• Board of Directors

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  • 2018 Board of Directors

    Board Chair - Beau Blanchard
    President and CEO - Joanne Webster
    Chair Elect - Lorenzo Jones
    Past Chair - Stephanie Plante
    Treasurer - Steve Fox
    Secretary - Diane Henderson
    Vice Chair Governmental Affairs - Casey Mazzoni
    Vice Chair Community Promotion - Pat Sorber
    Vice Chair Member Services - Sean Murphy
    Vice Chair Sustainability - Jaime Ortiz

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  • Alan Aranha
    Exchange Bank
    1010 B Street, Ste. 319
    San Rafael, CA 94901
    (415) 720-3510
    Term: 2018 (1)


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  • Sam Beldona
    Dominican University of California
    50 Acacia Avenue
    San Rafael, CA 94901
    (415) 458-3786
    Term: 2016 (2)

  • Title: Dean and Professor of Strategic Management. Barowsky School of Business, Dominican University

    Professional Duties: Dr. Sam Beldona is the Dean and Professor of Strategic Management of the Barowsky School of Business at Dominican University of California. He assumed this responsibility in August 2013. Prior to joining Dominican, Dr. Beldona was the Associate Dean of the Graduate School of Business at Bryant University from 2011-2013. He has also held full-time positions at Wichita State University, the International University of Japan in Niigata, Japan, Graduate School of Management at Rutgers University, The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, and the Fox School of Business at Temple University. 

    Education and Professional Experience: His educational credentials include a BSc in Physics, MBA in General Management, an MS degree in International Business and a PhD in Strategic Management (from the Fox School of Business at Temple University). 

    Chamber of Commerce Role: Board of Director  


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  • Beau Blanchard
    California Film Institute
    1001 Lootens Place, Suite 220
    San Rafael, CA 94901
    (415) 526-5836

    Term: 2014 (3)

  • Title: Corporate Development Manager, California Film Institute / Mill Valley Film Festival

    Professional Duties:Beau started at the nonprofit California Film Institute in 2009 as the Development Coordinator for the 32nd Mill Valley Film Festival and has since risen to his current position of Corporate Development Manager, now responsible for over $3M annually in cash and trade sponsorships. A graduate of the University of Southern California, Beau studied Journalism and Cinema which led to a Producer position with Sony Pictures Entertainment & Columbia Pictures. After decade on the studio-side of the Hollywood film industry, Beau returned to the San Francisco Bay Area in 2008 to rediscover his 'cinephile roots' through independent film production and foreign and documentary film exposition.

    Education and Professional Experience: A graduate of the University of Southern California, Beau studied Journalism and Cinema, which led to a USC Industry Internship and an Assistant position with Columbia Pictures. After ten-plus years on the studio-side of the Los Angeles/Hollywood film industry at Sony and subsequently with film & television producer Leonard Goldberg’s Mandy Films, he returned to the San Francisco Bay Area to rediscover his cinephile roots through independent film production and foreign and documentary film exposition. An active member of the Screen Actors Guild, Beau is also the Artist Coordinator for SF Sketchfest, one of the most prominent comedy festivals in the country.

    Chamber of Commerce Role: Beau joined the San Rafael Chamber of Commerce’s Board of Directors in 2014. 

    Personal Information: Beau enjoys playing golf, attending Warriors & Oakland A’s games, and spending time with his family. Beau and his wife Lauren Crandell currently have one son, Camden Scott, and two dogs, Penny Lane and Maximus.


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  • Rob Devincenzi
    Marin Independent Journal
    4000 Civic Center Drive
    San Rafael, CA 94901
    (415) 883-8600
    Term: 2017 (1)

  • Professional Duties: President and Publisher, Marin Independent Journal.

    Professional Experience: Rob was appointed president and publisher of the Marin Independent Journal in 2015. He has worked in media for 24 years, most recently as editor and publisher of a Silicon Valley media group under the same Bay Area News Group brand affiliated with the Marin IJ. He has led digital and legacy media operations in roles such as publisher, editor and advertising director. 

    Accomplishments/Community Service: He is a former Business Person of the Year winner and Citizen of the Year finalist in Silicon Valley.

