About the Chamber


The Truckee Chamber of Commerce provides a host of benefits and programs designed to assist and promote members. It's the hub of the business community, keeping members informed, educated and connected. Businesses that join are supporting a vital organization and professional staff that is actively involved in the community who work on behalf of our members to enhance and improve the community and business climate. Learn about the Truckee Chamber of Commerce Advocacy Policy and guidelines for submitting advocacy requests.

In partnership with the Town of Truckee, The Truckee Chamber of Commerce manages destination marketing for Truckee through a comprehensive marketing strategy and the California Welcome Center that assists over 100,000 visitors every year offering valuable information and services for today's traveler.


Founded in 1912 and incorporated in 1953, the Chamber administrative offices, and California Welcome Center currently operate out of the historic train depot in downtown Truckee.


Our mission is to promote and develop local business and tourism while improving the community's quality of life.

Meet the Staff

Lynn Saunders

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President/CEO of the Truckee Chamber of Commerce since 2002. Prior to joining the Chamber, Lynn was the Marketing Director for the Nevada Commission on Tourism in Carson City. In that role, she developed and managed marketing programs to promote the State of Nevada as a tourism destination. She also coordinated the annual Governor’s Conference on Travel & Tourism, which brought together 500-800 industry professionals for a 2-day tourism industry conference. She has experience in the advertising agency field, and worked at the largest ad agency in Nevada, R&R Partners in Reno, for eight years as a media buyer and account executive. She has many years of experience in graphic arts working for publishers, magazines, and newspapers. At the Truckee Chamber of Commerce, Lynn oversees all Chamber programs for the business community and their 600 members; including marketing and promotional activity for Truckee through a contract with the Town of Truckee and a Truckee Tourism Business Improvement District (TTBID); is a key leader in the Truckee Tomorrow collaborative economic development initiative; and oversees the management and operation the Truckee California Welcome Center in the historic train depot downtown.

colleen-dalton-11-2015_smColleen Dalton

Director of Tourism & Economic Programs
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Joined the Truckee Chamber of Commerce in September 2015 with 20 years of Brand / Interactive Marketing experience in executive positions held at the Resort at Squaw Creek, Sugar Bowl, Northstar California, Mammoth Mountain Ski Area and Myths and Mountains. Colleen's areas of responsibility included hospitality, dining, retail and recreation. Colleen holds a BS in Communications, an E-MBA in emerging technology and Project Management Certification. Colleen’s special interests include yoga, mixed media upcycling, local history and the environment. She has lived in Truckee since 1993 with her husband Steve Jahnke of Sierra Window Coverings. Their favorite activities are riding, hiking, skiing, climbing and taking their dog Baron to Donner Lake.


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Director of Operations + Manager of California Welcome Center
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Ruth Geresy has been with the Truckee Chamber of Commerce since 2001. Ruth is the Manager of the California Welcome Center in the historic train depot downtown. The California Welcome Center assists over 220,000 visitors annually. Ruth also serves as the Director of Operations for the Chamber. Ruth graduated from CSU, Chico with a BA in Social Psychology and Business Administration. Her passion for skiing landed her in Truckee in 1980 where she met her husband, Don Geresy of Don Geresy Construction. Their daughters, Katie and Jenny were both born and raised in Truckee, only leaving Truckee to obtain their college degrees. Prior to joining the Chamber, Ruth worked at the Truckee Tahoe Airport for 19 years. In that role, she produced the annual Air Show that attracted thousands of spectators. Ruth was the guiding force creating Relay For Life of Truckee Tahoe for ten years. Ruth has been recognized on numerous occasions for her significant contributions including 2010 Volunteer of the Year Award by the Truckee Donner Chamber of Commerce; honored in 2011 by Rotary Club of Truckee and the Rotary Foundation of Rotary International with a Paul Harris Fellow; and in 2013 named Truckee's female Citizen of the Year by Truckee Interclub.

Megan Hines

Membership Services Manager
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Assists and manages the Truckee Chamber member relationships, helping them thrive with the many programs that the Chamber offers.  Megan has a BS in Marketing from the University of Nebraska at Lincoln. She then moved to New York City where she was an associate manager for Coach Inc. where she developed innovative strategies and partnerships with other retailers to increase store sales.  She utilized her skills in customer service and sales while working at YogaWorks, and invested in her own education completing her 500-hour yoga teacher training.  Megan and her husband Eric first visited the Truckee area in fall 2015 for a few weeks. In their short stay here, they attended Good Morning Truckee, volunteered at Truckee River Day, learned about the importance of the Tahoe Food Hub and Tahoe Truckee Community Foundation, and met with several local business professionals. These experiences made them immediately feel connected to the community and underscored their belief they had tapped into a very special place. And while they checked out other areas in their relocation search, they could not get Truckee out of their minds, so they made Truckee their home.

California Welcome Center Concierge Staff

  • Marilyn Colquhoun
  • Carla Embertson
  • Vicky Myer
  • Carolina Pacheco
  • Karen Snyder


John Manocchio, Chair

Waddell & Reed
Financial Advisor





Ted Owens, Vice Chair

Tahoe Forest Hospital District
Executive Director, Governance & Business Development





Pam Hobday, Past Chair

Pamela Hurt Associates





Kellie Cutler

Contractors Association of Truckee Tahoe
Executive Director






Bill Greeno

Quality Automotive Servicing





Aimee Schaller

Aegis Insurance Markets
General Manager





Emily Vitas

Truckee Tahoe Workforce Housing Agency
Executive Director






Liz Wainscoat

Plumas Bank
Business Relationship Officer





Dierdra Walsh

Northstar California
Vice President and General Manager





Ravn Reece Whitington

Porter Simon, A Professional Corporation





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Truckee Chamber of Commerce

10065 Donner Pass Rd.
TruckeeCA 96161
(530) 587-2757
Fax - (530) 582-7710
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For membership and questions email the Membership Services Manager.