Board of Directors

Serving as a Sacramento Rainbow Chamber of Commerce board member is a great way to develop relationships with other business professionals and contribute to the success of the Greater Sacramento region and its business community. The  members of the Board of Directors are elected annually to two-year terms by a vote of Rainbow Chamber of Commerce members in good standing, with half the board elected in alternating years. Nominations for the board open in June and are finalized at the July mixer. Members may vote by e-mail in August or in person at the August mixer, when election results are announced. The President, Vice President, Secretary and Treasurer are elected annually by a vote of the sitting board members following the August election. Rainbow Chamber of Commerce board positions are voluntary, and each board member is required to lead or serve on a committee and attend monthly board meetings. For more information about serving on the Rainbow Chamber of Commerce board of directors, please contact us.

2018-2019 RCC Board of Directors

Diana DePaola, GL Anderson Insurance: President

TheOneMember since 2014, an independent Property and Casualty agent at GL Anderson Insurance Services, Inc. A graduate of California State University Sacramento, Diana has demonstrated an innate ability to deliver results and develop beneficial relationships. From employee relations and sales initiatives to carrier relationships and organizational objectives, Diana’s keenness of insight and uniquely engaging nature have led her from Human Resource Administration and liaison functions to successful growth as the Personal Lines Sales Management for California-based P&C Insurer, Proven Insurance where she increased agency commissions by nearly 200 percent as well as directly markedly successful sales team training programs and protocols based on carefully monitored client and carrier preferences. Further leading to become Vice President of The Proven Alliance, a market access group spanning 5 states, to owner of her own independent Property and Casualty agency.

 

Ranveer Singh, Wells Fargo Bank: Vice President

Ranveer has been a member of the chamber since 2007, and is currently in the role of Assistant Vice President, Branch Manager at Wells Fargo Bank. With over 12 years of experience in the financial services industry, Ranveer has made it one of his primary goals to help people with their financial success, and helping them better plan for their futures.
Ranveer comes from an Indian background that has set roots in Northern California, and has a great sense of responsibility and dedication to the community. Sacramento has been his home for over 20 years, where he is currently chair of the education committee with the Sacramento Rainbow Chamber of Commerce. During his time with the chamber, Ranveer has participated in several community events and organizations, including Sacramento Pride.
Along with his passion for human rights, Ranveer is equally engaged in animal rights. He is a proud owner and advocate for American Pit-Bull Terriers, and works to remove prejudice on all levels. He is excited for his next term on the Chamber, and welcomes any and all conversations that can continue to make the Rainbow Chamber an invaluable asset to our community.

Kammy Caruss, YNot Web

Kammy Caruss, Treasurer

Member since 2011, Owner, YNot Web.  Kammy Caruss, whose background includes an extensive career in IT support services working for corporations such as EDS, HP, and Intel, left the corporate world to open YNot Web in 2003.  Specializing in high visibility exposure through search engine optimization (SEO), paid search, and content marketing, Ms. Caruss partners with her clients to plan, create, and implement their entire marketing strategy for the web, making sure they are using the most effective online tools possible for maximum exposure and client attraction. Kammy often speaks with business groups on topics related to online marketing and web technologies. Kammy has past board involvement with our chamber board as well as with NAWBO Sacramento, the Fair Oaks Chamber of Commerce,  and Rainbow Chamber Foundation.

 

Robin Shofner, Molsby & Bordner, LLP: Secretary & RainbowPAC Chair

shofner-robinMember since 2016, Partner working out of and managing Molsby & Bordner, LLP‘s Sacramento Office. Robin graduated from UC Davis with a B.A. in Psychology and a minor in Sociology, and received her Juris Doctorate from UCLA School of Law. At Molsby & Bordner, Robin focuses her practice on bankruptcy and civil litigation, including construction, real property, business and employment disputes. Robin is licensed to practice law in California and Nevada, and is certified to practice in the Eastern and Northern District of California federal courts and the Eastern District of California Bankruptcy Court. Robin is a member of the Sacramento Bar Association, as well as its LGBT Bar Association affiliate, SacLegal, and the El Dorado County Bar Association.

 

Amy Medina, Wells Fargo Bank: Foundation Chair

Member since 2015, Service Manager for Wells Fargo Bank-Country Club Centre.  Starting out as a RCC Ambassador, Amy was elected to the board in September 2016.  As a Sacramento native, she is passionate about supporting small business and eagerly works towards serving the community to help evolve diverse segments.  Amy participates in Wells Fargo Pride Network and Wells Fargo Women’s Network to continue to support local community events and movements.

