2019 Board of Directors


President - Zorana Valles

Zorana has lived in California for 13 years. She graduated in 2009 with a BA in Health & Fitness and is a Certified Fitness Instructor. As an expert in providing phenomenal customer service.

Zorana is currently a Manager with Wells Fargo Bank and an active supporter of community events across the Divide.

Her active participation and dedication to her community has led her to receiving the Divide Chamber of Commerce Volunteer of the Year Award and she continues to encourage the growth and development of the community.

Vice President - Thomas McGrady

Thomas, a Divide native, studied Public Relations and Organizational Communications at CSU, Chico. Once graduated, McGrady went into the outdoor industry and this took him around the world. McGrady spent several years living in New Zealand and managing various different outdoor companies.

In October of 2016 he started his own business, California Expeditions. This company operates mountain biking tours, rafting tours, and beer and wine tasting tours. The company has a strong emphasis on philanthropy and getting children outside. McGrady is happy to be back home, and honored to be involved in such a caring and supportive community.

Secretary - Kathy Fargo

Kathy and her husband moved to the Divide in 2016 after spending the past 20+ years coming up here to vacation and visit family and friends. It has been their dream to finally settle here and get involved with the local community.

Their 6 children and 8 grandchildren are frequent visitors from the Bay Area and love to spend time here as a family. She and her husband have owned a Sign and Graphics business for the past nine years and want to share their experience, knowledge and passion with the community.

During her prior business career, she served as a Global Operations Director for a global company and led a team of associates worldwide and took ultimate responsibility for marketing, pricing, contracting, implementation and ongoing support of the services and technology offered by the company. She was responsible for in achieving customer satisfaction for select enterprise customers and services globally. She also worked as Vice President of new business development for an international publishing company in the 1990’s. Prior to that she led a team of international business consultants for a large global organization.

She is also a member of the El Dorado Chamber of Commerce and serves as a Chamber Diplomat.  She is also on the board of the Coloma-Lotus Business Council.

She has a Bachelor of Liberal Arts/ Education, and a minor in Psychology. She believes in the power of networking and would like to be a contributing member of the community to help businesses thrive and grow.

Treasurer - Sol Nisbet

Sol I. Nisbet has lived on the Divide since 2001. She heard about the Divide from living in the Davis/Sacramento area for years. She graduated from U.C. Davis with a degree in Sociology.

Currently living in Georgetown and proud to be raising four kids with her husband Josh. Ever since Sol was young, she has been involved with community. Recently, former El Dorado County Board Supervisor Michael Ranalli  selected her to receive the Annual El Dorado County District Four Volunteer of the Year Award. Her roots in the Chamber date back to 2007 when she and a group of four revitalized the Divide Chamber of Commerce. “I believe in networking with businesses and listening to the needs of the business owners is critical for the success of our Chamber and community.”

Sol served as Chamber President from 2016-2017. During her tenure, she started our popular Christmas in Cool event. Understanding how important it is to involve community and youth on the Divide, she also started the high school Internship program. To date, they have had six Golden Sierra High School students get involved.  She worked at Wells Fargo Bank in Cool. Her motivation and drive took her from a Teller to Store Manager in a short period of time. This financial knowledge helped guide her to her current role as a Mortgage Loan Officer. She loves the idea of helping people achieve the “American Dream” of Homeownership.

In addition to serving on the Board, Sol also represents the Divide by serving on the El Dorado County Chamber Board of Directors. Most recently, she was appointed to CEDAC – Community and Economic Development Advisory Committee, representing District Four in El Dorado County.

Her passion for community and business is evident thru the following current and previous additional associations:  Drug Free Divide Coalition, Grizzly Run, For the Kids, Divide Ready by 21, Divide Fire Safe Council and Gold Nugget Soccer Club (on the Board and as a Coach).

During her spare time, she loves to spend time with family, read, camp, cook, play soccer, hike and dance.

Treasurer - Kristin Schopfer

Kristin is a California native who grew up in Swansboro and is now a resident in Georgetown with her husband and their new baby. She earned her Bachelor of Science degree in business from the University of Phoenix and spent some time working in the banking industry. Now she helps her husband run his local business, Georgetown Milling Co.

Volunteering for causes she believes in is important and she races in multiple charity runs every year. She looks forward to serving her community through her role as treasurer on the Divide Chamber of Commerce.

Director - Linnea Marenco

Linnea Marenco has owned Penobscot Ranch in Cool for several years and is very interested in the well-being of our community.

She believes we have a stronger place to live and work when we join together as a community.

Director - Terri Potter

Terri can be considered the “Mayor of Cool.” Her passion for her community is clear, as recently she has managed to band the majority of Cool Business owners with the goal of “beautifying” downtown Cool.

She has worked at Cher’s Hair for 28 years and had the “baton” handed to take over the business 10 years ago. She is grateful to have a career that she loves and is proud to call her wonderful customers her extended “family.” A five year member of the Divide Chamber of Commerce, she understands the importance of community and business success. She understands the challenges and triumphs, the “ups and downs” that businesses go thru. Her perspective on our board is welcomed.

