Our Team

We extend our heartfelt gratitude to those whose time and talent moves TEDxSonomaCounty forward year after year.


Our Leadership

amar_hanspalAmar Hanspal  License Holder / Host

Currently an executive at Autodesk helping imagine, design and create a better world. Husband, father of two (+ a puppy), world traveler and frustrated writer.


BradWeaver.ColorBrad Weaver, Ed.D  Founding Partner / Host

Brad is an independent school leader focused on creativity, youth leadership and ethical development, outdoor and experiential education, service learning, and culturally responsive teaching.


Shannon Ledger bio headshotShannon Ledger  Executive Producer

Was an executive at Yahoo! and survivor of the web’s early years. Is a Sonoma County native, mother, wife, writer, and pursuer of passions.


VincentRago.BGColorVincent Rago  Organizing Committee Chair

Vincent arrived at his place in West Sonoma County to experience the sensations of homebuilding, farming and living near the coast. He believes the classical concept of “synthesis from opposites” is a key element of creativity.


IMG_4291Karen Bergin  Sponsorship Chair

Karen Bergin is a former banker, a lifelong learner and an avid community volunteer. She is a mother of 4, a grandmother of two, and the co-owner of a successful small business in the Napa Valley.


Neal Goldberg

Neal Goldberg  Marketing Chair

Neal and his family created their home in Sonoma County over 10 years ago after relocating from the South Bay to join Medtronic. He feels lucky to be a part of the team of organizers and volunteers at TEDx Sonoma County who represent a perfect blend of passion, education, art … and hard-working fun!


11038788_10153162124125270_4412234138951361583_nJimi Conners  TEDxSonomaCountySalon Chair

Graduating in summer of 2015 from father of dogs to father of human, Jimi is an advocate for education, design, and creativity and Development Associate at Sonoma Country Day School.

Join Our Team

Looking to get involved?

Creatives and educators. Doctors, scientists, and executives. Moms, dads, aunts, and uncles. Our TEDxSonomaCounty team is a union of community members with something in common: we love spreading ideas.

If you are interested in giving your time and joining our movement, please contact Jimi Conners at jimi@scds.org. We look forward to welcoming you to the TED family!

Organizing Committee
Vincent Rago

Karen Bergin

Marketing & Outreach
Neal Goldberg

Jimi Conners


Organizing Committee

Karen Bergin
Julia Brigden
Jimi Conners
Mari Aixalá Dawson
Nancy Ferrick
Elizabeth Gleadall
Paul Godowski
Neal Goldberg
Carol Greenberg
Kate Hawley
MK Hicks
Julia Hochberg
Jill Murphy
Katie Wetzel Murphy
Edward Wallis


Nancy Ferrick
Paul Godowski
Shannon Ledger
Vincent Rago

Neal Golderg, Chair
Jimi Conners
Michelle Farrell
Julia Hochberg
Samantha Kraesig
Caylee Southland


Karen Bergin, Chair
Elizabeth Gleadall

Jimi Conners, Chair
Ethan Brown
Thea Daniels
Michelle Farrell
Samantha Kraesig

Event Volunteers

Melaina Bergin
Savannah Bergin
Kelly Brothers
Nancy Carlson
David Cordero
Alana De Mars
Maxine De Mars

Tim Feeney
Dan Gospe
Shelley Kennett
Sean Marshall
Sean McFarland
Andrew McKenzie
Stephanie Nylander

Laura Owens
Roxy Rentschler
Cindy Rodenbaugh
Kelly Schmidt
Joel Vargas
Patti Wick