 

 

Justin Blair

Justin BlairJustin grew up in the East Bay but has spent the last 8 years in the greater Sacramento area. He considers himself to be an entrepreneur, a philanthropist and as in individual who always seeking new knowledge and understanding. In his spare time, Justin enjoys the outdoors and traveling the world. Overall, Justin tries to make the world a better place, one day at a time.

 

 

 

 

Paul “Do Me Moore” Crouch, Eurest Dining Services

Paul "Do Me Moore" CrouchA Sacramento native, Paul Crouch has lived in Sacramento since 1975, where he has been and continues to be an active community member and leader since 1994, and a big part of the Rainbow Chamber since 2009 with Drag Queen Bingo. Paul has been employed with Eurest Dining Services, a food service company that operates many business throughout California, for more than 11 years, and currently works at a state office in the downtown area. Paul has been in the food industry since high school, upon graduating in 1986 with a major in catering.

Outside of work Paul is a very active member of the Sacramento community, where he involved with the Imperial court of Sacramento and has held many titles, including Grand Duke, Emperor, Grand Duchess, and Empress three times. He has received many awards and honors for his service in the communith. As emcee of the Chamber’s monthly Drag Queen Bingo charity fundraisers, Paul “Do Me Moore” has helped raise nearly $100,000 for local non-profit organizations, held on the first Thursday of each month at Mango’s in Midtown Sacramento. Paul has also assisted and performed at numerous community events throughout the Greater Sacramento region and in other cities and states.

When not working or preforming (which is not too often ) Paul can be found in the kitchen or local coffee shops, enjoying hanging with friends and family and music and movies (Marvel and DC for the most part). He enjoys being a part of a growing community and being able to give as much as possible to help others in need.

 

Doug Dransfield, Golden Pacific Bank

Doug Dransfield, Golden Pacific BankMember since 2014, and Commercial Loan Officer for Golden Pacific Bank serving small business in the Sacramento region. Doug has been an active member of the Sacramento business community since 1998, specializes in commercial real estate finance, and also serves on the Board of NorCal CCIM, a national commercial real estate trade organization. Doug enjoys reviewing real estate investment opportunities as well as coaching small business clients on issues of financial literacy, developing business plans and building credit. Doug hopes to elevate, strength and promote our local businesses in this region, and work with others to establish a statewide LGBTQ business chamber in California. Doug is a graduate of UC Santa Barbara, and holds Certificates in both Real Estate Financing from UCLA, and Wine Industry Finance from Sonoma State University.

 

Joel Hockman, Pucci’s Pharmacy

Member since 2016, Owner of Pucci’s Pharmacy on J Street in Midtown. Joel has over 20 years of experience in corporate Marketing and Sales. Along with his husband Clint, a Pharmacist, they decided to purchase a thriving community pharmacy and Pucci’s was a natural fit. Pucci’s is focused on the total health and well-being of Sacramento and the surrounding areas. Their primary goal is to ensure that access to prescription and over the counter medications is delivered in a personalized and compassionate way to all members of the community. This philosophy is especially important to some of the challenging situations faced with the LGBT community of which Joel and Clint take a personal interest in. As a small business owner Joel is eager to work toward ensuring the business community is positioned for success by working with community leaders to focus on issues that drive diversity and economic prosperity.

 

Jenee Rawlings, Yolo Federal Credit Union

Member since 2017, President and CEO, Yolo Federal Credit Union.  Jenee Rawlings is a bay area native who has lived in Yolo County since 1986; she has been in the financial industry since 1989.  In addition to serving on the board of the Sacramento Rainbow Chamber of Commerce, she serves as a board member for Woodland Sunrise Rotary, is the Secretary of the Board for St. John’s Retirement Village, and is Secretary of the Board for the HRD Network – a professional network of human resource professionals serving credit unions throughout California and Nevada.  Jenee is a member and past President of the Woodland Healthcare Auxiliary and was a Founders Day honoree by Woodland Community College. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Business Management with a focus in Organizational Psychology and received her Master’s in Business Administration from Arizona State University.

 

Kris Ritualo, AARP

Kris serves as the Senior Program Specialist for AARP California. Kris leads several initiatives focused on delivering positive and meaningful social change through community-centered advocacy and programs. She also is the Sacramento Metro lead for the Asian-American Pacific Islander community engagement.

