The Chamber

2017 BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Officers

Marisela Barbosa

Marisela Barbosa, Board Chair 2017
Green Hive Spaces

Early in her life, Marisela developed a deep connection to the environment and a life-long commitment to protecting it. She believes that transforming the way business is typically done and ensuring that organizations achieve triple bottom line results is the key to ensuring that future generations have natural resources to use and protect.

Marisela’s professional background is focused on business development and operations management with an emphasis on streamlining operations and sustainability of for profit and not for profit organizations. She provides her expertise to large multinational corporations, educational institutions, government and to private ventures. Marisela has a successful track record of empowering organizations to turn their inefficiencies into opportunities and achieve sustainable growth. In 2016, she opened “Green Hive” a co-sharing workspace for sustainability focused businesses and for the solopreneur, entrepreneur or any business that needs part time office.

She is an active leader in Solano County having been appointed as Chair of the First Five Solano Commission, serving on the  Hispanic Advisory Committee for Travis Credit Union, serving on the board of the Participatory Budgeting Steering Committee of the City of Vallejo, serving as a past President of the Solano County Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, and Honorary Commander at Travis Air Force Base. Marisela is passionate about improving the personal, social, economic and political opportunities of children, women,  and families in her community.  Her contributions to her community have been recognized by the Solano Hispanic Chamber who recognized her as the community advocate of the Year and the Spirit of Solano awards. Marisela received the 2014 Athena International Award from Vallejo Chamber of Commerce and the Mayor’s community recognition award for her contributions in the area of advocacy for city of Vallejo.

Marc_Salvadori Marc Salvadori, Chair-Elect 2018
Minuteman Press

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:

  1. Leadership Vallejo Year One Graduate
  2. Past President of the Vallejo Jaycees
  3. Served on the Board of Director of Leadership Vallejo
  4. Vallejo Executive Lion member and Past President
  5. Relay for Life Co-Captain & Past Committee Member
  6. 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.


Past Board Chair

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Norbert Frost, Past Board Chair 2016
Law Offices of Norbert Frost

Norbert Frost is the owner and principal attorney of the Law Offices of Norbert U. Frost. Born and raised in Vallejo, he located his law practice here in 1991 and has been proud to serve clients in this area for over 25 years. He assists people with business, family law and estate planning, probate, trust administration and civil litigation. He and his staff provide clients with personal attention and exceptional legal services. He has extensive trial and transactional experience in many other areas of law including civil litigation, insurance coverage, products liability, asbestos personal injury and wrongful death defense, medical malpractice, personal injury, real estate, and eminent domain. Norbert obtained a multi-million dollar settlement from a major automobile manufacturer, and numerous 6-figure settlements. He has taken hundreds of cases to trial during his career and negotiated settlements in many more cases.

Norbert received his undergraduate degree in Political Science - Public Service from University of California at Davis in 1976 and graduated with his Juris Doctor degree from the University of the Pacific McGeorge School of Law in 1983. He was admitted to practice in California and federal courts in 1983. Norbert also is an experienced mediator who completed the Pepperdine School of Law mediation training program. He is a member of the State Bar of California, the Solano County Bar Association and the Napa County Bar Association. He has served as a Judge Pro Tem for the Solano County Superior Court and currently serves as a mediator for the court’s mediation program.

Norbert has served two stints on the Vallejo Chamber Board of Directors, and served as Chair of the Board in 2016. He has been a member of the Rotary Club of Vallejo for over 25 years, serving as President in 2003-2004, on the Board of Directors for many years, directed the dictionaries for third graders program for many years, and chaired and served on the scholarship committee for many years. He has also served on the Board of Leadership Vallejo, and other civic organizations.

Happily married to his lovely wife Allison since 1978, they have two amazing children, Lindsay and Eric, and two cute-as-a-button dogs, Yogi & Moka.

Vallejo Chamber of Commerce Board of Director Carol Larson

Carol Larson, Past Past Board Chair 2015
Georgia House Graphics

Description of Business: Georgia House Graphics is a full-service graphic design and marketing agency. We develop, design and execute marketing strategies and materials to create exciting, effective and award-winning print solutions for businesses and organizations. From a simple flyer or brochure to a major marketing campaign, GHG’s services include concept development, design, copywriting, illustration, photography, printing and mailing. Georgia House Graphics was named “Best of Solano County in Graphic Design” in 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2012.

Description of Job/Duties: Owner and graphic designer of Georgia House Graphics.