    Other Volunteer Activities: Rob is a graduate of Santa Clara University, earning a degree in communication with an emphasis in journalism. He is a member of the Rotary Club of San Rafael, and serves on the boards for Center for Volunteer and Nonprofit Leadership, San Rafael Chamber of Commerce and the Marin County Office of Education School to Career organization. He is also a member of the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks.

    Chamber of Commerce Role (Director, Committee work, etc.): Board of Directors; 

    Personal Information: Rob is a lifelong Bay Area resident. He is married with two sons. 


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  • Steve Fox
    EO Products
    90 Windward Way
    San Rafael, CA 94901
    (415) 945-1900
    Term: 2016 (2)

  • Title: CFO

    Professional Duties: Currently the Chief Financial Officer for EO Products, an all-natural consumer products manufacturer based in San Rafael

    Professional Experience: 25 years of experience helping companies operate more efficiently. Prior to EO, Steve was the Chief Financial Officer of Zocalo, an international furniture designer and wholesaler. He was the President of Start to Finish, a wholly owned subsidiary of Trek Bicycle Manufacturer where he successfully implemented a corporate turn-around. Steve also spent four years in international operations; two years with Premark International and two years with Fortune Brands. He began his career at Ernst and Young in Chicago.

    Accomplishments/Community Service: Member of the Rotary club of San Rafael and Member of Marin Forum

    Other Volunteer Activities: Past Board Treasurer for Nepal Youth Foundation; Current Board Member – Center for Volunteer and Nonprofit Leadership; Global volunteer experience: disaster relief work in the Philippines, development work in Kenya and teaching in Thailand.

    Chamber of Commerce Role (Director, Committee work, etc.): Board of Directors; Economic Vitality Committee 

    Personal Information: Fox received his bachelor's degree in accounting from Northern Illinois University and has taken Executive Management classes at Harvard Business School. He holds a CPA license. On weekends, Fox can be found on the squash courts, the yoga mat, his vintage 1996 Trek carbon fiber or exploring the world with his two amazing sons Aidan and Carter.


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  • Debi Geller
    Nelson Staffing
    18 Professional Center Parkway
    San Rafael, CA 94903
    (415) 479-5101
    Term: 2015 (2)

  • Title: Business Development Manager

    Professional Duties: We support companies of all sizes with temporary staffing and recruiting.

    Professional Experience: Debi has many years of experience working in staffing, account management, fundraising, teaching, writing, and community organizing. Debi graduated from San Francisco State with a BA in French Studies.

    Accomplishments/Community Service: Debi has served on many different boards and committees including: SR Chamber Ambassadors, SR Chamber Women of Industry, Corte Madera Chamber Board of Directors, JCHS Parent Association co-president, various projects at Congregation Rodef Sholom, BNI Leadership Team, Marin HR Forum Membership Chair, and more.

    Other Volunteer Activities: Debi has been a school volunteer wherever her children have attended school. She was involved in Girl Scouts and other community building events in Marin. Debi often speaks for associations and other groups.

    Chamber of Commerce Role (Director, Committee work, etc.): Director

    Personal Information: Debi lives in her hometown of San Rafael, where she was lucky enough to be able to raise her 2 daughters, who are 17 and 21. Debi loves the outdoors; hiking and walking her dog are favorite activities, as are cooking and being with friends.


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  • Michele Hassid
    Eckhoff and Company
    145 N Redwood Drive
    San Rafael CA 94903
    (415) 499-9400
    Term: 2017 (1)


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  • Diane Henderson
    DMH Land Use Planning
    980 Fifth Avenue Ste. 203
    San Rafael CA 94901
    (415) 457-0525
    Term: 2016 (2)


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  • Bob Herbst
    San Rafael Airport
    400 F Smith Ranch Road
    San Rafael, CA 94903
    (415) 472-7700
    Term: 2011 (4) 

  • Title: Owner/Project Manager

    Professional Duties: Robert manages the day to day operations of the San Rafael Airport. San Rafael Airport is a private general aviation airport housing 100 aircraft hangars and a small industrial park. In 2001-2004, Robert managed a complete Master Plan Renovation of the airport, including the installation of a 45 kilowatt rooftop solar project to provide renewable green power for airport operations. In October 2012 he completed Marin County’s largest solar project, which provides renewable power to Marin Clean Energy customers. He is currently working on a LEED Gold certified community sports facility to be located at San Rafael Airport.

