Board of Directors
Jackie Arnold, Board Chair 2019
Soroptimist International of Vallejo
I am a native Californian, having been born and raised in the bay area. I graduated from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, in 1982, with a degree in marketing. I settled in Solano County, in Suisun, in 1986. I raised 2 boys there, and worked as a fundraising consultant for 12 years, doing fundraising in schools.
After staying home to be with my sons, and running a home day care business for a few years, I was approached by World Savings to come work for them as a loan officer. That started my path in the mortgage industry, which is where I stayed for 7 years. After World Savings, I was a loan officer at First Northern Bank, then the marketing rep at Liberty Title, until the day they closed in 2007.
After that, I took a much needed break. I was approached in early 2011 to help a non profit in Vallejo, called Milestones of Development, to help with marketing, fundraising, and event planning. Milestones is a residential and day program for adults with disabilities. I was ready to go back to work, and jumped at the opportunity. They only needed me part time, but the opportunity was great. In October of 2013, I left Milestones, and accepted a full time position at Solano Diversified Services, to do Business and Job Development with adults with disabilities. It is so fulfilling to place these adults in jobs. I feel honored, and so much pleasure to be working with these exceptional people.
In May 2015, I decided to follow a passion of mine and go back to school. I left Solano Diversified Services so I could be in school full time. I am working towards my credentials in drug and alcohol counseling.
I have been a member of Soroptimist International since 2007. Soroptimist is a woman’s organization dedicated to improve the lives of women and girls. In 2015, We gave $53,000.00 in scholarships to girls in Vallejo. I am currently serving on the Board of Directors, and the Co-Chair of Ways and Means, I am very proud to be a part of this organization.
I was elected to the Solano County Alcohol and Drug Advisory Board for the Solano County Board of Supervisors in 2015, I am currently serving as the Vice-Chair.
I am married to a wonderful, supportive man, Steve Arnold. I have 2 beautiful grown sons, and am truly blessed.
Shawna Gilroy, Board Chair Elect 2020
Shawna Gilroy was born and raised in Northern California. After moving to Vallejo in 2014, she wasted no time in becoming immersed in the community. With 15 years of advertising and marketing experience, Shawna uses her knowledge to promote and support the community of Vallejo, its businesses, and community organizations. She is on the Board of Directors for the Vallejo Rotary, and is the current President Elect Nominee for the 2018-2019 Rotary year. Shawna was also awarded the President’s Award for Outstanding Leadership in 2015-2016. She has served on the committee for Vallejo Waterfront Weekend since 2014. She is also an Alumni of Leadership Vallejo, graduating with the Year 8 Class in 2015, and continues to contribute to their many activities. She is an Ambassador for the Vallejo Chamber of Commerce, formally serving as Chief Ambassador in 2016, and was awarded the Ambassador of the Year recognition. She continues to serve as Chief Ambassador for the 2017 year.
In addition to all this, Shawna is the Advertising Sales & Community Engagement Manager for the Times-Herald. The Times-Herald is the go-to source for local news and information, as well as all your advertising and marketing needs. The Times-Herald has been recognized for its outstanding local coverage and community support by the Global Center for Success in 2015, and was given the honor of Large Business of the Year by the Vallejo Chamber of Commerce in 2014. The Times-Herald has also won numerous CNPA awards for writing and photography. The Times-Herald continues to be a Cornerstone Member with the Vallejo Chamber of Commerce, Visit Vallejo and ReBuilding Together Solano County. Other community groups and events supported by the Times-Herald include: Vallejo Symphony, Pista Sa Nayon, Juneteenth, Pirate Festival, Vallejo Community Art Foundation, Vallejo Admirals, Carnevale Fantastico, Solano County Fair, ARC Solano, Outreach Vallejo, Loma Vista Farm, Vallejo Waterfront Weekend, and So Fit City.
Shawna lives in Vallejo with her son, Connor, and is proud to call this city home. She strongly believes in supporting her community through activism, volunteerism, and perseverance. She is looking forward to continuing to work and grow with Vallejo.
