2012 - 2013 Board of Directors
Ed James – He’s impressive…no doubt about it. Ed has a master’s degree in civil Engineering and is a registered Civil Engineer in California. He worked as a civil engineer for several cities in Southern California and became the Director of Public Works in Burbank. Ed moved his family to the Bay Area where he became the assistant City Manager in Sunnyvale and ultimately for 11 years the City Manager of Concord. He retired in 2005 and in 2007 Ed and his wife, Sue, moved to Penn Valley. Ed and Sue have two daughters and one granddaughter. Their love of outdoor activities, especially fishing, led them to the Penn Valley area. We are grateful that both Ed and Sue volunteer time to our community.
Susan and her husband Jeff have owned their home at Lake Wildwood since 1992 and they made Penn Valley their home in 2002. Susan has been a Realtor for 33 years and also volunteers time to the Penn Valley Area Chamber, the Nevada County Joint Chambers of Commerce and the Gold Country Visitors Association. She feels community service is especially rewarding when community organizations pool their resources to host events, promote Nevada County and collaborate on projects that benefit the community.
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Jeff enjoys living and working in Penn Valley because it has such beautiful scenery all year round. Owning his architectural illustration business for over 27 years, Jeff works as a freelance artist for his clients, most of whom are architects in Sacramento or the San Francisco Bay Area. Jeff especially enjoys participating in the “signature” Penn Valley events such as the Daffodil Run, the Penn Valley Rodeo, and Smokin’ in the Oaks BBQ Cookoff. “When you get involved with these projects, you meet some great people and make some wonderful friends.”
Gene Gilligan taught Severely Handicapped and Orthopedically Handicapped students in Ventura County, San Mateo County, Placer County, and at Nevada Union High School. He has been retired for 10 years after teaching for 30 years. Gene just retired as the boys Cross Country coach at Nevada Union. He has lived in Nevada County for 20 years and in beautiful Penn Valley for six years. He is currently the Race Director for the annual Penn Valley Daffodil Run.
Murray is the personification of positive energy. Not only is he an active member of the Chamber Board, he volunteers at the Nevada County Sheriffs Department and its Search & Rescue Program and serves on the 2006 Penn Valley Rodeo Association Board. Earlier this year Murray received the “President’s Volunteer Service Award”, an award given to those volunteering over 500 hours of time to community service. Secretly, to protect his lovely wife Marilyn from worry, Murray celebrated his 80th birthday with his first skydiving jump. Need I say more?! 432-4530
Karen Sartori is married to Paul and has three daughters…still she manages to find time to contribute to our community. Karen and her family live in Grass Valley; however Karen works at West America Bank located in the Wildwood Center in Penn Valley. She decided to be an active Chamber member primarily because she views it as an excellent way to get to know and connect with Penn Valley. In addition to the going to the ocean and quality time with her family, Karen truly enjoys overseeing fundraising activities that help fund community projects and activities. Her vision for Penn Valley includes a picnic in Western Gateway Park with the goal of raising funds for needed improvements in the Park.
I fell in love with Penn Valley and Lake Wildwood back in 1984 when my career with AAA sent me here to manage the local office in Grass Valley. When I was transferred to Marin County in 1987, I knew I would come back to make it my lifetime home. I retired and returned to Lake Wildwood in 1998 and decided to get involved in the community. I became a Rotary member in 1987 in Marin and soon joined the Penn Valley club and also got involved with the Penn Valley Chamber. In 2001 the Chamber decided to put on a running event, was looking for a race director and I volunteered…. It became the Daffodil Run. I am proud of how successful the race has become for the past 12 years and happy for all the great friends I have met and worked with. The Penn Valley Chamber and the Penn Valley Rotary Club are dedicated to our community's success and I am pleased to be on the Chamber Board and an active member of the Rotary Club.
Mike Mastrodonato along with his fiancÚ Pam, are the Resident Managers of Penn Valley Mini Storage. After accepting the job and relocating to Penn Valley from Fallon, NV in May of 2012, the couple knew they had arrived at the community of their dreams. Prior to beginning a career in the self-storage business in 2008, Mike owned and operated a large wholesale window covering business operating in Reno and Las Vegas. In 1994 Mike’s entrepreneurial spirit led him to give up an 18-year marketing career with Anheuser-Busch at their Las Vegas wholesaler. “I just had to challenge myself out of a very comfortable zone to see if I could make it on my own”. Mike believes that success in business is measured by how much you can give back to the community that helped you succeed, adding, “I love the sense of community here, I am confident that Penn Valley is my last stop… How lucky am I”? 477-6464
Sherry Strong has been in our community for 14 years, and boy is she involved! Sherry left a career in banking, thinking she was going to retire….little did she know how busy she was going to be. Sherry is the office manager for the Chamber of Commerce, our volunteer coordinator as well as the Board Secretary and Board Member. Sherry is also very involved with the Rodeo Association, serving on their board, and coordinating volunteers. You will find her at the Rodeo, and works in her spare time at the Tack Room. Sherry and her husband Tim enjoy camping, when they can get away.
Bonnie Murphy founded Dragonfly Yoga Studio in Penn Valley in 2005. She is a Registered Yoga Teacher and loves sharing her passion for yoga with Penn Valley Area residents. Bonnie’s wish to become more involved in the community launched when she “retired” from her 30 year career with AT&T. She volunteers to write for the Chamber Chatter which appears in local newspapers, and became an active Board Director for Membership Awareness in 2010. “It is my hope that in 2011 our existing Chamber members will honor us with renewal of membership, and that we will have the great fortune of adding dozens of new members”. Bonnie also teaches Chair yoga to seniors, Yoga Based Stress Management to teens, and is a Hospice Respite Volunteer. If you have questions about membership or Friends of the Chamber Sponsorship, please contact Bonnie Murphy 530.432.6929
Lori’s goal with the Chamber, as well as with her role with Tri Counties Bank, is to promote business in the area, so we can assure that our future generations will have not only ‘a way to make a living’, but the rural quality of life that she and her family continue to enjoy.
You can reach Lori Jayne at 530-559-2616.
Talk about a grass-roots activist, Louie is it. He is everywhere in Penn Valley, quietly working behind the scenes, lending a helping hand to many. Louie and his wife Joyce have owned Empire Fence for over 23 years and Penn Valley Fence Supply for nearly 9 years. Together, they became involved in community service activities to meet people and promote their businesses. “Today, that (community service) is just who I am”, explains Louie. It is no surprise that many organizations have honored Louie for his outstanding service to our community. 432-1955