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
  • Chamber Luncheon Series
  • 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.

Daniel Powers
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”

Daniel Powers Interview from Shadi Shamsavari on Vimeo.


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.

Daniel Canales


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 Ambassador.
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.



Kathleen is a Sonoma, Napa and Marin County-based Realtor with Vanguard Properties who can guide buyers and sellers alike to achieve the best outcome for their future. Her warm and friendly approach, matched with well-earned confidence and expertise, serves her well in negotiations, closings, and more. After two decades in relationship banking, Kathleen opened up the Eastside Petaluma restaurant Pongo’s Kitchen & Tap and gained essential experience not just in entrepreneurship but also in supporting her town by hosting Dine & Donates and many charitable and fundraising events. Her position as a co-chair of the Ambassador committee for the Petaluma Chamber of Commerce helps her stay tapped into the local area as a liaison with businesses and the community. Kathleen's experience in conflict management and an RCS-D™ Designation as a Collaboration Specialist in Divorce helps her stay attuned to her client's needs with great sensitivity and discretion during their big life transitions. This exemplifies the type of service Kathleen brings to her clients: people-focused and community-minded!

Theresa Lopez


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

Contact Daniel Canales for meeting details.


Daniel Canales
Health Markets

Kathleen Stafford
Vanguard Properties