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.
2016-2017 RCC Board of Directors
Richard Hernandez, President
Member since 2008, Director of Outreach, St. Francis of Assisi Parish. He graduated from the University of California, Santa Barbara with a BA in Political Science. Richard returned to Sacramento to open the Hyatt Regency Sacramento in 1988. He is a former Director for the Sacramento and California Hispanic Chambers of Commerce Boards. In addition to being a staff member of St. Francis, Richard participates in many church ministries including the church’s LGBT Ministry. Richard is a Viet Nam Veteran.
Kammy Caruss, Vice President
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 to open YNot Web in 2003. Specializing in high visibility & exposure through search engine optimization (SEO), paid search, and social media marketing, Ms. Caruss helps her clients plan, create, and implement their entire marketing strategy for the web, advising them on how to use the most effective tools possible for maximum exposure and client engagement. Kammy often speaks with business groups on topics related to online marketing & web technologies. Kammy has past board involvement with NAWBO Sacramento and the Fair Oaks Chamber of Commerce.
Alfonso Sanchez, Board Secretary
Member since 2012, Sales and Marketing, AAA NCNU. Alfonso Sanchez is a Southern California native who has set roots in Yolo County whose professional reach has extended from serving communities in the Sacramento/San Joaquin Valley, to serving rural communities in Amador, Calaveras, and Placer Counties.
Besides serving on the board for the Sacramento Rainbow Chamber of commerce he is a member of several other community organizations including the Woodland Chamber of commerce where he serves as an Ambassador; he is an affiliate member of West Sacramento, Davis, and the North Valley Hispanic Chamber of commerce. Alfonso takes pride in being active in serving the communities he works in. He currently serves as Vice President for the West Sacramento Historical Society. Alfonso was a nominee for Future 7 Young Professionals Under 40 based on his outstanding business achievements and community involvement.
Alfonso has been in the insurance industry for over 10 years and understands the value of maintaining strong relationships by providing exceptional service to his clients and referral partners. His thorough knowledge of AAA products allows him to pair the right coverage and membership to fit his Members’ specific needs, in English, or Spanish. Put Alfonso’s service to the test and you’ll find just how well your needs will be met.
Member Since 2015, Associate Vice President for Enrollment & Student Services at Sacramento State University. New to the Sacramento region and looking to engage and support our community as we continue to grow and evolve into an extensive and vibrant group. He is an active tennis and outdoors person and looking forward to his time on the board.
Member Since 2007, Managing Partner at Billy’s Farm – Organic Christmas Trees and Director of Operations and Property Manager for Laughton Properties Inc. Board member of SMUD CAP and Rental Housing Association (RHA). Active cyclist and real estate investor.
Diana DePaola, Intrinsic Insurance: Foundation Chair
Member since 2014, Owner of her own independent Property and Casualty agency, Intrinsic Insurance Services. 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, Intrinsic Insurance Services.
Fred Palmer, Outword Media: Events Committee Chair
Fred is the founder and Publisher of Outword Media Marketing and Events Inc. Now in its 21st 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 Sacramento Pride, PFLAG, Davis Pride, SIGLFF, Sac LGBT Wedding Expo, Q Prom 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 $125,000 for local charities and is now managed by the RCC
Fred has a Bachelor of Arts in Organizational Communications, with an emphasis in Marketing and Business Management from San Francisco State University.
Ranveer Singh, Wells Fargo Bank: Education Committee
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.
Robin Shofner, Molsby & Bordner, LLP
Member since 2016, Managing Attorney for 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. Robin is also a member of the California NAACP.
Jonathon McKim, McKim Architectural
Mr. McKim joined the Rainbow Chamber of Commerce in January 2016, shortly after returning to the US from a contract in the Middle East. He is a licensed architect and founding Partner of MCKIM Architectural, LLP. McKim’s practice focuses on providing 1099-contract serves to larger firms, residential and commercial design, multifamily and mixed-use, tenant improvements, and publishing educational guides for the A/E/C industry in California. His firm is headquartered in Sacramento with a reach into the Bay Area as well as Phoenix, AZ.
McKim was elected to the RCC Board in September of 2016, and he jointly leads multiple RCC committees. His personal commitment to the RCC Board is soundly rooted in his desire to see LGBT owned businesses achieve equal leverage and success as non-LGBT businesses, for he profoundly believes that being gay should not be a liability in today’s business world.
On a personal note, McKim has made Sacramento his home. He has a deep love of all animals which has led to his becoming a vegetarian, and currently he is in training for the 2017 AIDS Life Cycle Ride. Additionally, McKim has a deep commitment to the “Wall Clause” with regards to the U.S. Constitution and takes a hard stance in fighting prejudices that the LGBT community often faces when the “Wall Clause” is attacked. This commitment led to his authoring an Amendment to the California Public Contract Code, which he is currently and actively seeking political support.
Amy Medina, Wells Fargo Bank
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.
Joy Reinhardt, Dante Club
Member since 2015, Dante Club.
Michael Reilly, Farmers Insurance
Farmers Insurance; Member since 2015.