Jeff is the owner of the local Farmers Insurance Agency in Mariposa. He has been successful in protecting local families and finding coverage for properties that are difficult to insure due to our wildfire exposure in the area. Jeff and his wife, Laura, moved into the area with their two beautiful daughters last year after living in the Central Valley for almost a decade. When he takes time away from the agency and also his metal fabrication business in the valley, Jeff and his family enjoy traveling, especially to places where they can take advantage of him being fluent in Spanish. He is excited to be part of the Chamber and looks forward to getting more involved with the local community.
Gabe is an expert in cloud services and IT service development, currently working for UC San Diego I.T. as the Cloud Product Manager, and was previously the I.T. Campus Software Manager at UC Merced. Locally, he works for his wife’s business - Amber Edwards Photography – and occasionally pretends to be a handyman at The Alley and Brick Wall Boutique. Gabe sits on several corporate and non-profit advisory boards including the Sierra Foothill Charter School, and has been involved in the development of numerous projects that have revolutionized services where deployed. He has a passion for volunteering and is driven to make the world a better place. He focuses on non-profits and education, bringing his knowledge in process improvement, project management, and business planning to enable creative solutions. When he isn’t spending time with his wife and son, he can usually be found working on home improvement projects with friends, or supporting local businesses with his patronage.
Travis has worked in Healthcare Finance for 26 plus years. 19 years were spent with a Healthcare Consulting company based in Dallas where he ran the collection services as well as traveled extensively working hospital contracts across the continental US plus St. Thomas V.I., Cayman Islands & Hawaii. After leaving the collections/consulting world, he joined a hospital system in Montana for 2.5 years where he was also recruited as a Chamber Board member for the Wolf Point, MT. Chamber of Commerce. Travis moved to Mariposa 5 1/2 years ago with his family Melissa and Westley, where he was the Director of Patient Financial Services for John C. Fremont Healthcare District. Most recently Travis and Melissa have put down roots and are opening The Little Shop of Ramen and The Local Grape as well as a winery in 2020.
Rachelle is a wife and mother of three that began her career in finance 3 years ago with Assured Mortgage Company in Mariposa. She continues to work there preparing a variety of loans (Mortgage/Home [FHA, VA, USDA and Conventional], Private Money, Construction, Renovation, Commercial, etc.). She loves having the opportunity to assist clients with one of the most important purchases of their lives by helping them get into their own home.
She grew up in Mariposa and enjoyed being a stay at home mom while volunteering in our community for years prior to beginning her career. She gave back to the community by coaching and sponsoring youth sports (which she continues to do), being involved in MOPS, church and Parent Club at MES. She feels honored to now have the opportunity to help improve our already amazing community by serving on the Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors as Secretary and Events Coordinator.
Dan Fournier is a self-motivated fun loving father, husband, and community advocate passionate about photography and the outdoors. He believes that all business’s in Mariposa county are as important as the next, and deserve equal amounts of attention and community support. Dan is a lifelong entrepreneur, excelling at public relations and outreach. For the past few years Dan has been working with APG Solar as an energy consultant, helping families and businesses get out from under big utilities thumb, and enjoy energy independence through onsite renewable energy.
Brian has been working in education as a high school teacher and student leadership advisor since 2009. He spent a little over eight years teaching abroad at a private international high school in Shanghai, China where he taught IB English A and Theory of Knowledge. He also worked with the student leaders helping to plan, promote, and present various activities and events for the student body, including the schools first ever TEDxYouth event. He was also an organizer for TEDxSHSID. In 2016, he moved back to Mariposa and started teaching at Mariposa County High School, his alma mater. He currently teaches English and is the Director of Student Activities. As the Director of Student Activities and the Associated Student Body (ASB) Advisor and work with Mariposa's student leadership team to plan, promote, and present various activities and events. He has focused on school climate and culture, and work to promote engagement and involvement among the student body to promote a since of pride and purpose. Working closely with the Administration, he has helped introduce a weekly newsletter, increased the social media presence, and is introducing the GrizzlyStrong Character Dare weekly character challenges. Brian is always looking for new and innovative ways in which the school can continue to work together and support the students and the community, and he is happy to support and give back to a school and community that has supported him in his education and career.