Community Involvement: Carol serves on the Board of Directors of the Vallejo Convention & Visitors (Past Chair) and is a Charter Member of the Solano Sunset Rotary Club. Carol is past president of the Vallejo Naval and Historical Museum, and the Vallejo Community Arts Foundation. She has served on the boards of the Benicia Vallejo Humane Society, Leadership Vallejo, Silverado Concours d’Elegance Mare Island, and co-produced the Vallejo Jazz, Art & Wine Festival for over 10 years. She previously served on the Vallejo Chamber Board of Directors as Vice Chair of Tourism, of Membership and of Special Events.

Personal Information: Born in San Francisco, Carol has been a Vallejoan for over 30 years. She is married to Vallejo native Brad Larson and has two children; a son, Matthew, and a daughter, Sierra.


Divisional Vice Chairs

  Michael Drinker, Treasurer
Team Superstores

 

 

 

LaGuan Lea, Economic Development
Lea Pannell Realty

 

Beau_DeFehr Beau DeFehr, Government Affairs
Mount Diablo Solano Oncology Group/Vallejo Cancer Care

Beau is the Administrator of Mount Diablo Solano Oncology Group (MDSOG) which is a privately owned corporation providing medical care and treatment to those diagnosed with cancer and blood disorders. MDSOG has locations throughout the Bay Area, with a primary treatment center located in Vallejo at the Sutter Solano Cancer Center. MDSOG has been a part of Vallejo since 2003 and is proud to support this wonderfully diverse and enthusiastic community.  MDSOG partners with local non-profit organizations in bringing value added services to those touched by cancer living in and around Vallejo.

Beau has worked in the healthcare arena for over 20 years, nearly 10 of which have been dedicated to oncology practice management. On behalf of various biopharmaceutical companies, Beau frequently speaks across the nation on topics ranging from oncology practice efficiencies to the Affordable Care Act and healthcare reform.

Beau is a native Californian and moved to Vallejo in 1999. He and his partner have established strong roots in the community and are proud to call Vallejo home.  In his spare time, he enjoys gardening, listening to country music, and pursuing his passion of cooking authentic Mexican cuisine. He is honored to serve on the Chamber’s Board of Directors and hopes his contributions will add value to the business community and Vallejo as a whole.   

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Jackie Arnold, Community Promotions
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.

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Shawna Gilroy, Membership Services
Times-Herald

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.

Directors

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Robert S. Arp, Director
CSU, California 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.

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Mona Babauta, Director
SolTrans

Mona has spent over 16 years of her career in the Public Transportation Industry, and she currently serves as Solano County Transit’s (also known as “SolTrans”) first, permanent Executive Director. As SolTrans’ top Executive, she has played a critical role in shaping and building this new organization from the ground-up, which was formed from the consolidation of the public transit systems once operated by the Cities of Vallejo and Benicia. Prior to SolTrans, Mona also worked for the Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority, and the Cities of Santa Rosa, Fairfield and Culver City. She also remains active in various statewide and regional committees focused on transit coordination and advocacy, including serving on the Executive Committee of the California Transit Association since 2009.

She believes in the value in public transit and how it plays a critical role in creating healthy, engaged and productive communities.

Mona received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from the University of Notre Dame in South Bend, Indiana. And, as a Woodrow Wilson Fellow, she attended the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University where she received a Master of Public Administration degree.


  Hassina Beserra, Director
Wells Fargo Bank

 

Rick_Blair Rick Blair, Director
Kaiser Permanente

Rick Blair has over 20 years of experience in finance, education, health care and federal government operations. Rick joined the Kaiser Permanente and the Napa Solano Service area in October 2015. In his current role, Rick serves as the Hospital and Health Plan Compliance Officer, the Privacy Officer, and as a member of the Medical Center Executive Leadership team. Rick is also responsible for leading and implementing the area diversity and inclusion program.

Prior to joining Kaiser, Rick worked for UCSF as the Compliance Officer and Director for Research Financial Operations where he was responsible for managing a large operations team as well as planning, staffing and directing various research administration and accounting functions, including billing, financial reporting, compliance, contract management, cash management, as well as training and campus outreach.  Before joining UCSF, Rick served as a Chief of Staff and Health Care Compliance Manager at Anthem (formerly WellPoint Inc.) in their PBM operations Rick also served in finance and accounting roles as well as a contracting officer with the federal government prior to entering compliance.

Rick holds a bachelor’s degree in Accounting, and two master’s degree, one in Health Care Administration and another in Business Administration. Rick has earned a certification in Healthcare Compliance (CHC) and is a member of the Health Care Compliance Association as well as the California Hospital Association. Rick is a resident of Vallejo and enjoys his time exploring the area's beautiful parks, wineries and local food scene with his husband Jon.

