Tiffany Griffith-Krankemann (2013 Chair) Krankemann Law Offices
Tiffany is a native of Santa Rosa and a graduate of Sonoma State University with a Bachelors Degree in Business Management. Tiffany works for Krankemann Law Offices where she serves as the Business Development and Operations Director. While handling the daily business operations of the firm, Tiffany also assists in legal support for complex litigation cases and business transactions. Tiffany utilizes her extensive background in client management to ensure client satisfaction and firm growth.
Prior to joining Krankemann Law Offices, Tiffany spent ten years working for Sonoma County's largest community bank, Exchange Bank. During her tenure, Tiffany held several titles including Premier Banking Officer for the Central Region. Tiffany also served two years as the United Way Campaign Leader for Exchange Bank, winning the coveted title of Campaign Leader of the Year.
Tiffany enjoys volunteering her time to nonprofits such as the Human Race, Relay for Life, and the Redwood Empire Food Bank. In 2010, Tiffany was elected to the advisory board for the Santa Rosa Young Professionals and remains an active member. Tiffany currently resides in Windsor with her son (Royceton), husband (Chris) and black lab (Rocco).
Nicole Arnone (Immediate Past Chair) Cipolla Financial & Insurance Services
Nicole Arnone has been named Ambassador of the Year for the third year in a row, helping recruit 7 new members to the Chamber. Nicole is the Marketing Director for Cipolla Financial and Insurance Services.
Nicole grew up in Sonoma County and graduated from UCSB in 2002 with a degree in Political Science. She speaks four languages and has extensive international experience as a Rotary Exchange Student to Spain, an Education Abroad Student to France and as a Peace Corps Volunteer to Madagascar.
Nicole enthusiastically supports the Chamber. She is Chair Elect of the Young Professionals Network, a graduate of Leadership Santa Rosa Class XXVI and sits on the Chamber Board of Directors. Nicole is also a BNI member and was Charter President of the New Generations Rotary club.
Elizabeth Barron Burr Pilger Mayer
Liz Barron grew up in Sebastopol. She received her BA after 4 years at the University of California, Santa Barbara, and became a licensed CPA after spending 2 years working with high net worth individuals and venture-backed technology start-ups in the Silicon Valley. During the summer of 2012 she returned to her roots so that she can provide service to the community that gave her the foundation upon which she built her career and life.
Liz specializes in tax compliance and planning, primarily for individuals and trusts, as well as family businesses, including vineyards and wineries. She enjoys working with clients to explore planning opportunities and considers compliance a secondary aspect of the job – the primary goal of any tax professional should be to become a trusted financial advisor.
In her free time she enjoys volunteering in the community, specifically in conjunction with children with educational goals, as well as attending Giants games and exploring the wonders of Sonoma County. She could not be happier to have returned to this area and looks forward to new opportunities as a member of the professional community.
Angela Brierly Vintners Inn
Angela Brierly's love affair with Sonoma County's hospitality and garden bounty began at a young age. Born in Iowa to a large family of farmers, Angela moved to Santa Rosa, California with her parents and three older brothers in 1978.
After graduating from Santa Rosa High School at the age of 16, Angela attended Santa Rosa Junior College full time as a Graphics Art major. After the birth of her daughter, Erin Rose, Angela began working for Lisa Hemingway’s Restaurant in Montgomery Village. This is where her passionate love of food, wine, people, hospitality and Sonoma County blossomed.
In 2000, Angela attended Sonoma State University as an English Literature major. Full time single parenting and an ever growing passion for the restaurant business led her to change her career path to Hospitality.
Angela joined John Ash & Co in 2002 as Maitre'd. Her natural exuberance for learning and her love of the industry led her to explore the Lodging side of the business as well, and she joined Vintners Inn as Assistant Manager in 2007. Angela worked enthusiastically to bind and develop the business relationship between Vintners Inn and John Ash & Co. In 2011, Angela returned to her hearts' calling, and re-joined John Ash & Co. as Assistant Manager. In December of 2012, Angela was promoted to Events and Banquet Manager for John Ash and Vintners Inn and the Vintners Inn Event Center.
Angela was an active member of the Charter Council Committee for Village Charter School from 2001-2003, and acted as volunteer Art Instructor for the 5th and 6th grade classes. Now that her daughter is in college, Angela enjoys backyard beekeeping, traveling, networking and building business relationships here in Sonoma County.
