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 pareticipate 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.,
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 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!
Patsy Fleisch | Mary Kay Cosmetics
Immediate Past President
Novato Chamber Ambassadors | Ambassador of the Year 2016
Leadership Novato Class of 2012
Patsy Fleisch, a Novato resident of 39 years, has experience in the Novato Chamber of Commerce as an active volunteer, involved Chamber professional, including Chamber Ambassador for several years, 2013 graduate of Leadership Novato and community leader.
As a Mary Kay Independent Consultant, she embraces her role of empowering women to be their very best and mentors leaders toward success.
“I mentor and coach women in the area of self-confidence, leadership skills and financial independence,” Patsy says. “As an active Chamber volunteer, I develop personal relationships within the Chamber’s membership and help new and prospective members realize the benefits they can gain by being a member.
“I’m passionate about being involved, helping launch others and being a mentor,” she adds. “Working with the Mary Kay Ashe Foundation, I focus on two main areas locally and nationally – the eradication of domestic violence and the raising of money to research women’s cancers.”
Here at home, Patsy is involved with the Gilead House (a Chamber member), Bowling for Kids’ Sake, and Performing Stars Enrichment Program in Marin County. She has worked as an administrative capacity at Novato schools and for 30 years as a medical assistant before joining Mary Kay as an Independent Consultant.
Born to a family of military service – her father retired as an Army Lt. Colonel – she lived in Georgia, post-war West Germany, and played among the hills of the San Francisco Presidio. Patsy and her husband of 43 years, Ken, enjoy their three grown children and
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.
Dale Kline is the Operations Manager for a locally owned property & casualty insurance company, where his responsibilities include, underwriting, program development and regulatory compliance. He has been an active volunteer with the Chamber of Commerce for many years and has been a recipient of the Chamber of Commerce Volunteer of the Year Award.
Dale, with the support of his wife Joan and their two boys Chris and Robert, has been dedicated to supporting our local youth and public education. He’s served in a leadership capacity on several boards and committees including School Fuel, the Novato Foundation for Public Education, Novato Youth Soccer, Novato High School PTA, Site Leadership and Sports Boosters, Novato Unified School District Parcel Tax Oversight Committee, Multiple Parcel Tax and Facility Bond Measure Committees, Paint the Town Red, and more.
While his leadership has had many positive impacts on our community and the lives of our children, it’s his role as past president and current Advisory Board member of School Fuel that he calls out as being the most rewarding. In that role Dale is most recognized today as the Event Director of School Fuel’s Tour of Novato & Community Fair. This event has grown to be widely recognized as one of the premier local events. Not only does this event bring the community together to celebrate education in Novato, it has resulted in nearly $1 million dollars in net proceeds being invested in our classrooms.
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.
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.
Sandeep Karkal serves as General Manager-Chief Engineer of the Novato Sanitary District (NSD), where he has worked since 2004. NSD provides wastewater, water recycling, and solid waste services to over 60,000 people in Novato and the surrounding areas.
Sandeep is a registered engineer in multiple jurisdictions, with a background in civil/environmental engineering. Prior to coming to Novato, Sandeep worked for an East Bay agency for over six years, and spent over a decade in the private sector working for some of the most respected environmental engineering consulting firms in the world.
He has a Bachelors’ degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Mumbai (Bombay), India; a Masters’ degree in Civil/Environmental Engineering from California State University, Sacramento; and continuing executive education from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Sandeep has served as adjunct faculty at California State University, Sacramento, on the boards of various environmental industry groups, and is a member of the American Society of Civil Engineers. He has lived in the Bay Area almost continuously since moving here from his native India over 30 years ago. He moved to the Novato area in 2004 where he continues to live with his wife and daughter.
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.
Valerie Russo works with Katie Chase at State Farm Insurance at their new location on Grant Avenue. Valerie has been with State Farm for 10 years and finds great reward in educating and advocating for her clients. “Being there for someone during loss, and having your company fulfill their promise to pay is a remarkable experience”.
Valerie and her husband purchased their first home in Novato and though new residents, she has taken full advantage of all it has to offer. Working at the Festival, setting up for the Parade, and participating in the Tour of Novato, Valerie is committed to being involved and making a difference.
This is where we are starting our family, nothing is more important to me than working, living, and shopping in a community that I am proud of.
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.
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