The COTS Board of Directors is committed to COTS’ vision of a community where everyone has a place to call home. The Board provides leadership to assist those experiencing homelessness to find and keep housing, increase self-sufficiency and improve well-being.

Mark Krug, President

Special Projects Manager, Burbank Housing

Mark is the Special Projects Manager for Burbank Housing, a Santa Rosa-based non-profit affordable housing developer. Before joining Burbank in 2015, Mark held senior staff positions with the County of Sonoma and the City of Santa Rosa with management responsibilities for affordable housing and homeless services programs. He has over 30 years experience in these fields starting with his tenure as Executive Director of Community Support Network in the early 1990’s. Mark is on the Sonoma County Continuum of Care governing board and has served as chair and vice-chair of this organization in the past. At Burbank, Mark is involved day-to-day with the development of homeless-dedicated housing in Sonoma County.

Mark holds a B.S. in Non-Profit Administration and a Masters of Public Administration and resides in Santa Rosa.

Andrea Pfeiffer, Vice President

Chocolate Horse Farms

Andrea joined the COTS Board in 2012 and is a longstanding Sunday morning volunteer at the Petaluma Kitchen. Andrea creates delicious food that gives diners at COTS the comaraderie of family and friends that she had growing up. In her professional life, Andrea has over 30 years of experience training horses and riders. She and her husband own Chocolate Horse Farm, devoted to performance horses and equestrians. Andrea is a graduate of the British Horse Society, and has made a significant contribution in the eventing and dressage world as both rider and trainer. Chocolate Horse Farm represented the USA at a world cup competition in Strezegom, Poland in 2010. Andrea has served on the Board of Enrich and Educate and was president of her children’s elementary school PTA for several years.

Stefanie Giani, CPA, Treasurer

Assurance Manager, BPM LLP

Stefanie is a life-long resident of the Bay Area and has resided in Sonoma County since she graduated from Sonoma State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration. After graduating from Sonoma State she began working at BPM LLP and is currently an Assurance Manager. Her experience in public accounting includes providing audit and review services to nonprofit organizations.  She is also a member of the nonprofit industry group at BPM and participates in training presentations internally to piers and other assurance staff on a variety of nonprofit topics.  Her experience includes working with organizations and foundations local to the Bay Area that provide mental health assistance, financial and housing programs, mental health support for youth and families, re-integration programs, academic support, and environmental research efforts. She has a passion for helping others and is grateful for the opportunity to help further COTS’ mission of assisting those experiencing homelessness to find and keep housing, increase self-sufficiency and improve well-being.

Chaplain Raymond Dougherty, Secretary

Director of Spiritual Care Services, Kaiser Permanente of Marin-Sonoma

Raymond was introduced to COTS’s impressive work through the annual COTS Hour fundraising breakfast and began serving on the board in June 2019.  Raymond is the Director of Spiritual Care Services for Kaiser Permanente’s Marin/Sonoma service area and has been a healthcare Chaplain for over 20 years.  He earned a Master of Arts in Theology at the University of San Francisco and is a Board Certified Chaplain with the National Association of Catholic Chaplains.  Raymond is a member of the Interfaith Council of Sonoma County and is a trained Legal Observer with the North Bay Rapid Response Network.  He also serves on the board of the northern California chapter of Illuman, a global nonprofit supporting men seeking to deepen their spiritual lives.  Raymond is a member of St Philip’s  Church in Occidental, CA where lives with his wife Nancy and their little rescue dog Carmelita.

Bill Gabbert

Century 21 Epic

Bill is currently a Realtor with Century 21 Epic. He is a founding member of COTS’ Agents for Change program, volunteered as a mentor for the COTS Rent Right program and volunteered as a Table Captain for the COTS annual breakfast every year. He is also a very active member of the Petaluma Sunrise Rotary Club. He was the owner of The Bicycle Factory with 4 stores in Sonoma and Marin counties before he sold them in 2001.  He is a past board member of the Petaluma Downtown Association and was a founding board member for the Polly Klaas Foundation. He has served as president of various merchant groups in Petaluma and Novato. He is a graduate of Santa Rosa Junior College and Sonoma State.

Wendi Thomas

Director of Nursing, Petaluma Valley Hospital

Wendi Thomas is a Registered Nurse who is currently the Director of Nursing for Petaluma Valley Hospital. Wendi has an Associate Degree in Science, bachelor’s Degree in nursing and a master’s degree in nursing leadership. Wendi, originally from Marin County, moved to Petaluma over 20 years ago where she along with her husband, Matt, have raised their now two grown daughters. Wendi describes herself as a “servant leader”.  Wendi had led a fundraising campaign for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, she traveled to El Salvador on a cultural transformation mission, she serves as a youth minister at St James Catholic Church and she served many years on the board of directors for the Petaluma Health Center. Wendi started her career as an Emergency Department Nurse which has influenced her to share in the vision and mission of COTS.

Thais Rains

Associate Director, Protiviti

Thais is an Associate Director at Protiviti responsible for Leading Managed Business Services (MBS) engagements helping companies address their finance and/or accounting issues. She graduated from NYU Stern School of Business with a degree in Accounting and earned her CPA while working in NY which is currently inactive.  She also earned an MBA with a concentration in Finance from Nova Southeastern University.  She has a long career in finance and accounting spanning several roles and companies.  She  brings this wealth of experience to the COTS board finance committee.