  Dianne Cameron, Director
Six Flags Discovery Kingdom

 

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Alicia Cook, Director
State Farm

Alicia Cook has owned and operated her own State Farm Agency located at 2002 Springs Road, Vallejo CA 94591 since 2001.  Alicia Cook and her team provide insurance and financial services for their clients.  Alicia Cook graduated from the University of San Francisco with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration in 1992.

Alicia has been  married to her husband Darius Cook for 23 years.  They have 3 daughters.  The eldest two Ashley and Daria  are twins and are both in their 3rd year of college.   Darius and Alicia’s youngest daughter Aaliyah, is in 2nd grade.

Alicia Cook is very active in her community.  She is an executive board member of the Solano County Black Chamber of Commerce, board member of the Vallejo Chamber of Commerce, a member of Soroptimist International of Vallejo, Program Director for the Greater Vallejo Chapter of Jack and Jill and a volunteer Awana’s leader at Mount Calvary Baptist Church.

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Landis Graden, Director
Dutra Cerro Graden

Landis Graden is President, CEO and Co-Founder of Dutra Cerro Graden Real Estate (DCG).  Not content to simply be financially successful, DCG projects are the realization of a shared vision, with a focus on a strong ethical foundation and fostering long-term relationships with the community. Built on the core belief that the company is not separate from the community, but rather an integral partner, DCG works with churches and public school districts and see every project as an opportunity to transform real estate into resources for community-based organizations. DCG helps its clients develop, sell, buy, lease and re-purpose real estate assets.  As a registered Public Benefit Corporation, DCG has adopted both social and environmental missions to coincide with its for-profit status.  Since 2005, DCG has served over 450 organizations totaling more than $1Billion in transactions many of these churches.

Landis is a serial entrepreneur having founded over 10 companies over the past 20 years.  At present, he is also the co-founder of a technology start-up company and writing a book about the black business leader experience in America.

As Chair of the Vallejo Planning Commission, Landis blends his business acumen with a local grasp of his community’s needs and values. Fusing opportunity, understanding, and experience has enabled Landis to pursue projects that strengthen the community’s economic base, attract new business and jobs, and work towards a sustained, healthy, robust future for the coming generation.

In addition to the Vallejo Planning Commission, Landis is the Board Director on the Vallejo Chamber of Commerce, Board Member for the Community Democratic Club of Solano County, Board President of Glad Tidings Community Development Corporation and previously served on the Board of Brighter Beginnings and the City of Hayward’s Economic Development Committee.

Always giving back, Landis has founded the One Vallejo Community Foundation and frequently offers pro bono consulting services to small businesses.

 

Toni Mallory, Director
C & M Realty

 

 

Vijay Patel, Director
Regency Inn


 

Elizabeth "Pinky" Santiago, Director
Bank of the West

 

Maurice Solis, Director
reLeaf Alternative Corp., Inc.

 

Jenny Tiu

Jenny Tiu, Director
Law Office of Jenny C. Tiu

Jenny Tiu is the owner of the Law Office of Jenny C. Tiu.  She exclusively represents plaintiffs in serious injury and wrongful death cases.  Growing up in Solano County, Jenny chose to establish her law practice in Vallejo.  Since then, she opened a second office in Concord. 

Jenny received her B.S. degree in Physiological Science from UCLA.  During her undergraduate studies, she was a research assistant at UCLA for both spinal cord injury and atherosclerosis research.  She then earned her J.D. degree at Golden Gate University School of Law with an emphasis in Public Interest Law.  During law school, she interned for the San Francisco City Attorney's Office in the Juvenile Dependency Unit.  She then went on to intern for the Solano County Alternate Public Defender's Office in the Juvenile Dependency Unit and later in the Misdemeanor Unit.  After being admitted to the bar, she was hired as a deputy public defender in Solano County where she represented hundreds of misdemeanor and juvenile dependency clients.  There, she earned a reputation for starting investigation early, preserving evidence, and being an excellent advocate for her clients.  After the birth of her child born with a medical condition, Jenny grew a strong interest in personal injury.  She worked for two Bay Area firms before opening her own practice. 

Jenny strongly believes in supporting her community.  She has served on the board for the Asian Pacific American Bar Association of Solano County and the Asian Pacific Islander American Public Affairs Association of Solano County (APAPA).  She also served as Chairman of the Youth Committee for APAPA where she spearheaded the first internship program for the Solano County Chapter.  Currently, Jenny serves on the board for the Filipino-American Chamber of Commerce of Solano County and the Chinese American Association of Solano County.