History and Mission


Polly’s Story

Raine Howe

Executive Director
Raine's Bio

Raine Howe is a non-profit executive professional specializing in program and fund development. She has over 25 years of experience in campaign strategies, project development, marketing, community outreach, donor cultivation, grant writing and administrative roles within non-profit environments.

Former Clients and Employers include:

1995 – Full Circle Transplant Bank, Executive Director, which she, along with colleagues and Sonoma County surgeons, founded and increased cornea donations by over 300% in Sonoma County

2002 – The League of California Community Foundations, where she organized bi-annual convenings, and had a lead role in implementing standards for 26 community foundations in the state of California.

2005 – The Parasol Tahoe Community Foundation, Executive Director, where she successfully transformed the organization from a private model to a community foundation model. During her time there she implemented Donor Advised Funds, increasing the Foundation’s assets by 30%.

2007 – Tahoe Forest Health System, where she conducted a 3.5 million-dollar capital campaign for the Incline village campus, resulting in a renovated emergency department.

2009 – Arts For the Schools, Executive Director, where she developed funding strategies to include major grants and played a leadership role in securing public funds for art education, ensuring students within the Tahoe Truckee region will have access to art education.

2013 – Raine was recruited for the role of Executive Director of the Polly Klaas Foundation. She, along with PKF Board of Directors and staff have continued to ensure the Foundation remains a model for child-safety, helping families to find their missing children, and creating safe spaces for children in Sonoma County. Since her first day at PKF she has worked diligently to ensure the Foundation evolves with the changing needs of the community it serves. This includes implementing Social Media Safety Education, Peace Officers Standard of Training curriculum development to address on-line abductions, and renovating the Polly Klaas Community Theater, to finally properly honor the life of Polly Klaas.

Raine is passionate about her community involvement and has been fortunate to live in places that offered volunteer and work experiences which allowed her to grow both personally and professionally since beginning to work with non-profits over two decades ago.

Volunteerism, Civic Memberships and Awards:

  • Current Member of Petaluma Rotary Club
  • Petaluma Chamber of Commerce Leadership Graduate
  • Santa Rosa Leadership Today Graduate
  • Social Advocates for Youth (SAY) Teenage Mothers Mentoring Program
  • Tahoe Truckee Unified School District Volunteer
  • Pop Warner Football and Truckee Wolverines Volunteer
  • Incline Village Rotarian, Youth Advocate of the Year Award
  • Truckee Chamber of Commerce Community Leader Award Recipient
  • North Lake Tahoe Non-Profit Employee of the Year Recipient


Accomplishments Outside of Workplace Include:

  • Published photography and stories in Moonshine Ink
  • Winner photography Sonoma County Juried Showcase / Photography featured in NADA Art Show Reno Nevada
  • Published short stories in Literary Journals
  • Awards for stories “Drowning” and “Summer in Winters” Sonoma County Copperfield Books “The Dickens”
  • Regular columnist in print and online for Sierra Sun and North Lake Tahoe Bonanza

Cindy Rudometkin

Director of Programs and Response Department
Cindy's Bio

Cindy Rudometkin, Response Department Manager, was born and raised in Novato, California, a small town outside Petaluma. She had just graduated from high school in 1992 when she learned of Polly Klaas’ abduction. As she followed the kidnapping and recovery, she grew frustrated with not being able to do more to stop child abductions.

Six years after Polly’s kidnapping and murder, a job opening at the Foundation gave Rudometkin her opportunity. She joined the Foundation in 1999 as a nighttime caseworker, working as a liaison between families, law enforcement and other social service agencies to help find missing children.

In her present role as the Response Department Manager, Rudometkin oversees the Foundation’s caseworkers and all missing child cases. She also works with leaders in the field to identify innovative ways to find missing children. Rudometkin acts as a contact for other agencies involved in investigations, including law enforcement, missing child organizations and social service agencies. She is a member of the Sonoma County Human Trafficking Task Force, and serves on the Education Committee.

Throughout her tenure with the Foundation, Rudometkin has provided support, guidance and hope to over 8,000 families. While her heart still breaks for those desperately searching for a missing child, she has taken the level of compassion, service and expertise in her department to new levels.

In 2008 The Association of Missing and Exploited Children’s Organizations (AMECO) honored by Rudometkin with the 2008 Joan Taavon Award, an award that celebrates extraordinary passion and commitment to the needs of missing and exploited children.

Prior to the Polly Klaas Foundation, Rudometkin, worked as a case clerk coordinator for the Brayton Purcell Law Firm and as a volunteer research assistant for the Buck Center for Research in Aging.

Rudometkin holds a BA in Psychology from the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA) and an MA in Forensic Psychology from Argosy University.

Cathie Sanchez

Senior Case Manager
Cathie's Bio

Cathie Sanchez joined the Polly Klaas Foundation in January of 1999. Prior to her joining the Foundation she worked in the Child Abuse Department for the Family Service Agency of San Mateo for five years where she provided case intake and case management services to families and children. 

Cathie is currently the Senior Caseworker at the Foundation. She has provided crisis intervention, case intake, and case management to thousands of families of missing children. She has extensive training on missing and exploited children’s issues, crisis intervention, and critical incident stress management.  Cathie’s expertise includes issues involving runaway children, family abduction, non-family abduction and the sex trafficking of minors. In recent years Cathie has obtained numerous hours of training on identifying and providing resources to endangered runaways who have become victims of sex trafficking.

Cathie regularly volunteers for weekend events, and safety fairs in which the Foundation participates. She is active in her church and community, and has established relationships with civic groups, who have made generous donations to the Foundation.


Danny Fish

Danny Fish


Law Enforcement Policy Consultant/Manager, Lexipol and former Petaluma Police Command Staff, Retired

Daniel Mayer

Daniel Mayer

Vice President

Realtor, Coldwell Banker
Wade Schlueter

Wade Schlueter


Commercial Banking, Finance Consultant

Brent Collinson, Esq.

Brent Collinson, Esq.


Attorney at Law


Eddie Freyer

Eddie Freyer

FBI Special Agent, Retired
Harry Hollingshead

Harry Hollingshead

Petaluma Police Officer, Retired
Police Chaplaincy
Buck Linder

Buck Linder

Principal Linder & Associates

Shayna Maharaj

Shayna Maharaj

Customer Experience Manager & Life Coach

Brittany Ceres

Brittany Ceres

Business and Community Leader

Board Emeritus Members

Gary Judd

Founder and former Board President

In Memory 2019

Marge Ford

Insurance Company Secretary, Retired

Eve Reed

Founder and Mother of Polly Klaas


Michael Kerns

Sonoma County Supervisor, Retired
Petaluma Police Sergeant, Retired