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Community Network for Appropriate Technologies


The Community Network for Appropriate Technologies was incorporated in 1978 as a federally recognized nonprofit, tax-exempt educational and charitable organization. Susan Keller, Executive Director and Principal Planner, founded the Community Network based on principles which she developed and employed in the Midwest while facilitating creation of a nationally prominent library council.

The general focus of our work is the development of cooperative working relationships within individual organizations, and across organizational and political boundaries. Our overall goal is the development of programs, services, and organizations that are socially, economically, and ecologically sound.

Together with clients, we work to structure change, helping existing organizations adapt and creating new organizations as necessary. We routinely explore a multititude of new possibilities, uncover and overcome barriers, and develop strategies for achieving desired goals and objectives. A partial listing of clients includes:

  • Coalition for Compassionate Care of CA
  • Kaiser Permanente Santa Rosa Medical Center
  • Partnership HealthPlan of California
  • Santa Rosa Family Medicine Residency Program
  • Sonoma County Department of Health Services
  • Sonoma County In Home Supportive Services Public Authority
  • Senior Residential Care Council of Sonoma County
  • Wisconsin Hospice Organization & Palliative Experts (HOPE)
  • Sonoma County Conservation Council & Environmental Center

Board of Directors and Staff

Executive Director

Susan Keller. M.A. Library and Information Science; M.A. Management. Executive Director/Principal Planner, Community Network for Appropriate Technologies, 1978 to present; Author, Journey to Life’s End: A Traveler’s Guide; Steering Committee Member, Sonoma Health Access Coalition 2006-2008; Member, CA Coalition for Compassionate Care 2000-present; Consumer Representative, California statewide POLST Task Force 2008 – present; Board Chair, Sonoma County Conservation Council/Environmental Center of Sonoma County, 2005 – present; Member, Bioethics Committee, Kaiser Permanente Santa Rosa Medical Center 2004 – 2011; Member, Sonoma County Health Action Primary Care Work Group 2009 – 2011; UCSF Clinical Instructor, Santa Rosa Family Medicine Residency Program 2010 – present; Sonoma County Advance Care Planning Initiative Steering Committee Member, 2014 – .


Board of Directors

Carolyn DeTierra, MFT, President, Extensive experience with children, adults and families in case management, psychotherapy, Hospice grief support groups and workshops. Brings to the Community Network her deep interest in elder care, nature, and Native American culture, along with a desire to contribute in the teaching aspect of appropriate projects. Carolyn works as a counselor with the Marin Aids Project in addition to providing a caregiving service specialized in working with people with mental illness.

Teresa Fernandez has worked with Susan ongoing since 2002 helping to plan, develop, produce and expand Latino Caregiver Training efforts and assist with translation work as needed. Teresa is the Office Manager for Memorial Hospice and also responsible for special events including Day of the Dead celebration; formerly Administrative Assistant, Ca Human Development Corporation. She and her husband Oscar Hernandez came to the U.S. from Mexico with their respective families in their teens and now have two young sons.

Sara Katra, Secretary, was born in Panama and has extensive background as a family caregiver caring for parents now deceased. Sara joined the Board in Winter, 2010 and helped with translation work for the Latino Caregiver Training completed in April. She has Masters Degree in Bilingual Education-English and Spanish-and a background in teaching English as Second Language.

Kathy Rueve, Treasurer has a 30 year career as full charge bookkeeper/controller, fiction writer/playwright and is facilitator of the Oakmont Writers Group. Kathy is bookkeeper for the Community Network, is interested to do theater arts and programming for kids at risk and the elderly, and working on a novel which may take her to Portugal to do related research in the coming year.

Terry Popp, Ph.D., Past-President. Ph.D., Creative Writing. Co-Founder/Director, Conversations Project 2005/06. Fiction/nonfiction writer; editor; writing teacher/facilitator using Jungian mythology/psychology, films, autobiography. Producer, Death: The Last Seminar of Life, video of 90-year-old Louise Aldrich focusing on her life philosophy and work with the dying using Tibetan Bells. 27 year varied business career. Community service: workshops on child abuse and multiplicity. Training: Hospice Volunteer; Family Service Agency, Senior Peer Counseling.


