Directors and Staff

Margot Stanford 
Chair

 

F & M Bank
Vice President/Treasury Relationship Manager

 

(925) 627-5508 | Website

Matthew Guichard

Past Chair 2020 – 2021

 

Guichard, Teng, Portillo & Garrett Law Firm
Founder and Senior Partner

 

(925) 459-8440 | Website

Lorna Van Ackeren
Director

 

Hillendale Home Care
Marketing Director

 

Website

Marty Ardron
Director

 

Kaiser Permanente’s Diablo Service Area
Senior Vice President and Area Manager

 

(925)-295-5888 | Website

Joe Stein
Director

 

Sunrise Bistro
Owner

 

(925) 708-5578 | Website

Edward Del Beccaro
Chair-Elect

 

TRI Commercial
Executive Vice President

 

(925) 296-3333 | Website

Rocco Biale
Director

 

Rocco’s Ristorante & Pizzeria
Owner

 

(925) 947-6105 | Website

Jeremy Calabro
Treasurer

 

Dawson CPA Firm
CPA Manager

 

(925) 933-5577 | Website

Chantal Rees
Director

 

Rees & Rees Insurance Services Inc
President

 

(925) 464-7811 | Website

Patricia Haggen
Director

 

John Muir Health
Executive Director, Hospital Operations

 

(925)-941-4050 | Website

Ron Hermanson
Director

 

Cruise Holidays/Travel Leaders Network
Franchise Owner

 

(925) 267-3657 | Website

Bob Linscheid
President & CEO

 

Walnut Creek Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Bureau
President / CEO

 

(925) 934-2007 | Website

David Rameriz
Director

 

One Planet Group
VP, Legal & Co-CEO

 

(925) 983 – 2800 | Website

David Meyer
Director

 

Community Bank of the Bay
SVP, Danville Regional Manager

 

(925) 838-2902 | Website

Rod Mickels
Director

 

InVision Communications, Inc.
Founder & CEO

 

(925) 944-1211 | Website

Iman Novin
Director

 

Novin Development Corp.
Principal

 

(925) 344-6244 | Website

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Wanda Wallis
Director

 

RE/MAX Accord
Real Estate Consultant

 

(925) 915-0795 | Website

Caitlin Sly
Director

 

Meals on Wheels Diablo Region
Executive Director

 

(925) 937-8311 | Website

Angela De La Housaye
Director

 

D/L/H/A Law Group, A division of De La Housaye & Associates, A Law Corporation
Founding Attorney

 

(925) 944-3300 | Website

Bob Linscheid, President & Chief Executive Officer

A. Robert (Bob) Linscheid was named President & CEO of the Walnut Creek Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Bureau in April 2021, after serving as Interim CEO for the Silicon Valley Organization. Bob joined the Chamber with extraordinary experience and expertise as a coalition builder, business and education advocate, and community leader—the heart of a chamber’s landscape.

In 1993, Bob founded Linscheid Enterprises, Inc. (Danville, CA), guiding clients through their public relations, advocacy, community engagement, and strategic planning needs. Since 2016, Bob has been a special advisor to Cal Poly President Jeff Armstrong, providing leadership on the university’s economic development strategy and implementation of its Cal Poly Vision 2022 plan. From 2013 to 2016, Bob was president and CEO of the San Francisco Chamber of Commerce, where he provided high profile leadership, vision, and strategic direction for the more than 1000-member chamber. In that role, Bob fully demonstrated his knowledge of and expertise in economic development principles, regional economy, political environment, marketing and branding concepts, membership sales, and overseeing opportunities and challenges for large and small employers to grow and prosper.

Bob has served as President/CEO for several chambers of commerce in California, including the
Walnut Creek Chamber of Commerce (1979–1981).

Having distinguished himself with numerous degrees, certificates, and awards, Bob is a familiar and welcomed voice in the nonprofit sector, contributing years of volunteer service and leadership, most notably with the Alzheimer’s Association®, Rotary International, and East Bay Leadership Council. He received his BA and Master of Public Administration from California State University, Chico, as well as an Honorary Doctor of Liberal Arts from San Francisco State University. Bob and his wife, Pam Montana, live in Danville, parents and grandparents to a growing, loving family.

Marcie Hochhauser, Senior Vice President (Retired)
Marcie joined the Walnut Creek Chamber of Commerce in 1980, as Manager of Membership Services. After exceeding membership goals and establishing innovative programs which helped chart a new direction for the Walnut Creek Chamber, she was promoted to Marketing Director. Marcie’s contributions have not only helped the Chamber financially, but have enhanced the Chamber’s visibility in Walnut Creek, Contra Costa County and the state of California. Marcie was the 1985 recipient of the California Chamber’s Gerald W. Hathaway Award in honor and recognition of significant contributions to Chamber of Commerce management as a staff member. She was the 1986 President of the Contra Costa Chamber of Commerce Executives and has served on the board of directors for the Superior California Chamber of Commerce Executives Association. In July of 1988, Marcie received her graduation certificate from the Institute for Organizational Management. Marcie oversees the Chamber’s successful Art & Wine Festival, East Bay Women’s Conference, Trade Faires, Education Committee, Leadership Contra Costa, and Business Links. She also assists with the day to day operations of running the Chamber. A native of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and a graduate of American University in Washington D.C., Marcie resides in Walnut Creek with her husband Harvey and two children.

Shawn Filardi

Lynn Pauline
Lynn was born and raised in Walnut Creek. She graduated from CSU, Chico with a degree in Business Administration and spent  ten years in the hotel industry in sales. She has also worked in the medical field. When you call or visit the Chamber, Lynn will be the one to greet you and help get the information you need. She also supports the efforts of Chamber staff and is the contact person for the Walnut Creek Convention & Visitors Bureau.

Nicole Hankton, Director of Sales & Marketing
Nicole comes to the Convention and Visitors Bureau with a passion for hospitality and tourism. Nicole enjoys 15 years of experience in marketing, sales, and public relations. Previously, Nicole worked for hotels in Oakland by supporting the efforts of the sales teams to bring a stronger variety of conferences to the largest hotel in the city.  She has accomplished a variety of sales tours, media visits, promotions, and targeted marketing campaigns specific to the hotel industry..

Marilyn Schmidt
Marilyn joined the Chamber in September 2013 as our Accounting Assistant.  In the neighboring city of Clayton, she is an active member of the Clayton Business and Community Association and brings with her the experience of being Co-Chair of the Clayton Oktoberfest for the past eight years. Marilyn was born and raised in New Jersey, and is a graduate of Florida State University with a degree in Finance. Having lived in the East Bay since 2001 with her husband Charlie, she enjoys splitting her time between her two married children, along with two beautiful grandchildren.

Linda Vesneski, Membership Sales Director
Linda joined the Walnut Creek Chamber of Commerce in December 2015 as the Membership Sales Director. Linda grew up in the Pacific Northwest in Olympia, Washington, and is a graduate of South Puget Sound Community College and Central Washington University with a degree in Business Administration and Marketing. After marrying and moving to California she spent seven years in the hotel industry in sales and event management at the San Diego Marriott Hotel & Marina and later at the San Francisco Airport Marriott. During a 10 year break from work to raise a family, Linda and her husband and children had the opportunity to live abroad in Australia for two years. Returning home to Northern California, Linda took on the Membership Account Manager role at Renaissance Club Sport in Walnut Creek for six years. She has also worked as a Family Service/Sales Counselor at Oakmont Memorial Park in Lafayette.  Linda resides in Clayton with her husband Erik and two children.