Monthly meetings are open to the public, and are held in Room 1 at the Orenda Center, 1430 Neotomas Avenue, in Santa Rosa.
Please note that draft minutes are posted prior to approval for information only. Final approved minutes are posted after the minutes are approved at the next Board meeting.
Members are appointed by their district representative on the Sonoma County Board of Supervisors. Interested in becoming an advisory board member? Please download and submit our Application for Appointment (pdf).
"I joined the Advisory Board in order to give back to the recovering community that which was so freely given to me."
Trey Dunia has been a Sonoma County resident since 1979, and an active advisory board member since 2006. From 1993 to 1999 Trey worked in the field of recovery. He was a counselor at Sequoia Hospital's inpatient treatment program in Redwood City for two years, then managed 15 Sober Living Environments for TLC Residential in the South Bay Area.
Trey moved back to Sonoma County in 1999 to raise his two boys who keep him very...very busy. In his spare time Trey volunteers for Special Olympics, Little League Baseball, the Advisory Board and also has an active sports announcing schedule for Santa Rosa Junior College, the North Bay Rattlers, Analy High School, LLBB Dist 35 and several other youth sports programs.
"I've had the pleasure of working with John for the past few years as he chaired the County's Advisory Board on AOD Problems. He's brought energy, intelligence, and humor to every meeting. His commitment to making the community a better place for all of us is inspiring and genuine."
- Barbara Graves, Prevention and Planning Division Director, retired
John Abrahams is a San Francisco native and a graduate of Empire College School of Law. After spending some time in private practice, he joined the Sonoma County Public Defender's Office in 1991. He became the County's new Public Defender in May 2005.
He is an alumnus of the County's Supervisor and Manager Academies and Executive Development Program. His professional affiliations include serving on the Board of Directors of the California Public Defender's Association, the National Association of Drug Court Professionals, and he is a member of the Sonoma County Bar Association. He has served on the Sonoma County Advisory Board of Alcohol and Other Drug Problems for the past 10 years, and chaired it for 6 of those years. John has been a tireless contributor to the many efforts to address alcohol and other drug (AOD) related crime and violence, including grant writing and funding procurement. He has been an advocate for and promoted AOD treatment in the community. He has worked to reduce the stigma associated with addiction.
John brings a unique criminal justice perspective, passion, and efficacy to the AOD treatment system in Sonoma County.
Laura was born and raised on Long Island. She is also a veteran of the United States Air Force, where she gained experience working as a Personnel Specialist. Many years later, Laura drove to California and started her college education at Santa Rosa Junior College, where she completed the Human Services Advocacy Certificate, along with an Associates Degree in Arts and Sciences. Laura became President of Associated Students and enjoyed working with the college community to help remove barriers and obstacles that prevented students from achieving an optimal educational experience. Laura transferred to Sacramento State University, where she completed a BA and MA in Social Work. She also holds a Pupil Personnel Services Credential. Laura has professional experience in Forensics, Child Welfare, and Brain Disorders due to Chemical Dependency. She is very active in Sonoma County and loves working with other community leaders and Partners to create healthy and positive change, and to help find solutions and support for those who have drug and alcohol issues. Laura is currently working directly with families enrolled in the Kinship Support Services Program for Sonoma County, as an employee of Lilliput Children's Services.
Kevin McConnell has been a Sonoma County resident since 1978. Kevin graduated from Sonoma State University in 1981 with degrees in Economics and Management. He attended law school at Golden Gate University in San Francisco, graduating with honors in 1984.
Kevin has a busy law practice with offices headquartered in Santa Rosa. His practice includes business, real estate, and construction defect litigation, although a large amount of his time is spent in the criminal courts representing those accused of crimes. Kevin got clean and sober in 1995 and takes particular interest in representing clients who have come into contact with the criminal justice system directly or indirectly as a consequence of their drug and alcohol issues.
Kevin and his wife Cindy are raising their two sons; they are very active and enjoy hiking, fishing, and especially wakeboarding--they can be found on Lake Sonoma most weekends from late February through early November each year.
By Laws of the Sonoma County Advisory Board on Alcohol and Drug Problems revised March 17, 1999 (pdf)
For more information about the advisory board:
Phone: (707) 565-4896