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Our Board Members

DSLC Board Members bring a wealth of commitment and experience to the organization.

Wayne C. Downey President

Dr. Wayne C. Downey is an Associate Instructor of Psychology at the Santa Rosa Junior College, a Commissioner for the city of Santa Rosa Housing Authority, as well as a consultant for the Sonoma County Public Authority Advisory Board for Adults and Aging. Dr. Downey also owns a Supported Living Services agency contracted through North Bay Regional Center and the California Department of Developmental Services.

Dr. Downey has received numerous awards for Outstanding Teaching Practices by Congress and is deeply committed to service and equity to those who reside within the city of Santa Rosa. He has published one book and has a service dog through Canine Companions for Independence, named Fuchsia III.

If you have any concerns pertaining to DSLC feel free to get in touch with the Board President by sending them an e-mail to

Shirley Johnson Secretary

Shirley Johnson-Foell M.A- Former member of Redwood Rollers – the first wheelchair basketball team of Sonoma County, now called Santa Rosa Blazers. Shirley left Hewlett-Packard/Agilent after 19 years as an electronic technician and project specialist. She went back to college and earned her degrees at Sonoma State University. Shirley stays busy as a substitute teacher, and is active in her community volunteering with non-profit organizations. "My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive; and to do so with some passion, some compassion, some humor, and some style." -Maya Angelou

Surani Kwan Treasurer

Dr. Surani Hayre-Kwan serves as the Director for Professional Practice and Nursing Excellence for Sutter Health. Responsible for advancing professional practice throughout the system affiliates, she provides leadership in professional development, clinical education, and training for nursing and advanced practice clinicians. Clinically, she has worked as a nurse practitioner at the Russian River Health Clinic- a federally qualified health clinic for more than 20 years. Surani is Adjunct Associate Professor for the Nurse Practitioner program at Samuel Merritt University. She has served on the Board of Directors for the California Association for Nurse Practitioners for over 14 years, in both state and local positions. Surani completed a Doctorate of Nursing Practice, a Master's of Science in Nursing and a Family Nurse Practitioner certificate, as well as a Master's in Business Administration. She is a nationally certified NP in Family Practice and has been recognized as a Fellow in the American Association for Nurse Practitioners and in the American College of Health Care Executives.

She serves as Board President for the Northern California Center for Well-being and the Pediatric Dental Initiative, and has been a part of the Board of Directors for DSLC as Board Treasurer since 2018. Surani's passion is community health and wellness.

Susan Daniel Human Resources Consultant

Susan Daniel is a published author, human resource consultant and a member of the board of directors for DSLC as well as the Sonoma County Executives Association. Susan graduated Summa Cum Laude from the University of Santa Clara, school of law and has additionally earned a Master of Arts degree from Syracuse University. Susan has over 30 years worth of experience as a Human Resources executive and attorney. Susan is also the proud founder and principal of Employee Relations Consultants, a company who specializes in developing and providing human resource consulting, and has additionally served as Vice President of Human Resources for various tech companies. She currently teaches Employment and Employment Discrimination Law at Empire Law School.

Jean Herigodt Attorney

Jean Heridogt has spent a considerate amount of time expanding her career as a trial attorney with the Cook County Public Defender's office in Chicago. After expanding her career and retiring, Jean wished to be closer to her family and moved to California. Jean now spends most of her time giving back to her community and volunteers with several non-profit organizations in Sonoma County. Her service as well as her long-time interest in disability rights issues has brought her to DSLC.

Richard Zimmer Psychologist/Professor

Richard been a long-time board member at DSLC because of his commitment as an advocate for people with disabilities. DSLC provides Richard this opportunity and the resources to help people. Richard is a a psychologist and treat people with disabilities in his practice. He is also an anthropologist. Richard is retired from teaching at the Hutchins School at Sonoma State University and presently teaches in the Older Adults Program at Santa Rosa Junior college.

Barbara Corinblit M.S. CCC Speech-Language Pathologist

Barbara is a speech-language pathologist in private practice. She presently runs a communication group for people with Parkinson's Disease and offers voice, cognitive, and speech therapy to adults. Barbara has worked as an inpatient, outpatient and home care clinician in both San Francisco and Sonoma County for 40 years and was the manager of Inpatient Rehabilitation Services at Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital. She helped develop the Outpatient Neuro Rehab Therapy Clinic at the hospital. Barbara served on the boards of the Golden Gate Regional Center in San Francisco and the Jewish Free Clinic of Sonoma County. In the past she would refer clients to the DSLC and is now happy to be a part of the organization.

MaDonna (Feather) Cruz Activist/Advocate

Named after her aunt MaDonna Thunder Hawk, daughter of Denise (Knight) Feather, and Walter Feather, who is the oldest of five children. MaDonna is an enrolled member to the Round Valley Indian Tribes and on her father's side Lakota Sioux. As a young child MaDonna grew up in Ukiah & Napa California. Being able to travel with her grandmother Norma (Fulwilder) Knight, throughout the country to many Native American conferences and meetings & trainings was a true blessing, sometimes around the dinner table in Napa, were Grassroots meetings with either the Black Panthers, Cesar Chavez or Madonna's uncle Russell Means of the American Indian movement. Culture has been a part of her life since birth. MaDonna is married to her high school sweetheart, and have two outstanding children all living in Sonoma County. MaDonna is very committed to her Native American people, currently serving as President to the Indian Education Committee with Santa Rosa City School District, Director for KBBF radio, BOD to Ya-Ka- Ama Indian Education and Development, Inc. and community advisory member to the Auntie's and Uncle's project Eagle Council with Sonoma County Indian Health Project, and more.