2017 Officers of the Board
Chair of the Board
Rick Anderson is a Business Advisor for DexYP who provides local business automation software, plus digital and print marketing solutions, to more than 700,000 local businesses. Anderson has been on the chamber board since 2008 and serves on other local non-profit boards. Rick served on the Chico Unified School District board of education until 2008 during which time he was also on the board of trustees for the California School Boards Association. Rick is married to Sue Anderson, Chico State AVP of Alumni and Parent Engagement; together they have three children, five grandchildren and also five cats who share their home.
Anastacia SnyderCatalyst Domestic Violence Services
Michelle NivenChico Area Recreation & Park District
1st Vice Chair
Michelle joined CARD in January of 2017 and currently holds the position of HR Manager. She is responsible for the administration of all human resources services for CARDS’s 400 employees. This includes maintaining compliance with legal requirements and government reporting regulations affecting human resource functions as well as ensuring policies, procedures, and reporting are in compliance with the law. Michelle came to Chico in 1988 and completed her degree in Speech Communications at California State University, Chico. From then, till now, she worked 20 years as an HR Specialist for a local employer, along with participating in a variety of community activities which has included mentoring students at Fairview High School, providing them with resume writing assistance, interviewing skills and the basics of being a valuable employee as well as conducting Job Skills Workshops for the EDD. When she isn’t wearing her professional hat, she is the mother to teenage twin daughters and enjoys reading, travel, music and spending time with family and friends.
Toni ScottMorrison & Company
Toni Scott is a principal with Morrison & Company, a business consulting firm focused on providing services related to planning and feasibility, grant writing, interim executive searches and special projects. Toni primarily works in the firm's grants practice, writing competitive grant proposals on behalf of clients in production agriculture, processing, agribusiness, distribution, manufacturing, and alternative energy. Toni is a member of the City of Chico Planning Commission and Butte County Library Advisory Board, past President of the Chico Chamber of Commerce Young Professionals Organization, is on the Butte County Farm Bureau Board of Directors, and is a founding director of the Butte Agriculture Foundation. Toni moved to Chico to attend Chico State in 2002, leaving briefly to pursue graduate school. She returned to Chico after receiving her master's degree in print journalism and worked several years as a reporter for the Chico Enterprise Record and Oroville Mercury Register. Toni continues to freelance write for California Bountiful, a bimonthly statewide magazine featuring California farmers, ranchers, and chefs. Toni and her husband Nick enjoy spending time with their dog Conner.
Karli G. OlsenK-Coe Isom
Jolene Francis, CFREEnloe Medical Center
Jolene Francis, CFRE, Director of Advancement & Communications, Enloe Medical Center: Jolene is a lifelong resident of Chico with 35 years in local business including positions in the financial industry and non-profits. Jolene is the past President & CEO of the Chico Chamber of Commerce and served on the Chico Planning Commission for 8 years. She is a recipient of the Chamber Athena Award and Chairman’s Award. Jolene is married to Mark Francis
Mark PierceNorth Valley Ag Services
Mark Pierce has been with North Valley Ag Services, a dba for Chico Bean Growers, since 1989. North Valley Ag is grower-owned cooperative that specializes in all things important to agricultural production including crop consulting, fertilizers and crop protection products. He has been fortunate to see the company evolve from primarily a dried bean handling and marketing association to a successful six-county farm supply company. North Valley’s customer base is a great diversity of both small and large growers with many minority growers and vertically integrated crop processors in the mix. Over Pierce’s 35 years he has held many positions in the company. Initially hired out of high school as a warehouseman to bag dried beans, Pierce has moved on to manage various divisions. In 2001 he became President of North Valley Ag Services and continues to work with a CEO and seven-member Board of Directors that is composed of association’s farmer-patrons. Pierce is also a board member of the Chico Noon Rotary and the California Fertilizer Foundation; as well as an active member of the Butte College Ag Advisory Committee, the Western Plant Health Retailers Council and the Chico High School Ag Boosters.
