• Board of Directors

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    CHRIS GALLAGHER
    Chairman of the Board
    Bay Model Visitor Center
     
    JEFF SCHAROSCH
    Treasurer
    The Spinnaker
     
    PAT SORBER
    Secretary
    Casa Madrona Hotel & Spa
     
    KIM HUFF
    Member-at-Large
    The Kimber Companies
     
    CHRISTOPHER HOLBROOK
    President Elect
    Studio 333
     
    KATYA WITTENSTEIN
    Director
    Katya Glass Jewelry
     
    KATIE WILLIAMS
    Director
    Paychex
     
    JAMES GABBERT
    Director
    Next Century Enterprises
     
    MELISSA BLAUSTEIN
    Director
    Community Member
     
    AJ SINGH
    Director
    Bank of Marin
     
    TERESA ANCONA
    Director
    Angelino Restaurant

     


  • Executive Staff


  • Juli Vieira, CEO

    The Sausalito Chamber of Commerce is proud to announce Juli Vieira as the new CEO and President of the organization. Ms. Vieira took the helm at the Chamber June 1, moving to the Bay Area from Hollister where she served for 4 years as the CEO of the San Benito County Chamber of Commerce. Under her leadership there, membership increased 84%, event revenue increased 47%, and successful county tourism marketing campaigns were launched. She has extensive expertise in social media and built two websites for the Chamber that dramatically enhanced traffic on both sites. She previously worked in the banking and insurance industries and has been an active volunteer in the San Benito County community where she was named "Woman of the Year" in 2013.
     
    "We are delighted to welcome Juli to Sausalito and look forward to working with her" said Chairman of the Chamber Board Jeff Scharosch. "She is an experienced professional who will bring new energy and enthusiasm to our organization, as we look to take it to the next level."

  • 2020 Executive Board of Directors


  • Christanne Gallagher, Chairperson

    Chris has been at the Bay Model since 1986 and has served in the capacity of Manager since 2001. In that time she has overseen a $16.5 million renovation to the facility and increased partnerships within the community. She is proud to be working with fellow Chamber members: Sea Trek and Call of the Sea who operate the vessels Seaward & Matthew Turner.

    Chris served on the Chamber Board from 2009-14 serving as President in 2010 and Secretary and member-at-large in subsequent years. After an obligatory one year hiatus she returned to the Board to serve as Secretary.  Chris has served on the executive & nominating committees.  Chris was the mixer Chair for nine years, stepping down from that position last year.  In addition to her Chamber involvement, she is also involved in the community serving on the Business Advisory Committee, General Plan Committee, Sister Cities and is a member of the VIPS (Volunteers in Public Safety) and the Rotary Club of Sausalito.

     

  • Jeff Scharosch, Immediate Past President & Treasurer

    Jeff Scharosch is General Manager of the Spinnaker Restaurant in Sausalito, and  is an extremely active community member. He is a member of the Sausalito Hospitality Committee, on the Marin Economic Forum Board of Directors, served on the Sausalito Business Advisory Committee, and chaired the Sausalito Stage of the Amgen Tour of California bike race for four years, orchestrating the first professional bike race to ever cross the Golden Gate Bridge. He currently serves as  Vice-President of the Sausalito-On-The-Waterfront Foundation.

    In additional to Jeff’s work in Sausalito, he is an adjunct professor at the University of San Francisco’s Hospitality Industry Management Program, currently on the program’s executive board and is dedicated to mentoring youth and individuals within the hospitality industry, including an ongoing internship program at the Spinnaker Restaurant in Sausalito.

    He has twice served as chairman of the Sausalito Chamber of Commerce and is pleased to be able to serve as Chairman in 2018-19.
  • Christopher HolbrookChristopher Holbrook, Incoming Chairperson

    Christopher was born and raised in Sausalito. He owns Studio 333, located on Caledonia Street, the Bay Area’s largest fine art and event gallery, Studio 333 Downtown and most recently has opened a new location in Boulder Colorado.  Christopher is very involved in the community. He currently serves on the Sausalito Business Advisory Committee, hosts many fundraisers, art shows and coaches both baseball and football at Tamalpais High School in Mill Valley. Christopher enjoys camping, snowboarding, going to flea markets and spending time with his son, Devin.

    Christopher joined the Sausalito Board of Directors in 2014.
     

