Board Members

Board Members

Hon. Roger Niello ~ 2011 Chair

Bradley Benbrook

Karen Diepenbrock

Duane Dichiara

Rick Fowler

Paul Hegyi

Anthony Hernandez

Pat Ingoglia

Hon. Muriel Johnson

John Lambeth

Rob Lapsley

Craig MacGlashan

Justin Matheson

Hon. Michelle Orrock

Valerie Reynoso Piotrowski

David Reade

Lindsey Seitchik

Michelle Smira

Becky Warren

Ted Wolter

 

 

Hon. Roger  Niello

Roger worked as a Certified Public accountant until he joined his family's business at Niello Auto Group in 1974 and spent the next 25 years running retail automobile dealerships with his family partners.

In 1995, Roger served as the President of the Sacramento Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce, and was a member of the Capital Area Political Action Committee. As a member of the community, he was an active volunteer.

Roger was elected to the Sacramento County Board of Supervisors in a special election in February of 1999. As a member of the Board of Supervisors, he served Sacramento County on numerous boards and commissions.

In 2004, Roger was elected to the California State Assembly and was immediately appointed Vice Chair of the Assembly Banking and Finance Committee and also served in positions on the Assembly Budget, and Transportation Committees. In addition, he served for a brief time on the Assembly Public Employees, Retirement and Social Security Committee and the Joint Legislative Audit Committee. In late 2006, Roger was named vice-chair of the Assembly Budget Committee, and served as the key negotiator on budget issues for the Assembly Republican Caucus.

Niello also served on the Insurance and Business and Professions Committees as well as the Joint Committee on Emergency Services and Homeland Security and the Select Committee on Foster Care.

Roger and his wife Mary reside in Fair Oaks. They have five adult children and five grandchildren.

 

Bradley Benbrook

Bradley is an attorney at Stevens & O'Connell LLP, a litigation law firm specializing in complex civil litigation and business crimes investigations.  Bradley handles a variety of disputes, primarily in the administrative and civil contexts, in a variety of subject areas, including real estate, insurance, securities, health care, trust and estates, disputes among partners, and traditional commercial and breach of contract matters.  He has handled a number of civil suits under the California Political Reform Act.   Bradley regularly serves as a settlement judge for the Sacramento Superior Court and as a neutral for the voluntary dispute resolution program administered by the United States District Court for the Eastern District of California.  He served on President Bush’s Judicial Selection Advisory Panel for the Eastern District of California.

After graduating from Boalt Hall, School of Law at U.C. Berkeley in 1993, Bradley served as a judicial clerk for Judge J.L. Edmondson on the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit in Atlanta, Georgia.  Bradley earned an A.B. in Economics from Stanford University in 1990.

 

 

Karen Diepenbrock

Karen Diepenbrock is a Principal with Diepenbrock Harrison and Karen’s practice emphasizes real property, land use and environmental law.  She represents both private and public entities in negotiating and drafting agreements for all aspects of real estate development.  She has represented numerous developers in drafting agreements for purchase and sale, ground leases, build-to-suit leases, shopping center leases, covenants, conditions and restrictions, brokerage agreements, construction and permanent financing documents, standard form office leases, joint venture agreements, development agreements, and construction contracts. 

Karen regularly appears before the Sacramento County Board of Supervisors, Planning Commission, and Zoning Interpretation Committee, Sacramento City Council and Planning Commission, Local Agency Formation Commissions, Placer County Board of Supervisors and Planning Commission, and other local boards and commissions on land use matters including rezonings and annexations.  Karen also regularly provides advice regarding environmental matters.

She has served as an Arbitrator for the Superior Court of Sacramento since 1988, and currently serves as a Judge Pro Tem.

Karen gives generously of her time and talent to numerous civic and charitable organizations.  She serves or has served on the Board of Directors of the following organizations: Catholic Healthcare West Community Advisory Board, Wells Fargo Community Board, Citizenship and Law-Related Education Center, Sacramento Theatre Company, Stanford Home for Children, and Sacramento Make-A-Wish Foundation.  She acted as Co-Chair of the Mercy Foundation Centennial Campaign, raising over $7.5 million.  In 1993, she was recognized as the County Bar Association’s “Humanitarian of the Year.”

Karen has held numerous leadership positions with the Sacramento Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce including membership on the Board of Directors, General Counsel in 1992, Vice President of Governmental Relations in 1997, and Vice President of Community Relations in 1998.  In 1996, the Chamber recognized her work with the prestigious “Businesswoman of the Year” award.

She has been recognized as a “Best Lawyer in America” since 2007, a Northern California Super Lawyer (2009), and Real Estate Professional of the Year (2007).

She is an author and speaker on real estate and land use issues.