All four of her daughters attended schools at Black Oak Mine School District and she served at the School Site Council for 6 years total, 4 of which she served as President.

As an active member of our community, Terri has a real passion for Cool to be a “Cool” place for people to be.

Director - Michael Sodaro

Michael has lived in Northern California most of his life, the bulk of that time spent in the foothills and surrounding areas. Currently living in Rocklin, he commutes to Cool managing the Holiday Market on the Divide. Michael has been getting to know our community for the last six years while working at Holiday Market. Known as the "Central Hub" of the Divide it's a gathering to place for all in the community. Over the years Holiday Market has been a sponsor to many organizations on the Divide helping to facilitate and participate in local events.

Michael looks forward to helping his community through his role on the Divide Chamber of Commerce and a business owner on the Divide.

Interns from Golden Sierra High School

Nolan Meyers

Nolan Meyers is sixteen years old and a sophomore at Golden Sierra High School. He has lived on the Divide all his life and loves the community. 

He is very involved in all kinds of school activities such drama club and student government. He has been President of his class for the past three years, and he enjoys planning events and helping others.
His hobbies include running and exploring our beautiful environment. He has received many academic awards including Student of the Year twice.
Nolan joined the Divide Chamber of Commerce because he loves being a part of the Divide, and he cannot wait to be further involved in our lovely little community.

Sophia Davis

Sophia Davis is a Freshman at Golden Sierra High School. She has lived on the Divide her entire life.

Sophia is the daughter of Sol Nisbet. She has been attending “meetings” her entire life, from Chamber, to fundraisers, to Board meetings. In fact, back when her mom was one of four people who revitalized the Divide Chamber of Commerce, Sophia was often seen at the old Rose’s Café sweeping the floor for ice cream.

The importance of serving the community, making a difference and giving back was instilled in her at the age of four. Sophia has played recreational & competitive soccer since she was four. Last summer, she became a soccer referee for the first time. The role she played in helping young children appreciate and love the game is something she will never forget.

She has goals of continuing to learn business and leadership thru her involvement as an Intern.

Katie Nisbet

Katie Nisbet is a Freshman at Golden Sierra High School. She is very excited to be a part of the Divide Chamber of Commerce.

Katie received the Student of the Year award in 8th grade. She has played recreational soccer for the last 11 years. Katie has also won many awards for her participation in Junior High Volleyball and Track.

She has been an active member in student body leadership at both Georgetown Elementary and Golden Sierra Junior High. Last summer, she became a referee for Gold Nugget Soccer Club. She loved working with young soccer players and being a leader on the field, helping young players learn and understand the sport.

Katie enjoys being the proud step-daughter of Sol Nisbet. She decided to join the Divide Chamber of Commerce as an Intern, because she believes that you need to be the change you want to see in the world.

Past Presidents

Tommy Basham - 2018
Sol Nisbet - 2016-2017
Linnea Marenco - 2014-2015
Stina McDaniel - 2013
Ken Calhoon - 2012
Cathy Sarment - 2011
Al Manard - 2007-2010

Past Interns from Golden Sierra High School

Allan Nicholson

Allan Nicholson has lived on the divide for all 17 years of his life. He attended Northside Elementary School, and is currently a Senior, attending Golden Sierra High School. He earned a 4.5 GPA last semester, and through out his High School career he has a 4.18 GPA. After High School, he plans on attending a four-year university, majoring in human biology, going to medical school, and becoming a pediatric doctor. While living on the divide, he has played soccer, baseball, basketball, and has ran Cross Country and Track while in High School. Allan has worked as a soccer referee and a baseball umpire, all while devoting many of his hours to community service. Allan has played a role in his High School’s Associated Student Body Leadership every single year that he has attended, and is currently the school’s ASB Secretary. Allan has always had a strong love for his local community.


Remy Bidstrup

Remy Bidstrup is a sophomore attending Golden sierra High School. She has had a deep love for the divide all sixteen years that members of her family have lived on it. While attending Golden Sierra, she has participated in the symphonic band, the upcoming production of A Midsummer’s Night Dream, aiding in the library, and has won multiple academic awards. After high school she plans to attend college for applied arts, specifically graphic design and computer animation. Outside of school she has many diverse hobbies including rock climbing, playing classical clarinet, painting and working on cars and motorcycles. She also has a passion for community service and tries to spend at least ten hours a month involved in it. Remy loves helping others and is very excited to contribute to the community as a student representative in the Divide Chamber of Commerce.


John MacLatchie

John MacLatchie, who has lived on The Divide for the majority of his life, is a junior attending Golden Sierra High School. He is currently enrolled in several advanced academic classes at Golden Sierra that will help him achieve his goal of attending an out of state university in order to study Spanish, medicine and/or political science. Aside from being captain of the cross country team, playing basketball, volleyball and running in track, John has a passion for adventure. He enjoys hiking trips, traveling to exotic and foreign places, as well as big game hunting. John has joined the chamber to gain an understanding of the relationship between the political and economic nature of a small community and to both serve, as well as, play a role in helping the local community thrive."


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