board of directors


Ted Kappell - President

Ted Kappel | President

President of KMG (Kapel Mortgage Group)
In business since 2004
East Sac Chamber Business of the Year 2015
Married to Jennifer Kapel with a baby on the way!




Kathy Herrfeldt

Kathy Herrfeldt | Vice President

Kathy has had a successful 29 year career in information technology until deciding to pursue her dream of running and owning her own company. Kathy owns Home Care Assistance – Sacramento. (HCA) HCA provides resources for people who want to age independently in place. Kathy joined the Chamber in 2013 and was elected to the board in 2014. Kathy serves as Vice President. Kathy lives in East Sacramento and is an avid cyclist.




Bob Paese

Bob Paese | Treasurer

US Bank Branch Manager. With US Bank since 1990 and worked in many different capacities. Former President of the Rocklin and Granite Bay Chamber of Commerce.




Kevin Guinn

Kevin Guinn | Secretary

I've been a River Park resident with my wife Rachel and two sons Aidan and Gavin for 14 years. I've been an agency owner with Farmers Insurance and a Chamber member for seven years and have served on the Chamber board for three years. I currently assist with the monthly meeting, member minute profiles, and events. I love the East Sacramento area for its mature history and charm, and enjoy helping the residents and business owners with their insurance needs and personal and professional success.




Edie Baker

Edie Baker

Edie Baker with her husband Andy own Chocolate Fish Coffee Roasters. They roast coffee in East Sacramento on Folsom Blvd @ 48th and have a café downtown, as well as at the East Sac Roastery. Before becoming an entrepreneur, Edie was an RN and Medical Sales Rep. They have lived in River Park for over 11 years now and feel so lucky to live in such a lovely community.

“East Sac is absolutely the friendliest neighborhood I've lived in and believe I make new friends daily, whether I'm walking my dog or working at the café. The sense of community is felt everywhere and I'm so proud to be on the East Sac Chamber Board to help foster that community to increase the success of all our businesses, new & old, and also those in our dreams.”




Cecily Hastings

Cecily Hastings

Cecily Hastings is the founder and publisher of Inside Publications, distributing four market editions into Sacramento’s best neighborhoods each month. She co-founded the East Sacramento Chamber of Commerce in 1998 and has continually served on its board.




Bill Kuyper

Bill Kuyper

My areas of knowledge span from ornamental iron, metal fabrication, blacksmithing, structural steel, geothermal, gas and oil tool building and repair, directional drilling equipment and a machinist.

In the last 18 years, I have blended my artistic skills with my metal skills, and now am working independently and collaborating with other artists, architects and designers to create beautiful art, and functional pieces.

I have been a board member for about six years and have been involved with promoting our local businesses, shops and restaurants. I have served booking our lunch meeting locations and speakers. I am involved in our board meetings to discuss how to better serve our membership and East Sacramento community. I have worked the booth for Pop's in the Park and chair the Taste of East Sacramento. The Taste introduces our community to our East Sacramento restaurants, wineries and breweries in a party setting. It also raises funds for our East Sacramento parks.




Melea Martinez

Melea Martinez

Melea Martinez is an East Sac resident and a small business owner. She has been a real estate appraiser for the past 16 years and has been helping protect families financially with Aflac supplemental insurance for the last 3 years. Melea has been a chamber member for 3 years and this is her 2nd year serving on the board.




Janet Mason

Janet Mason

Janet Mason owns ideas by design, a graphic design firm in River Park. For over 15 years, Janet has helped many businesses with their branding, marketing and printing needs. For the past two and a half years, Janet has served on the East Sacramento Chamber of Commerce Board and has fulfilled the role of Graphic Designer for the Chamber in marketing its "Taste of East Sacramento", "Shop East Sacramento" and "Eat and Drink East Sacramento".




Brad McDowell

Brad A. McDowell

Board Member: 2008-2011
TOES Chair: 2010-2013
Vice president: 2011-2013
President: 2014-2015

Born and raised in Sacramento, Brad lives in East Sacramento with his wife and two young sons. Representing many of East Sac’s most prestigious businesses is merely his day job as a shareholder at the law firm of Smith, McDowell & Powell; Brad gives back this community through his volunteerism through the Chamber, Rotary, and various other philanthropic Boards and programs. He came to the Chamber for the same reason most do – pride in the community and an eagerness to contribute to the rich fabric of the neighborhood. His kids attend school in East Sacramento, his family exclusively shops in East Sacramento, and nearly every weekend is spent bicycling around the neighborhood going to restaurants, pubs, parks, coffee houses, baseball games and friends’ houses. In Brad’s opinion East Sacramento has everything…for work and play.




Steve Swindel

Steve Swindell




Alex Amaro

Alex Amaro

Alex Amaro moved to Sacramento from the central valley to attend college. After graduation he made Sacramento his home. Alex has a true love and passion for being a real estate broker, a mentor, a budding photographer and for traveling around the world. He is a member of the East Sac Chamber of Commerce and attends numerous fundraisers, as well as holding fundraisers, to support local charities such as WEAVE, Make a Wish Foundation and the River City Food Bank.

Alex Amaro joined the East Sacramento Chamber in 2016 to contribute to the East Sac community and the businesses that help it thrive. You can catch Alex several days a week running at McKinley Park, showing homes to clients or out taking pictures.




Elise Brown

Elise Brown

Elise Brown is a full-time Realtor with Coldwell Banker, specializing in East Sacramento homes. She has more than 15 years of industry experience, helping her Buyer and Seller clients in hundreds of transactions. A longtime business partner of Polly Sanders, Elise is also the Downtown Regional Meeting Coordinator for the Sacramento Association of REALTORS. She also serves on the board of directors of the East Sacramento Chamber of Commerce. Elise shares her neighborhood home with her husband, daughter and their dog, Shelby.




Mike Smith

Mike Smith

Director of Office & Industrial Relocation for Olsen & Fielding Moving Services.

Moved to Sacramento, after College, in 1994. Lives in East Sacramento with his girfriend Marie and their Boston Terrier.

Over 20 years’ experience in the Sacramento area focusing on business development (B2B), client retention, HR, marketing and networking.

Joined the Chamber in 2016 and was elected to the board in 2017.