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BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Board of Directors

The Novato Chamber is governed by a Board of Directors. Our board are dedicated individuals who enjoy living/working in the community that they serve. They come from unique backgrounds and bring with them years of industry wisdom as well as dedicated to see this community thrive. Board members are eager to participate and help shape a better tomorrow for region.

Novato Chamber Board members serve 3-year terms and may serve two consecutive terms before they must take a mandatory year-off from service. This term limit helps ensure that new leadership and ideas come to the Board and the Chamber. Chamber Presidents may serve one or two year terms., 

President & Officers

2022 Board President - Coree Cameron

Cameron Coffey & Kaye Professionals

Treasurer - Sherri Jacobs

Valley Memorial Park Cemetery Funeral Home & Event Center

Vice Presidents - Jodi Fischer

All California Mortgage

CEO - Coy Smith

Novato Chamber

Directors (In Alphabetical Order)

Stacey Beckhardt

BioMarin Pharaceuticals

Michael Jackson

Coldwell Banker Real Estate

Mary Jannisse

Jannisse & Jull CPA

Garen Kazanjian

Recology Sonoma-Marin

Tom Keaney

Principal Financial Group

Betsy Ricketts

Ultragenyx Pharmaceuticals

Kristin Swenson

Kreativz

Jim Tubridy

Atria Tamalpias Creek

AJ Vazquez

Umpqua Bank

Tom Young

Pini Ace Hardware

Coree Cameron | Cameron Coffey & Kaye
President 2022


Small Business of the Year: 2016
Novato Chamber President 2014
Novato Chamber Board of Directors 2012 -2017
Leadership Novato Class of 2012
Member of the Novato Chamber Finance Committee
Member of the Scream on the Green Committee

 

Coree is an Enrolled Agent with more than thirty years of experience in the fields of accounting and taxation.

Over the course of her professional career, Coree has advised countless individuals and small businesses as well as prominent concerns such as Columbia Hospitals, Kendall Jackson Wine Estates, and In Bed Productions, Inc., producers of Dancing with the Stars.

Prior to becoming one of the founders of Cameron Coffey & Kaye in 2003, Coree managed her own successful bookkeeping and write-up practice serving clients throughout San Francisco, Marin and Sonoma Counties.

In addition to her work at Cameron Coffey & Kaye, Coree is also Treasurer of Novato Community Television, Rotary Club of Ignacio, and Novato Community Action Network, Inc. (formerly Novato Women’s Network, Inc.), a not-for-profit organization that she formed in 2009, which focuses on helping the Novato community through charitable donations, fundraisers, and partnerships with other local not-for-profit organizations.  Her organization has raised over $75,000 for local causes.

 


Coree feels duty-bound to support the Chamber and the community that it represents (and that she loves). Her ideals and viewpoints are aligned with the Chamber, which enables her to offer powerful insights into business and community goals and support the mission and values of the Chamber.

Seth Shorett | River City Bank
Immediate Past President 

Co-Chair Government Affairs Committee
Leadership Novato Class of 2010

 

 

Seth was born and raised in San Bernardino, CA and attended college at UC Santa Barbara, graduating with Highest Honors with a BA in Business Economics.  After graduating from UCSB, Seth moved to San Diego and entered the real estate industry, where he earned his broker’s license and started his own property management company, SD Shores Property Management.  In 2006, he moved to the North Bay and entered into commercial banking.  Seth has worked for Presidio Bank since 2007 and has helped  the Bank grow from a first year De Novo into a $750 million bank.  He is now a Relationship Manager for the North Bay Regional office helping business clients solve problems and capitalize on opportunities.

Seth has lived in Novato since 2008 with his wife, a Special Education Teacher, and his two young children.  Seth is a Board Member of the Novato Youth Center and serves as their Treasurer and Chair of the Finance Committee.  Seth has volunteered with the Novato Chamber of Commerce since 2010.  He is a graduate of Leadership Novato (2010) and co-chairs the Government Affairs Committee.

When Seth is not in the office working, in the community volunteering, or spending time with his family, he can be found playing music, camping, hiking, off-roading, or working on his truck.


 Seth brings expertise in accounting, economics, real estate development, and small business finance.  He loves this city and serves on the Chamber Board because he wants to help Novato thrive!

Sherri Jacobs | Valley Memorial Park  Cemetery Funeral Home & Event Center

Treasurer 2021

Novato Chamber Sponsor of the Year: 2018
Leadership Novato Class 2019 | Ed Stark Recipient
Executive Committee Member
Novato Chamber Ambassador

Sherri Jacobs,  has a dual role at Valley Memorial Park as Director of Finance as well as Director of Marketing.  Valley Memorial Park provides full service, Cemetery, funeral home on-site crematory and reception center--the most unique business of its type in all of Marin.

In addition to successfully raising two children, Sherri has over twenty-five years in the business community that included managing her own company for over 15 years and then successfully migrating to a corporate position with the Napa Wine Train while continuing to closely volunteer her services with a variety of non-profit organizations.  Although only being a member of the Novato Community for a few years, Sherri has continued to pursue her life-long passion of supporting programs vital for the success and vitality of our community of family, friends, and businesses.   Her take action personality and ability to see what needs to be done and create the time and energy to find ways to get things done for so many organizations, businesses and individuals is one of her many assets.  Sherri’s genuine passion for supporting our community is one of her greatest strengths.   Changing the way, the community looks at our type of business.  Bringing our company forward to be a viable part of the community.


Sherri brings 8 years of working with non-profits on boards.  Enthusiasm and a vision for helping our chamber to move forward in Shaping tomorrow.   

