The Half Moon Bay Coastside Chamber of Commerce and Visitors’ Bureau Board of Directors is comprised of local business owners and managers.
The Board of Directors is the government and policy-making body of the Chamber. It authorizes the Chamber’s business plan, approves the budget, controls its property, receives and acts on committee and staff recommendations, and directs the general operations of the Chamber.
Teresa Adam, Chair
United American Bank - term ends 2018
Teresa Adam’s career in banking has spanned over 50 years. For the past 17 years, she has been a banker in our Half Moon Bay Community. She is the Vice President and Manager of United American Bank. As a local banker and homeowner, she always does her part to help local businesses grow. She does the majority of her personal shopping locally.
Teresa is the 2016 Chair of the Board for The Half Moon Bay Coastside Chamber of Commerce & Visitors’ Bureau. She is an active Rotarian. Through Rotary, she started a Mentoring Program at Pilarcitos High School called "Big Coyote Little Coyote". Teresa teaches Finance Seminars to our local High School Students. She is a member of the Half Moon Bay Maverick’s Chapter of BNI. She attends Cabrillo Unified School District meetings and has served on committees to select scholarship recipients. Since September of 1999, she has served on a Selection Committee for San Mateo County Family Loan Services which provides auto loans for low income individuals. Teresa is the Past President of The Half Moon Bay Garden Club. She is currently the President of the Coastside Lutheran Church.
Ginger Minoletti, Vice-Chair
Bay World Travel & Tours - term ends 2016
Ginger Child Minoletti began her travel career in 1987 and has been the owner of Bay World Travel since 1997. The business has been a member of the Chamber for 19 years and Ginger has participated in Chamber activities during that time. She is a member of the Rotary Club of Half Moon Bay, Community United Methodist Church, and the Half Moon Bay Yacht Club. Ginger and Bay World Travel have been strong supporters of the Boys and Girls Club, local sports teams, Coastal Rep Theatre, Senior Coastsiders and most every non-profit that asks for help.
In addition to her community activities, she serves as Treasurer of ASTA (the American Society of Travel Agents) and is President of the Board of WESTA (Western Association of Travel Agents). She and her husband Paul have a grown son Chris, who has been working in the agency for the past two years. He is in charge of business development and is assisting with marketing. In a challenging business climate, she feels very grateful that she works and serves in a community that is so supportive of local business.
Brian Sheppard, CFO
Sheppard Family Dentistry - term ends 2017
Dr. Brian Sheppard graduated from San Jose State University with his Bachelors of Science in Mechanical Engineering. He attended the University of the Pacific Dental School, graduating with his degree of Doctor of Dental Surgery in 2010. In July of 2011 he completed an Advanced Education in General Dentistry Residency in Juneau, Alaska. In November of 2011 he started working with his parents at Sheppard Family Dentistry. Dr. Sheppard swore in to the US Army Reserve in January 2014 and holds the rank of Captain.
Brian is an active volunteer in many communities. He has volunteered at Military Stand Down events, Sonrisas Dental Clinic, and Samaritan House of which he was the 2012 Samaritan House Volunteer Dentist of the year.
Peggy Milne, Ex-Officio
Home Helpers In Home Care - term ends 2016
Peggy Milne grew up in Toronto, and has lived in Half Moon Bay for the past 20 years. She owns Home Helpers In Home Care with her husband Mitch Williams.
Peggy has over 25 years of sales and marketing experience. Her passion for helping other families deal with their aging loved ones comes from the example of her mother who cared for several older relatives as Peggy was growing up. Peggy is committed to helping people in Half Moon Bay and the Coastside community at large.
Beach House Hotel - term ends 2018
Dana Dahl has lived on the California Coast her entire life and for the past 17 years, in Half Moon Bay. She is the General Manager of Beach House Hotel Half Moon Bay, where she has worked since prior to the hotel’s opening in 1996. During her entire working career, she has worked in the hospitality industry. At the Beach House, Dana is responsible for overall operations of the hotel, overseeing all the employees and the quality product and services of the Beach House, as well as providing personal and attentive customer service for its guests. She is a long time community supporter: she and her husband raised five children in the area, participating in many sports and educational events. It is hard to go anywhere in Half Moon Bay where Dana and her family are not know. She is a true local in the area and an expert as an insider on places of interest in the community. In addition to her work within the hospitality industry in Half Moon Bay, Dana has also worked with San Mateo County Visitors & Convention Bureau for the past five years, promoting tourism and businesses the area of Half Moon Bay.
The GraphicWorks - term ends 2016
Kelly Hoffman-Davis is a lifetime Coastside resident. She graduated from Half Moon Bay High School in 2000. After her commencement from HMBHS, Kelly attended the California College of Arts.
In 2005 Kelly purchased The GraphicWorks from the original owners, and relocated the business to its current location at 1300 Main Street in Montara. Since the purchase, Kelly and her team have been advising, designing and producing promotional products and programs for organizations who understand that quality matters.