Allison was born and raised here in Sonoma County. She spent four years in Upstate New York earning her undergraduate degree at Colgate University and three years in San Francisco studying Law at UC Hastings. During her first summer in law school, Allison worked at San Francisco's Office of the City Attorney as a Summer Intern on their Litigation Team. She spent the Fall semester of her third year externing in the U.S. District Court for Magistrate Judge Bernard Zimmerman. While at Hastings, she was a member of the Constitutional Law Quarterly, the country's oldest Constitutional Law Journal. As Acquisitions Editor for the journal, Allison reviewed submissions from Law Professors and other legal scholars from all over the world. She is an attorney at Anderson, Zeigler, Disharoon, Gallagher and Gray, PC, with a practice focusing on General Civil Litigation (including Appellate, Business, Real Estate, Probate, Employment & Landlord-Tenant Litigation) and General Business Law. She is also a Sonoma County Bar Association ("SCBA") Board Member, chair of the SCBA special events committee, and vice chair of the Barristers Club of Sonoma County.
Katy Nestor Petite Designs
As the owner of Petite Designs, a graphic design studio located in Santa Rosa, Katy Nestor is dedicated to helping non-profit organizations fulfill their missions and reach their fundraising goals through effective and compelling designs. Petite Designs also provides graphic design services for local businesses.
Katy was born and raised in Sonoma County, and split time between Cotati and Sebastopol. After earning her AA at Santa Rosa Junior College, she graduated with a BA in Sociology from Sonoma State University. After graduating, Katy began a fulltime position at the Humane Society of Sonoma County as the Marketing/PR Coordinator and Graphic Designer. She remains passionate about animal welfare.
In addition to YPN, Katy is a member of the Santa Rosa Chamber of Commerce, Business Networking International (BNI), Alpha Kappa Delta International Sociology Honor Society, the Designer Mafia, and Board Member of Community Child Care Council (4Cs). She also volunteers at the fundraisers put on by her non-profit clients as well as at her church.
Spencer Lane (Communications Chair) Freelance Copywriter
Spencer Lane received a BA in Film and Digital Media from the University of California, Santa Cruz. After working for an Academy Award winning film production company in Los Angeles, Spencer decided to return to Sonoma County where he spent two years working for a boutique advertising agency. Currently, Spencer works as a freelance copywriter.
Nicole Oertel (Ambassador Chair) Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Sonoma County
Nicole, a native of Sonoma County, attended University of California, Davis where she received her BA degree in Communication. After beginning her public relations career working in the healthcare, political, and nonprofit industries, Nicole moved back to Sonoma County. Her experience in cultivating and maintaining relationships has proven essential in her current role as Area Director with Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Sonoma County. In her free time, Nicole continues to follow her passion for serving the community by volunteering with the Junior League of Napa-Sonoma. Nicole also serves as a Board Member for the Santa Rosa Chamber of Commerce Young Professionals Network and actively volunteers with the Volunteer Center and Senior Advocacy Services. Nicole is thrilled to be a part of the Boys & Girls Club team to bring both her professional skills and personal passion together and, most importantly, to be a part of the Boys & Girls Club growth and expansion. Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Sonoma County brings hope and opportunity to 3,000 youth a day at 24 Clubs in Sonoma County with a mission "to enable all young people, especially those who need us most, to reach their full potential as productive, caring, responsible citizens."
Monica Pignataro (Professional Development Chair) Nelson Staffing
Monica Pignataro joined Nelson in May 2011 as an Account Executive. She has a combination of 20 years experience in sales and business management. With six years in the staffing industry Monica has experience recruiting candidates, servicing clients and managing a branch.
Monica spends her volunteer hours as an advocate for children and has been a Coach for cheer, soccer, baseball, and currently instructs martial arts classes. For the past 4 years Monica has been actively involved in the United Way. She is currently serving on the Young Professionals Network Board of the Santa Rosa Chamber of Commerce. Monica’s strong belief in giving back to the community, her partnership approach in her communication with clients and candidates and her mission to make everyone smile are a key to her success.
Courtney Shephard Kaiser Permanente
Courtney Shephard is a Senior Analyst in Nursing Administration at Kaiser Permanente, Santa Rosa. In this role, she is responsible for rolling out non-clinical initiatives and projects within the Hospital Nursing Departments, and is a certified Performance Improvement Advisor working with front line staff to make changes that improve the patient care experience. Courtney has been with Kaiser Permanente for over eight years.
Courtney graduated from California State University, Chico in 2004 with a Bachelors Degree in Psychology and a Minor in Human Resources Management. She is a native of Sonoma County, and an active member of the community, serving on the Santa Rosa Chamber's Young Professional's network since January 2009 and Chair of the Professional Development Committee for the past 3 years. Among other things, Courtney enjoys challenging herself by running half marathons, cheering on the San Francisco 49ers and wine tasting with friends.