Marc Salvadori, Past Board Chair 2018
Description of Business: Minuteman Press is a local printing and copying company providing a full range of products to fit anyone’s needs since 1991. We have a pleasant and personable staff that will make your experience with us the best it can be. Some of the services we offer include full color digital printing, graphic design, posters, promotional products, free pick-up and delivery and free consultation to help decide on the best way to achieve your printing needs. Minuteman Press is also committed to helping the community through donations and being involved in several local organizations. Minuteman Press has also been recognized 10 of the last 11 years as Best Printer by the Times Herald's Best Of.
Description of Job/Duties: Marc Salvadori is the General Manager of Minuteman Press. He oversees the everyday workflow from scheduling printing and copying jobs to insuring jobs get delivered to the customers.
Community Involvement: Marc has been involved with many local community organizations including:
- Leadership Vallejo Year One Graduate
- Past President of the Vallejo Jaycees
- Served on the Board of Director of Leadership Vallejo
- Vallejo Executive Lion member and Past President
- Relay for Life Co-Captain & Past Committee Member
- Bud Butler Man of the Year Recipient
Personal Information: Marc Salvadori was born in Pittsfield, Massachusetts and moved to Benicia in 1981. After graduating from Benicia High School, Marc went into the printing business with his parents in 1991 when they opened Minuteman Press and is now an equity partner. He met his future wife and stepdaughter, April and Beth, through the Vallejo Jaycees and married April in 2000. Marc has lived in Vallejo for the last 23 years and purchased a home with his wife in 2002. April and Marc are involved throughout the community as well as their daughter, Beth.
Maurice was born in the city of San Francisco, Ca. Born of immigrant parents, Maurice always understood the value of hard work. Later growing up in Sacramento, Ca he discovered his love for human interaction. Naturally he tried his talents in warehouse jobs. After exhausting his talents there he instinctively, in early 2001, he jumped in sales where his passion for providing excellent customer service was able to flourish at Auto solutions/Sol auto center in Sacramento. After giving himself a approximately 4 years to perfect his talents, he decided to go for the big leagues at a major dealership. He choose the family chain of the Maita auto group in 2005. After 4 years of service, Maurice decided to try his skills in retail and see what he could do. He left to take a position as furniture department head at Cost Plus World Market in 2007. He was able to show he was more than ready to tackle the retail market. Boredom finally drove Maurice back to the car business and excitement of fast paced auto sales at Roseville Hyundai. HIs love for the bay area would spawn a reactionary move to Alameda where he took a sales management position at Dublin Hyundai/ Subaru in May of 2010. Later that fall Maurice felt bored and decided to leave the automotive industry he cherished so much, to enter the retail market. He reluctantly took a job in the cannabis retail market at Purple Lotus Patient Center in San Jose, Ca in the winter of 2010. When he discovered his passion for helping people with cannabis, he quickly set his sights on his future in the cannabis retail space. He would later open reLeaf of Vallejo in late April of 2012.
Since then Maurice has discovered many other passions he never knew he had. And some that just lay dormant only to be awaken from time to time. He first joined the Vallejo Chamber of Commerce in the spring of 2016 when he agreed to a public service position as a Board member.
- In 2017 he was offered a position in the California Hispanic Chamber of Commerce as a member of a working group helping usher in sensible cannabis regulation in California.
- In 2017 Maurice was promoted to Treasurer of the Vallejo Chamber of Commerce where his love for finances and budgets was experienced and grown to be offered a second term for the year of 2019.
- Also in 2017 Maurice fed his philanthropic soul by accepting a public service position on the board of M3 in Vallejo. An non-profit organization that mentors at risk youth and offers opportunities to prepare for the world after high school. He has donated to this organization with a wish to see it flourish in to a city wide initiative. (since he began working for M3 he has witnessed it bloom some early flowers already in a few young individuals.
- In 2018 Maurice was elected to serve on the Vallejo Police Chief advisory board where his knowledge of high risk encounters and community extensive involvement have served as the tools to assist the police chief in his decision making and helping make Vallejo a safer community.
