Neysa Hinton is a third generation Sonoma County resident. Her grandparents moved to Freestone in 1945 to start a dairy farm. Neysa grew up in Sebastopol, where she attended Analy High School and, like many of her peers, worked part-time at Carlson’s Department Store. After graduation, Neysa attended college and pursued a career in radio that would span 25 years. She moved back to Sebastopol in 1987, got married, and started a family. Her two grown children, Jordan (Analy Class of 2011) and Jered, a senior at Analy High now are Sebastopol natives.
In 2012, Neysa made the decision to pursue a career in service and became a licensed administrator. She is currently the Executive Director of Bello Gardens Assisted Living in San Anselmo, a facility for the elderly. The work is both challenging and gratifying, and has given Neysa the opportunity to serve our seniors. On any given day, you can find Neysa engaged with staff, residents, and their families, to address a diverse array of needs, and help to facilitate happy, fulfilling lives.
She has always had a passion to serve her community. Over the course of her life so far here in the West County, she has devoted countless hours volunteering on projects that benefit the city of Sebastopol and people who live here.
Her projects include helping launch Sebastopol’s Farm Market, and serving as its first chairperson. In 1990, Neysa was one of the first women invited to join the Sebastopol Rotary Club. For 21 years she has aspired to embody the Rotary Club’s “Service Above Self” motto, participating on various committees that include, “Learn to Swim,” “Read to Me,” Community Grants, Student Exchange, and fundraising events, like the popular Lobster Boil and Cajun Festival.
In addition, Neysa served as Event Coordinator and Fundraiser for the Sonoma County Farmlands Group. This organization’s mission is to promote farmland preservation in Sonoma County through supporting land use and resource management policies, while expanding market opportunities for local farm products.
Finally, one her most rewarding volunteer experiences came about in 2007, when she was selected to lead a team of young professionals on a group exchange focused on health services and education in the Guanajuato, Mexico area. Living with local families to improve community services strengthened her faith in the ability of ordinary citizens to work together to create positive change and thrive.
Neysa is honored to be of service to her home town of Sebastopol as a member of our City Council.