Gentry PowerSierra Nevada Brewing Company
Gentry is the Director of Customer Experience at Sierra Nevada Brewing Co., where he has worked for the past 6 years. Gentry and his wife Michelle returned to Chico just over 10 years ago purchasing a local Coffee House Café, Bidwell Perk. Although Gentry didn’t grow up in Chico, he did attend California State University, Chico and their family roots go back to the 1930’s in Chico. He and his family are proud to call Chico home.
Valerie ReddemannHero CMO
Valerie is the Principal at Hero CMO, a market strategy firm focused on empowering businesses with the direction, knowledge and tools they need to be victorious in achieving their revenue goals. With over 20 years experience in executive management as an entrepreneur, Valerie uses her super power of building tribes to create extraordinary customer experiences via marketing, digital and operational strategies. She holds a BS in Marketing from CSU Sacramento and has lived in Chico with her husband, Rob, and son Sy, since 2000. Valerie served as the 2013 Chair of the Chamber Board of Directors and is a current board member of Innovate North State and a professional trainer with The Training Place at Butte College.
Melanie BassettDowntown Chico Business Association
Melanie Bassett has been the Executive Director of the Downtown Chico Business Association for 3 ½ years. She previously served as branch Manager for Tri Cuntries Bank for five years and spent 14 years as the CEO of the Girl Scouts of Sierra Cascade. Melanie was born in Traverse City, Michigan into a Navy family, traveled extensively and grew up on the Monterey Peninsula where her father retired. She attended Chico State University getting a Masters in Criminal Justice and returned to Chico in 1990. Melanie is a member of the Chico Noon Rotary Club and served as President 2011-2012. She currently serves on the Chico Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, 3CORE Loan Administration Board and chairs the Beautiful, Clean & Safe Action Group. She has a son Benjamin who is an attorney in Chicago, however his real passion is music and he is on a solo tour across the country this year.
Natasha BeehnerGolden Valley Bank
Natasha Beehner graduated from CSU, Chico with a BA in Organizational Communications and is the Marketing Manager for Golden Valley Bank. She is involved in the community through the Chico Chamber of Commerce as a Board Member and Chair for the Special Events Committee; she is a JAR (Junior Active Rotarian) through Chico Noon Rotary; serves on the Marketing Committee for BGCNV and serves on the Chico Make a Difference Day Committee. In 2013, she was honored as the Young Professional of the Year by the Chico Chamber. She is married to her husband Chris and they have a son named Gage.
Cindy Bennington-FoorTri Counties Bank
Cindy Bennington-Foor is the Vice President and Regional Manager for Tri Counties Bank. She currently manages 13 retail branches encompassing Oroville, Paradise, Durham, Chico, Orland, Willows, Middletown and Covelo. Cindy is active in the community serving on the Chico Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors and Enloe Medical Center Board of Trustees. She is also a member of the Chico Rotary Club.
Angela CaslerSustainability Management Consulting
Angela Casler is the Principle Partner of Sustainability Management Consulting and the Executive Director of the Sustainability Management Association. Angela moved to Chico in 2005 to start her first small business in the transportation industry - SB Bear Trucking. In 2005 she was also a small business counselor at the Butte College Small Business Development Center. She has been an instructor for California State University, Chico’s Department of Management for eight years. Prior to Chico, Angela managed the European Division of a credit union and has twenty years of banking and finance experience. She has earned her BS in Management from the University of Maryland, and her MBA from Cameron University –University of Oklahoma. Angela’s most recent work is to engage business owners in managing for sustainability, which is to simply run a profitable business by managing human, financial and environmental resources efficiently. Her consulting work focuses on working with business owners to grow their businesses and create long-term strategic plans. Angela joined the Chico Chamber of Commerce in 2013 and began serving on the Legislative Action Committee to ensure we are working to foster smart growth with the collaboration of business and government. Angela volunteers in the local community by serving on the Board of Directors for the Alliance for California Business and as the Executive Director of the international nonprofit Sustainability Management Association which has many local ties to the City of Chico.
