MCSC and the Women's Business Center has a Board of Directors that are experts in marketing, accounting, finance, employee relations and more.
Biographies of MCSC Board of Directors
Ms. Robinson has been President and Chief Executive Officer of Coast National Bank and Coast Bancorp since January 2012. As a veteran banker for the past 40 years, she is the former and Founding Chief Executive Officer of Mission Community Bank, Mission Community Bancorp, Mission Asset Management, Inc. and Mission Community Development Corporation since that bank’s inception in 1997.
Anita continues to serve as Founder & President of Mission Community Services Corporation, a non-profit small business intermediary, technical assistance provider and Women’s Business Center for SBA Fresno District Office. She is a past chairman for the California Bankers Association (2007) and was designated as the 2007 U.S. Small Business Administration Central California Women in Business Champion of the year. Robinson has served as founding chairman of the board of the San Luis Obispo County Housing Trust Fund. Robinson is a past chairman and 20 year member of the board of directors for the Community Action Partnership of San Luis Obispo County (CAPSLO) and currently a member of Cuesta College Foundation board of directors.
Anita has for several years served on the Community Cabinet for the Orfalea College of Business at California Polytechnic State University. She was a board member of the UCSB Economic Forecast Project for San Luis Obispo and is a founding board member of the Central Coast Economic Forecast. She is also a past Chairman of the San Luis Obispo Chamber of Commerce and former member of Sierra Vista Hospital Governing Board.
Anita is the recipient of the 2006 Influential Latino Award by Latino Today and has received other awards and designations including the Mujer Hispana Distinguida 2005 by Adelante Mujer Hispana, 2004 Trailblazer of the Year by Women’s Economic Ventures and 2003 California Polytechnic State University Entrepreneurial Leadership Award for Financial Services.
Elizabeth "Biz" Steinberg
Biz is CEO for all operations of Community Action Partnership of San Luis Obispo Co. with 1,000 employees and an annual budget of $62 million. Biz is extremely involved at a local level and also at a state and national level, which has assisted the agency in developing numerous partnerships and collaborations with various agencies and organizations.
In addition to being the Secretary to the National Community Action Partnership, Biz is a Board Member on the National Head Start Association, past President of the National Migrant and Seasonal Head Start Association, SLO Workforce Investment Board, SLO Housing Authority, The Children’s Services Network, Past Chair of Mission Community Services Corporation, and is on the CDPI Education Board.
Nora Dominguez is currently employed with University of La Verne and has served for the past twelve years as Regional Marketing Director, Admission & Corporate Education Specialist, Associate Director of Admissions, and currently as Regional Campus Director for the Kern County Campus in Bakersfield.
She also collaborates with her husband in ownership of two local Small Businesses, Oasis Air Conditioning, Inc. and Music Mercado. Dominguez grew up in Bakersfield and attended public schools through high school. She graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and earned her MBA with a concentration in Leadership and Management from the University of La Verne and she is a graduate of Leadership Bakersfield. She is currently enrolled in the Doctoral Program in Organizational Leadership at University of La Verne.
Philanthropy is also important to Dominguez. She and her husband were founding board members of the Kern County Youth Mariachi Foundation and are heavily involved in an up and coming non-profit organization called “Gateway to Music & Technology”. They both attend and support Valley Bible Fellowship. She currently serves as a board member for The CALM Foundation, Mission Community Services, and United Way of Kern County. She is a member of The National Association of Professional Women.
Michael Chen is a Vice President with Wells Fargo’s Business Banking Group in San Luis Obispo. Since joining as a Relationship Manager in 2007, he has served as a trusted advisor to the Bank’s small- to medium-size business customers throughout the Central Coast. The most fulfilling part of his job is “being able to help businesses in our community grow by giving them access to capital and resources.”
Michael was raised in San Luis Obispo and received his bachelor's degree from the University of California, San Diego. He went on to work in the technology industry in Los Angeles and the Bay Area before returning to complete an MBA with an emphasis in finance at Cal Poly’s Orfalea College of Business.
In addition to serving MCSC, Michael continues to support the Central Coast Chinese Association, San Luis Obispo Chamber of Commerce, and Woods Humane Society. When he isn’t in the office or the community, he can be found running on a trail or soaking up culture while traveling.
Robin "Rob" Rossi
President, Rossi Enterprises/Infinite Horizons, Inc.; Co-founder of Richmond/Rossi/Montgomery (RRM) Design Group, an Architectural/Environmental/Planning firm that is currently involved in projects throughout California, including the recent Master Plan for Cal Poly. His business involvements include investments in commercial and recreational real estate, with endeavors often focused on “landmark properties” or historical projects.
Rob's business involvements evolved to include commercial, recreational and agriculture real estate. He is a founder and former Director of both Mission Community and Ojai Community Banks. He is devoted to a number of community and charitable involvements, including Special Olympics, San Luis Obispo Chamber of Commerce, San Luis Obispo's Performing Arts and contributed to the establishment of Granada Theatre in Santa Barbara, becoming the community’s Center for the Performing Arts. Rob, with family members, created The Rossi Foundation in 1991 for the purpose of furthering local charitable and community involvements.
Rob has also served in various capacities at Cal Poly, including the President's Cabinet for over 20 years. Honored Alumnus of the College of Architecture and Environmental Design in 2000, Rob subsequently received an Honorary Doctorate from Cal Poly in 2010. Rossi family involvements include the Historic Santa Margarita Ranch, established in 1774, making it home of Ancient Peaks Winery and Margarita Adventures. Rob, along with partner Bill Swanson, created Center of Effort family of wines in 2008, located in Edna Valley at Corbett Vineyards.