As the daughter of immigrants parents, she grew up in a household who routinely helped others get their new home established.  She went to Catholic school K – 12 which also emphasized supporting the broader community.  She was keenly aware of how important it was to have a safe place to call home no matter how small or tight a space.

Thais, her husband, a Petaluma native and two kids live in Penngrove.  She served on St Vincent de Paul High School board of Regents 2014 – 2018.   She also volunteered with Leading Women in Technology as a peer mentor from 2018 -2020.

Camille Kazarian

Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, Summit State Bank

Camille Kazarian has over 21 years’ experience in the finance and accounting field and has a diverse background working in various industries including financial services, non-profit, government, software, and insurance. She most recently joined Summit State Bank as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer in 2018. Prior to working at Summit, Camille was the CFO and Assistant Town Manager for the Town of Windsor. She also held financial management positions at several prominent organizations in Sonoma and Marin Counties including Redwood Credit Union, Autodesk, and Fireman’s Fund Insurance Company.

Camille holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration and Finance from Sonoma State University and an MBA from the University of Phoenix. Currently she is attending Pacific Coast Banking School and is scheduled to graduate in September 2023.

Ben Leroi

Sr. Director, Special Population Programs at Santa Rosa Community Health

Ben joined the COTS Board in 2017 and has worked for Bay Area nonprofit organizations in the health and human services field for more than 20 years. He currently serves as the Special Population Programs Director at Santa Rosa Community Health, the largest Community Health Center and Health Care for the Homeless organization serving Sonoma County. He has experience in nonprofit program operations, fund development, database administration, grants management and program evaluation. He holds a Master’s Degree in Public and Nonprofit Administration from San Francisco State University and is an advocate for further integration of healthcare and housing systems and services. Ben lives in Petaluma with his wife and young son and is grateful for the opportunity to help further COTS’ mission.

Karen Nelson

Retired, Education Administration, UC San Francisco

Karen has over thirty years of higher education administration experience at three UC campuses and is currently an academic planning consultant to the UC Institute of Global Health. She previously served as the UCSF Education Manager for Global Health Sciences and Assistant Dean of Graduate Studies. She has extensive experience in the areas of student services, program operations, educational policy, grants management, and the development of new training and degree programs. Karen’s volunteer work includes participating as a mentor for the COTS Rent Right Program, serving as a high school student mentor for the 10,000 Degrees Program, and previously working as an elementary school volunteer. Karen received her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Kent State University in Ohio.

Annie Nicol

FNP, Petaluma Health Center

Annie Nicol, is a graduate of UC Davis FNP-PA program in 1990 and has been in community Nursing since graduation. She credits her parents for inspiring her community involvement which started in her teens. as well as personal encounters with poverty. “Be part of the problem or part of the solution” is the directive that echoes from her past. Annie’s passion is fanning the fire of resiliency in her clients, strengthening community safety nets and teaching how to listen without judgment. She continues to contribute through community meetings and boards that support our unhoused community in health and wellbeing. Annie is currently the Petaluma Health Center Director of Homeless Services for Petaluma Health Center clinic at Mary Isaak shelter in Petaluma sharing the goals of shelter care with providers and staff from Petaluma Health Center.

My daily blessing is remembering “you never know who your next teacher will be”. Every day is back to school, learning from everyone I encounter. I am deeply troubled by the trauma and despair in our work but also inspired the resilience and tenacity to make a change of so many in our community.

Phyllis Cohen, M.D., ABFP, AAHIVM

Staff Physician in Family Medicine/HIV, Marin Community Clinics, and Primary care and telemed provider, Sutter Health Family Medicine

Phyllis has over 25 years of experience working with an underserved population of patients, including, low-income, unhoused, immigrant, mentally ill, and substance using individuals. She also has a sub-specialty in HIV medicine. She graduated from the University of California, Berkeley with a degree in Biochemistry, and earned her M.D at the University of Southern 
California, Keck School of Medicine. She completed her residency in Family Medicine at Harbor General – UCLA Medical Center and received training in HIV at the Jeffrey Goodman Special Care Clinic in Los Angeles. She brings this wealth of knowledge and experience to the COTS board.

She knew early on that she wanted to give back to the community so she specialized in Family Medicine and chose to work at non-profit community health centers. Sub-specializing in HIV medicine was a fitting progression for her career because underserved populations are affected by HIV at a proportionately higher rate than other populations. Also, Phyllis, along with her twin daughters Amy and Megan, chaired the Feeding the Homeless committee at their synagogue and she has volunteered many times at the Redwood Empire Food Bank. She is excited to be a part of COTS and continue her lifelong passion of giving back to those less fortunate by providing clients education about healthcare, aiding them in accessing care and sharing her expertise with the board and staff

Phyllis moved with her husband, Steve, to Santa Rosa in 2018 from Los Angeles just as their daughters were starting college at UC Berkeley. They are enjoying the relaxed pace of Sonoma County, cycling and hiking in the gorgeous surroundings, the great food and wine and their spacious backyard for their 3 dogs, Luna, Bowie and Zoey.