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Dianna L. Grayer,  Ph.D

Occupation: Marriage and Family Therapist, Core faculty member at Meridian University, Petaluma in the Psychology program; Author.

Family: 30+ foster children with wife Sheridan Gold over 20 years, one dog, two cats, two llamas and four chickens.

Education: Bachelor's Degree in Recreation at San Francisco State University, Master’s Degree in Counseling from Sonoma State University, and Ph.D. from Meridian University in Psychology.

Hometown: Baton Rouge, Louisiana; lived in Petaluma 19 years having moved from Marin County.

Community Service: Serves food to the homeless community and to those in need every year and offers empowerment via spoken word, poetry and books she's written. Dianna also performs for community events including Powerful Women Within, Black Lives Matter, One Billion Rising, Vagina Monologues, the 2017 Gay Pride rally in Guerneville, CA, Rise Up, and most recently, at Fountaingrove Lodge in Santa Rosa CA, in honor of the one year anniversary for the victims of the Orlando Pulse shootings, she wrote and presented her piece, Gone Too Soon .

Award: Inducted into San Francisco State University’s Hall of Fame in 1980 for basketball.

Hobbies: Writing, playing games, hiking and being in nature, especially the beach.

Favorite Petaluma-area hangout: Her garden, especially by the fire pit, and working out at the Redwood Club.

Website: diannagrayer.com