As with anything, you can not just work. On his time off you will catch Maurice spending quality time with his wife Anh and two children. He runs with his dogs, practices Muay Thai kick boxing, enjoys running, mountain biking, hiking swimming and just overall...enjoying the great outdoors.
Divisional Vice Chairs
Jeanne Kilkenny-Turk, Community Promotion
Vallejo Insurance Associates
Jeanne is a Vallejo gal, born raised and very proud of her family's and business history here in Vallejo. Her Grandfather Tobe Kilkenny was City Engineer for 40 years and her Grandfather Joe Lopes brought Bowling into Vallejo. The family owned and operated Vallejo Bowl (now the USA Museum) under the management of her father Frank Kilkenny for over 50 years.
Jeanne attended St. Basil's, St. Vincent's High School and Solano Community College. She went to Sales and Licensing School at Combined Insurance Company of America getting her Insurance License in 1987. She worked for Combined Insurance for awhile and then wanted to be closer to home and she went to work for Demmon Ins. in 1988.
At Demmon Ins. she met her mentor Kris Shirrell and longtime friend and co-mentor Dan Donahue. She happily joined Dan and Kris at Donahue Shirrell Insurance in 1991.
In 2000 Donahue Shirrell merged with another longtime Vallejo Agency Perkins Cardin Minahen and Thorpe to become Vallejo Insurance Associates. In 2001 Jeanne became a partner in the Agency.
Jeanne's community service support is long and diverse (and will likely be added to.)
Past President, Solano Executive Association
Board member, Northern California Keeshond Club
Ambassador, Vallejo Chamber of Commerce
Chief Ambassador and Ambassador of the Year 1998 for Vallejo Chamber
Board member and Past President, St. Basil's Catholic Schools Advisory Committee
St. Basil's Girls Volleyball Coach
St. Patrick St. Vincent's High School, Board of Regents
Leadership Vallejo Graduate "Year 1"
2010 recipient of the Vallejo Chamber/Avery Greene Athena Award
Jeanne is also a 21 year active member of the Vallejo Rotary Club and also Past President. Her love is the Dictionary Project and the Leadership Camps that she has been involved with for many years.
Currently on the Vallejo Chamber Board and serving as Community Promotions Chair. Married for almost 30 years to Roger and has 2 children Colin and Candice.
Jeanne is not slowing down and she is ready and willing to give more back to her hometown "Vallejo.
Robert 'Bob' Arp, Government Affairs Chair
CSU, Maritime Academy
Bob Arp is an Advancement professional with more than 25 years in higher education and healthcare fund development. During his career, Arp has raised more than $100 million in charitable contributions from individuals, corporations, and foundations. His experience includes both private and public universities. He has established annual fund, major gift and planned giving programs that have served as the foundation for endowment as well as traditional brick and mortar campaigns.
He most recently served as the Vice President for Development at MedStar Harbor Hospital in Baltimore, Maryland. He also worked as the Senior Director of Development at the MedStar Healthcare System headquarters where he established a planned giving program across the eight hospital network. Arp chaired the principal gifts committee and actively mentored the MedStar major gift officers. He also established the first system-wide comprehensive fundraising plan. This management tool provided senior MedStar leadership for the first time an accurate forecast of projected annual philanthropic revenue.
Prior to MedStar, Arp worked more than 12 years in legal education as the chief advancement officer for the Penn State Dickinson School of Law and Whittier Law School. He is well versed in all aspects of advancement including development, alumni relations, volunteer stewardship, marketing, and media relations.
Bob Arp is also a Captain in the United States Navy Reserve. Since September 11, 2001, Captain Arp has been mobilized three times to support Operation Noble Eagle and Operation Enduring Freedom. He was also recalled to three years of active duty to serve on the Navy staff in the Pentagon to lead and transform the Navy's Human intelligence and Counterintelligence program. During his last deployment to East Africa he served as the Chief Staff Officer for a counterterrorism task force. As the senior forward deployed officer, he was responsible for the administration, oversight, and logistics of over 350 personnel conducting sensitive national missions in the USCENTCOM and USAFRICOM areas of responsibility. He routinely coordinated with senior military, Department of Defense, Department of State, civilian agencies and elected leaders. Captain Arp is currently the Commanding Officer of a reserve unit in Washington, D.C. and anticipates retiring from the Navy in the upcoming months.