Kathy has devoted her career to developing the workforce with over 20 years experience training professionals in organizational behavior, managing diversity, train the trainer, and strategic planning. She has been a management training consultant for a wide variety of private and public organizations throughout the world most notably the US Peace Corps, Goodwill, Operation Smile, and Terra Livre.
As a graduate of the American College of Switzerland, Kathy holds a Bachelor’s degree in International Political Studies and after serving as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Papua New Guinea continued her education earning a Master’s degree in International and Intercultural Management from the School for International Training.
She is been a faculty member at Cuesta College since 2000 in the Business Education Department, where she has served as a founding faculty member of the Customer Service Academy, and recruited by the college’s Institute for Professional Development to serve as the lead instructor to develop the Supervision and Management Academy. Additionally she has been a faculty member teaching business courses for Columbia College and California Polytechnic University.
She is a board member of Mission Community Services Corporation the local SBA funded Women Business Center, the Kinship Center providing services to children in need so they can remain living with relatives, and a mentor to her son Nickolas as a volunteer for the Junior Samaritans building a medical clinic in San Quintin, Baja, Mexico.
When not finding her bliss through work or traveling as a volunteer, Kathy can be found cheering for her daughter Natalya, a goalie at Campbell University, or cooking (then working out) with her soul mate, chef/personal trainer husband Jeff, and making jewelry or drawing mandalas.
Polly Mertens is a strategic business and marketing consultant plus life coach serving clients both on the Central Coast and around the globe. She worked in sales and marketing for start-ups in Silicon Valley and made the move to the Central Coast to pursue a change in lifestyle in 2001. She went on to receive her MBA from Cal Poly in entrepreneurship and has worked for locally based companies like REC Solar/SunRun, Etna Interactive and now runs her own consulting and coaching business called Inspired Resources (website: www.GetBusyThriving.com).
Her areas of expertise are business strategy, web marketing, branding and sales. While she was educated and worked in sales and marketing over her 25 year career, she also has a passion for personal development. Polly attended dozens of workshops and personal bootcamps over 10 years and continues to be a student of success and entrepreneurship. She brings an added layer to her consulting clients with a background in mindset coaching, habits reconditioning, and goal setting/planning. She not only works with clients on their business, but also their entrepreneurial success mindset.
She was one of the first teachers of the original Start, Run Grow Class (formerly Vision to Venture – a 14 week business planning workshop) and has since taught numerous classes and labs for Mission Community Services over the years. She is an inspirational speaker/blogger and enjoys exploring the US in her motorhome when she is not on the Central Coast.
Biographies of MCSC Staff
MCSC Program Director
Chuck Jehle has been involved with the MCSC Women’s Business Center for over six years in several capacities, including consultant and instructor, and has been MCSC's Program Director since January 2014. He is a firm believer in one of basic entrepreneurial traits of doing what it takes to get the job done, and "working on the A list daily, as that is what will make the difference."
Jehle’s prior experience includes Program Manager at the Monterey CSUMB SBDC as well as government contracts manager for a nationwide privately owned company. His small business experience includes co-founder of a successful $10mm sporting goods manufacturer Sea Quest, Inc. Over ten years he guided and was directly involved in all areas of the company's growth including sales, marketing, finance, international trade (32 countries), manufacturing, purchasing and human resources managing 85 employees. He states, "having a qualified SBA consultant to assist would have eased many of our growing pains, including holding back our own paychecks to make sure we had funds to pay the staff."
Chuck’s additional in-depth experience includes directing marketing/sales for wholesale/ manufacturing companies, where he oversaw annual marketing budgets of $750,000 and helped drive sales of more than $14 million annually.
Jehle graduated from San Diego State University with a B.S. in Marketing, and has since completed supplementary courses in marketing, finance, social media, digital marketing and human resources.
MCSC Program Coordinator
Nikkole brings a vast array of advanced office skills to MCSC, including expert level in Adobe Suites. In her position as Program Coordinator she is responsible for all of our SBA data reporting and schedules. Nikkole’s duties also include tracking and making sure all details are in order for all our classes, both English and Spanish. Her experience with websites and social media is put to use daily in keeping MCSC up-to-date and current.
Nikkole was born and raised in Utah before she left to explore the world. She has worked and lived in many big cities including Los Angeles, San Francisco, New York City, and Madrid, where she taught English and gained her Spanish language skills. Nikkole currently lives in San Luis Obispo, CA where she enjoys tending to her houseplants and hiking.
MCSC Program Coordinator-Grants
Stacey Aragon is our newest Program Coordinator/Grants writer. She recently attained her Bachelors of Science in Business Administration with a concentration in Entrepreneurship from California Polytechnic University, San Luis Obispo. She has knowledge in all aspects of business from strategic planning, marketing, finance, to HR management, organizational behavior, and organizational development. In the two years she attended Cal Poly, she received presidential recognition among her peers for her extraordinary dedication in serving a highly underrepresented population, students with children.
Stacey has brought her passion of serving people to MCSC, and she is eager to be an advocate for entrepreneurs within the local and surrounding business communities. The source of her inspiration is fueling entrepreneurs who are at a disadvantage, but have the heart and perseverance to pursue their dreams. With her skill set and knowledge Stacey is responsible for growing MCSC’s public relations and managing grants to maintain and grow the services MCSC provides.
In addition to working full-time with MCSC, Stacey and her son proactively volunteer at Cal Poly, local churches, and other local non-profit organizations. Originally, from San Diego County, you can find Stacey at the beach, hiking, and adventuring all over the coast.