About Gina

Gina has more than 20 years of community leadership experience in Sonoma County. Her breadth of experience, deep knowledge of the variety of issues facing Sonoma County families, and numerous community contacts makes her highly qualified to represent Sonoma Valley and eastern Santa Rosa on the County Board of Education. Gina and her husband, Roy Tennant, have lived in unincorporated Sonoma Valley 26 years, where they raised their 19-year-old twin daughters.

A Strong Heritage

Gina grew up in a Greek-American family in Oakland where being involved in the community to help others and improve conditions was part of her family’s value system. In fact, Gina’s interest in politics was sparked in part by her mother, Kay, who was active for years in the League of Women Voters and other election campaigns. At 13, Gina started working in her father’s small manufacturing business assembling metal products. Gina also grew up frequently visiting her grandparents’ small farm in Santa Cruz County. Both the business and the farm are gone now, examples of how a changing economy impacts families.

Raising A Family

Gina met her husband Roy Tennant in Tuolumne County and they married in 1983. They moved to Sonoma Valley at the end of 1986, renting an apartment in Glen Ellen, and then buying their first house in Boyes Hot Springs in 1990. Their twin daughters, Olivia and Elena, were born in 1993 and graduated from Sonoma Valley High School in June 2011. They are now college sophomores. During her daughters' public school years, Gina was an active volunteer. In addition to helping with school programs, Gina volunteered for school bond campaigns. She continues to be a member of the Sonoma Valley High School Boosters.

Active for Our Community

In 1992 Gina co-founded and later became president of a community association that worked to improve the unincorporated area known as The Springs. Even though she was pregnant with twins at the time, Gina still went knocking door-to-door asking residents what they wanted for their community. She’s been asking people questions like that ever since.

Gina facilitated the first town hall meetings where residents organized to lobby for sidewalks on Highway 12. They also saved the Sonoma Valley Sheriff’s substation from leaving The Springs and got the Valley of the Moon Water District to change its rates. In 2004 Gina received a “Springs Up Award” from the Springs Resource Center. Gina is a member of the Springs Community Alliance.

Public Service

In 1997 Gina was unanimously appointed by the City of Sonoma City Council to serve on its Planning Commission where she represented unincorporated Sonoma Valley until 2006. Gina worked to ensure Sonoma provided a variety of housing types, including housing affordable to low income seniors and working families. Gina supported the concept of in-fill and transit oriented development in order to protect agriculture and open space, provide walk-able communities and reduce greenhouse gases.

After her tenure on the Planning Commission, former Sonoma Mayor Phyllis Carter asked Gina to join the Sonoma Valley Health Care District’s Strategic Planning Committee, where she served three years. Gina was part of the community effort that saved Sonoma Valley Hospital, preserving local access to quality health care and protecting a local economic engine. Gina is currently on the Sonoma County Maternal, Child and Adolescent Health Advisory Board.

  • Sonoma County Maternal, Child and Adolescent Health Advisory Board, March 2010 – Present
  • Sonoma County Prevention Partnership Policy Subcommittee 2011 - Present
  • Sonoma Valley Health Care District Strategic Planning Committee, 2006 - 2009
  • Sonoma City Planning Commission, 1997-2006
  • President, Verano Springs Association, 1993-1997
  • Co-founder, Verano Springs Association, 1992
  • Director at Large, Sonoma County Press Club – 2003-2006
  • Sonoma Valley High School Grad Night, 2011 Organizing Committee
  • Public School Parent Volunteer, 1998-2011
  • Campaigned for:
  • SMART Train – Measure Q
  • Sonoma Valley Health Care District – Measure B: approving a parcel tax
  • Sonoma Valley Health Care District – Measure P: approving the sale of bonds
  • Sonoma Valley Unified School District – Measure H: approving bonds for energy upgrades
  • (Plus other school bonds during the last 20 years, too numerous to list.)

Helping Local Business & Non-Profits Succeed

Gina has owned and operated her own public relations firm for 14 years delivering results for local small businesses, nonprofits and public agencies. Gina helped launch the Sebastiani Theatre Foundation by working with the Board of Directors creating a communications plan, mission statement and key messages. Among her other projects was creating a marketing plan and tagline for the Sonoma Valley Community Health Center. More of Gina’s business and non-profit successes can be found at http://www.cuclispr.com/results.html.

Gina belongs to the Sonoma Valley Chamber of Commerce and is a graduate of Leadership Sonoma Valley. Gina and Roy are associate members of the Sonoma Valley Vintners & Growers Alliance. Gina also belongs to Sonoma County Go Local and Wired Sonoma.

Memberships

Thank you for reading about Gina. If you have any questions, please contact her at 707-939-8598 or ginacuclis@gmail.com.