Karen has the elite status of Director Emeritus! In 2004, she started a home-based embroidery business. After moving to Mariposa in 2005, she expanded the business in 2009 to include garment printing. Today, Karen and her sister, Kim, are co-owners of Ladybug Embroidery and Garment Printing in Mariposa.
Karen has been very involved, currently and in the past, with local organizations. Her involvement includes: Mariposa Businesswoman of the Year 2012 Charter Member, Made in Mariposa Secretary, Mariposa County Business Association Council Officer and Leader, Mariposa County 4-H Member, Mariposa Lions Club Volunteer, Mariposa History Museum Member, Veterans Memorial Committee Member, Friends of Veterans Association
Karen’s goals are to encourage local businesses to participate in programs and services offered by the Mariposa Chamber of Commerce, encourage local residents to purchase goods from Chamber of Commerce members when possible, and to continually promote local businesses. She is a strong advocate for shopping local.
Xav seeks unique ways to inspire individuals to action. He works with leaders to recognize that personal daily choices, and the way we relate to ourselves and to one another, create greater opportunities for social, cultural, and organizational change. As a senior consultant for KSG Consulting Group, Xav works with For-Profit, Nonprofit and Government Agencies to support Change Management and Staff Empowerment. As founder and CEO of evox Television & Marketplace, Xav brings years of entertainment industry experience to this new conscious media and commerce company. As a B-Corp and member of the SVN Community, Xav and evox is dedicated to transforming the way we interact with entertainment, conscious commerce, community, and the world. From his background producing performance events as a means to activism, with Greenpeace and Amnesty International, evox has emerged as the expression of that pioneering entrepreneurship—an action platform supporting health, sustainability, quality of life, service, the planet, commitment, and connection.
Rob is a retired engineer of the mining and power generation industries. He and his wife of 40 years, Mary Ann, are the owner and operator of Posada Mariana Bed & Breakfast. They have four children and three grandchildren. Rob is committed to helping with economic development in Mariposa County and offers consultations on planning and risk management pro bono for all Chamber members.
Steve is owner of Epic Alpacas, which not only includes an award-winning alpaca livestock ranch, but also a retail store in downtown Mariposa, and an active agri-tourism operation offering ranch tours and a vacation rental, The Alpaca Ranch House. In addition to the alpaca-focused businesses, he operates Cygnus Design and Consulting, a full service graphic design and IT company, founded in 1997.
Prior to shifting his focus to alpacas, Steve's extensive experience in marketing and design, coupled with his entrepreneurial spirit, has led him into a diverse array of industries. He has either created start-ups or held positions as an officer/director on multiple boards over the past 25 years in the biotech, sports, entertainment, and healthcare/pharma fields, as well as various non-profit organizations.
He has always been an advocate of both helping small businesses find their footing and of helping big businesses to keep their focus. He’s always happy to share his experiences or advice whenever possible and looks forward to helping the Mariposa community develop.
Kim obtained a B.S. and M.S. from UC Berkeley and spent twenty years working as a biotechnology scientist specializing in biochemistry and engineering, based in San Francisco. Her partner grew up in Groveland, and a few years ago they bought a ranch in Coulterville where they have a vacation rental and do small events like retreats and weddings. Last year they purchased the Coulter Cafe & General Store where their focus has been to bring live music, art, and entertainment to Coulterville and build community by bringing people together.
Sean Inman Board Member
PUSH Enterprises, LLC
Sean is a Mariposa County local born in the small town of Midpines. Sean and his wife Kara are very active in Mariposa County including running multiple businesses such as the Brick Wall Boutique in downtown Mariposa and a small farm, PUSH Farms along with PUSH bed and breakfast in the boot jack area. Sean is also heavily involved in the industrial hemp market based out of Oregon and frequently travels back and forth. Sean and Kara have started to spread their roots in Mariposa County and are excited to help their home town grow.
Nate is from El Portal and graduated from Mariposa County High school. He studied hotel restaurant management at Northern Arizona University. Nate owns The Grove House, a craft beer and wine bar/ bottle shop. I have a beautiful wife and daughter. I am hoping to make a difference where I grew up.
John has the elite status of Director Emeritus! John provides great insight to the Board’s past and decisions that have been previously made. When not spending time with his family and beautiful grandchildren, he also serves as a member of the Car Show committee and is truly dedicated to making our county the best it can be!