Meet Our Team

Your Palm Desert Chamber of Commerce Staff

To be announced
President/ CEO


Linda Davis

Administrative Assistant

Linda Smith

Administrative Assistant

Harriet Walters

Membership Sales and Advertising         



Angela Howe

Membership Development



James Brownyard

Government Affairs Liaison

Andre Grandmain

Communication and Marketing coordinator

Donna Ortiz

Membership Development

Vanessa Mager

Special Events Coordinator



Phyllis Dobbins




Board of Directors

The Palm Desert Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors meet on the 4th Tuesday of every month, unless designated with a change of meeting date, time and/or location. If you wish to attend or have a question or concern you feel needs board attention, please contact info@pdacc.org to request an addition to the Agenda.


Executive Committee 2017-2018

Dominique Shwe

Chairwoman 2017-2018
Ticket Sauce

Naran Reitman

Chair Elect
The Law Offices of Naran Reitman

Lea Goodsell

Renova Solar

Patrick Klein

Immediate Past Chair
The Gardens on El Paseo / El Paseo Village

Patrick Somers

Vice Chair
General Air Conditioning & Plumbing

Steven Miller

Chief Financial Officer
Miller & Mehr

Board of Directors 2017-2018

Alisa Williams Rutherford - Ambassador Liaison

Family YMCA of the Desert

Cindy Pieper

State Farm - Cindy Pieper Agency

Kristal Granados

United Way of the Desert

Carl Karcher

Carl's Jr. Restaurants

Brandt Kuhn

Beacon Pointe Wealth Advisors

Nick Raab

Tommy Bahama

Wendy Jonathan 

DSUSD, Board Trutee 



John Eddy

Eisenhower Medical Center

Barb Wagner

JW Marriott Desert Springs Resort and Spa

Sara Weaver

The Desert Sun


John Sloan - Ambassador Liaison

Keller Williams Realty

Gil Reyes

Hotel Paseo

Diane Kovaslky

Cal State University San Bernardino Palm Desert Campus

Eric Morcus

Kaiser Grille Palm Desert

Anthony Purnel

Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians Tribal Council

Peter Kim


Mayor Pro Tem Sabby Jonathon

City of Palm Desert Liaison

Valerie Ward

Burrtec Waste & Recycling Services


Ambassador Executive Committee

Tammy Martin - Immediate Past Ambassador President 2016-2017

Friends of the Desert Mountains

Shelby Goodwin - Recording Secretary

Family YMCA of the Desert


Erin Sullivan Moore - Ambassador Vice President

Robert Half  

Joy Diffendal - Ambassador President 2017-2018


Judy Lozano - Corresponding Secretary

Pacific Premiere Bank


Debbie Frazer - Ambassador         Mentor

Mary Kay Cosmetics



Betty Baxter

Betty Baxter Coaching

Bennett Sperber

Modern Woodmen of America

Howard Gordon

All Things Are Possible

Qiq Luttrell


Karen Creasey

KC-Health And Wellness Motivation

Bob Solomon - Ambassador Emeritus

Desert Business Machines

Rick Cech

Western Pacific Roofing Corp.

Cris Romero - In Memoriam

Brian Daly

American Red Cross

Marv Law

HealthBridge Insurance Solutions

Silver Martin

Loving All Animals

Rick Miller

Shop.com/Rick Miller

Sarie Gonsalves

Valley Plumbing

Who are the Ambassadors?

The Ambassadors act as public relations and membership retention assistants for the Chamber. They are a group of business leaders who generously give their time to act as official Palm Desert area Chamber of Commerce business boosters. They call on members throughout the year to remind them of the upcoming events, chamber meetings, and the work that the Chamber does to promote businesses and build a strong local economy. They act as official hosts of the Chamber at such functions as: mixers, networking events, membership inductions, and other events as called upon. They also place monthly phone calls to new members and distribute "toolkits" in order help them get a complete understanding of what the Chamber has to offer.

Feel free to ask any of the Ambassadors for assistance and guidance on getting the best return on membership investment through attending events, serving on committees and networking with other members. The Ambassadors are a team of enthusiastic members who believe in creating productive working relationships, encouraging member involvement, and acting as a catalyst in the Chamber's effort to produce a dynamic business climate within the Palm Desert Area.

Ambassadors help in the following areas as well:

  • Welcome new members at the Chamber's Membership Induction
  • Invite and accompany new Chamber members to Chamber functions.
  • Contact first-year members to encourage participation in chamber events and meetings
  • Develop new memberships by referring business prospects to our Membership Sales Executives.

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