• Staff

  • Sharon Davis, CEO

    Sharon came to the Mendocino Coast 20 years ago.  She wanted to find the right environment in which to raise her two daughters.  “It was important to me to find a small town that had a strong sense of community,” says Sharon. “The first time I visited the Mendocino Coast, I knew I had found that place.”

    While raising her children she ran a home business, which enabled her to be available for all of their activities.  For over ten years Sharon coached for the Fort Bragg Girls Softball Association and also sat on the Board during that time. She is also the Coordinator of the Fort Bragg Otsuchi Cultural Exchange Association, where she organizes and runs the student exchange with Fort Bragg's Sister City of Otsuchi, Japan.

    When her children were older, she became the Executive Director of the Jere Melo Foundation, a local non-profit. Most recently, she was the General Manager of the North Cliff Hotel.  She has also worked as a Production Assistant on many locally filmed movies and television shows. Prior to moving to the Mendocino Coast, Sharon was a District Sales Manager and Corporate Trainer for a retail chain in Southern California for many years.

    According to Sharon, “This community has been the most wonderful and supportive place to raise my daughters and now that they are grown, I feel that leading the Chamber is the perfect way for me to give back by supporting our local businesses and community as a whole.

  • Casey Davis
  • Casey Davis, Office Manager

    Casey was born in Fullerton, CA and moved to Fort Bragg with her family in 1998. She began at the Chamber of Commerce in April, 2016 to work in the visitor center. When Rosalie Scott retired, she took on the role of Office Manager. As well as that, she manages the social media platforms for the Chamber, Visit Fort Bragg, CA, Thanksgiving Coffee Co, and other organizations. Casey left town after graduating high school to live in Redding, CA for 2 years but then realized she couldn’t be away from the breathtaking beauty of her hometown so she decided to make her way back over here for a little while. 

  • David Kosonen
  • David Kosonen, Front Desk Representative

    David has lived nearly his entire life on the Mendocino Coast. After graduating from Fort Bragg High School, he traveled to other parts of the country for work as a Millwright; but he never found a community that felt so much like home. Through the years he has been deeply involved in the theatre community in the area be it as an actor, technical director, or even as president of a local theatre company. His love of the area, the scenic views, the beautiful redwood forests, make him an excellent addition to the Chamber of Commerce. Have a question about what to do, where to go, or what to see? That’s what he is here for.

  • Kristin Suratt
  • Kristin Suratt, Events & Marketing Coordinator

    Kristin Suratt has been a Mendocino Coast resident since 2005. She arrived here to wear many hats at Living Light Culinary Institute, including PR and Marketing Director, Events Coordinator, and Chef Instructor. As a volunteer, she has served as board member for the Mendocino Film Festival, and was a host on KZYX Women's Voices for five years. She loves living in Fort Bragg and enjoys our friendly and diverse small town. Originally from Portland Oregon, she has also lived in New Orleans, Vancouver, B.C., New York City, Paris France, on the island of Kauai and in the Philippines and Puerto Rico. She loves to travel, but now feels like there's "no place like home" here on our beautiful coast. She looks forward to coordinating events like the annual 4th of July Parade and Whale Festival, and loves learning more about this fascinating area we live in. She always enjoys meeting visitors who stop in from all over the world. 

  • Upcoming Events

  • Resources for Businesses During the COVID-19 Crisis Resources for Businesses During the COVID-19 Crisis

    Mendocino County Enters the State’s Red Tier

    Effective March 14, 2021, Mendocino County has been given the green light to enter the Red Tier according to the state’s Blueprint for a Safer Economy. With this new Red Tier, comes an ease of some COVID-19 precautions. 

    “I am thrilled that we can open our economy up further as a result of our dwindling COVID-19 case numbers,” said County Health Officer Dr. Andy Coren. “We have worked hard as a county to accomplish this. To those who ask me what they can do to continue to remain safe from this virus, I say this: Please get vaccinated for COVID-19 when it is your turn. Do not turn down a vaccine unless for medical reason. Continue to avoid large gatherings, and please remain masked while in public. The biggest thing anyone can do to keep others around them safe is to continue to get tested for COVID-19 at least once per month. This helps our county open up further, and it ensures that you are not asymptomatically spreading the virus to others. Those who have been vaccinated should still get tested monthly, since you can still spread the virus even if vaccinated.”

