Board of Directors

The San Marcos Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors is comprised of a distinguished group of volunteers representing a myriad of businesses and industries of all sizes. Directors are members in good standing. Once confirmed to the Board by a vote of the sitting Board members, each individual Board member (pictured below) serves a three-year term, and may serve up to two consecutive terms. Over a three year period approximately one third of the Board will term each year.

Directors are selected for the purpose of governance and to provide stewardship. As stewards of the Chamber, each Board member is responsible for providing the highest level of care and protection to the Chamber, with the understanding that the organization is an asset worth caring for and preserving.

The Board as a whole votes to provide oversight and make decisions that advance the Chamber as a viable business and community organization and to protect the assets of the Chamber for the good of the business community and membership.

Board members serve as fiduciaries. A fiduciary duty is the highest standard of care. A fiduciary is expected to be loyal to the Chamber organization, and to the members and stakeholders to whom he owes the duty; he must not put his personal interests before the duty, and must not profit from his position as a fiduciary.

Board responsibilities include authorizing committees to advance the core governance functions, such as fundraising, event planning and financial management through execution of strategic plans. Directors, volunteer committees members and the staff are all accountable to work toward attaining goals that wisely use the precious resources of the Chamber, while advancing the ability of the organization to thrive.


Directors of the Chamber Board are required to serve on a minimum of one Chamber committee; attend a minimum of 75% of all monthly Board meetings; review the monthly Board Agenda and financials prior to each meeting; authorize the resources necessary to permit the Chamber to attain its annual budget; aid in setting the general direction of the Chamber; work within the By Laws or when needed provide recommendations for changes to the By-Laws; support the leadership and direction of the Board Chair and the Chamber Executive Officer, known as the President & CEO.

Public Face

Directors are encouraged to positively and professionally represent the Chamber’s Board of Directors, membership and staff at Chamber events; volunteer at Chamber events, such as the monthly Sundowner Mixer; serve on and attend one committee meeting each month; provide counsel, when requested by the Chamber’s Chief Executive Officer (CEO); perform duties within his or her capabilities as requested by the Chair and/or President/CEO, including but not limited to the solicitation of new members and contact with existing members; support the Chamber financially by attending, sponsoring and fundraising for Chamber events; represent the Chamber at community events.

Executive Leadership

The Executive Committee may be comprised of between six to eight positions. The five Executive Officer leadership positions are traditional; they include the Chair; Chair-Elect or Vice Chair; Treasurer; Secretary and Immediate Past Chair; the sixth position is the nonvoting Chamber President & CEO. The San Marcos Chamber of Commerce Bylaws authorize the optional addition of up to two Board Members at Large. The Executive Committee acts on behalf of the board between meetings.

Derek Adams, Torrey Pines Bank
Derek Adams
Executive Officer

Executive Committee
Chair, Board of Directors

Torrey Pines Bank

Matt Simmons, Consultants Collaborative
Matt Simmons
Executive Officer

Executive Committee
Past Chair, Board of Directors

Consultants Collaborative 

Lela Hankins, REMAX United
Lela Hankins
Executive Officer

Executive Committee
Chair, By-Laws

Re/Max United

Ceila Garcia
Executive Officer

Executive Committee
Secretary, Board of Directors

Tri-City Medical Center


Board of Directors – Board at Large


Linda Bailey Photo
Linda Bailey
Member, Board of Directors

Community Strategies Group






Jesse Dix

Member, Board of Directors

State Farm Insurance – Jesse Dix

Margie Fugate, Cocina del Charro
Margie Fugate

Member, Board of Directors

Cocina del Charro

Laura Gropen, Palomar College
Laura Gropen

Member, Board of Directors
Chair, Government Affairs

Palomar College


Ginger Hitzke

Member, Board of Directors

Hitzke Development

Jill Litschewski

Member, Board of Directors

California State University, San Marcos


Dennis Walsh

Member, Board of Directors

Oasis Breads


James Testa, Testa & Associates
James Testa

Member, Board of Directors
Chamber Legal Counsel

Testa & Associates

Tess Radmill photo4
Tess Radmill

Member, Board of Directors
City Liaison

City of San Marcos