Ariel Mink

Associate Presbyter and Stated Clerk
Ariel Mink, a Commissioned Ruling Elder, has served as the Stated Clerk of the Presbytery of the Redwoods since May 2020.  She has served as the interim Pastor at the Presbyterian Church of Novato. Ariel has been active in our Presbytery for several years, serving on the Presbytery Council, Committee on Ministry, and Committee of the Preparation for Ministry.  Ariel is a lifelong learner and has three advanced degrees (Business Administration, Library Science, and Knowledge Management) as well as an undergraduate degree in English Literature.  Ariel lives in Novato with her husband, David.  Their adult daughter, Sierra, lives in Boston.

Eric M. Beene

General Presbyter

The Rev. Eric Beene has served as the Mission Presbyter for Redwoods Presbytery since September, 2020. He has served as pastor to congregations in Savannah, Georgia, and Boston, Massachusetts, and prior to seminary he worked as a community organizer and program manager for a non-profit community development organization. He received his Master of Divinity from Harvard University in 2001 and his Bachelor of Arts in Communication from Lewis and Clark College in 1995. Eric lives in Windsor with his wife, Mary, who is the pastor of Windsor Presbyterian Church, and their teenage son, Isaac.

Corinne Quinn
Hunger Action Advocate

Dr. Corinne L. Quinn has served as the Hunger Action Advocate for Presbytery of the Redwoods since September 2020.  Born and raised in Vallejo, CA, Corinne is a lifelong member of First Presbyterian Church, Vallejo, where she currently serves as a Deacon and a Ruling Elder.  She has coordinated and managed nutrition education/obesity prevention programs geared primarily toward low income African-American and Latino individuals in various community based organizations including The Food Bank of Contra Costa and Solano and Vallejo City Unified School District.  Corinne received her BA in Pan-African Studies/Pre Medical Studies from Barnard College in New York, NY in 1998 and her MS in Public Health from Arcadia University in Glenside, PA in 2005.  Corinne received her Doctorate in Chiropractic from Life Chiropractic College West, June 9, 2023.


Pam Sommer

Administrative Associate and Bookkeeper

Pam Sommer has served as the Administrative Associate & Bookkeeper for the Redwoods Presbytery since November 2007.  As a member of the Petaluma First Presbyterian Church for 35 years, she has also contributed as a deacon and currently serves as a ruling elder.  Her previous work includes more than a decade in project management for a non-profit cultural exchange organization.  She received a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of California, Berkeley, where, as a serious pianist, she composed several piano compositions.  She has a daughter who works and lives in Maine.