Board of Directors

Leader Profile
Shelley Laurel, President Merchants Bank of Commerce

Shelley Laurel, President
Columbia Bank

Shelley Laurel is the SVP/Regional Manager of Columbia Bank. She heads up a team of 16 experienced business bankers including relationship managers and business development officers. Shelley has been in the business banking industry for more than 30 years, and her experience includes being an integral part of the start-up team of the Bank of Sacramento in 1998. She takes pride in being a Business Banker at a Community Bank where she is able to help small to medium sized businesses be successful. Shelley holds a Bachelors of Science degree in Business Administration Accounting.

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Geraldine Jimenez, Vice President CalSTRS

Geraldine Jimenez, Vice President and Treasurer
CalSTRS

Geraldine Jimenez serves as the Director of Investment Strategy and Risk and is responsible for implementing and monitoring CalSTRS overall investment portfolio’s strategy and risk profile. Her focus is on the strategic portfolio positioning to meet the long-term liabilities and serves on the CalSTRS Asset / Liability team reviewing and setting the strategic asset allocation. For shorter-term tactical portfolio positioning, Geraldine chairs the Risk Allocation Committee and is part of the CalSTRS leadership team managing the $240 billion California Teac

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Doug Aguiar, Secretary Golden 1 Credit Union

Doug Aguiar, Secretary
Golden 1 Credit Union

Doug Aguiar is Senior Vice President, Chief Marketing Officer (CMO) of Golden 1 Credit Union, the nation’s sixth largest credit union with $13 billion in assets. Doug has more than 30 years of executive level strategic marketing and communications experience. As CMO, he leads the cooperative’s marketing, communications, and community relations strategies. In 2016, he led the launch of Golden 1 Center, a historic naming-rights agreement with the National Basketball Association’s Sacramento Kings.

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Margaret “Maggie” Bryan, Past President Retired CEO of Shriners Hospital for Children - Northern California

Margaret “Maggie” Bryan, Past President
Retired CEO of Shriners Hospital for Children - Northern California

A native of Northern California, Maggie, now retired, led a distinguished career as an executive in healthcare. She joined Shriners Hospitals for Children, following 12 years at the University of California San Francisco Medical Center, where she served in a number of high-level executive positions culminating as the Associate Director of Hospitals and Clinics responsible for the UCSF Children’s Hospital.

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Alberto Caton Synergy Technology Services, LLC

Alberto Caton
Synergy Technology Services, LLC

Alberto is the division manager for correctional consulting with Synergy Technology Services. He recently completed work on a modernization project for the Chilean Correctional System. In 2009, after 28 years of service, Alberto retired as an Associate Warden from California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR). His CDCR career includes assignments at four prisons where he promoted through the ranks.

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Anthony Ogbeide Pacific Gas & Electric

Anthony Ogbeide
Pacific Gas & Electric

Anthony Ogbeide is a Senior, Supervisory Control, and Data Acquisition (SCADA) Specialist at Pacific Gas and Electric (PG&E), where he is responsible for managing the PG&E power grid. His prior work experience was as an Energy Management System (EMS) Engineer at Sacramento Municipal Utility District (SMUD).

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Chuck Nicholson
Nicholson & Olson

Chuck is managing partner of Nicholson/Olson CPA’s. He is a Certified Public Accountant and earned his BA from Humboldt State University. Chuck has managed his business with the same partner for over 40 years, nurturing and growing the firm during that time.

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Dennis Raymond Banner Bank

Dennis Raymond
Columbia Bank

Dennis has more than 30 years of small business banking in Sacramento in addition to more than 15 years driving loan growth in our region through various leadership roles. In addition to his board service with Stanford Sierra Youth & Families, Dennis is also Board Treasurer of Visit Sacramento and the Power Inn Alliance. 

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Jack Paddon Williams + Paddon Architects

Jack Paddon
Williams + Paddon Architects

Jack is the Founding Principal of Williams + Paddon Architects, having founded the company at age 28. In addition to that professional accomplishment, Jack is also a Founding Board Member of the Foundation for American Medicine & Education (FAME) and has designed many of the public and private educational facilities in the Sacramento region.

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Jaime Mathews
Dignity Health Medical Foundation

With nearly two-decades of healthcare transformation experience, Jaime Mathews serves as VP of Patient Access for Dignity Health. She is an expert in strategy development and planning, holding many positions that sit at the intersection of strategy and operations. In Jaime’s current role she works to improve the patient care experience.

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Jim Dragna California State University, Sacramento

Jim Dragna
California State University, Sacramento

Jim Dragna is Sacramento State’s “graduation czar,” charged with taking inventory of the University’s graduation initiatives. As a licensed psychologist, he is student-centered and data-driven as he examines the graduation and retention rates. 

Dragna came to Sacramento State in early 2016 from the University of Canterbury in Christchurch, New Zealand, where he spent the past 3½ years as the director for student success. 

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Lynn DeSantis
CommonSpirit Health

With a Bachelor’s degree in Marketing and an MBA in Project Management, Lynn brings years of experience in the medical field to Stanford Sierra Youth & Families. Throughout her career she has brought many innovative solutions including implementing a medical records platform which included a training program for over 100 physicians and 400 staff. Additionally, Lynn oversaw the design of a new medical office building, keeping costs at 28% under budget.

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Mac Clemmens
Streamline

Mac is the CEO of Streamline, a software company dedicated to special districts and local government transparency, civic engagement, and compliance. Mac’s passion is empowering and connecting communities. In addition to founding and continuing to lead his own technology company as CEO, Mac’s top professional accomplishments are being named “Best Place to Work” by the Sacramento Business Journal, invitations to the White House to advocate for small business issues, and serving as Chair of the 2019 Capitol-to-Capitol program and 2018 Small Business of the Year.

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Mark Peterson
MEP Law Corp

Mark has worked as an attorney for over 15 years and is the principal attorney at MEP Law Corp. He represents public and private businesses and individuals from various industries on a large range of business matters. He earned his BA in Economics from Brigham Young University and his JD from the University of Michigan Law School. 

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Melissa Bass
VSP Vision Care

Melissa Bass is the Sr. Director of Client Management Operations at VSP Vision Care where she provides strategic direction and oversight of client operations. She is passionate about optimizing processes and has successfully led multiple re-organizations and system implementations to improve business functions and employee enablement. Melissa is a continuous learner and has participated in numerous leadership development programs, and she takes pride in developing and empowering her team to help them realize their potential.

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Pat Brady Retired CEO of Sutter Roseville Medical Center

Pat Brady
Retired CEO of Sutter Roseville Medical Center

Now retired, Pat had a distinguished 38-year career with Sutter Health where he most recently served as the CEO of Sutter Roseville Medical Center. He holds leadership roles in the American College of Healthcare Executives, California Hospital Association and the Hospital Council of Northern and Central California. Pat is also a Senior Fellow with the American Leadership Forum-Sacramento Class 14.