Mark ChrismanHealthy Solutions Insurance Services
Mark is a home-grown Chico native, after moving to Chico in 1970, where he attended Rosedale, Chico Junior and Chico Senior High School. Growing up and living in Chico for the past 46 years Mark has been able to watch Chico grow from a sleepy, small college town of approximately 30,000 residents to a thriving city of almost 100,000! Mark believes Chico offers a great quality of life and enjoyed it growing up as a kid. He is now grateful to be able to give these experiences to his two children, raising them here in Chico! Mark spent 36 years in the automotive industry, with almost 30 of those years working in the service department for Cuck Patterson Autoworld in Chico. That experience provided a great way to learn the workings of business! In May of 2015, Mark retired from the automotive industry to join his wife, Leanne Chrisman, at Healthy Solutions Insurance Services. Now he is able to experience and enjoy what Chico offers business owners in the community. You might see Mark out running in Bidwell Park or at a Chico Heat baseball game. He feels very fortunate to have grown up in and able to continue living in Chico, enjoying all it has to offer from education, to business, to raising a family!
Gayle E. HutchinsonCalifornia State University, Chico
In 2016, the California State University Board of Trustees appointed Gayle E. Hutchinson, Ed.D., as president of California State University, Chico. Hutchinson spent nearly 20 years in various instructional and leadership roles at Chico State. She served as dean of the College of Behavioral and Social Sciences, chairperson of the Department of Kinesiology, Academic Senate Chair, Statewide Senator and was a member of the President’s Diversity Council. Before that time, she was a member of the Chico State faculty, teaching kinesiology with a specialty in teacher preparation. She holds a bachelor’s degree in physical education teacher education from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, a master’s from Teachers College, Columbia University in teaching analysis & curriculum development, and a doctorate of education from University of Massachusetts, Amherst in teacher education/staff development.
Steve JungenUmpqua Bank
Rodney KrebsRodney Krebs, Realtor
Mr. Krebs joined the firm of Coldwell Banker Commercial, DuFour Realty as a broker in 1997. His prime area of focus is commercial and investment property brokerage and commercial leasing. He is a Certified Commercial Investment Member (CCIM) of the National Association of Realtors’® Commercial Investment Real Estate Institute. He attained Coldwell Banker’s “International President’s Elite” award in 2011 and the “International President’s Premier’ award in 2012. Mr. Krebs has served as President of the Chico Association of Realtors®.
Don KrysakowskiWork Training Center
Don is currently the Executive Director of the Work Training Center providing jobs and life skills training to adults with developmental disabilities. Previously he served as the interim Executive Director of the Chico Creek Nature Center and as the Assistant Director of the Center for Economic Development at California State University, Chico. Prior to coming to Chico, he worked for the Pennsylvania Technical Assistance Program at Penn State University and the Pennsylvania State Chamber of Commerce. His business background includes working for four start-up information technology companies, including the International Computer Security Association; AIM, Inc.; Pest-Patrol, Inc.; and LLD, Inc. Don started his career working for CACI, Inc., a Washington, DC based professional services firm, where he managed the development of several large-scale database development projects.
Dr. Michelle L. LargentChico Spine & Wellness
After years of searching for the right place to call home, she found Chico. For the last four years, Dr. Michelle has shared her skills as a game changer with her patients and the Chico community. People come to her business, Chico Spine & Wellness, for symptomatic relief, spinal fitness, and to change their lives through proper nutrition, exercise, and chiropractic care. She inspires people to engage in their health and take their game to the next level. When not in her office, you can find Michelle balancing her life between her incredible boyfriend, the most awesome Miss Langley, and the Chico Noon Exchange Club. She thinks life's pretty fantastic and feels incredibly blessed to be part of an amazing community.
