Board of Directors

Meet the Chamber’s Board of Directors

The Catalina Island Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Bureau is governed by a 19-member Board of Directors. The Board meets monthly (typically no meeting in August or December), usually on the third Thursday of the month, from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm in the Founders’ Room at US Bank in Avalon. Meeting times and locations do change from time to time.

2019-20 Officers

Officer terms are from July 1, 2019 through June 30, 2020. 
Chair: Michael Ponce, Seacrest Inn
Chair-Elect: Nicole Hohenstein, Holiday Inn Resort Catalina Island
Past Chair: Gail Fornasiere, Catalina Island Museum
Chief Financial Officer: Bryce Noll, Leo’s Catalina Drugstore
Marketing Chair: Dave Stevenson, Santa Catalina Island Company

Directors

Angela Sanchez, Catalina Express
Bart Glass, Hamilton Cove Vacation Rentals & Real Estate
Ben Villalobos, IEX Helicopters
Denise Radde, City of Avalon
Levent Alkibay, Catalina Beverage Company
Jason Paret, Catalina Island Medical Center
Lisa Lavelle, Catalina Tours
Mesa Bradley, Ciao-Baci
Steve Hoefs, Three Palms Avalon Arcade
Tim Foley, US Bank
Tim Kielpinski, Catalina Island Conservancy
Thomas Salinas, Catalina Island Vacation Rentals
Roberto Perico, Two Harbors Enterprises
Yoli Montano, Hotel Metropole

PAST BOARD CHAIRS

YEAR CHAIR BUSINESS PRESIDENT/CEO
2018-19 Gail Fornasiere Catalina Island Museum Jim Luttjohann
2016-18 Julie Bovay Catalina Tech Shack Jim Luttjohann
2015-16 Julie Bovay/
John King
Catalina Tech Shack/
Afishinados
Jim Luttjohann
2014-15 Bill Paige Leo’s Catalina Drugstore Jim Luttjohann
Wayne Griffin, ACE
2013-14 Kevin Strege Catalina Island Vacation Rentals Wayne G. Griffin, ACE
2012-13 Rock Gosselin The Avalon Hotel Wayne G. Griffin, ACE
2011-12 Catrina Awalt Two’s Company of Avalon Wayne G. Griffin, ACE
2010-11 Bryan Ballard Catalina Island Medical Center Wayne G. Griffin, ACE
2009-10 Brad Wilson Two Harbors Enterprises Wayne G. Griffin, ACE
2008-09 Rock Gosselin Catalina Laundry Wayne G. Griffin, ACE
2007-08 Mesa Bradley Brown’s Bikes Wayne G. Griffin, ACE
2006-07 Mike Bone Spectrum Sports Management, LLC Wayne G. Griffin, ACE
2005-06 Kevin Strege Catalina Island Vacation Rentals Wayne G. Griffin, ACE
2004-05 Gregg Miller Hotel Metropole Wayne G. Griffin, ACE
2003-04 Sue Rikalo The Steamer Trunk Wayne G. Griffin, ACE
2002-03 Jim “Sandbar” Orr Catalina Passenger Service Wayne G. Griffin, ACE
2001-02 Rose Ellen Gardner Catalina Island Conservancy Wayne G. Griffin, ACE
2000-01 Oley Olsen Santa Catalina Island Co. Wayne G. Griffin, ACE
1999-00 David Howell Island Navigation Wayne G. Griffin, ACE
1998-99 Elaine Vaughan Catalina Express Wayne G. Griffin, ACE
1997-98 John Moore Island Express Helicopters Wayne G. Griffin, ACE
1996-97 David Howell Island Navigation Wayne G. Griffin, ACE
1995-96 Buddy Wilson, Jr. Catalina Auto & Bike Rentals Wayne G. Griffin, ACE
1994-95 Oley Olsen Pavilion Lodge Wayne G. Griffin, ACE
1993-94 Jon Hardy Argo Diving Services Wayne G. Griffin, ACE
1992-93 Keith LeFever Southern California Edison Wayne G. Griffin, ACE
1991 Jon Hardy Argo Diving Services Wayne G. Griffin, ACE
1990 Joe Caliva Santa Catalina Island Co. Wayne G. Griffin, ACE
1989 George Escofie Bank of San Pedro Wayne G. Griffin, ACE
1988 Gregor Milne Seacrest Inn Wayne G. Griffin, ACE
1987 Paxson Offield Santa Catalina Island Company Marion Post
1986 Jeff Stickler Catalina Adventure Tours Marion Post
1985 Bill Salisbury Channel House Restaurant Tom Sutherland
1984 Wayne Griffin The Upstairs Place Restaurant Tom Sutherland
1983 Wayne Griffin The Upstairs Place Restaurant Lita Utal Mulvihill
1982 Buzzy Smyth   Lita Utal Mulvihill
1981     Lita Utal Mulvihill
1980     Lita Utal Mulvihill
1979     Lita Utal Mulvihill
1978     Lita Utal
1977 Darrell Mulvihill Santa Catalina Island Co. Lita Utal
1976 Darrell Mulvihill Santa Catalina Island Co. Lita Utal
1975 Harry Griffin The Upstairs Place Restaurant Lita Utal
1974      
1973      
1972 Joe Arno    
1971 Joe Arno    
1970 R.L. “Ron” Whelchel    
1969 Pete Phelps    
1968 Pete Phelps    
1967 Leo Zager Leo’s Drug Store  
1966 Leo Zager Leo’s Drug Store  
1965 Leo Zager Leo’s Drug Store  
1964 Joseph Guion Joe’s Rent-a-Boat  
1963 Joseph Guion Joe’s Rent-a-Boat  
1962 Joseph Guion Joe’s Rent-a-Boat  
1961 W.F. Oley Olsen, Sr. Pavilion Lodge  
1960      
1959 Bill Laurin    
1958 Fred Hochberg    
1957      
1956      
1955      
1954      
1953 Kelsey Turner    
1952 Joe Arno    
1951      
1950 Cal Conrad    
1949 Cal Conrad