    Professional Experience: Robert is a principal with family-owned JHS Properties, a local Marin County based real estate investment firm that develops, owns, and manages office and industrial properties. Notable projects include the Autodesk World Headquarters, Bay Park Office Center, and San Rafael Airport, all located in San Rafael.

    Accomplishments/Community Service: Robert serves on the Operations Committee of the Marin Art & Garden Center.

    Other Volunteer Activities: Robert helps coach his son's and daughter’s local sports teams, and is an active participant (and current Chief) with his children in Indian Guides and Indian Princesses.

    Chamber of Commerce Role: Robert is on the San Rafael Board of Directors and is Vice Chair of Economic Sustainability, overseeing the Green Business, Education, and Economic Vitality Committees.


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  • Lorenzo Jones
    The Employers Edge
    San Rafael, CA 94903
    (415) 652-7627
    Term: 2015 (2)

  • Title: Executive Coach

    Professional Duties: I help anticipate and solve employee-related problems by using and combining the following:

    * Train the Internal Coaching Programs
    * Assessments
    * Executive Coaching
    * Supervisory, management, and leadership training programs
    * Sales Training programs
    * Group facilitation
    * Employee accountability training
    * 240 and 360 Surveys
    * President and Human Resource Round Tables

    Professional Experience: Lorenzo Jones is a professional certified life and business coach, speaker, facilitator, consultant, trainer and executive with more than 20 years experience that is solidly grounded in creating a positive learning environment by building a high degree of connection and trust with his clients. The companies that have benefited from Lorenzo’s management and coaching includes; County of Marin, T-Mobile, AAA, Nike, Levi’s Strauss, Wells Fargo, BRE Properties Management, Hilton Hotels, Verizon Wireless...and more!

    Accomplishments/Community Service: Graduate of San Rafael Leadership Institute. Past Board Member of Marin Womens Hall of Fame

    Other Volunteer Activities: Serves on the Board of Director for The Boys and Girls Club of Marin and Southern Sonoma Counties. Serves on the committee at Working Solutions providing Micro Business Financing for entrepreneurs.

    Chamber of Commerce Role (Director, Committee work, etc.): Aside from current role on the BOD, I’ve been supporting the chamber on the Business Showcase committee for the past 4 years.

    Personal Information: Avid road cyclist participating in the ACLS Ride from San Francisco to LA. Have had the pleasure of sharing my coaching work in West Africa on several occasions . You can find me feeding the community as co-owner of Taste Kitchen & Table Bakery and Café in Fairfax.


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  • Vicki Masseria
    St. Vincent de Paul Society
    San Rafael, CA 94901
    (415) 454-3303
    Term: 2018 (1)


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  • Casey Mazzoni
    Mazzoni + Associates
    PO Box 150095
    San Rafael, CA 94915
    (415) 460-6763
    Term: 2014 (3)

  • Title:  Vice President

    Professional Duties: Casey specializes in public affairs, advocacy and political strategy.

    Professional Experience: Casey worked on several political campaigns in Marin, Sonoma and San Francisco counties.  She was a director at the Seattle Chapter of the American Heart Association where she managed the chapter’s American Heart Walk.

    Accomplishments/Community Service: Casey is proud to be affiliated with great organizations such as Conservation Corps Northbay, Friends in Sonoma Helping – F.I.S.H., Marin City Community Development Corporation and Catholic Charities.

    Chamber of Commerce Role (Director, Committee work, etc.): Casey is the chair of the Governmental Affairs Committee.

    Personal Information: Casey graduated from San Francisco State University with a Bachelor of Arts in Broadcasting, with an emphasis in News Production.  In her free time Casey enjoys traveling, food and wine, anything outdoors and spending time with her family and friends. 


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  • Sean Murphy
    Guaranteed Rate Affinity
    511 Sir Francis Drake Blvd.
    Greenbrae, CA 94904
    (415) 710-6342
    NMLSR ID - 1598647
    Term: 2014 (3)

  • Title: Home Mortgage Consultant

    Professional Duties: Residential Mortgage advisor helping Realtors and their clients close on 1-4 unit homes whether its Owner occupied, Vacation home or Investment purchase.  Having access to the latest technology where we can close within 21 days making the process more secure and easier for the borrower.  We can support borrower options with less than 20% down on jumbo home purchases as we have over 30 investors and brokered options to choose from.