    COVID-19 precaution status of business sectors as mandated by the state (as of 3/14/21): 

    Grocery Stores: May now admit 100% capacity. 

    Retail: May now admit a max of 50% capacity.

    Shopping Centers: May now admit a max of 50% capacity.

    Museums: May now have indoor activities with a max of 25% capacity.

    Places of Worship: May continue to have indoor activities with a max of 25% capacity. 

    Movie theaters: May now have indoor activities with a max of either 100 people OR 25% capacity, whichever is fewer.

    Gyms: May now have indoor activities with a max of 10% capacity.

    Restaurants Including Wineries, Breweries and Distilleries serving meals: May now have indoor activities with a max of 100 people OR 25% capacity, whichever is fewer.

    Wineries, Breweries, Distilleries (where no meal is provided): May continue to operate outdoors with the following modifications: Patrons must make reservations and sit at tables, staying for a max of 90 minutes, and all serving of alcoholic beverages must end at 8 PM.

    Bars (where no meal is provided): Must remain closed.

    Long-Term Care Facilities: May restart in-person visits, while carefully maintaining specific COVID-19 precautions, such as COVID-19 screenings for both residents and visitors, facial covering usage, etc. This will likely take a few days to put in place. Please contact the facility before going in person and review the state’s guidance concerning Long-Term Facilities here: https://www.cdph.ca.gov/Programs/CHCQ/LCP/Pages/AFL-20-22.aspx 

    For a detailed overview of business-specific mandates, please visit: https://www.cdph.ca.gov/Programs/CID/DCDC/Pages/COVID-19/COVID19CountyMonitoringOverview.aspx (Under “Risk Criteria” – “specific tier based on risk-based criteria”)


    We will be posting resources to help our local businesses during this difficult and unprecedented crisis.  

    The Chamber is here to support you and our goal is to provide as much information as possible so that you will have access to resources that can help you through this extremely challenging time.

    Although our office is closed, I'll be working from home and available via phone and email.  I've temporarily laid off my staff to mitigate the impact on the Chamber budget.

    For eNews submissions:  
    chambernews@mcn.org
    *Please note that all submissions should be regarding announcements that follow all state and local orders. We ask that events are not submitted at this time unless they are virtual events or webinars.

    Please let me know how else I can support you and your businesses.

    I hope that you are all doing as well as can be expected under these stressful times.

    Take care, STAY HOME and be well.
    Sharon
    To reach me call 707-961-6302. 
    chamberceo@mcn.org



    Love Local mendoThis Shop Local program is created and launched as a partnership of the Greater Ukiah Business and Tourism Alliance, the Mendocino Coast Chamber of Commerce, the Willits Chamber of Commerce, and community leaders.

    Love Local Mendo Website


    Click Here For the Application

     



    It is designed to represent businesses from Hopland to Laytonville, across the county to Boonville, Fort Bragg and the South coast. The focus of the campaign is to create a central marketing effort to support local businesses to generate income while closed to the public.

    The campaign is a perfect platform to market your services, gift cards, and products. It will directly link customers to your selling platform. (delivery, curbside pickup, etc. within the guidelines of the most recent Shelter In Place orders must be observed)

     

     
     
     
     
     
     


     


     


    County of Mendocino COVID-19 updates

    Mendocino County has an up-to-date information site including business resources.  Our two coastal districts also have very active Facebook Groups:

    4th District :: 5th District

    City of Fort Bragg press releases

    West Business Development Center

    How your business may be impacted and resources to help.

    Community Foundation Resources

    KOZT Resource Page

    MCN Update page

    A message for business that use Square

    Today Square Online Store released the option for curbside pickup, and later this week a local delivery feature will be available for all businesses so that you can quickly adapt to this changing environment. They are also waiving curbside pickup and delivery fees for the next three months. Square Online Store already offers online orders for in-store pickup with no monthly fee. They are refunding all software subscription fees for the month of March.

    KGUA Resources