Beau McSwainAsset Management Group—Cetera Advisor Networks
Mark OrmeCity of Chico, City Manager
Mark Orme has served in City Administration for over 15 years. He started his work in Chico in April 2013, as the Assistant City Manager, before being appointed to the City Manager position in June 2014. He has been recognized by the Hemet-San Jacinto Valley Chamber of Commerce as “Man of the Year” in 2012. Prior to working in local government, Mark served on the staff of Congressman Sonny Bono, and thereafter, Mary Bono-Mack, in the House of Representatives. Mark’s collegiate endeavors resulted in him attaining a Masters in Business Administration.
Brett SandersOffice of Brad Jacobson, Farmers Insurance
Brett grew up in Orange County, CA and the Seattle, WA area before moving to Redding, CA in 2005 to attend Simpson University. At Simpson he obtained a B.A. in Business and HR Management. He has been working as an insurance agent for Farmers Insurance since 2009. Brett loves the Chico community and enjoys being a part of moving Chico forward, making it a great place to do business and raise a family.
Danie SchwartzDanie Schwartz Consulting
Danie is not a native to the Chico area but that does not stop her love and excitement for our city and businesses. After graduating from Chico State she decided to stay and started working as an Office Manager and marketing assistant. After years of blog and content writing, she then honed in on her skills with social media and marketing to further develop her expertise. One trait that defines Danie and defines her role in the community is her passion for the community and the Chico Chamber. Danie finds her passion through her participation and dedication to local organizations and non-profits. Danie has been a YPO committed leader for the past three years (won Young Professional of the Year in 2014) and took on the role of Chair of the Chico Chamber Ambassadors in 2015 (won 2015 Ambassador of the Year Award). In her free time, you will often find her riding her bike to the Thursday night market or taking a hike in Upper Park with her boyfriend and their dog. You can also find her behind the camera lens taking photos at Chamber events or out and about in our town. Danie tries to blend the professional lifestyle with a touch of creativity, community and outreach for a perfect balance.
Dan SheaRecology Butte Colusa Counties
Dan Shea joined the Recology in August of 2017 as the General Manager Butte Colusa Counties. He comes to the Recology family from Waste Management of Massachusetts where he held various management positions. Dan started his waste career six years ago as a route manager in Plymouth Massachusetts. Over the Next 4 years Dan was promoted into more senior leadership roles. He joined the Operations Improvement Group providing Market Area analytics and business improvement strategies. As the Market Area Logistics Engineer for Rhode Island and Central Massachusetts, Dan was instrumental in the role out of of WM’s new Service Delivery Optimization leadership program and certification. Dan was awarded the WM Circle of Excellence award for his work in 2014/2015 prior to assuming the role of District Manager Central and Western Massachusetts. Prior to Waste Management Dan served as an officer in the US Navy earning his wings in 2001. After the tragedies on September 11, 2001 he was assigned to Carrier Airwing 5 serving in both Afghanistan and Iraq. Upon completion of his Carrier tour in late 2004, Dan was assigned to the European Command and NATO J-3 Operations Staff as the Commander US Navy Europe Liaison Officer responsible for Naval Operations in 92 countries in Africa and Europe. Dan studied Engineering and Economics. He completed his Engineering thesis on Co-Generation and zero waste solutions.
