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Verity Board Of Directors
Kate McCoy is the Board President of Verity’s Board of Directors after joining the board in 2018. Kate has been the Management Analyst for the Petaluma Police Department since January 2017. Prior to working for the Police Department, she was a due diligence investigator conducting open source research on foreign companies for violations of the FCPA/ U.K. Bribery Act. Kate has developed a strong passion for working with survivors of crime, especially survivors of sexual assault. In her spare time, Kate is an avid cook, baker, jam maker, and want to be amateur homesteader. She lives in Petaluma with her husband, sons, and several chickens and ducks.
Lianna Hartmour is the Communications Director and Program Director in charge of next generation breast cancer prevention at Zero Breast Cancer. She earned her M.A. and C.Phil. in Sociology with a concentration in Gender Studies at UCLA and has over a decade of experience as a sociological researcher and educator. From 2017-2019, she volunteered in Verity’s prevention department, giving presentations at middle and high schools. She joined Verity’s board in 2022 because she values the many ways the organization addresses sexual assault locally, including prevention, intervention, and healing. As a survivor, prevention work is especially important to Lianna. Through her work at Verity, she has seen the potential for education to prevent circumstances similar to hers, and she is honored to help continue to bring these powerful resources to Sonoma County and beyond.
In October of 2002, Eddie joined the Sonoma County Sheriff’s Office. As a Deputy Sheriff II, he was assigned to the Main Office, the Valley Substation, and the Sonoma Police Department. Eddie served two stints as a Domestic Violence Sexual Assault Detective, from 2006-2009 and again in 2013, before he was promoted to Sergeant in 2014. In 2017, Eddie was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant. Eddie is a recipient of the Sheriff’s Office Distinguished Service Award and a Gold Medal of Valor. Eddie was promoted to Captain in April 2019. Eddie joined the Verity Board in April of 2020 and serves as the Board Treasurer. In his free time, Eddie enjoys playing soccer and obstacle course racing.
Ms. Jaffee was selected as one of the 2022 Influential Women by the North Bay Business Journal. Ms. Jaffee serves as the President of the Board of Directors for Chop’s Teen Club, the Treasurer for the Board of Directors for Sonoma County Women in Law and a member of the Board of Directors for Empire Runners Club, Secretary for the Board of Directors of Verity. Additionally, she donates her time to various local organizations, including Girls on the Run and Redwood Empire Food Bank. She lives in Santa Rosa with her family. She spends her free time competing in long-distance running events, hiking and exploring the beautiful sights of Sonoma County.
Tina Thomsen became a board member in October of 2022. She is the Technical Services Manager for the Petaluma Police Department and has worked for the department since 1996. She started her career as a 911 Public Safety Dispatcher and has helped many people in crisis and has seen first-hand the value Verity can bring to survivors of sexual violence and assault. Tina is a graduate of Union Institute & University and has a Bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice Management. She is honored to serve on the board and will continue to do so with pride. In her free time, Tina enjoys spending time with friends and family, fitness and traveling.
I was born and raised in Sonoma County, attending Montgomery High School and then Santa Rosa Junior College. I graduated from Santa Rosa Junior College with my Nursing Degree in 2013. Since then I have gone on to get my Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing from Sonoma State University and my Master’s Degree in Nursing from Capella University.
I started as a volunteer at Sutter Santa Rosa Regional Hospital in the Emergency Department in 2012, and then getting a job as a Nurse in the Emergency Department. I recently helped pilot a new program at Sutter Santa Rosa to better identify survivors of trafficking.
When I am not working you can find me weightlifting, hiking and traveling. I love exploring areas near and far!
Do you want to be part of a strong and engaging movement? We need you now more than ever and encourage you to join our board of directors! Verity, Sonoma County’s rape crisis, trauma, and healing center, is looking for passionate people of all backgrounds to join our board of directors. We need compassionate members of our community to step up and help guide our agency as we continue to grow in our 49th year of services. We are looking for people of all backgrounds and with any level of experience to join our team.
Anyone can be a board member. Whether you are completely new to the realm of sexual violence or you know the intricacies of it all, we could use your insight and dedication.
We currently have experienced nonprofit professionals, dedicated members of law enforcement, and passionate businesspeople on our board. We are always looking for new members whose attributes and experiences would complement those of our current members.
Members of Verity’s board of directors are expected to attend the monthly board meeting. The date and time of the meeting are dependent on members’ schedules. Currently the board meets one Tuesday morning a month. Board members are also required to make a financial contribution once a year; the amount doesn’t matter. Even $5/year helps us achieve our mission.
The overall mission of the Board of Directors is to improve and guide the agency while making sure that the agency is reaching all the corners of our community and truly serving everyone who needs us.
How To Join
If you are interested in joining the board, please email Rebecca Fein, our Executive Director. Rebecca will connect you to the current nominating committee within the board of directors and invite you to a board meeting.
Current Board Members
Kate McCoy, President
Lianna Hartmour, Vice President
Eddie Engram, Treasurer
Nicole Jaffee, Secretary
Advisory Board Members
Due to Covid-19, we are working remotely and in-office at all locations on a staggered schedule. Please be certain to call in advanced before making plans to visit our physical locations, either at the FJC or on Steele Lane. We are still operating within our normal business hours. Please keep this in mind when contacting us, as we may not be immediately available via our office numbers, but will get your call soon. Our crisis line is fully operational so if you have an emergency, please call our crisis line.
If you have an immediate crisis, please call our rape crisis intervention hotline at (707) 545-7273 or call 911 for emergency services.
For all other inquiries about Verity, including the services we provide, upcoming events, or volunteer opportunities, please call (707) 545-7270 or fill out the contact form on this page. We will reply within two business days.