She received her B.A. in French from the University of California, Berkeley, graduating Phi Beta Kappa.  She received her M.A. in French from University of California, Berkeley.  She earned her J.D. from the University of California, Davis, Martin Luther King School of Law and received the Order of the Coif.

 

Hon. Muriel Johnson

In 2005, Muriel Johnson was appointed Director of the California Arts Council by Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger.  A Sacramento resident since 1962, she was elected to the Sacramento County Board of Supervisors in 1992 and reelected in 1996 and 2000. She served as Chair of the Board in 1995, 1999, and 2004. Muriel was elected 2002 President of the California State Association of Counties (CSAC) and served twelve years on the CSAC Board of Directors.  She also served as 2002 Chair of the Sacramento Area Council of Governments.  For 11 years, she was the Governor's appointee to the Capitol Area Committee. 

Muriel was the 1998-99 President of the California Elected Women’s Association for Education and Research.  Currently, Muriel serves on the Stanford Mansion Foundation, the California State University Sacramento Trust Foundation, and the Crocker Art Museum Architecture Committee. 

Muriel is a 1996 graduate of Harvard's John F. Kennedy School of Government Program for Senior Executives in State and Local Government, and a graduate of the CORO Foundation's Public Affairs Leadership Training Program.  Muriel earned a Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Nebraska.  Muriel and her husband, Ernest, have four grown children and ten grandchildren.

 

John Lambeth

Mr. Lambeth, president of Civitas, is an attorney who specializes in business improvement districts and land use issues. He has extensive experience working with cities, counties and business and property owners on urban project financing. Some of his many notable accomplishments include successful formation of tourism improvement districts in Kona, Hawaii and San Diego, California. Since forming California’s first business improvement district in 1995, he has assisted with the formation of nearly 100 improvement districts, including 30 of California’s 46 tourism improvement districts.

Throughout his career, Mr. Lambeth has extensively studied existing special district laws throughout the United States. He has used this broad knowledge to write laws enabling special districts in California, Nevada and Hawaii. As the needs of his clients have evolved, Mr. Lambeth has remained involved in the legislative process, drafting amendments to update existing business improvement district laws. This intimate knowledge of the law has also allowed Mr. Lambeth to engage in many speaking endeavors, including presenting at California Downtown Association and International Downtown Association conferences. In addition to his speaking engagements, Mr. Lambeth has authored several articles on business improvement districts and tourism improvement districts.

Mr. Lambeth takes a very active role in every aspect of the formation and renewal of special districts. He is an expert at building consensus among disparate owners, ensuring compliance with multiple laws governing improvement districts, undertaking ballot and petition processes, and developing successful service plans and budgets. He has successfully guided cities, counties and owners through the process of forming highly defensible districts meeting the unique needs of each area. He also serves as ongoing legal counsel to business improvement districts, helping them provide services and operate within the boundaries of governing laws.

Mr. Lambeth is and has been involved with many civic and governmental organizations. He has served as Chairman of the Sacramento Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce, Chair of the Sacramento County Planning Commission and been appointed by two California governors to the position of Chair of the Capitol Area Committee.

Mr. Lambeth studied philosophy and political science at Claremont McKenna College before earning his juris doctor, with distinction, from University of the Pacific’s McGeorge School of Law. Prior to founding his own firm, Mr. Lambeth served as clerk to the Honorable Malcolm M. Lucas, Chief Justice of the California Supreme Court.

 

Rob Lapsley

 

Robert Lapsley joined the CalChamber as vice president of public affairs in April 2007. Lapsley is responsible for CalChamber public affairs activities, including its Advocacy Council, a political advisory committee made up of major members; its candidate recruitment and support program; and its political action committees - CalChamberPAC, which supports pro-jobs candidates, and CalBusPAC, which qualifies, supports and/or opposes ballot initiatives. He also serves as the CalChamber executive director of JobsPAC, a broad, employer-based, bipartisan committee that supports pro-jobs candidates.

Lapsley has more than 20 years of experience in public affairs and business, most recently serving as president of RCL Consultants, a firm specializing in business, regulatory, political and public affairs consulting. He also has served as vice president of Arnel Development, where he was responsible for new business projects.

As a presidential appointee, Lapsley served as special assistant to U.S. Ambassador to Spain, George Argyros. While with the U.S. State Department and in addition to his diplomatic duties, Lapsley coordinated strategies with private sector firms and the U.S. Department of Commerce in the Spanish-American and European Union business arenas.

He also was a long-time policy and political aide to former Secretary of State Bill Jones, serving as Undersecretary of State from 1995 to 1998 and from 1999-2001 and managing both of Jones's successful campaigns for that constitutional office.

