EBC Board of Directors
Dr. Patrick Caskey has been involved with the Earle Baum Center since 2005, initially functioning as the physician liaison to the medical community and subsequently as a member of the Board. He is currently serving as the Board President and continues in his role of medical outreach.
Dr. Caskey earned his medical degree from the University of Utah School of Medicine. He completed his ophthalmology residency at the University of California, Davis, and pursued post-graduate work as a Fellow in vitreoretinal diseases and surgery at the University of Iowa, where he then remained as a clinical instructor. He returned to Northern California in 1989, joining Dr. Patrick Coonan in establishing North Bay Vitreoretinal Consultants.
Dr. Caskey is a diplomate of the American Board of Ophthalmology and a member of the American Society of Retina Specialists. He has published articles in peer-reviewed journals and has been a consultant for Novartis, Genentech and Krames Communications. He was selected as One of the Best Doctors in America by BestDoctors.com and One of the Best Doctors in the Bay Area by San Francisco Magazine.
Dr. Caskey lives in Santa Rosa with his wife and three children.
Rochelle Doble first came to Earle Baum as a client after becoming visually impaired in 2009. The services she received there helped her realize there is life after vision loss and she was so grateful for that renewed hope, she joined the Board in 2010 to help Earle Baum continue its vital work. She has since served for many years as secretary of the Board.
A graduate gemologist, Rochelle was the owner of the nation’s second largest gem appraisal firm. In 1994, she met chiropractor Richard Doble and her life changed. After suffering migraine headaches for three decades and being dependent on painkillers, her pain and suffering immediately went away after receiving her first adjustment. She closed her gemological business and dedicated her life to serving others with chiropractic care. She and Richard married in 1996 and work side by side at Doble Chiropractic in Sebastopol.
Joseph W. Bracco
Joseph W. Bracco has an extensive background in nonprofit management, administration and fund development, having served in executive level and nonprofit board leadership positions over his 37-year professional career.
Currently, Joe is a Principal of Gift Planning Mentor and an Adjunct Consultant for Catholic School Management, Inc., of Madison, CT. He was President and CEO of Justin-Siena High School in Napa. Prior to that, he served as Executive Director at St. Vincent's School for Boys in San Rafael and before that, he developed and co-directed the San Francisco Juvenile Court’s first program for the residential and day treatment of delinquent girls.
Joe has held leadership positions that include Past President of the Board of Education, Diocese of Santa Rosa, Past President of the California Association of Services for Children, Past Board Member of the University of Notre Dame National Alumni Association, Hanna Boys Center, Napa Chamber of Commerce, and the Point Bonita Branch of the Marin County YMCA.
He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in economics from the University of Notre Dame, a Master of Arts degree in education counseling from San Francisco State University, and a Master of Business Administration degree from Pepperdine University. He lives in Petaluma with his wife Midge.
They have three children and six grandchildren. Joe's avocation is open water swimming in San Francisco Bay.
Elizabeth Fritzinger is an attorney at Abbey, Weitzenberg, Warren & Emery in Santa Rosa. She provides consulting on a variety of employment issues and represents litigants in business, real estate, and construction defect litigation.
Elizabeth is originally from Iowa and studied political science at the University of Iowa and received her Juris Doctor degree from Creighton University. She and her husband Matt live in Graton with their two sons.
Born and raised in San Francisco, Linda Burille has been a resident of Sonoma County since 1979. She’s a certified trust and financial advisor and accredited estate planner whose professional career has included 42 years of trust administration and investment experience. Since 2002, Linda has served as Vice President and Trust Officer for Exchange Bank Wealth Management. And prior to that, she was AVP/Senior Trust Officer at Wells Fargo Bank, Private Client Services, and AVP/Senior Trust Officer at the Bank of America, Personal Trust Division.
In addition to serving on the Earle Baum Center Board, Linda has been a member and Past President of Redwood Empire Estate Planning Council, a member and Past President of Soroptimist International of Santa Rosa, a member of the Professional Advisory Group, Sutter VNA/Hospice, and she’s an elder and choir member/rehearsal director at the Presbyterian Church.
Linda got her undergraduate degree from San Francisco State University and she’s a graduate of Leadership Santa Rosa, Class 24. Linda is married to Carlton Burille, and has one son Paul.
