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Jane Barry

Jane Barry, President

Jane Barry was born and raised in the Sunset District of San Francisco and spent all her summers in Cazadero then moved to the Russian River Area in 1989. Jane's passion for family and local histories led her to join the Monte Rio Area Historical Society, and later, to become President in 2003. She has been actively involved in the community of the lower Russian River for over 20 years collecting and restoring historical photographs.

John Shubert

John Schubert, Vice President/Editor

Native San Franciscan
River Community historian since 1960
Has written many short histories for the Sonoma County Historical Society
Had a column in several local papers called "Stumptown Stories"
Author of "Guerneville Early Days"
Charter member of Russian River Historical Society and Sonoma County Historical Society and one of its past presidents
Currently on the board of directors of both societies

Open Position


Must have experience with Microsoft Word (Mac) note taking & have internet access.  Contact Jane Barry.

Roberto Esteves

Roberto Esteves, Property Secretary

Roberto Esteves is a retired librarian who first visited the river area in 1970 and has had homes in the river area since 1989. He was an early member of the San Francisco GLBT Historical Society Board of Directors and has worked with many non-profit organizations in San Francisco and Sonoma. After acting as a consultant to the RRHS, he joined the RRHS Board in 2013.

Brendan Coen

Brendan Coen, Treasurer

Brendan Coen was born in San Francisco in 1976.  He moved to Guerneville at the age of 5 and attended school at Guerneville Elementary School and graduated from El Molino High School in 1994.  He went on to SRJC and Sonoma State earning a BS in Computer Science.  Since 2004 he has been working at Frank Howard Allen Realtors in Guerneville as a Realtor.  He enjoys volunteering for local non-profits including Russian River Rotary, River to Coast Children’s Services and now the Russian River Historical Society.

Sarah Brooks

Sarah Brooks, Membership

Born and reared in San Francisco
Moved to Sonoma County in the late 1950's
Worked for 32 years as a Judicial Assistant to Judges of the Superior Court
Enjoys history, railroading and all types of needle work

Cary Ostrofe

Cary Ostrofe, Sergeant At Arms

Cary Ostrofe has lived on the Russian River for 37 years and worked at Safeway for 15 years.  He was a volunteer for the Guerneville Fire Department for 16 years.  For the past 10 years he has coached multiple sports at Guerneville School. He is helping to preserve Russian River history for future generations.

Charlotte Ostrofe

Charlotte Ostrofe, Telephone Liaison

Charlotte was born in San Jose, California on February 22, 1931.  Her family moved to San Francisco in 1938 and she graduated from Polytechnic High School in 1948.  She worked for Pacific Telephone and Telegraph until 1958. She met and married Bob Ostrofe at the Oakland Naval Station and had their son Cary in 1960.  In 1972 they moved to Guerneville and were part owners of the River Mist Antiques until she retired in 1986.  She has been a collector of Russian River memorabilia for years and has many wonderful stories of the Russian River area.

Irene Deem

Irene Deem, Exhibitions Committee Chair

Irene heads our Exhibitions Committee and serves on the Marketing/Development committee. Irene has an equestrian sports marketing business, specializing in food and beverage concepts for equestrian events. She is a member of the National Sports Marketing Network and a Brand Ambassador for The Wine Foundry.