Lapsley is a graduate fellow of the Coro Foundation and is a veteran of the U.S. Air Force. He holds a B.S. in biology and political science from Illinois State University.

 

Craig MacGlashan

Craig is a member of the Sacramento law firm of  Nageley, Meredith & Miller, Inc.  Prior to joining the firm in 1990, he practiced law in Visalia, California for eleven years with the firm Powell & MacGlashan, Attorneys at Law.  Craig was a deputy district attorney with the Tulare County District Attorney’s Office from 1976 until 1979.  Craig is currently Chair of the Sacramento County Republican Party.  He has been a member or alternate member of the Sacramento County Republican Central Committee since 2005 and is currently President of the Sunrise Area Republicans.
Craig earned a B.A. from Occidental College in 1973 and his J.D. from University of Santa Clara in 1976.  He was admitted to the California Bar that same year and to the United States Supreme Court Bar in 1983.  He is married to Sacramento County Supervisor Roberta MacGlashan.

 

 

Justin Matheson

Known as a jack-of-all-trades in political circles, Justin Matheson brings a comprehensive 10 years of combined fundraising, association, legislative and campaign management experience to AimPoint, Inc.

In addition to his role at AimPoint, Inc., Justin serves as the Executive Director to the California Hospital Association Political Action Committee (CHPAC) where he designed and implemented a yearly fundraising plan – increasing funds raised by 40 percent in two years.

If you’re running for office, Justin brings to the table his extensive experience raising money and an in-depth understanding of the political process.  As an account executive for Meridian Pacific, Inc., he has consulted over 10 successful campaigns since 2004.  His past political experience also includes being Campaign Manager for Senate Pro Tem Dave Kerr for Kansas Governor, Walt Allen for Assembly, Phil Hawkins for Assembly, and Dick Dickerson for Assembly/Senate.

During the 2000 General Election, he was the Political Director for Senator Jim Brulte.  In this capacity he oversaw all Republican Senate Campaign target races for Senate Republican Leadership and coordinated efforts with the Bush/Cheney Campaign.

He has previously served as Chief-of-Staff to Senator Bob Margett, Assemblywoman Bonnie Garcia and Assemblyman Dick Dickerson.  Justin also is the chairman of the Board for Californians Allied for Patient Protection Political Action Committee (CAPP PAC), is a member of the Financial Development Board for the American Red Cross, and is an Advisory Committee Member of Crime Victims United of California.

Justin resides in Sacramento, California with his wife and AimPoint, Inc. partner Michelle and their son.

 

Hon. Michelle Orrock

Michelle Orrock lives in East Elk Grove with her family – husband Chris, and sons Jacob and Ben. She is currently the communications director for the National Federation of Independent Business, the nation's largest small business association.  She and her husband also own an insurance agency in Elk Grove.  Previously, Michelle was the Deputy Secretary for Communications for the Governor’s Office of the Secretary of Education and a field representative for Assemblyman Roger Niello.

Michelle was elected to the Cosumnes Community Services District Board of Directors in 2008 and currently serves as President.  She is also the board liaison to the City of Elk Grove, City of Galt and is active with the California Special Districts Association Legislative Committee.  She is a member of Point West Rotary Club.

Michelle has been active in Republican politics since college and is an active member of the Sacramento Republican Women Federated and Elk Grove Republicans.  She is a past chapter president and board member for CA Women LEAD, an organization that encourages women to run for elected office and apply for appointments.

 

In Elk Grove, Michelle and her family are active with the Elk Grove Historical Society, Strauss Festival, Police Activities League, Project RIDE and other community groups.

 

Valerie Reynoso Piotrowski

Valerie Reynoso Piotrowski was the director of foundations and corporate relations for the Salvation Army Sacramento Metro Region for almost four years.  An international movement, The Salvation Army’s message is based on the Bible, its ministry is motivated by the love of God, and its mission is to preach the gospel of Jesus Christ and to meet human needs in His name without discrimination.

Valerie’s career began as a writer for California Governor George Deukmejian upon completing her education at the University of Southern California and Cosumnes River College.  Valerie served the Governor throughout both of his terms of office, and was named Deputy Director of Communications of the State Employment Development Department at age 26, becoming the youngest deputy director in California State Government history.  Her leadership in pioneering the use of innovative public relations tools for government programs earned accolades in the Los Angeles Times and recognition through myriad awards statewide.  Valerie was named an “Outstanding Young Woman of America” three consecutive years and was noted in McCall’s magazine as an outstanding woman leader.

Following her service in California State Government, Valerie was named vice-president of a local public relations firm, where she directed media campaigns for candidates for local office, professional athletes, nonprofit organizations and local ballot measures, including the successful Measure H, “Save the Sacramento Memorial Auditorium.” She also served as a corporate advertising manager and social editor for Comstock’s magazine for 10 years.

