• Board of Directors


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  • Shawna Gilroy, 2021 Board Chair
    Times-Herald

  • Bio Bio

    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.


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  • Robert "Bob" Arp, 2022 Board Chair-elect
    CSU Maritime Academy 

  • Bio Bio

    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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  • Jackie Arnold, 2019 Past Board Chair
    Soroptimist International of Vallejo

  • Bio Bio

    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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  • Derrick Karimian, Treasurer
    Krystal Properties

  • Bio Bio

    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.


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  • Jeanne Kilkenny-Turk, Membership
    Vallejo Insurance Associates

  • Bio Bio

    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.


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  • Robert Briseno, Economic Development
    BB&B Business Group/Local Happenings Magazine

  • Bio Bio

    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.


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  • Robert 'Bob' Arp, Government Affairs Chair
    CSU, Maritime Academy

  • Bio Bio

    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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  • Kathleen Conway-Caretti, Director
    Redwood Eye Center

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    I am born, raised, and attended Vallejo Schools. Both of my families immigrated from Italy and Ireland, in the early 1900's. I have a trade degree as an Optician, graduating in 1999. I went on to study the Master Optician program, graduating in 2006. My Father was a Police Captain with Vallejo for 35 years, my Mother in Healthcare.

    In 1990, I started working as an Optician for an Ophthalmologist in Pinole, before being hired as the Optical Manager at Redwood Eye Center in April of 1996.  In 2012, I was appointed as Practice Manager, overseeing all aspects of the business. We have four Doctor's' and twenty-two employees. We are the oldest Ophthalmology Practice in Vallejo and Solano County, for 82 years!

    I am currently working on my BA in Healthcare Administration, from the University of Arizona. I have three grown daughters and three grandchildren. My Partner and I have a home in Vallejo, where we are raising my eight-year-old stepdaughter.

    My community Leadership roles are:

    • Vice-President & Secretary of Vallejo Executive Lions Club, 2008 to present 
    • Vallejo Chamber of Commerce, Board member, 2018 to present
    • Chief's Advisory Board Member (CAB), 2018 to present
    • Community PEACE task force member (Crime prevention leader), 2020 to present
    • Life member of The Son's and Daughter's of Italy, Vallejo Lodge (Grandfather was Charter member)


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  • Shawn Gavne, Director
    Alstom

  • Bio Bio

    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. 



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    Bank of the West

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    Kaiser Permanente

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    Recology Vallejo

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    Medic Ambulance

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