    Professional Experience: Guaranteed Rate Affinity – March 2018 to present; Wells Fargo Home Mortgage Sept 2015 – March 2018 

    Accomplishments/Community Service: Wells Fargo Home Mortgage- Top Producer/Marin October 2017, San Rafael Chamber of Commerce – Ambassador of the Year 2013, SRCC – Chair of Ambassador Committee 2012 – 2013, Women’s Council of Realtors – Marin Chapter-Affiliate of the Year 2011, Women’s Council of Realtors – Treasurer 2012 and 2013, St. Anselm’s Parish CYO Board Member – 2010 – present, St. Anselm’s CYO Coach (Basketball and Volleyball), St. Anselm’s Church – Eucharistic Minister

    Chamber of Commerce Role (Director, Committee work, etc.): Ambassador, Membership Development

    Personal Information: Wife – Sharon, Kids – Colin and Erin. Native to Marin – Marin Catholic ’84 graduate, Santa Clara University ‘88


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  • Jaime Ortiz
    Bank of Marin
    1101 Fourth Street
    San Rafael, CA 94901
    (415) 485-2265
    Term: 2013 (3)

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  • Stephanie Plante
    CPi Development
    103 Shoreline Pkwy, Ste 100
    San Rafael 94901
    (415) 457-8850
    Term: 2013 (3) PastBoard Chair

  • Title: President

    Business Name: CPi Development

    Professional Duties: Stephanie is President and Managing Partner of Cal-Pox, GSG Partners and Sonoma Bell Associates, all based in San Rafael, California.  Major tenants include Target, Home Depot, Pier 1 Imports, Sonnen BMW and Marin Honda. Stephanie has been principal in the development of these businesses from the ground up.  Most recently, she secured all entitlements in a contentious, seven-year battle to build a Target at the Shoreline Center, owned by Cal-Pox, in San Rafael.  The Center is a 39-acre former landfill.  Stephanie manages not only the real estate development at the Center but also the environmental and regulatory requirements at both the County and State level.

    Professional Experience: Stephanie has a Bachelor’s degree from UC Berkeley and a Master’s degree from San Francisco State University, both in Communications. Prior to her real estate career, Stephanie was a television producer and reporter for the NBC affiliate in San Francisco. Stephanie has been in the real estate industry since 1999.

    Accomplishments/Community Service: In addition to the Chamber Board and the Marin Forum, Stephanie actively supports San Rafael Pacifics, the Tam Valley and Bahia Vista PTA, and she was formerly on the Board of Artworks Downtown. She helps direct a donor advised fund with the Marin Communtiy Foundation on behalf of her grandfather, Martin Bramante.

    Chamber of Commerce Role (Director, Committee work, etc.): Stephanie is the current Board Chair and past a Chair of the Economic Vitality Committee.

    Personal Information: Stephanie and her husband Chris live in Mill Valley with their two children, Anna and Amos.


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  • Leslie Ruhland
    Accuchex Payroll & Insurance
    365 Bel Marin Keys Blvd.
    Novato, CA 94949
    (415) 883-7733
    Term: 2013 (3)

  • Title: Executive Vice President

    Professional Duties: As a managing member, Leslie is currently building Accuchex Insurance Services LLC, which was founded as a complimentary service offering to her payroll and HR clients. Leslie's specialties include coordinating sales and new business initiatives, developing her team of consultants and driving her companies growth into the future.

    Professional Experience: Leslie began her business career energized by the outdoor life in Aspen, Colorado where she co-founded and operated High Altitude Cuisine, Inc. a highly regarded restaurant and catering business. She later returned to her native San Francisco Bay Area to manage numerous new restaurant openings for several hospitality chains.

    Accomplishments/Community Service: Leslie was appointed by the County Board of Supervisors to serve on the County Workforce Investment Board from 2007-2010.

    Chamber of Commerce Role (Director, Committee work, etc.): Served as a director for a number of years and on several key committees including Governmental Affairs, Workforce Housing, and Leadership Institute.

