Our History

The Town Hall Coalition is a grassroots social change movement that grew out of public criticisms of the lack of protection of Northern California forests and their swift conversions to industrial vineyards. During its three year existence, the Town Hall Coalition has brought people together to identify the critical problems of public health and safety, destruction of habitat, as well as, water quality and quantity.

At the regional level, we have held seven free public town hall forums. They are: Your Water, Your Wallet, and Your Health! Cancer in Sonoma County, Are You Concerned about Vineyard Development?, Pesticides, People, and Healthy Farming, Concerned About Pesticides?, Industrial Vineyard Development, and an Evening of Water Issues. Each forum teaches communities about current issues and public policy. Participants meet decision-makers and those knowledgeable about the issues at hand. The forums are designed to provide clear steps about how to get involved and participate in the decision-making process in order to effect social change and create sustainable healthy communities.

Our Board

Lori Bazan – Secretary
Retired Librarian. BA in History and a MA in Library Science from New York State University, Albany.

Toben Dilworth
BA in Environmental Studies from Sonoma State University. MA Candidate for Ecology and Culture from New College of California. Communications Associate for Rainforest Action Network. Well known for direct actions in Sonoma County involving Chainsaw Wine and Rescue of the Occidental Chicken.

Don Frank – Treasurer
On the Board of Directors for Forest Unlimited. Owner of TDC Mobil Mechanic and Repair Company.

Lynn Hamilton – President
MA in Public Administration, Harvard University. Former International Information and Administration Systems Management Consultant for Ashoka, Innovators for the Public. Administrative consultant for non-profit environmental organizations.

Margaret Howe – Fund-raising Chair
Written and researched about complementary medicines and alternative health for the past 15 years; Currently contributing editor to Country Living Magazine. BA in Education from Eckerd College, St. Petersburg, Florida.

Chris Stover – Co-Policy Chair
Currently works at North American Mortgage Company as a financial analyst. BS in Economics from Santa Clara University.