The Santa Rosa Fire Foundation is governed by a Board of Directors that represents a diverse cross-section of the Santa Rosa community. The Santa Rosa Fire Department and Santa Rosa Firefighters, Local 1401 are present at board meetings as subject matter experts, however, are not voting members. This governance model allows for community-based decision making and redundant accountability in the appropriate use of funds.
Santa Rosa Fire Foundation Board of Directors
Jennielynn Holmes is the chief Program Officer for Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Santa Rosa, and has spent her career in the nonprofit field, and working with several community based volunteer groups. She was born and raised in Santa Rosa, CA and received her undergraduate degree from the University of California Davis, as well as her Masters in Public Administration from the University of San Francisco. She was recognized by the North Bay Business Journal as one of the top 40 business professionals under the age of 40 and by Senator Mike McGuire as Sonoma County’s Woman of the Year in 2016. Jennielynn is passionate about helping build strong nonprofits, and much of her work has been nationally recognized as best practices. She currently serves on the Steering Committee for Leadership Santa Rosa, the Sonoma County Continuum of Care Board, the Santa Rosa Police Foundation Board as well as Sonoma County’s First Five Commission.
Rae Paulson is a CPA with Moss Adams LLP, and has practiced public accounting since 2005. She provides assurance services for clients in a variety of industries, predominantly wine and food processing. Rae is a member of Moss Adams’ firm’s Wine, Beer & Spirits Practice; Food & Beverage Practice; and Agribusiness Practice. Rae graduated with a BS in health sciences from St. Mary’s College of California, and received her MBA from Sonoma State University. She’s a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and California Society of Certified Public Accountants.
Keith is a retired Battalion Chief with over 33 years of experience in the fire service. The last 27 years were with Santa Rosa Fire Department holding the ranks of Firefighter, Captain & Battalion Chief. His diverse career included serving on a FEMA Urban Search & Rescue Team, working with State and Federal Incident Management Teams during wildland fire season. Keith worked on various fire department projects as a Battalion Chief that spanned from operations at large fires/incidents, facility management, policy development, & homeless outreach. Keith has an AS degree in Fire Science, Chief Officer certification from the State of California and is a graduate of “Leadership Santa Rosa” Class 33. Keith and his wife have lived in Santa Rosa for over 30 years where they raised their two adult sons. Keith currently volunteers his time with Redwood Trails Alliance maintaining park trails in Sonoma County & serves on the Board of the Cordell Marine Sanctuary Foundation supporting scientific work off the Sonoma coastline. Keith brings to the foundation a unique and valuable perspective from his fire service experience combined with being longtime resident of Santa Rosa. Keith was motivated to be a founding member of the Santa Rosa Fire Foundation after his experience as a firefighter during the Tubbs fire in 2017 and then as a resident during the Glass Fire in 2020.
A native of Santa Rosa, Jeff spent the first 18 years of his life in Bennett Valley before moving to the southwest to attend Arizona State University. After 10 years in the Valley of the Sun, he returned to Sonoma County following a brief stint in Santa Cruz and now works as a Commercial Producer for George Petersen Insurance Agency. A firm believer in giving back, Jeff is a past president of The Active 20-30 Club of Santa Rosa #50, a past board member of The Sonoma County Children’s Village, and past National President of Active 20-30 US & Canada. He was named to the 2015 North Bay Business Journal’s Forty Under 40 list for top business professionals in the North Bay under the age of 40, is a member of Leadership Santa Rosa Class XXXIII and was recognized in 2018 with a Nonprofit Leadership Award from the NBBJ for his role in founding Coffey Strong, a nonprofit helping over 1,300 homeowners with their fire rebuild after the 2017 Tubbs Fire.
Vail has over 4 decades of experience and service in the field of Public Safety. He began his career in Law Enforcement in Petaluma in 1981, and over the course of his career was a training officer, SWAT Team leader, Sergeant and Investigations Supervisor. After Vail went to the Sonoma County Sheriffs Department in 1995 he held numerous positions, finishing his career as a Tactical Flight Officer on Henry-1, the departments helicopter unit. Vail has also been a volunteer firefighter since 1995. Upon retiring, Vail spent 18 years in the private sector, managing personal affairs and providing protection and logistics support for the principals of an international financial firm. Since again retiring in 2020, Vail has been working in a local restaurant as a brand ambassador, maitre’d and manager. He has been married for over 34 years to Tonia, and they are the proud parents of 2 adult children.
City of Santa Rosa Fire Department Liaisons
Scott Westrope began his fire service career in San Luis Obispo County in 1994. There he spent time with the Pismo Beach Fire Department, San Luis Obispo County Fire Department and worked as a paramedic with a private ambulance provider. Chief Westrope came to the Santa Rosa Fire Department in 2000 and has previously held the ranks of Firefighter/Paramedic, Captain, Training Captain, Battalion Chief, and Deputy Fire Chief. He holds a Bachelors Degree in Emergency Services Management, with a Special Certificate in Homeland Security. Chief Westrope sits on the Board of Directors for REDCOM, is a member of the Sonoma County Fire Chiefs, the Sonoma County Fire Service Working Group (FSWG), CalChiefs (Area 6 Director), and serves as a Sonoma County Operational Area Coordinator. Chief Westrope holds an unshakable bond with his community as he has fought shoulder to shoulder with his department during historic fires, and rebuilt along with his community, vowing to provide the balance, resources and compassion that are required to keep us Santa Rosa Strong!
Division Chief Mike McCallum began his fire service career in 1991 as a fire explorer with the Gold Ridge Fire District in Sebastopol. Moving on in his profession he has spent time with the California Department of Forestry (CDF) as a firefighter, and then moving to the Windsor Fire District as an Engineer. Chief McCallum came to the Santa Rosa Fire Department in 2002 and has previously held the ranks of Firefighter, Engineer, Captain, Training Captain, and Battalion Chief, He holds a Bachelors Degree in Emergency Services Management, and is a Ca State certified Chief Officer.
Deputy Fire Chief Travers Collins began his fire service career in 1990 as a volunteer firefighter with the Monte Rio Fire District. After graduating high school Chief Collins began working for the California Department of Forestry (now Cal Fire) as a seasonal firefighter in both Sonoma and Mendocino counties. After graduating paramedic school in 1996 Travers began full-time employment with the Petaluma Fire Department. Chief Collins transferred to the Santa Rosa Fire Department in 2002 and has held the rank of Firefighter/Paramedic, Captain, Training Captain, Battalion Chief, and Deputy Chief. Deputy Chief Collins holds a Bachelors Degree in Emergency Management, as well as State Chief Officer certification.
Sonoma County Local 1401 Liaison
Mike Weiss is an Engineer for the Santa Rosa Fire Department and serves as the Union Treasurer for Local 1401. He has been with the department for 7 years and before that worked for Skywalker Ranch. He is originally from Los Angeles and moved to Sonoma County to play baseball at Sonoma State University, where he earned his Bachelor’s Degree. Mike has been in Sonoma County for over 20 years and lives in Santa Rosa with his wife Jenny and their kids Kylie (8) and Jackson (6).