The governing body of the Chamber is its Board of Directors. From small business owners to bankers, the member board represents a cross-section of the Chamber's membership. The Board’s function is to determine policy for the organization. The Board is also responsible for the organization’s finances, considers and approves the budget and determines the appropriate membership investment schedule.

 

The Chamber also employs a full time staff of professionals. The staff manages the day-to-day functions of the organization including planning and hosting special events, publishing the Chamber's newsletter and Web site and fostering community development in the region.

 

The President

Mike was born and raised in Hanford. He attended local schools and graduated from Hanford High in 1969. In 1978 Mike went to work for the City of Hanford and worked there for 28.5 years before retiring in 2007 as the Fleet / Building Manager.

 

 

Mike is currently involved in many community activities including the Hanford Christmas Parade, Kings County Homecoming, Hanford Fireworks Committee, Hanford Carnegie Museum, and the American Cancer Society. He was the Hanford Chamber of Commerce Man of the Year in 2003.

 

 

Mike and his wife Candy have been married for 27 years, have 5 children and 11 grand children. Mike’s wife Candy was a teacher for 33 years in Armona before retiring in 2005. Candy was the Hanford Chamber of Commerce Women of the Year in 2006

 

 

Mike Bertaina

The Board Members

Nateva Solomon

Nateva Solomon comes to the Hanford Chamber of Commerce with a proven commitment to the highest standards of ethics as a citizen, local businesswoman and devoted member of Kings County and Hanford.

 Nateva was born in Lemoore in 1923 and graduated from Lemoore High with the class of 1941. Nateva opened her business in Lemoore in 1972 and became active with the Lemoore Chamber of Commerce. One of the major highlights, while a member of the Chamber of Commerce, was an agreement with the City of Lemoore to produce a Melodrama which played out live for three years in downtown Lemoore and funded a portion of the Christmas street lights the City later installed. The Melodrama was thoroughly enjoyed by many, yet the committee actors were quite relieved when their commitment with the city was fulfilled.

 

In 1965, Nateva was the first female business owner to receive the Citizen of the Year award. Nateva remained in business in Lemoore for 33 years.

 

Nateva later opened a business in Hanford and became an active member of the Hanford Downtown Improvement Agency holding the position of President for 4 years from 1987-1990. One of the DIA’s outstanding promotions which Nateva inspired was their Special downtown holiday promotion which turned the downtown into a Winter Wonderland complete with snow. This event was great fun for children and adults building snowmen and being the target for purposefully thrown snowballs.

 

When Gottschalks announced their opening in Hanford, Nateva was hired as their Bridal Registrar where Nateva remained for 10 years. During this time, Nateva also became a member of the Hanford Recreation department and was a popular instruction for Party planning classes offered through the Recreation Department.

 

Nateva retired from Gottschalks, yet remains active in her community.

 

Richard Douglas

Born in Fresno, Ca and raised in Selma, Richard Douglas attended Selma area schools. Following graduation from Selma High School in 1972, Douglas attended Reedley Junior College.While still in High School, he began working at his father’s Exxon station in Fowler, CA. Working on cars long before he even had a drivers license, Douglas worked in the automotive industry for greater than two decades, ultimately earning certification as an A.S.E. Certified Auto Technician.

 

Richard is currently employed with Family Health Care Network and the City of Hanford. His representation on the Board of Directors for Hanford Chamber of Commerce is a position he considers a volunteer assignment.

 

In his spare time, Richard is happily committed to community involvement serving on the Avenal State Prison Community Advisory Board, Kings County Museum Board, Kings County Fish and Game Commission, both the Hanford Christmas and Homecoming Parade Committees and serving as a member of the City of Hanford Parks and Recreation Commission.

 

Richard and his wife, Cee, have been married 24 years and have two children who are both 32 years old. They lost one daughter to cancer in 2005. They have two grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. Cee retired in 1999 from Kings County Office of Education but in 2005 went back to work part-time as a Teacher with Crossroads Charter Academy operated through Armona Union Elementary School District

 

Jill Caviezel-Hoots

Jill is the director of philanthropic development for Kings Regional Health Foundation (KRHF) in Hanford.  The foundation raises essential funds for Adventist Health Central Valley Network. Some of her job duties include securing sponsorships for the annual charity gala, recruiting board members and creating long-lasting relationships with potential and existing donors.

 

Originally from Whittier, CA, Jill received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Social Work from Whittier College.  After graduating, Jill and two others created Community Alliance for the Blind (CAB) a non-profit organization that provided assistance to the visually impaired and blind community.  Jill also worked for the Whittier Chamber of Commerce for four years and the I-94 West Chamber of Commerce in Minnesota for two years..

 

Jill and her husband of eight years, Tony, moved to Hanford from St. Michael, MN, seven years ago.  The reason for their move was to be closer to family.  Jill is the youngest of Fred Martella’s grandchildren and takes extreme pride in being apart of the Martella family.  It is her grandfather’s love and enthusiasm for his community that drives Jill to continue to raise money for healthcare.  He is also the reason she is a proud member of the Hanford Sons of Italy and a chamber board member.

 

Jill’s husband Tony is a dialysis technician for Dialysis Systems Management, they provide in-patient dialysis to patients at Adventist Medical Center-Hanford.  In their spare time, Jill and Tony enjoy spending time with family and friends and their two dogs Jax and Roxy.

 

Glenn Yarnal

 

Glenn owned and operated Round Table Pizza & Yarnal's Pizzeria. He is now retired.

Mike Philippou

 

MIke is Owner of Farmer Boys Hanford.

 Geary Galusha

 

Geary is the Manager of Roe Oil Company

 Joe Maciel

 

Joe is the Owner of Maciel Mortgage

Mark Ulibarri

 

Mark is Senior Vice President and Area Manager at Bank of the Sierra.

Catherine Willis

 

Cathy served on the Hanford City Council

EX-OFFICIO MEMBERS

 

 

Jan Kahn

Kahn, Soares & Conway

 

 

 

Francisco Ramirez

City Council