Kris was crowned Empress 17, 26, Regent 30, 32 of Imperial Court of All Alaska and Empress 41 of Court of the Great Northwest Imperial Empire, Sacramento. She spear-headed the first ever Alaska’s “Biking for AIDS” which raised huge amounts of money.  She was also instrumental in the development of the “Breast Cancer Awareness Program”, which was her platform as Empress XXVI. She has been recognized for her efforts organizing fund raising events such as “Fund for Prescription Drugs,” Pennies from Heaven”, “Honolulu Marathon for Leukemia”, and the million dollar “Together for Tomorrow” event for one of the local hospitals in Alaska.

Kris penned a column entitled “Behind the Face” for the Alaska’s NorthView Newsletter – a LGBTQ community bulletin of information. Kris received the coveted “Peter Dispirito” Award on September 2002.   The Peter Dispirito Public Service Award is presented annually to the person elected by the Alaska Gay and Lesbian Community who has contributed most to the advancement of the community.

 

Edward Simon, California American Water

Edward Simon, Cal American WaterEd Simon currently serves as California American Water’s Director of Business Performance and Supplier Diversity.  California American Water services 600,000 people through seven district offers throughout California include approximately 40,000 connections in the Sacramento area.  In this role, Ed and his team led the successful implementation of various projects.  Under his leadership, California American Water’s supplier diversity program has consistently met and exceeded the California Public Utilities Commission goal since 2009.  Over the last two years, California American has provided 45 new diverse vendors with opportunities to work with them.  Ed’s tenure with American Water began in February 2001.  He has held several positions with American Water including Call Handling Supervisor, Business Services Liaison, Missouri American Operations Manager, Central Division Director, Customer Relations, and California American Operations Vice President.   He earned a Bachelor of Art’s Degree in Organization Studies from Fontbonne University in Saint Louis, Missouri and in 2017 earned a Master’s Degree in Executive Leadership from University of San Diego.  Although Ed is based in San Diego, he is eager to help the Sacramento RCC Members secure work with regulated utilities across the state.

 

Stephanie Slagel, Stephanie Slagel-State Farm Insurance

Stephanie Slagel, State FarmMember since 2005, Stephanie has owned her own State Farm Insurance office since 2002 where she and her team help their policyholders protect what is important to them. Whether it be a home, a car, a life, a business, or saving for retirement– Stephanie and her team can assist with any and all of it. In addition, Stephanie has been a past Rainbow Chamber Board member and was awarded the RCC Business Leader of the Year in 2013. She has served on various RCC committees over the years while consistently sponsoring and/or participating in many community events and fundraiser such as the NorCal Aids Ride and the American Foundation For Suicide Prevention Out of The Darkness Walks. She is also an avid music lover and has a passion for traveling to various venues near and far to see her favorite musicians.

 

 

R Paul Villaluz WeubbeR. Paul Villaluz Weubbe, Sacramento State

Member since 2015, R. Paul Villaluz Weubbe comes to the chamber board from Sacramento State’s Office of University Advancement, where he  serves as an Advancement Associate. He brings to the board his experience in event planning/coordination and community engagement. R. Paul graduated from San Francisco State University with a degree in Graphic Design. He has a passion for outdoor activities like camping, hiking, paddle boarding, and a new love of sailing.

 

Fred Palmer, Outword Media: Executive Director

Fred Palmer, Outword MagazineFred is the founder and Publisher of Outword Media Marketing and Events Inc. Now in its 23rd year, Outword Magazine is an award-winning LGBT publication and publishes on the 2nd and 4th Thursdays of each month, providing news and entertainment for the LGBT community, as well as image consulting, logo design, fundraising, and alternative distribution channels to its clients.

Fred is one of the original founding members of the Rainbow Chamber of Commerce and the Rainbow Chamber Foundation and has served several terms as President on each board.
He currently works with many community organizations, doing special events and fundraisers including PFLAG, Davis Pride, SIGLFF, and Sac LGBT Wedding Expo, helping to raise awareness for LGBT issues and to bring in necessary funding. Fred and his team also created Sacramento Drag Queen Bingo, which to date, has raised over $225,000 for local charities and is now managed by the Sacramento Rainbow Chamber of Commerce.

Fred has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Organizational Communications, with an emphasis in Marketing and Business Management, from San Francisco State University.