Tim Webster is a longtime resident of Sebastopol and has been happily married for 36 years. A graduate of Pennsylvania State University and a gemologist, he was involved in the gemstone trade as an importer and gem cutter for 35 years. After suffering a sudden vision loss in 2005, he came to the Earle Baum Center for assistance.
“The wonderful folks at the EBC saved me emotionally and taught me the skills I needed to carry on with my life,” he says. “I consider them my second family and I am honored to be able to contribute my services in return as a member of the Board of Directors.”
After his forced retirement, Tim purchased a small farm in Costa Rica and spends three delightful months each year in his tropical paradise.
Roberta Holleman, CPA has been the Board’s treasurer since 2008. She has been serving small businesses and not-for-profit organizations in Sonoma County for over 30 years as both a business manager and a public accountant. Her focus is on helping small business owners benefit from good accounting practices. As a QuickBooks Pro advisor, she enjoys training and working with her clients.
Roberta and her husband Terry Holleman, artist and retired cabinetmaker, enjoy supporting the arts and music in the county, especially Americana music. She is thrilled to be able to be part of the Earle Fest celebration that benefits the Earle Baum Center of the Blind.
Ruben Mora Roman
Ruben Mora Roman joined the Earle Baum Center board of directors in 2012. He’s a local insurance agent and a graduate of Santa Rosa Junior College and has a degree in business. Ruben takes pride in reaching out to the Hispanic community through his professional networks such as the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Sonoma County, Los Cien organization, Roseland Cup Non Profit, and the Sonoma County Senior Soccer League, among others.
Ruben believes that the independent living skills, orientation and mobility, assistive technology, and senior services offered at the Earle Baum Center are very important resources for individuals living with sight loss. Helping to share all that the Center has to offer is very important to him and that’s one of the reasons he volunteers his time to this great active nonprofit. He invites all to support the Earle Baum Center to keep serving those in need.
A Marine Corps veteran, Thomas H. Miller was blinded as a result of combat injuries in Vietnam and medically retired as a First Lieutenant in April 1968. He has been with the Blinded Veterans Association (BVA) as a Life Member since 1968 and has been elected to the National Board of Directors, served as National President (1983-1985), National Vice President (1981-1983), and National Secretary (1979-1981).
He became the Executive Director of the BVA in 1994, managing the daily activities of the nation's only veterans service organization exclusively dedicated to assisting America's blinded veterans and their families. Prior to his promotion to National Executive Director, he served as Director Of Governmental Relations, acting as direct liaison between the BVA, Congress, the Department of Veterans Affairs and other agencies of and for the blind. Miller prepared BVA legislative programs and testimony and presented oral testimony before Congress.
In 2010, Miller received the Hadley School For The Blind President’s Award, and in 2012, he received the American Foundation for the Blind (AFB) Irvin P. Schloss Advocacy Award. Since retiring from the BVA in 2012, he’s had a little more time in his schedule to dedicate to other programs such as the Earle Baum Center, and we’re very pleased to have him on our board.
Miller earned his Master’s degree in social work at Wayne State University and his Bachelor of Science degree with a major in biology and minor in psychology at the University of Detroit.
Dan Needham is currently the President and CEO of the Earle Baum Center, and formerly served as Chief Operating Officer from 2012-2015.
Dan was the President of Brevidia, an e-learning company combining learning theory and online video to improve employee training. He co-founded TriAccess Technologies, a semiconductor company, which was purchased by TriQuint Semiconductor. At TriAccess, Dan was COO and CFO, and was responsible for overseas supplier development, manufacturing, testing, HR, legal, and quality functions. Prior to that, he worked for 18 years at Hewlett Packard and Agilent in roles that included program and project management, strategic planning, marketing, product development, manufacturing, hiring, and productivity. He also taught college and industry courses for over ten years.
Dan’s father, Dr. Walter Needham, was a clinical and research psychologist specializing in the psychology of the blind. He worked at the Eastern Blind Rehabilitation Center of the Veterans Administration.
Dan has engineering degrees from UC Berkeley and Cornell and a Master of Business Administration degree from Golden Gate University. He has served as the president of the Rotary Club of Sebastopol Sunrise and the Sebastopol Optimist Club and on the boards of directors of Brevidia, TriAccess Technologies, RenCon Energy, the South End Rowing Club, and Actors’ Theatre. He’s an avid open water swimmer.