Monte Gregg Steadman, MD, F.A.C.S served as President from 2001 until his retirement from the Board in 2006. For more than a decade Dr. Steadman helped the Community Network advocate for community-based long term care, and the development/ utilization of palliative care and good end of life care planning. He died peacefully at home May 26, 2010 at the age of 89.

Dr. Steadman is remembered as a renowned surgeon, an excellent teacher, and a dedicated advocate for peace and social justice. His voyage on Everyman II sailing into the US nuclear testing zone in the South Pacific called global attention to the dangers of nuclear fallout. This protest has often been cited as responsible for ending atmospheric nuclear testing in the early 1960s. Work Gregg and his wife Frances did with the Civil Rights movement was also extremely courageous and commendable.


Latino Caregiver Training Program Development Team

Teresa Fernandez, Sara Katra, Susan Keller (see bio’s above)

Website Consultants:

Erika Jones-Clary MsJones Design
In 2012 Erika Jones joined the Community Network team as webmaster to assist with transition of this website onto a new server including update of operating software all badly needed to help sustain our website, modernize features and expand capabilities given the explosion of Internet usage these past few years. We aim to do this in a seamless manner so that visitors to our website experience no disruption of service as we transition from old to new over the next several months. This work is made possible by a grant from an anonymous donor who greatly values the importance of the Community Network Journey Project to all we serve. Erika comes with an impressive work history as MsJones Design and serves on the Board of Directors for the Community Technology Network among other things.

Bo Laurent Mathias Technology
Bo combines 30 years experience in software development with an equally impressive career working in the nonprofit sector. As a leader in a nationally prominent healthcare reform organization, Bo received numerous awards for her humanitarian work and recently was recognized by resolution of the CA State legislature. In 2004, Bo built our website and provided ongoing oversight and consultation as needed to help adapt the site as our programs evolve. Bo Laurent remains active with the Community Network as she travels the world.


What People are Saying About Us

The principles employed by Community Network revolutionized inter-institutional cooperation in the greater metropolitan Milwaukee region, and that sharing of resources has continued with vigor for nearly two decades. William C. Roselle, Former Director University of Pittsburgh Library System

In this complex society we need to shape change rather than have change shape us. Community Network has the talent and skill to assist us in analyzing the issues that come before us and assist us with resolutions that use our skills, enhance our education, and appreciate our values. Helen Rudee, Member (1976-88) Sonoma County Board of Supervisors

The Community Network has worked ably and creatively—as a catalyst and active focus—assisting our Council with efforts to encourage quality residential care and supportive services for low income elderly. Pat Eliot, Past President, Senior Residential Care Council of Sonoma County

As a business executive and community organizer, I have had the pleasure of working closely with Community Network. Their ability to effectively structure and manage change, create new directions, and build consensus withing the strategic planning process is most impressive and of value to all types of organizations public and private. Drake Sadler, President, Traditional Medicinals, Inc.


CA Senate Resolution authored by all elected Assembly and Senate members acknowledging consumer advocacy and planning accomplishments of Susan Keller (2001)

Sonoma County Community Foundation Shining Star Award for creation of Journey Project and _Journey to Life’s End: A Traveler’s Guide (1997)

Distinguished Service Award from the Sonoma County Council for Community Services (1994)

Award for Energy Innovation, U.S. Department of Energy, Secretary of Energy (1986)

Award for Energy Innovation, State of California, George Deukmejian, Governor (1986)


Community Network’s fees for services are negotiable and assessed on a sliding scale depending on client need and ability to pay. Pro bono work is done as time and resources allow. Fees generated from professional contracts help sustain Network services.

Contact Us

Community Network for Appropriate Technologies
PO Box 2331
Santa Rosa CA 95405

Telephone: (707) 539-2364

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