A lifelong Sacramento region resident (with the exception of time in Los Angeles for college), award-winning writer, publicist and fundraiser, Valerie has been active in a number of nonprofit organizations for more than 20 years, including service as president of the board of directors for the Sacramento SPCA, Catholic Charities, the Salvation Army Sac Metro Advisory board and the Sacramento Hispanic Chamber of Commerce.

Valerie currently serves on the Mercy Foundation Community Council and is a past president of the National Latina Business Women Association, Sacramento Chapter.  Valerie is also a proud member of the Rotary Club of Sacramento, the Sacramento Senator Lions Club and the National Women’s Political Caucus, Sacramento Chapter.

She and husband John reside in El Dorado Hills with their three beloved dogs, Lexi, Buster and Jenna, and are active in their philanthropic support of a number of community and charitable causes.

 

Lindsey Seitchik

Lindsey Seitchik is the Principal and Founder of SeitchikHQ, a fundraising and consulting organization, based in Sacramento, CA.

Lindsey returned to her hometown of Sacramento, CA in 2009 and founded SeitchikHQ. Lindsey has national, statewide, district, and PAC fundraising experience.

During the 2010 election cycle, Lindsey served as the California FundraisingConsultant for Congressman Dan Lungren’s targeted 2010 re-election campaign.  She also served as the North State Finance Consultant for Steve Cooley for Attorney General (CA) in the General Election and the San Joaquin County General Election Finance Consultant for GOP Young Gun David Harmer and the Finance Consultant for Open Sacramento, A Coalition for Accountable, Efficient and Transparent Government.  In addition, Lindsey was the National Fundraising Consultant for Tarkanian for U.S. Senate in Nevada and the Northern California Regional Fundraiser for John Eastman for Attorney General.

In the 2007-2008 election cycle, Lindsey contributed to the National fundraising efforts of U.S. Senator Roger Wicker (R-MS), U.S. Senator Norm Coleman (RMN), then House Republican Leader John Boehner (R, OH-8) and the Minneapolis Saint Paul 2008 Host Committee. In addition, she raised PAC funds on behalf of the Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP Civic Action Committee in Washington D.C.

During the 2005-2006 election cycle, Lindsey was the Co-Deputy Finance Director for U.S. Senator Mike DeWine's (R-OH) re-election campaign in Columbus, Ohio.

Lindsey began her career working in California for Bill Simon for Governor in 2002 and Gary Podesto for State Senate (CA, SD-5) in 2004, at the time the most expensive legislative race in United States history.

Lindsey is a native of Fair Oaks, California, and received a Bachelor of Arts in History from the University of California, Davis, where she played NCAA tennis.  She lives in Sacramento with her husband, Brian, and their two dogs, Blue and Winston. In her spare time, she enjoys skiing the Sierra Nevada Mountains, water skiing Folsom Lake and beating her father on the tennis court.

 

Michelle Smira

Michelle Smira has spent nearly a decade helping others succeed in the political arena—as a Legislative Aide in the California Legislature, Land Use Consultant, senior advisor to a United States Congressman, and a Media Relations Specialist.

In 2005, Michelle formed MMS Strategies, specializing in land use advocacy, government affairs, media relations and coalition building for local municipalities and private development interests. MMS Strategies provides project management, governmental advocacy, community outreach, land development and entitlements. Michelle has worked on the Sunrise Douglas Specific Plan, Laguna Ridge Specific Plan, Pan Handle, Old Town Elk Grove Revitalization, Cordova Hills, Diamond Dorado Retail Center among other projects within the region.

Her career has taken her to positions on both coasts, and everywhere in between.  As a legislative professional, she served as Legislative Aide to the Assembly Caucus, and District Director to a United States Congressman.  Additionally, she served as a consultant for a San Diego Assembly race and in other capacities for John McCain’s bid for President, and the successful Congressional campaigns of Doug Ose of California and JD Hayworth of Arizona. Most recently, Michelle served as the spokesperson and public information officer for the City of Elk Grove, California - the fastest growing City in the nation.

Active in the Point West Rotary, Michelle is also past president of the Sacramento Valley Lincoln Club and on the Board of Directors for the Sacramento Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce, Metro PAC, Midtown Business Association and the Sacramento Convention and Visitors Bureau. In addition she is a member of the Sacramento County Taxpayers League, North State Building Industry Association and the Sacramento Urban Land Institute.

Michelle is a current member of the City of Sacramento Planning Commission and the American Leadership Forum, Class XIV.

An alumna of Arizona State University, Michelle currently resides in historic Land Park, Sacramento.

 

 

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