The Sonoma Chapter of Speedway Children's Charities (SCC) has named Gary Tennyson and John Burns to its Board of Trustees.  


Gary Tennyson is the CEO of verihealth, Inc., which he founded in 2000. verihealth is a patient-focused and community-centered healthcare organization providing all levels of ground ambulance service, as well as education and training for healthcare workers and community members. verihealth is also the Official Emergency Services Provider of Sonoma Raceway, and in 2014,  verihealth, Inc. became one of Speedway Children's Charities  Children's Champions. Along with verihealth, the verihealth Foundation provides assistance to local charitable organizations. Gary is a longtime Sonoma County resident.


John Burns is  publisher of the Petaluma Argus-Courier and Sonoma Index-Tribune. A 1980 graduate of Cal Berkeley, John began work as a reporter with the Sebastopol Times, later serving as that newspaper's editor before starting his own newspaper, the West County News, in 1984. John is currently serving as immediate past president of the California Newspaper Publishers Association, a trade organization representing more than 800 daily, weekly and campus newspapers across the state. A native of Connecticut, John has a strong interest in economic development and has served on the board of directors for the Sebastopol, Novato and Petaluma chambers of commerce. He was president of the Petaluma Chamber of Commerce in 2003-2004. A Sonoma County resident for more than 30 years, John is married to Jayne, and has two children, Harrison and Julia.


The Sonoma Chapter of Speedway Children's Charities is the charitable arm of Sonoma Raceway and has distributed more than $4.8 million to Sonoma County youth-serving organizations since 2001. For more information on the chapter, visit