Board of Directors

Jennifer Arey is President and founder of The Petal Connection.  As a way of teaching her children to give back to their communities, and after her beloved grandmother entered hospice, Jennifer launched the first Northern California “flower repurposing” organization (originally under The Bloom Project) in October 2013.  In July 2015, she and her amazing volunteers founded The Petal Connection as an independent nonprofit organization focusing resources solely in the Greater Sacramento Region.  Jennifer started her career as an elementary school teacher, and has spent thel last decade giving back to her community through her volunteer work, church leadership and fundraising for the local K-8 schools nonprofit foundation board.  Jennifer is married to Dennis and has two sons in college.

Lori Dangberg is a founding Board Member of The Petal Connection.  She is Vice President of the Alliance of Catholic Health Care, the public policy and advocacy organization of California’s Catholic health systems and hospitals.  Since 1982 Lori has worked in the public policy arena focusing on health reform, nonprofit community benefit, end-of-life and bioethics issues.  She is very active in her community having served two terms as a school board member and served on the nonprofit foundation supporting the K-8 schools.  Lori is married to John and has two sons in college.

Judi Gavia is a founding Board Member of The Petal Connection.  She is active in a variety of community organizations and currently serves on the board and as past President of a nonprofit foundation for the k-8 schools in her community.  One of her foundational beliefs is giving back to the community in which she lives. She has been a mortgage banker for the past 30 years, and was a founding partner of a mid-sized mortgage banking company with offices in 11 states.  She is currently a Senior Mortgage Specialist with Sierra Pacific Mortgage, a large local mortgage banking firm.  Judi is married to Jerry and has 3 children;  a daughter who graduated from college and two sons currently in college.

Sally Haff is Treasurer and Board Member of The Petal Connection. She has worked in the global investment business for over thirty years. Currently, she is a REALTOR® with Keller Williams Realty. Previously, she was President of SEH Consulting and Senior Vice President at Franklin Templeton Investments where she worked for over 15 years respectively. Sally is a Chartered Financial Analyst® and is an active member of the CFA Society of Sacramento. Serving the community has always been a priority in Sally’s life. She has participated on numerous non-profit Boards and volunteers for local organizations on a regular basis. She is married to John and has two adult children.

Julie Jackson is Secretary and founding Board Member of The Petal Connection.  She is the Chief Operations Officer for Optima Healthcare Insurance Services, Inc., a brokerage firm that manages a successful Hawaii captive insurance company.  For the past 19 years, Julie has served on the board of California Healthcare Insurance Company, Inc., A Risk Retention group as Assistant Secretary.  Julie is involved in outreach ministries at her church and assisting with a family business.  Julie is married to Chris and has a son, who graduated from college and a daughter who is currently in college.

Lorrie Wilson is a founding Board Member of The Petal Connection. She retired after working 37 years for the State of California in the field of Right of Way under the Department of Transportation.  Lorrie is currently employed by the United Way California Capital Region as a Loaned Executive to fundraise for local charities.  Lorrie is co-chair for United Way’s Women in Philanthropy, an organization that helps local foster youth transition from foster care to independent living.  Lorrie is married to Bruce and has one daughter who is currently in college.

Karen Edmonds is our Marketing Director and a Board Member of The Petal Connection  She comes to us with a 28-year career in Educational Publishing that began in the Bay Area and led to an 11-year stint in New York/New Jersey. Karen returned to the foothills and found the perfect way to give back to the local community when she joined The Petal Connection. Utilizing experience gained in her previous publishing roles in project management, marketing and consulting, she balances volunteer work with her home renovation business and marketing support for a local real estate company.

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Judi Gavia, Sally Haff, Jennifer Arey, Lorrie Wilson, Julie Jackson, Lori Dangberg