Mission: The mission of the Ambassadors Committee is to aid the Membership department in welcoming new members, retaining existing members, and to support the mission of the Petaluma Area Chamber. Members represent a diverse group of business owners, managers and agents of their organization.
Ambassadors may attend the annual California Ambassadors Rally and periodically, the group selects a member to be featured in the Ambassador Profile column in the Petaluma Business to introduce the membership to current Ambassadors. This group meets once a month to review upcoming events and act as the hosts for events such as:
- Business After Hours Network mixers
- Quarterly Chamber Luncheons
- Community Awards of Excellence
- Business Expo
- 5th Tuesday Lunch Mob events
I enjoy being an Ambassador for the Petaluma Chamber because it allows me to be more connected to the community and my 5th generation roots for Petaluma.
Account Executive Don Ramatici Insurance, Inc.
P: 707.782.9200 F: 707.782.9300 E:
“Success in any field, but especially in business, is about working with people, not against them”
Hi, I am Kathleen Stafford and I own Pongo's Kitchen & Tap and also a Co-Founder of Petaluma Parents Against Drugs. I have been a Petaluma Area Chamber of Commerce Ambassador for over a decade. I stick with it because it has given me the opportunity to get to know so many different people and businesses. It has truly made me a better community member!
MARY LYNN BARTHOLOMEW
Mary Lynn Bartholomew’s position as an Area Manager for Nelson Staffing makes her a wonderful Petaluma Area Chamber of Commerce Ambassador. After all, her job is putting talented people to work with local companies—something that keeps the economy pumping and strengthens the community. Mary Lynn is about to celebrate her 4 year anniversary with Nelson Staffing and has been in the Staffing Industry for 25 years. Mary Lynn is a member of the ELC for Go Red for Women, a part of the American Heart Association and an InspiRed Women, which is a society of women who have the passion, the motivation and inspiration to drive and influence change in the community regarding heart health of women in their community and across the country.
Mary Lynn Bartholomew Area Manager
Daniel Canales has lived in the North Bay since 1996 and when he shifted his career from route sales to life and health insurance agent in 1998 that’s when he joined BNI, the PACC and became an Ambassador. The committee was run by Joyce Dutton and he remembers the fun and challenges of taking the committee from 3 people sitting at the AppleBox to over 15 active Ambassadors meeting at Pongo’s Tap & Kitchen. Daniel has been serving as Chair of the committee for the last 16 years and is currently serving on the Chamber Board. Daniel has maintained a A+ rating with the Better Business Bureau for the last 15 years and is a certified enroller with Covered California. He is always looking to help people navigate through the enrollment process for medical insurance and fill the gaps in their coverage with dental, vision, supplemental coverage and life insurance.
After moving to Petaluma a decade ago and owning a local business, I was looking for more opportunities to immerse myself in this awesome town. Petaluma Chamber of Commerce is a thriving active organization that has so much to offer- including the Ambassador Program which I thoroughly enjoy participating in. The meetings and events (in my blood) have kept me involved, current and focused on our community. It makes my heart full when I can offer Sova Gardens, my event venue, for fund raisers, local charities and events that bring us closer together.
After joining PACC in January 2015, Vicki began to attend events
to seek networking opportunities. She was welcomed with open
arms by Chamber Ambassadors who encouraged her to become an
With 30 years of experience as a Manager for First Interstate Bank and West America Bank,
Vicki expanded her career in Financial Services in 2014 and became a life insurance Agent with New York Life Insurance Company and is a Registered Representative with NYLIFE Securities LLC, Member FINRA/SIPC, a Licensed Insurance Agency (2235 Mercury Way, Suite 100, Santa Rosa, CA 95407), CA Insurance License # 0A65507.
She is authorized to offer products to AARP members through New York Life and she is dedicated to assisting families help achieve financial security.
Esther has served as an Ambassador with the Petaluma Chamber of Commerce for several years. She enjoys meeting Petaluma business owners and their employees, as well as, other Chamber members during the Business After Hours. After retiring from the U. S. Army, Esther studied Travel Management and is working as an agent with Sonoma Travel, 725 East Washington Street, Petaluma. She is the current President of the Petaluma Woman’s Club and a Past President of the American Association of University Women, Petaluma Branch.
Gisele Rue has been a member and Ambassador for the Petaluma Area Chamber of Commerce since 2009. She grew up in San Rafael, in the past she owned a hardwood floor company, worked for a major insurance company in San Francisco, and was a Project Resource Coordinator for IBM. She graduated from College of Marin with an AA in Natural Science and AA in Liberal Arts, and was also the elected Student Body President and Student Trustee. She graduated from Dominican University with a BA in Human Resource Management and Minor in Psychology, also a Certificate in Workplace Health and Safety from UC Davis Extension. She moved to Petaluma in 2001 and brought her 2 daughters and a Son, her youngest daughter is 16. She has always been involved in their sports and scouting. She also has been involved in the Chamber Woman in business and leadership committees along with being a past Petaluma leadership graduate in 2010. She is a member of Petaluma GAP, a Sonoma County Tourism Ambassador, CTA along with being on the Petaluma River Cleanup committee and active in the community volunteering with many events. She started her consulting company in 2009, specializing in HR Labor law, but provides other services too including Mobile Notary, Legal Shield and ID Shield. Her slogan; Personal and Business help on an “As Needed Basis” As an ambassador Gisele gets to know many businesses and Chamber members therefore is able to share our wonderful community with other people she meets
As the Community Marketing Specialist at Western Health Advantage, I have found the Petaluma Chamber to be a great advocate for our business community. WHA is thrilled to be a member of the Petaluma Chamber of Commerce, which gives us wonderful exposure to the Petaluma business community. I enjoy the strong collaborative relationships with our regional decision makers that the Chamber facilitates, which in turn ensures that Chamber members’ voices are heard. When our diverse, local businesses thrive so does our entire community, creating a premier place to live and work. As an ambassador in the Chamber, I contribute to and benefit from our activities, which keep me and other members informed on what is going on in the business community. At the Chamber, we meet civic leaders and network with other businesses and share best practices. WHA and I look forward to our continued membership with the Chamber and all the benefits it has to offer.
Jim Alexander, MBA, CFP® is Financial and Investment Consultant with over 20 years of experience working with individuals and small business owners to develop personalized financial plans. His objective is to help clients achieve their financial goals. Services he provides: Investment Planning to ensure your present situation is in alignment with your longterm goals and financial needs; Proactive Tax Planning Measures to help minimize your tax burden; Retirement Planning and Projections to assess that your current savings and investments meet your future income needs; Protection Planning to provide for dependents and Estate Planning to coordinate with your estate planning attorney to avoid excessive estate and inheritance tax. Jim is a licensed Registered Representative with Securities America, Inc., Member FINRA/SIPC. In addition, he is a licensed agent for life, health, disability insurance and tax-deferred annuities. He has a B.S. from the University of Southern California and an M.B.A. from Loyola Marymount University, with an emphasis in finance.
1st Tuesday of every month
Pongo’s Kitchen & Tap - 701 Sonoma Mountain Pkwy
7:30a – 8:15a
Pongo’s Kitchen and Tap