coWORKer of the Month: Sherry Knazan

coWORKer of the Month: Sherry Knazan

Sherry Knazan – Accomplished, Versatile Educator Written by coWORKer Linda Jay CoWORKer Sherry Knazan has always been passionate about the profession of teaching. In July 1978, she and her then-husband moved to Petaluma from Philadelphia, where she had been teaching at the Pennsylvania School for the Deaf.  Her interest in issues that involve hearing eventually […]

coWORKer of the Month: Rob Budny

coWORKer of the Month: Rob Budny

Written by coWORKer Linda Jay It would be safe to say that Rob Budny’s work life is consumed by his interest in gears, bearings, and wind turbines. He started working in the wind industry 13 years ago, for a wind turbine manufacturer, as a mechanical engineer.  In 2013, he started RBB Engineering, a consultancy, working […]

coWORKer of the Month: Stephanie Simon

coWORKer of the Month: Stephanie Simon

Written by coWORKer Linda Jay Talk about full-circle!  Back in 2010, current CoWORKer Stephanie Simon founded the Grade A Tutoring Center at 10 Fourth Street in Petaluma.  Stephanie wanted to create a place where students and families could connect with high-quality, credentialed tutors for one-on-one tutoring.  Eight tutors offered math, science, Spanish/French, SAT prep, reading, […]

coWORKer of the Month: Brian Kane

coWORKer of the Month: Brian Kane

Written by coWORKer Linda Jay Brian Kane is an artist, a designer, and an educator.  He and his wife Ann moved to Petaluma from Cambridge, Massachusetts, in the spring of 2017, when Ann started a job in food science here.  From 2012 – 2017, Brian taught interactive apparel, video, and industrial design at RISD, his […]

coWORKer of the Month: Suzanna Goldblatt Clark

coWORKer of the Month: Suzanna Goldblatt Clark

Written by coWORKer Linda Jay Suzanna Goldblatt Clark is our co-worker of the month for July. She and her family – her cowboy husband Stephen, 3 ½-year-old twins Reuben and Marta Rose, and 10-month-old Elizabeth Dahlia (known as E.D.), arrived in Petaluma a year ago.  “I love Petaluma,” Suzanna says with enthusiasm, “it has all […]

coWORKer of the Month: Amit Kulkarni

coWORKer of the Month: Amit Kulkarni

Written by coWORKer Linda Jay Amit Kulkarni’s instinct to pursue what was then cutting-edge science–the field of BioInformatics–paid off in ways he could not have dreamed as he boarded the plane in Mumbai, dressed in a full suit, as a non-English-speaking 20-year-old who didn’t know the difference between Chicago and Dallas. Landing his first job […]

coWORKer of the Month: Amelia Beamer

coWORKer of the Month: Amelia Beamer

Written by coWORKer Linda Jay Co-WORKer Amelia Beamer is a developmental book editor and sci-fi writer who spends most of her professional time with “aliens, zombies, blood magic, psychic awakenings, tentacles, spaceships, and knights in shining armor.” Not your run-of-the-mill corporate concerns, for sure! Her biggest contribution to literature thus far is horny zombies.  Published […]

The Decade Game

The Decade Game

Our brains have this funny way of forgetting how much life changes over time. What’s happening right here, right now, can overshadow both the reality of the past and the potential for the future. At Coffee Social this week, the game was to tell us what your life was like ten years ago and what […]

coWORKer of the Month: Andrew Packard

coWORKer of the Month: Andrew Packard

Written by coWORKer Linda Jay “My firm is one of a few dozen solo practices in California focused primarily on storm water pollution cases brought under the Clean Water Act; most are in the Bay Area or Southern California,” remarks Andrew Packard, a new coWORKer at the Uptown (245 Kentucky Street) offices of WORK Petaluma. […]

The American Dream

The American Dream

What does it mean, this American Dream? It’s been so rainy for so long now, that I thought we might lighten things up with a fun chat about tropical vacation destinations…but nooo! The crew at Coffee Social is always eager to discuss bigger, broader, more important issues, like what is the ethos that defines America? […]