  • Pat SorberPat Sorber, Secretary

    Inspired by the opportunity to work with people from all facets of life, Pat Sorber has spent over 40 years in the hospitality industry, leading hotels throughout the Northern California region, including Four Points by Sheraton in San Rafael, Embassy Suites in San Rafael, Hilton Fisherman’s Wharf in San Francisco, and San Francisco Marriott Fisherman’s Wharf. She currently is the General Manager at the beautiful and historic Casa Madrona Hotel & Spa. Always looking to be an engaged advocate in her industry, Sorber was the first recipient of the San Francisco Hotel Council’s annual Hotel Heroes Award for Lifetime Achievement in 2004 and served as Board Chair for both the San Rafael Chamber of Commerce and the Marin Convention and Visitors Bureau. Sorber happily  resides in San Rafael with her husband, Rob, and enjoys hiking, cooking, reading, cruising, and spending time with her two daughters, son-in-law and six grandchildren.Pat joined the Sausalito Board of Directors in 2020.

     

  • Kim HuffKim Huff, Member at Large

    Kim Huff is the President and CEO of Kimber Communications and Co-Owner of The Kimber Companies, a Sausalito headquartered firm specializing in graphic design for the print media and web sites. Kim is also co-owner of Kimber Management, LLC and Kimber Commercial Brokerage Services, Inc., both Sausalito based real estate firms.

    Ms. Huff is recognized as a talented graphic designer and a moving force in Sausalito. Kim is a lifelong Marin County resident and has been actively involved in Sausalito’s business and cultural life. Kim is a past President of the Sausalito Chamber of Commerce, past President of the Sausalito Woman’s Club, past President of the Sausalito Schools Foundation, a founding Director of Willow Creek Academy and has served on numerous committees in the community.

    Under Kim’s direction, Kimber Communications has produced recognized promotional designs for the Tour de California, City of Sausalito, Kaiser Permanente, the Sausalito Chamber of Commerce, Zero Breast Cancer and many more organizations.

    Kim rejoined the Sausalito Chamber Board of Directors in 2020.
     


  • 2020 Board of Directors


  • Teresa Ancona, Director

     

    Teresa Ancona was born in San Francisco and raised in Marin County. She attended the Academy of Art in San Francisco where she earned a degree in Graphic Design. Having worked at Angelino Restaurant since she was sixteen years old, she excels at managing the daily operations of a successful restaurant as well as introducing a new generation of customers to the delicious flavors and hospitable atmosphere of her family’s restaurant.

     
    Teresa joined the Sausalito Chamber Board of Directors in 2020.
  • Melissa BlausteinMelissa Blaustein, Director

    Marin native, UC Berkeley grad and Sausalito resident Melissa Blaustein works in international development to address key issues in global and local sustainability. Blaustein works to create a level playing field and a healthy business environment across international boundaries. She’s worked to open the US market to competitive fueling alternatives to gasoline as Director at the Fuel Freedom Foundation and built partnerships with international organizations and governments as Founder at Allied for Startups. Currently she is working on the City of Sausalito's climate action and waste reduction plans as Vice Chair of the Sustainability Commission and a member of the Sausalito Chamber Board of Directors.
     
    Melissa joined the Sausalito Board of Directors in 2019.
     
  • Jim GabbertJames Gabbert, Director

    Jim has lived in Sausalito since the early 1960′s, lived on a boat until the early 1990′s. He has been the Grand Marshall of the Sausalito Lighted Boat Parade for 20 of the 22 years first with his 85 ft Stephens Marine “Defiance” and also the 164 foot yacht Invader. Jim is known for his 50′s Dance Party on KOFY-TV20, which he owned up until 1998. He has been on San Francisco radio and TV for over 53 years. Among his many accomplishments, Jim is past president of the Sausalito Art Festival, was president and chief lobbyist for the National Radio Broadcasters Association from 1970 to 1980, was President and Chief lobbyist for the California Broadcasters Association, was inducted into the Broadcast Hall of Fame, received an award from President John Kennedy for having been the first successful stereo FM radio station in the country. He is the Chairman of the California State Emergency Communications Committee handling all of the State Amber Alerts and is a fill in talk show host on San Francisco’s KGO am 810 Radio. Jim is a founding member and Vice President of the Sausalito On The Waterfront Foundation.

    Jim joined the Sausalito Board of Directors in 2019.
     

  • Katya Wittenstein, Director

    Raised along the stunning Pacific coastal environs of Santa Barbara and has lived and traveled widely abroad, studying many forms of artistic expression and design including painting, sculpture, and glass before ultimately concentrating on glass jewelry. The daughter of physicians and artists, her heritage and interest in poetry, history, ancient and modern style evolution is visible in her work today, from the shape of the sculpted metallic settings to the curve, arc, and glisten of the glass that is always the center of her work. Each piece she creates is one part Katya, and one part the natural spontaneity that take place as the glass, the metal, and the inspiration of the idea meld together in kiln and studio. Her elegant cutter-rigged sailboat, which is docked within walking distance of her studio, is where she spends the rest of her time, and on which she has traveled far and wide.

    Katya joined the Sausalito Chamber Board of Directors in 2015.