Board of Directors
Current Buellton Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors.
President – Tessi Martinez
I am Tessi Martinez, I serve on the Board of Directors for the Buellton Chamber of Commerce and the Buellton Visitor Bureau. I am also a County Sales Manager for First American Title Insurance.
In my free time I enjoy celebrating with family, our local beaches, church, hiking, entertaining at home, meeting with friends and happy hours! I love living in Buellton for the small town feel, my neighbors and the beauty here. The Buellton community is; loving, caring, resilient and strong.
Vice President – Janeen Boslaugh
I was born and raised in the Santa Ynez Valley and have been a resident of Buellton for the past twenty years. My husband, son and I love being part of this community. I have worked for Firestone Walker Brewing Company and BarrelWorks for the past sixteen years. I enjoy volunteering my time with local youth organizations. Being on the board for four years has given me the opportunity to participate in all the town’s events and watch our community flourish.
Treasurer – Mark Mendenhall
I was born at the Lompoc Hospital (because the Valley didn’t have one) in 1952 and have lived in Buellton all of my life (except for about a year when I lived in Solvang).
I attended Buellton School when it was at the site of the Post Office. Kindergarten was in the basement! I graduated from SYVUHS in 1970 alongside my future bride, Vickie. My parents both graduated from the high school in 1948, all of our children graduated from there as well as our oldest granddaughter!
I worked for my Dad at the original Buellton Garage for many years. Later I leased the Chevron from Bill Olivera for 25 years (it is now the lube bay). During this time in 1989, I got my contractor’s license and started Mendenhall Construction Co.
When Buellton became a city, I was on the original Planning Commission and City Council for 15 years. I later joined the Chamber of Commerce as a board member.
My hobbies are racing, collecting gasoline memorabilia and antiques to enhance our museum, Mendenhall Museum of Gasoline Pumps and Petroliana.
Director – Steve Jenkins
My name is Steve Jenkins and I was born in Sacramento, California. Currently, I reside in Solvang. I lived in Sacramento until I was 29 and graduated from Sacramento State University. I moved to the Santa Ynez Valley in 2005 after receiving a job offer at Chumash Casino Resort. With a degree in Communications, I currently work as Program Manager working with Advertising and Local Marketing for Chumash Casino Resort. My one main hobby I enjoy the most is playing golf. I have thoroughly enjoyed living here in the valley and look forward to spending many more years living in the beautiful Santa Ynez Valley.
Director – Sonia Jimenez
Hello my name is Sonia Jimenez. I am a lifetime resident of Buellton. My family moved here when Pea Soup Andersen’s had a zoo and we could hear the Lion and Elephant, as we lived right across the street. I have fond memories of riding the train and taking pictures in the cut out faces of “Hap Pea and Pea Wee” with my siblings.
I am married with two children that both have attended Jonata and Oak Valley Schools for all their elementary grades and I too am a Jonata School graduate. Both my children and I also graduated from Santa Ynez Valley High School.
I still make Buellton my home and my husband and I also work in Buellton. My husband is the owner of Emilio’s Western Wear on Ave of Flags for 28 years. I am the Banking Service Manager for Mechanics Bank and started my Banking career 32 years ago working for several banks in the Solvang area that include: Imperial Savings, Household Bank, Valley Oaks National Bank, Montecito Bank and Trust, Mid-State Bank and Rabobank, N.A.
I am very proud to serve on the board for the Buellton Chamber of Commerce and to live and work in this great Community of Buellton. Buellton has a wonderful hometown feeling where your neighbors are friends and strangers lend a hand.
Director – Chris Merz
I have lived in Buellton for four years and in the Valley for six years. My wife and I love this area because of the natural beauty, small town feel and the many restaurants, wineries, hiking areas and other activities that are available. We have an American Bulldog and an older home that we enjoy renovating.
Military Affairs Chairperson – Rudie Henderson
I was born in Lone Pine, California and joined the Air Force in 1950 and served in Japan and Korea until 1954. I was then sent to Luke Air Force Base in Arizona and was discharged in December of 1954. I entered a career involved in the design and development of instruments for missiles and aircraft for over 33 years and retired as a senior microelectronics engineer from Raytheon in 1991.
I now serve as the Military Affairs Chairman for the Buellton Chamber of Commerce. My wife Carol and I have lived in Buellton for over 30 years. We have three children, Janet, Mike, and Dean. We are proud to have two of our grandchildren serving in the armed forces.