Arp graduated from UCLA in 1981 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science and history. And he obtained his Juris Doctor (J.D.) from Whittier Law School in 1994. He is currently a member of the California Bar and is admitted to the United States Supreme Court Bar. Arp is a California native and currently resides in Boiling Springs, Pennsylvania.
Arp's appointment begins on June 24. He succeeds Beverly Byl, who is retiring June 30 after three-and-a-half years at Cal Maritime and three decades in educational fundraising.
Amy Yacullo, Membership Chair
Amy was born and raised in New York. She worked many years in the retail merchandising industry where she met her husband. They moved to New Jersey and Amy raised her 3 children along with running a house cleaning business and a team of ladies in a direct marketing business. Most of the focus in Amy's community efforts was geared toward special needs children.
The opportunity came to Amy and her husband to move to California and run and own their own Grocery Outlet store in Vallejo. They packed up their family, sold their house and made Vallejo their destination.
Amy is always looking for ways to be a part of the community here in Vallejo and continues to focus on doing all she can to support the people and business here.
Robert Briseno was born, raised and attended school in Vallejo. He went on to attend and graduate from California Polytechnic University, Pomona.
Mr. Briseno, while in college, joined the Army Reserves and earned a commission as an officer. He served in the Army Reserves over 11 years in Finance, Military Police and Adjutant General units, as well as becoming Airborne qualified.
Private sector jobs and the military took him to several cities across the United States. He returned to Vallejo in 2002, where he partnered with his sister, Deanna Troupe, in the creation of their own firm, BB&B Business Group. BB&B Business Group is a business consultancy practice focused on marketing and financial advice for other businesses. His firm also created and publishes Local Happenings Magazine which serves Solano, Contra Costa and Napa county as well as the Vallejo, discover our community magazine created for the Vallejo Chamber of Commerce.
Mr. Briseno is active in the community, having served on the board and as President of Vallejo Rotary, Vallejo’s Main Street Organization and the Vallejo Parade Association (which puts on the Vallejo 4th of July Parade annually). He currently serves on the board of the Greater Vallejo Recreation district (G.V.R.D) and his Homeowners Association as well.
When not working he enjoys spending time with his wife and their three young children (who all attend school in Vallejo), as well as his parents and 5 siblings that live nearby.
Mr. Briseno is focused on improving the quality of life in Vallejo for him, his family and all residents. He believes that the business community is an important factor in the quality of life here in Vallejo and in his participation in the Vallejo Chamber of Commerce board of directors he is focused on helping create a positive climate for current and future businesses here.
Shawn Gavne, Director
Shawn Gavne is the Site Manager at Alstom Services on Mare Island. Alstom offers a complete range of customized services including maintenance, modernization, parts and repairs and technical support. All of which ensure operators the highest level of availability for their fleets, infrastructure and signaling systems.
Shawn was born and raised in Montana. His father worked in the rail industry for 40 years and his mother was a stay home mom. After high school, Shawn followed in his father's footsteps completing his apprenticeship and receiving his journeyman electrician card with BNSF Railway. He served as I.B.E.W. Local 1517 Union President in Alliance, NE and has worked in the rail industry for the past 30 years.
In his free time, Shawn enjoys the outdoors, working out, cooking and volunteering in his community.
Derrick Karimian, Director
Derrick Karimian is a lifelong resident of Solano county and a proud proponent of the city of Vallejo. He is co-owner of Krystle Properties, a local property management and real estate office which proudly serves Vallejo, Benicia and American Canyon. Krystle Properties has been voted best property management firm by the readers of The Vallejo Times Herald from 2010 through 2018.
Derrick has served as the President of the Vallejo Rotary Club, was Charter President of the Vallejo Active 20-30 Club and is a graduate of Leadership Vallejo (Year 3, 2009-2010). He has served on boards for several non-profit and theater companies in the area. Derrick has been happily married to his wife Lindsay since 2013 and is a proud father to his little boy, Malcolm.