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  • Staff & Leadership

  • Chamber Volunteer Leadership

    The Santa Maria Valley Chamber is a membership organization. The Chamber, Visitor Bureau, and Economic Development Commission are led by a unified Board of Directors, made up of senior executives from member companies and partner organizations. The Board provides strategic and policy guidance to ensure the Chamber’s program of work serves the best interest of our members and the Santa Maria Valley community.

  • 2022-2023 Officers 2022-2023 Officers

    Chairman of the Board
    Sandra Dickerson, Your People Professionals

    Chairman Elect
    Paul Cook, CoastHills Credit Union

    Vice Chairman
    Shannon Seifert, Santa Maria Valley YMCA

    Vice Chairman
    Laurie Tamura, Urban Planning Concepts

    Past Chairman
    Danny Deveraux, CalPortland

  • 2022-2023 Board of Directors 2022-2023 Board of Directors

    Sue Andersen, Marian Regional Medical Center

    Dominick Barry, Quintron Systems, Inc.

    Michael Boyer, Boys & Girls Clubs of Mid Central Coast

    Ron Cossa, Tolman & Wiker Insurance

    Donna Denham, Santa Maria Country Club

    Karen Fothergill, Andre, Morris & Buttery

    Edgar Gascon, Hacienda Realty

    Gina Gluyas, Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate Haven Properties

    Chris Hastert, Santa Maria Public Airport District

    Emily Kitts, Naughty Oak Brewing Company

    David LeRoy, Toyota of Santa Maria

    Butch Lopez, V. Lopez, Jr. & Sons General Contractors

    David Merlo, Glenn Burdette

    Teresa Paredes, Maya Restaurant

    Max Tucker, Best Western Plus Big America

    Kevin G. Walthers, Ph.D., Allan Hancock College

    Tim Williams, Digital West

  • Professional Staff and Delivery Team

    The Santa Maria Valley Chamber and Visitor & Convention Bureau is a nonprofit association of businesses and organizations that work together to build a healthy, robust economy in the Santa Maria Valley. Under the direction of our member-led Board of Directors, the Chamber has a strong team of professional staff members who serve the daily needs of the membership.

  • Professional Staff

  • Glenn D. Morris, ACE – President & Chief Executive Officer Glenn D. Morris, ACE – President & Chief Executive Officer

    Glenn D. Morris, ACE – President & Chief Executive Officer
    Office: (805) 925-2403, ext. 825
    Cell: (559) 909-1012
    glenn@santamaria.com

    Glenn came to the Santa Maria Valley Chamber in July 2014. He brings nearly two decades of experience and leadership to bear in the areas of leadership, organizational excellence, and partnership development. In addition to his most recent role as the President and CEO of the Visalia Chamber of Commerce, he has professional experience with nonprofit business organizations in Utah, California and Nevada. Glenn brings with him to his new position professional experience in economic development, tourism, and convention and event planning.

    Terri Oneschuck – VP, Chamber Operations Terri Oneschuck – VP, Chamber Operations

    Terri Oneschuck – VP, Chamber Operations
    Office: (805) 925-2403, ext. 824
    terrio@santamaria.com

    In May 2011, Terri joined the Chamber team. Currently, as the VP of Chamber Operations, she serves as the Chief Financial Office and the Human Resources Manager of the Chamber. Terri is the fiscal agent for organizations utilizing the Santa Maria Valley Community Foundation. She is also the Director of the Chamber’s Leadership Santa Maria Valley Program. Personally Terri loves spending time with her family, including her two active granddaughters! She is active in her church and enjoys both music and travel.

    Jennifer Harrison – Tourism Director Jennifer Harrison – Tourism Director

    Jennifer Harrison – Tourism Director
    Office: (805) 925-2403, ext. 815
    jennifer@santamaria.com

    Jennifer joined the Chamber team in 2006. In her current role, she provides leadership to the Visitor Bureau and Tourism Marketing District efforts. Jennifer performs a wide range of duties, promoting and supporting tourism and hospitality-related business in the Santa Maria Valley. She plays a central role in promoting Santa Maria Valley as a destination for individuals and groups to visit. Jennifer also works in partnership with a network of local businesses and organizations and serves as the primary leader of the community's efforts to build the hospitality sector of the local economy. Outside of work Jennifer enjoys traveling and hiking with her husband John and her children.

    Molly Schiff – Director of Member & Community Engagement Molly Schiff – Director of Member & Community Engagement

    Molly Schiff – Director of Member & Community Engagement
    Office: (805) 925-2403, ext. 816
    molly@santamaria.com

    Molly joined the Chamber team in February 2016. Molly manages all Chamber communication and marketing efforts. Additionally, Molly works to assure community members and stakeholders remain engaged with the Chamber, and have an impactful and valuable experience across all Chamber programs.

    Yuliana Nelson - Strategic Initiatives Manager Yuliana Nelson - Strategic Initiatives Manager

    Yuliana Nelson – Strategic Initiatives Manager
    Office: (805) 925-2403, ext. 814
    yuliana@santamaria.com

    As the Strategic Initiatives Manager for the Santa Maria Valley Chamber, Yuliana plays a key role in managing projects and implementing programs designed to support the growth and health of the local business environment. Yuliana also provides planning and implementation leadership for a wide range of events, partnership programs, and business engagement activities. In her spare time, Yuliana enjoys exploring new hiking trails with her family and visiting breweries in California. When she's not working you can probably find her outdoors.