Brooke SmithResidence Inn & Courtyard by Marriott
Brooke Smith is the current Director of Sales for the Residence Inn and Courtyard by Marriott. She has been at the two Chico Marriott properties for almost 10 years and Director of Sales for 8 years. She graduated from California State University, Chico in 2010 with a degree in Recreation Administration optioning in Special Events, Tourism, Resort, and Lodging Management with a minor in Political Science. While in college she was President of her sorority, Sigma Kappa. Staying in Chico after college, she became very involved with the Chico Chamber of Commerce and other community organizations. She currently serves on the Committed Leaders for the Young Professionals Organization, and the special events committee. She was YPO President in 2016, and was the Young Professional of the Year for the Chico Chamber of Commerce for 2016. Brooke also is Vice President for Explore Butte County- a tourism improvement group in the county and was recognized in 2016 as one of California Travel Associations Emerging Leaders 30 and Under award. She was also nominated for Sales Person of Year for 2016 from her hospitality management company, Aimbridge. She continues to be active in the Chico Community as much as possible. You can find her most days exploring Chico and beyond looking for new craft beers to try.
Kelly StaleyChico Unified School District
Kelly has served as Superintendent of Chico Unified School District since 2007. She was born in Chico and graduated with a BA in English from CSU, Chico. She did post-graduate work at Pepperdine University, as well as the University of the Pacific. Kelly, and her husband Keith, are proud to be able to live in the positive, supportive and education friendly community of Chico.
Audrey TaylorChabin Concepts
Audrey Taylor's career in economic development began in Chico, where she was Executive Director for Butte County EDC and formed Tri-County EDC, now known as 3CORE. In 1989 she founded Chabin Concepts, a private economic development firm that has worked with over 350 communities throughout the US including developing strategies for the states of Oregon and Washington. Chabin creatively positions communities to win new jobs and investment through strategic initiatives for marketing, entrepreneurial development, business retention, organizational collaborations and sustainability. The firm has also assisted private sector companies such as 3M, Sierra Pacific Packaging/Graphic Packaging International, CSX Railroad, and Springboard Biodiesel. Audrey has served five California Governors in various appointments and she is Marketing Chair of TeamCalifornia.
Steve VickeryMadison Bear Garden/Mom’s
Ann WillmannChico Area Recreation & Park District
Ann has lived in Chico with her family since 2001. She is currently the General Manager of the Chico Area Recreation & Park District.
Ben WinterTransfer Flow, Inc.
Ben Winter is the Project Manager at Transfer Flow, an automotive manufacturing company that specializes in certified legal fuel systems. I have grown up in the Butte County my whole life with education through Butte College and Chico State. I have worked at Transfer Flow since 1993 where I established a position as the Sales Manager and piloted positive growth over 18 years. Our customer base ranges from retail through OEM vehicle manufactures around the world. I have developed a vast experience working with many fortune 500 companies introducing services and closing project with successful profits. In 2010 I accepted a position as the lead Project Manager with emphasis on company growth. My roles include networking, customer maintenance, presenting to new business and fielding diversity in manufacturing. I currently play an active role as an advisor or a board seats for many different associations connected to a manufacturing core business mission. I am extremely lucky to be living in Chico raising 5 children who attend local schools, play sports and absorb our community’s lifestyle. The “Winter 7” all have a strong passion for our community and want to focus making our lifestyle happy and positive. My interests are running, training and providing a positive connection to youth sports or clubs.
Dr. Samia YaqubButte-Glenn Community College District
Dr. Samia Yaqub was appointed Superintendent/President of Butte-Glenn Community College District effective July 1, 2016. She has worked at Butte College for over thirty years, most recently serving as the Vice President for Student Learning and Economic Development. Prior to moving into administration, she taught English as a Second Language and developmental reading and writing for fifteen years. Dr. Yaqub received her doctorate in education with an emphasis on Community College Leadership from Oregon State University. Her dissertation, Latina Student Perceptions of Learning Communities, won the RP Group Excellence in Dissertation award in 2011. She also holds a master's degree in English from CSU, Chico and a bachelor's degree in English from UC Davis. Dr. Yaqub has served on the Board of Directors for the Inspire School of Arts and Sciences and serves as an advisory board member of the California Writing Project. She is the co-chair of the Management Development Commission, the professional development arm of the Association of California Community College Administrators. Dr Yaqub’s professional interests include leadership development, student equity, and adult literacy.