technology and support functions located in 10 countries throughout Asia, Europe and the US. Prior to her final position with BP, Sue held a variety of roles within BP and Amoco over 25 years, across many business areas.

She has also served on several major corporate and non-profit boards of directors, including, locally, TLC, the Sebastopol Entrepreneur’s Project and CASA of Sonoma County.

She currently splits her time between Sebastopol and San Francisco with her husband, Michael, and their golden retriever, Braxton.

For more information, contact Alicia Morales at 707- 528-7977 or visit the Boys & Girls Club online at www.bgccsc.org.