    Cara Martinez – Membership Manager Cara Martinez – Membership Manager

    Cara Martinez – Membership Manager
    Office: (805) 925-2403, ext. 852
    cara@santamaria.com

    Cara joined the Chamber team in January, 2008. Cara plays a lead role in membership development and member retention for the Chamber as well as manages the Chamber's Investor Sponsorship Program. Cara invests time with the businesses she works with, assisting them with determining the best investment to fit their specific business needs while also educating them on how their partnership and support contributes to the overall success of the Chamber's mission. She also continues a strong business relationship with members ensuring they understand the benefits and services available to them. Cara conducts our quarterly new member orientations and proudly presents our newest members at mixers. She serves as staff liaison to the Chamber's Ambassador Committee.

    Cara has been married to her husband Richard for close to 40 years. They are both proud natives of Santa Maria; Cara's family goes back as far as six generations. They have a son and a daughter who is married, and two grand dogs (for now). Cara enjoys spending time with her family and close friends, where Santa Maria Style BBQ is often involved, no matter who is hosting. She also enjoys Central Coast beach sunsets and wine tasting. 

    Erin Gabel – Tourism Coordinator Erin Gabel – Tourism Coordinator

    Erin Gabel – Tourism Coordinator
    Office: (805) 925-2403, ext. 851
    erin@santamaria.com 

    Erin joined the Chamber team as Tourism Coordinator in January of 2022. As the Tourism Coordinator, Erin plays a key role in developing, growing, and serving visitor activity in the Santa Maria Valley. She also serves as the initial point of contact for groups bringing events to our community. Outside of the workplace, Erin enjoys travel, hiking with her dogs, and loves Santa Maria Style Barbecue! 

    David Hernandez – Hispanic Business Outreach And Service Representative David Hernandez – Hispanic Business Outreach And Service Representative

    David Hernandez – Hispanic Business Outreach And Service Representative 
    Office: (805) 925-2403, ext. 818
    david@santamaria.com

    David joined the Chamber team in April of 2022. David assists the Chamber in improving engagement with, and services to, Hispanic-owned businesses. He splits his time between direct Hispanic business outreach, and supporting the Economic Development Collaborative's Small Business Development Center (SBDC) in expanding services to businesses in Northern Santa Barbara County. In his spare time, David enjoys spending time outdoors with his family and friends, and assists the local military and veteran community.

    Patricia Horta – Administrative Support Coordinator Patricia Horta – Administrative Support Coordinator

    Patricia Horta – Administrative Support Coordinator
    Office: (805) 925-2403, ext. 812
    patricia@santamaria.com

    Patricia joined the Chamber team in February, 2011. Patricia is responsible for creating and emailing invoices, setting up member payment plans, processing new member applications, scheduling ribbon cuttings, and fielding incoming calls and information requests. She is also responsible for processing registrations for Chamber events, assists with inquiries pertaining to Chamber luncheons and Chamber events, and assists with processing and recording all payments to the Chamber. Patricia also approves submitted events for the Chamber's online events calendars. 

    Taz Dougherty – Communications Coordinator Taz Dougherty – Communications Coordinator

    Taz Dougherty – Communications Coordinator
    Office: (805) 925-2403, ext. 853
    taz@santamaria.com

    Taz joined the Chamber Staff in July 2017 and serves as one of the initial points of contact for members of the Chamber as well as visitors to the Santa Maria Valley. He provides support to the Chamber's various programs through the managment of the Chamber's social media platforms, website, and other digital communications channels. He is also responsible for managing the Visitor Bureau's event postings and production of the Fave 5 e-newsletter. Taz continually audits and makes updates to both the Chamber website, Visitor Bureau website, and helps to keep the lobby current and full of useful information. Outside of the Chamber, Taz enjoys playing music and is lucky enough to enjoy one of the best disc golf courses in California at Waller Park.

  • Consultants & Support Team

  • Economic Development Commission Economic Development Commission

    Suzanne Singh – Economic Development Service of CA
    Cell: (949) 433-2258
    Message: (805) 925-2403, ext. 817
    suzanne@santamaria.com

    Suzanne Singh has provided leadership for the Chamber’s Economic Development Commission since January 2017. She previously served as President for the Rancho Santa Margarita Chamber of Commerce, where she successfully re-built & created a thriving organization by concentrating on attraction, retention, and support for the community and the businesses within the region. Through the Economic Development Commission, Singh provides support for the businesses already in Santa Maria, while also promoting Santa Maria as a premier location for new businesses. She is passionate about working with the local community to continue to make Santa Maria a thriving place for business.

    Energy Watch Partnership of Northern Santa Barbara County / Recycled Materials Development Zone Energy Watch Partnership of Northern Santa Barbara County / Recycled Materials Development Zone

    Dave Cross – Fletcher Cross & Associates
    Phone: (805) 928-7559
    dave@santamaria.com

    Tourism Marketing District Tourism Marketing District

    Cheryl Cuming
    Phone: (805) 471-0182
    cheryl@santamaria.com