Jodi Fischer | All California Mortgage

Vice President 2021

Novato Chamber Ambassador | Ambassador of the Year 2017
Novato Chamber Ambassador Committee Co-Chair 2018 & 2019
Leadership Novato Graduate Class of 2012
Member of the Membership Committee

I often tell people I have the greatest job in the world.  I give away money, it's not mine, and most people love me…I value relationships above all, and I enjoy doing loans for varied clients from the first-time homebuyer to the sophisticated investor. I cover most of the United States for residential 1 to 4-unit purchases, refinances and 1031 exchanges. I am experienced in handling all types of mortgage needs from conventional, conforming and non-conforming loans to government FHA and VA loans, bridge loans, private money needs, construction and have now added some light commercial and reverse mortgage financing.  Past jobs include VP residential sales for Bank of America and Senior Loan officer for Wells Fargo and PNC Bank.

During the past 18 years as a mortgage consultant, I have earned numerous awards and recognition and have been consistently ranked in the top 10% of the companies I have worked with both nationally and regionally in production and customer service since 2001.


 I am a former board member of the Downtown Business Association and NAHREP (National Association of Hispanic Realtors) and sit on the board of the newly formed Novato Evening Rotary Group as membership chair.

 

Stacey Beckhardt | BioMarin Pharmaceuticals

 

Stacey Beckhardt joined BioMarin in 2015 and now serves as Senior Director, Global Advocacy Strategy and Operations, Government Affairs.  BioMarin is a global biotechnology company that develops and commercializes innovative therapies for patients with serious and life-threatening rare and genetic diseases.  The company has strong roots in Novato since its founding there in 1997.  Novato is the site of its manufacturing and many of its research facilities.  Other Marin offices are located in San Rafael.

Stacey’s role at BioMarin is about building alliances, always with an eye toward strengthening the company’s commitment to the local community as well as to partner with advocacy groups with common interests in public policies that have an impact on people living with rare and genetic disorders.  Stacey has worked in the pharmaceutical industry for more than 16 years.  Previously, she spent nearly two decades representing non-profit medical and scientific societies and foundations.  Stacey received an MS in experimental psychology from Villanova University, and a BS in psychology from the University of Virginia.

Michael Jackson | Coldwell Banker
Member of the Business Education Committee
Novato Chamber Ambassador
Leadership Novato Class of 2019

 

Having played Minor league baseball in my prime youth years, and a current active yoga enthusiast, it helps me to be a strong, conscious, present, and compassionate negotiator. I utilize the latest technology, social media, and television while marketing your home through competitive insight. With a typical response time of 24 hours or less, you will feel comfortable knowing your questions and concerns are being answered or worked on. Having my Brokers license and some lending background, I can help you every step of the way to see the big picture with your real estate portfolio. A portion of my sales goes to a local nonprofit called launch five for five that helps to struggle Millenials, usually, 18-30 years of age get on their feet to have a great resume and kick start their careers. Specialties: My area of expertise are with First Time Home Buyers, Investors, and Seniors SRES (Senior Real Estate Specialist) Designation as of 1/21/2018
Board Member with the Novato Chamber and 2018-2019 Leadership Novato Graduate
Marin Builders Association Member 2019


Michael is a networker and connector in the Novato Community while supporting the Chamber with multiple Membership signups through telling my experience with the Novato Chamber. 

Mary Jannisse | Jannisse & Hull CPA

Garen Kazanjian | Recology Sonoma - Marin

Member of the Government Affairs Committee
Leadership Novato Class of 2019

Garen Kazanjian is a Waste Zero Specialist for Recology Sonoma Marin, the solid waste franchise holder in Novato. In that role, he is responsible for education and outreach to commercial and residential customers, as well as commercial compliance for state laws mandating diversion of recyclable and compostable materials. Garen prides himself on being an expert in “what goes where”, and helps people with the daily struggle of how to sort their waste to send as little to the landfill as possible. He has daily interaction with Novato business owners, employees, and residents. He also staffs educational tables at virtually all Novato events, works with schools to provide waste education, and dresses up as a Recycle can for the Novato 4th of July Parade. Prior to his work at Recology, Garen was a legislative staffer at the California State Capitol in Sacramento. He worked for various legislators, including Marin County Assemblymember Marc Levine, analyzing and briefing members on environmental legislation.


 

Tom Keaney| Principal Financial 

Leadership Novato Class of 2021

Betsy Ricketts  | Ultragenix Pharmaceuticals 

Kristin Swenson | Kreativz!
Member of the Membership Meeting
Chair of DEI Taskforce
Leadership Novato Class of 2021

Kristin K. Lee Swenson successfully leads Kreativz, Inc.., a brand strategy and marketing firm. Her collaborative leadership style achieves amazing results for her clients. Her ability to strategically bridge the highly creative and the highly technical have earned her a loyal following among clients.

With over 20 years’ experience, Kristin has developed communications and technology products, programs and campaigns to serve local, national and international organizations. She has led Kreativz development of the empathy-driven design approach and the importance of vision in any brand implementation.

Inspired by the world, Kreativz' expertise helps organizations align brand strategies with business goals, to drive sustainable growth and to reach desired audiences for maximum business or social impact. Kreativz is especially passionate about making a positive impact in the world. Under Kristin's leadership, the company has contributed over $2M in donations or in-kind contribution since 2007.


Kristin brings strategic banding & marketing expertise along with a deep understanding of organizational, community and economic development in today's local-global context.

Jim Tubridy| Atria Tamalpias Creek

 

AJ Vazquez | Umpqua Bank

Leadership Novato Class of 2019

Tom Young | Pini Ace Hardware

 

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