Staff & Volunteers
For 15 years Steve McShane was owner and general manager of McShanes Nursery & Landscape Supply. He has worked in farming, organic fertilizers & state government. Steve is a third-term Salinas City Councilman, with 20 years of public service experience. Steve is Chair of the Monterey Bay Air Resources District (MBARD), Chair of the Association of Monterey Bay Area Governments (AMBAG) & Chair of Central Coast Community Energy (CCCE). Steve also serves on the boards for the California State Van Pool Authority (CalVans), the Monterey Bay Marine Sanctuary, and local Cal Poly Alumni Association. Steve is married to Danielle. They have one son, Patrick, and one daughter, Molly. When not working he enjoys hiking, gardening, and travel.
Gabe Lopez is passionate about the Salinas Valley local economy and works daily to engage, grow and speak up for small business. He joined the Salinas Valley Chamber of Commerce as the Membership Development Director in 2022 after serving in sales, training and management roles in the pest control business for nearly five years. Gabe spent another five years working in sales and customer support roles for Comcast. Gabe was born and raised in Salinas. He attended local schools and grew up working in his father’s small business of nearly (30) years. Gabe loves the outdoors and loves the greater Salinas Valley.
Willa Doroy is an accomplished administrative professional with over 15 years of combined experience in the healthcare field. As a proud mother of three children, Willa had many obstacles to overcome, eventually working her way up to leading roles such as Regional HR Director and Chief Director of Marketing. Alongside work, she finally accomplished one of her goals of graduating with a Bachelor's Degree in Science; concentration in Business Health Administration. In her new role, she is dedicated to building relationships within her community and helping local businesses thrive. On her free time, she enjoys spending it with her family, going on spontaneous adventures, and mama spa days.
Local to Monterey County, Jasmine Bhardwaj was raised in Gonzales and born in Salinas. As she's the daughter of a small business owner, she has been passionate about the Salinas Valley and the local economy from a young age. Jasmine is also a proud California State University Monterey Bay. As a first-generation graduate, Jasmine holds a degree in Business Administration with dual concentrations in management, international business, and accounting (go otters). She has six years of professional work experience in the food and beverage sector and three years of experience working in a university environment. She has a strong commitment to community involvement, advocacy, and fostering a robust local economy. During her free time, Jasmine enjoys watching shows, doing karaoke, and spending time with her family and friends.
Jennifer Russell returns to the Salinas Valley Chamber of Commerce as our Large Event Manager. Jennifer previously worked for the Chamber for nearly 10 years and is thrilled to be back. She is a graduate of the U of West Florida with a degree in Communications. When not working, Jennifer can be found hiking the mountains near and far with her favorite doggo named Tucker P, attending every concert possible (not an exaggeration) or traveling the world with her husband, Rob. Jennifer is also heavily involved as a volunteer with local animal rescue groups.
Vene Webster was raised in Salinas and graduated in 2020. She is currently attending Cabrillo College studying Chemistry with goals to achieve a bachelors in Forensic Science, as well as a masters in Criminology. In her free time, she volunteers as a crisis counselor for the 988 Suicide and Crisis Lifeline. She has been playing beach volleyball for 7 years and also enjoys photography. Vene is passionate about finding ways to help others and making a difference in her environment.
Cesar Chavez grew up in King City where he also graduated from in 2020. He just finished serving as a part of the King City High School Track & Field coaching staff while also committed to receiving his Associates degree from Monterey Peninsula College in Economics and Business. To show his dedication, he also competed and practiced for the Monterey Peninsula College Track & Field team, while overseeing coaching duties and preparing student-athletes in the jumping events. Given free time, Cesar likes to stay active, with hiking and exploring nature being a big part of his life.
Bryan Cabello grew up in Salinas and graduated in 2021. He is currently a student at Hartnell College studying Economics and Business Administration. He currently is also filling the Treasurer position as part of the Associated Students of Hartnell College (ASHC) and is also a tutor for the Economics and Business departments. He is philanthropic and compassionate as he chooses to constantly volunteer at Digital Nest, food pantries, and other events. During his free time, he is ambitious as he is strategic as he loves to compete in start-up competitions and participate in games of chess.
Government Affairs Consultant
Salinas Valley Business Journal Editor