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

Most recently co-CEO @Autodesk. Invested in driving the transformation of industries and businesses through technology, entrepreneurship and education.  Husband, father of two + puppy, world traveler and frustrated writer.


Brad Weaver, Ed.D  Founding Partner / Host

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


Shannon Ledger  Executive Producer / Co-Curator

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



Karen Bergin  Co-Curator

Former banker, lifelong learner and 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.


Kate Hawley  Co-Curator

Wife of one. Mother of two. Friend of many. Avid world-traveler. Believer in the power of education to change the world.


Nancy Ferrick  Co-Curator

Wife, mother of two sons, retired educator, mentor, community do-gooder and volunteer. Passionate about education, social justice, family and friends.


Katie Murphy  Sponsorship Chair

Greatest achievements: raising three children, climbing Mount Kilimanjaro, driving in Paris. Loves kids, baseball and her garden, and has the most patient husband in the world.


Jacci Summers  Website Management

Mother of one beautiful daughter, Jacci is a graphic designer who is passionate about art and architecture. She also loves to cook, entertain, play tennis and travel.


Elizabeth Gleadall  Founding Partner / Wearer of Many Hats

Passionate about children, education, philanthropy, and bringing joy to others. As a mother of two and Director of Development at Sonoma Country Day School, she gets to do just that.




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 us at info@tedxsonomacounty.com. We look forward to welcoming you to the TED family!


Organizing Committee

Shannon Ledger, Chair
Mari Aixalá
Karen Bergin
Thea Daniels
Michelle Farrell
Nancy Ferrick
Don Franceschi
Elizabeth Gleadall
Paul Godowski
Neal Goldberg
Kate Hawley
MK Hicks

Tina Hittenberger
Julia Hochberg
Samantha Kraesig
Sharon Leighty
Jill Murphy
Katie Murphy
Marie O’Neill
Vincent Rago
Sudha Schlesinger
Jacci Summers
Edward Wallis
Brad Weaver


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