Under her leadership, The GraphicWorks was inducted into the Half Moon Bay Chamber Business Hall of Fame in 2009, for her role in the community, donating both her time and work to countless schools and non-profits. Kelly has also served two back-to-back terms as the Vice Chair of the Half Moon Bay Chamber of Commerce, in addition to her ten years as a Half Moon Bay Chamber of Commerce Board member. During her time on the Board, she also served as the Chair of the Rock the Block Committee (2008, 2009, 2010 and, 2012) a local festival celebrating Coastside living highlighting local businesses and non-profits. In 2006, she became chair of the Coastside Ambassador Committee and was a founding member of the Coastside Young Professionals Committee. In 2007 she was recognized for these efforts with the Bert Carli Volunteer of the Year award. In 2015 she was recognized again as a Half Moon Bay Coastside Lifetime Volunteer Award.
In addition her work in the community, Kelly also enjoys spending time volunteering for her children’s schools, Seacrest and Picasso Preschool. When she not working or volunteering, Kelly, her husband Troy, French Bulldog Dozer and two young sons, Tahlon and Brayden, can be found enjoying the fabulous restaurants, shops and beaches that the coast and nearby cities have to offer.
Rob Genovesi, Director
Coastside Net, Inc. - term ends 2016
Heidi Kuiper, Director
State Farm Insurance - term ends 2016
Heidi Kuiper has worked for State Farm Insurance in different job capacities since 1975. She opened her State Farm Agency in Half Moon Bay in 2001. Heidi has served on the Ambassador Committee since 2002, was appointed to the Board of Directors in 2003, and was appointed to the Executive Board Committee in 2004. Heidi also chaired the Rock the Block community event for 3 years.
Kerry Lobel, Director
Puente de la Costa Sur - term ends 2018
Kerry Lobel serves as Puente’s Strategic Projects Advisor with a focus on major Pescadero infrastructure projects that including improving housing for farm workers, a child care center, a health center, and an office upgrade for Puente. Lobel served as Puente’s executive director from 2006-2015. She oversaw all programs, administrative, and fundraising functions under the supervision of the Board of Directors. Lobel presided over an extraordinary period of growth for Puente, which has gone from 3 employees and an $185,127 budget in 2006 – the year Puente formally merged with North Street Community Resource Center – to a budget of $2.3 million with 27 full and part-time staff.
In 2010, Lobel was honored by the San Mateo County Commission on the Status of Women for her exceptional achievements and significant impact on San Mateo County. In 2013, the Half Moon Bay Coastside Chamber of Commerce and Visitors’ Bureau honored her with a Citizen of the Year Award. The annual award is bestowed on a local hero whose work represents exemplary humanitarianism, and who has had a significant positive impact on the overall Coastside community.
Chris Mickelsen, Director
Political Consultant - term ends 2017
As a lifelong Half Moon Bay resident, Chris Mickelsen has been proud to serve his community since the early seventies. Over 35 years ago community activists recognized the historic value of Half Moon Bay’s downtown by organizing a “Paint In” which offered free paint jobs to our most treasured downtown buildings. Chris’s participation has lead to a lifelong passion for not only preserving the Coastside past but enhancing the Coast’s future.
Chris was thrice elected to serve as a director of Coastside County Water District, on which he still serves. In 2008 and again in 2009 his peers elected him to serve as President, a position which allowed him to continue the modernization of the district to better serve the community.
Chris was first elected to serve as a Chamber director in 2000. Since then the Chamber has grown from 400 to over 650 members. Chris looks forward to continuing his dedication to promoting our Coastal gem with those who choose to enjoy the multitude of unique visitor opportunities the Coast has to offer. Chis would further like to promote a sustainable local business environment to serve the needs of our diverse community.
Jeannene Minnix Kingston, Director
Allied Waste Services - term ends 2018
Kevin O'Brien, Director
Kevin O’Brien is a partner in the Weller/O’Brien Insurance Agency, 720 Kelly Avenue in Half Moon Bay. He has been in the insurance industry since 1975 as agent, sales and marketing vice president, and independent agency owner.
Kevin is a CIC, Certified Insurance Counselor, CLU, Chartered Life Underwriter, and ChFC, Chartered Financial Consultant. His agency emphasis is commercial and personal property casualty insurance. He is a past president and current member of the Rotary Club of Half Moon Bay. He has been active in the community as a RotaCare Clinic volunteer and supporter of many Coastside non-profits.
Kevin is married to Debbie O’Brien, and they have three children and eight grandchildren. They have lived in Half Moon Bay since 1992. Kevin enjoys golf and traveling, and he’s a big fan of the San Francisco Giants.
Dianne Passen, Director
HMB Media - term ends 2017
Dianne Passen is a seasoned multi-media specialist with a particular focus in online video. Her passion for discovering what motivates people started at her first management job during summers at Cedar Point in Ohio.
Dianne loves everything (almost) about the Half Moon Bay Coastal Community and believes that it is an honor and a privilege to serve on the Board of Directors for the Chamber.
If you would like to get in touch with any of the directors, please contact the Chamber office at (650) 726-8380 or click here to send an email.