    Personal Information: In addition to parenting three children and two big dogs, Leslie enjoys sailing her Beneteau with family. Leslie is active in her personal life with the SFYC, having served terms on several committees and as Treasurer to the Auxilary Board. Leslie currently chairs the SFYC Speakers Series. She also enjoys her volunteer job on the sports field at the high school with her teenagers.


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  • Pat Sorber
    Four Points by Sheraton
    1010 Northgate Drive
    San Rafael, CA 94901
    (415) 479-8800
    Term: 2017 (1)


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  • Josh Townsend
    Craig Communications
    660 Las Gallinas Avenue
    San Rafael, CA 94903
    (510) 433-0277

    Term 2017 (1)


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  • Mark van Gorder
    Pacific Gas & Electric Co.
    1220 Anderson Drive
    San Rafael, CA 94901-3124
    (800) 743-5000
    Term: 2015 (2)

  • Title: Local Government Relations Representative Marin and Napa Counties – Pacific Gas and Electric.

    Professional Duties: Develop and implement effective Government Relations strategies to support Marin/Napa projects, including local agency outreach and permit support. Coordinate with local public works, city manager, elected officials and PG&E field teams, providing regular updates on upcoming work. Provide support for the field representatives on various projects or issues. Work collaboratively with various internal and external stakeholders at all levels and positions.

    Professional Experience: Mark began his career in Sacramento working in broadcast news and media relations for Office of the State Controller.  Mark moved back to his Sonoma and Napa home counties where, from 1995 to 2013, he focused on public relations, marketing, events, sales, and local government issues in the wine industry.

    Accomplishments/Community Service: Elected to Napa City Council in 2005 and re-elected in 2008, Mark promoted energy conservation, green building practices, Napa's "Dangerous Dog Ordinance", and worked with neighborhood leaders for improved pedestrian and bicycle safety.  Mark was appointed by City of Napa Mayor to serve six years on Napa Sanitation District Board of Directors.  Prior to his service on Napa City Council, Mark served three years as an appointee to Napa County Drug and Alcohol Advisory Board and in 2004 was appointed to City of Napa Planning Commission.

    Chamber of Commerce Role: After serving one year with the Government Affairs Committee, this is Mark’s first year serving as a Board of Director. 

  • Mike Westbrook
    Mercedes-Benz of Marin
    540 W. Francisco Blvd.
    San Rafael, CA 94901
    (415) 637-2333

    Term 2017 (1)


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  • Lee Ann Wise
    Kaiser Permanente
    99 Monticello Way
    San Rafael, CA 94901
    (415) 209-4058

    Term 2018 (1)


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  • Joanne Webster, President and CEO
    San Rafael Chamber of Commerce
    817 Mission Avenue
    San Rafael, CA 94901
    (415) 454-4163

  • Title: President and CEO

    Professional Experience: Joanne was appointed May 1st as the new President and CEO by the Board of Directors after serving as Director of Marketing and Community Promotion since 2011. For the past two decades, Joanne has been a strong advocate for local businesses. She has over 20 years experience in small business as the sole proprietor of Double Rainbow Cafe, San Rafael and 10 years experience in downtown business management as the Director of the San Rafael Business Improvement District.

    Other Volunteer Activities: Joanne is a member of the Marin Forum Board of Directors, Marin Convention and Visitors Bureau Board, Workforce Development Board and the San Rafael Rotary Club.

    Chamber of Commerce Role: Responsible to Board for implementation and execution of the Chamber's Business Plan. Joanne is the staff liaison to the Governmental Affairs Committee and the Economic Vitality Committee.

    Education: Joanne has a degree from Boston College with a focus in Mathematics and Computer Science. She is a San Rafael Leadership Institute graduate and currently pursuing an Accredited Chamber Executive credential from the Western Association of Chamber Executives.

    Personal Information: Joanne is the recipient of two Spirit of Marin awards (1998 & 2008) as the owner of Double Rainbow Cafe along with her talented husband of 29 years, Charlie Garfink. Together they are raising two brillant and beautiful daughters, Anna (22) and Meghan (18). She likes mountain biking, hiking and her favorite "holiday" is the last day of school.


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    I joined the San Rafael Chamber to get better connected with local business leaders, and to contribute to improving the community where I live and do business. It’s been almost 3 years now for me, and I couldn’t be happier with the results.

    Bob Herbst, San Rafael Airport